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Weingarten

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • War and Peace, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (259)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Mark says: "Definitely worth a listen..."
    "War and Peace"
    Overall

    Fabulous. A wonderful reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in the Wooden Hat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (171)

    The New York Times called Sir Edward Feathers one of the most memorable characters in modern literature. A lyrical novel that recalls his fully lived life, Old Filth has been acclaimed as Jane Gardam's masterpiece. And now that novel has been joined by a companion that also bursts with humor and wisdom: The Man in the Wooden Hat. As a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the 50-year union of two remarkable people, this novel is a triumph.

    Michele says: "The Other Half"
    "Another wonderful book by Gardam"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is another wonderful book. Perhaps not quite as great as All Filth, but very fulfilling. A wonderful writer, and very well read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11991)
    Performance
    (10460)
    Story
    (10502)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Very disappointing and not worth the time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book did absolutely nothing to advance the plot. There was no move towards any resolutions. In fact, all it did was introduce dozens of new characters, drag out the old stories, and go on interminably. Almost as though Martin is thumbing his nose at the reader and saying he can drag this on forever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: Second Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    Sandy says: "Simon Vance is a perfect reader for " A Dance...""
    "Third time I have read/or listened to these books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Each time I read these books I find new parts that resonate for me today. This is the first time I have listened to them, the entire series, and have enjoyed them immensely. The reader is brilliant. The individuals are all distinctive and the humor and irony in Powell's writing becomes very evident.

    I look forward to listening again in a few years time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spies of the Balkans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece, Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece, the city of Salonika. In that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania, the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered most of Europe.

    writerly says: "historical insights, not much suspense/tension"
    "Alan Furst"
    Overall

    This is one of the best of his books. Wonderfully read, complex and very enlightening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death in Holy Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    Atop a sweep of low cliffs stands the small theological college of St. Anselm's. Not far away, smothered beneath a fall of sand, lies the body of one of the school's young ordinands. When Commander Adam Dalgliesh is called to investigate the death, the college is torn apart by another death, a sacrilegious and horrifying murder.

    Jannice says: "Death in Holy Orders - good PBS"
    "P.D. James"
    Overall

    Well read and one of her better stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8084)
    Performance
    (6262)
    Story
    (6284)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "An Excellent Book"
    Overall

    I can't imagine why it is called a book for 'young adults'. They would never fully appreciate the book, which is very moving and tries to be fair as well as compassionate.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The New World: A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (135)

    Between 1485 and 1688, England became a Protestant country under Henry VIII. His daughter, Elizabeth I, battled for succession and supremacy at home, and the discovery of 'the round world' enabled a vast continent across the Atlantic to be explored. While this new era was spawning the beginnings of modern America, England was engaged in a bloody civil war and sustained a Republican experiment under the leadership of Oliver Cromwell.

    Weingarten says: "Churchill series"
    "Churchill series"
    Overall

    Wonderful. He writes brilliantly and the history is fascinating.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    In Homer's account in The Odyssey, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - is portrayed as the quintessential faithful wife, her story a salutary lesson through the ages. Left alone for 20 years when Odysseus goes off to fight in the Trojan war after the abduction of Helen, Penelope manages, in the face of scandalous rumours, to maintain the kingdom of Ithaca.

    Vered says: "A good listen"
    "Penelopiad"
    Overall

    Read well but the book seems rather inconsequential. Certainly not the typical Atwood book. More like an exercise of some sort.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Spies of Warsaw

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    Autumn 1937: War is coming to Europe, and French and German intelligence operatives are locked in a life-and-death struggle on the espionage battlefield. At the French embassy, the new military attaché, Colonel Jean-François Mercier, a decorated hero of the 1914 war, is drawn into a world of abduction, betrayal, and intrigue.

    Kathleen says: "The Real Deal in Espionage Stories Fascinating"
    "Spies of Warsaw"
    Overall

    Very good. A typical Furst book. A lot of historical background and a leisurely pace with plenty of suspense.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tamerlane: Conqueror of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (57)

    In yet another superb historical work, Harold Lamb brings the mighty Tatar leader to vivid life and shows how this ruthless commander used his superior intellect and magnetic leadership to overcome one obstacle after another. Tamerlane was truly one of the most remarkable personalities ever to emerge from the steppes of Central Asia.

    curt says: "The man that conquered Afganistan"
    "Tamerlane"
    Overall

    The reader was very disappointing and distracting. The text might have been interesting but the reader made it all sound like a dramatic recitation. It was impossible to differentiate between the chronicles that were being quoted and the author's own text.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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