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angelwings35

El Paso, TX USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Up from Slavery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Booker T. Washington
    • Narrated By Jonathan Reese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    In the South of the 1890s, Booker T. Washington stood as the often controversial personification of the aspirations of the black masses. The Civil War had ended, casting uneducated blacks adrift or, equally tenuous, creating a class of sharecroppers still dependent on the whims of their former owners. Black Reconstruction, for all its outward trimming, had failed to deliver its promised economic and political empowerment.

    John says: "Insightful, though overly optimistic"
    "Modern Message"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this reading. Booker T Washington's message of hard work, perserverance and dignity is as vital today as it was 100 years ago. The fact that you can rise from sleeping in a gutter to changing people's thoughts and lives should be an inspiration to all nationalities and races. The reader had a gradnfatherly tone, and I felt drawn in to each story as if I was there watching it all happen. I would recommend this story to readers of all ages

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4145)
    Performance
    (2682)
    Story
    (2710)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Engages Interest Immediately"
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    As a medical person, I was still doubtful that this story would be interesting, and I feared that the jargon would lose me. However, the author did an excellent job making this story about not just a black family, but A FAMILY, and what they suffered. She could have been writing about anyone. It was beautifully done, and I ended up feeling as if personally knew the Lackses. I was SO moved, that I plan to put up a bulletin board about Henrietta Lacks for my students during Black History month. There are no words to define the magnitude of the contribution this woman has made to the advancement of science! This is definitely a MUST READ.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes behind the Veil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Deborah Rodriguez, Kristin Ohlson
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    Most Westerners working in Afghanistan spend their time tucked inside a military compound or embassy. Not Deborah Rodriguez. Here, she tells the story of the beauty school she founded in the middle of Kabul and of the vibrant women who were her students. When Rodriguez opened the Kabul Beauty School, she not only empowered her students with a new sense of autonomy but also made some of the closest friends of her life.

    Becky says: "Thumbs down"
    "Worth the Read"
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    Whenever I fume because my husband sits at the computer while I cook after a long day of work, I think of these women, and it puts my life in perspective. The characters are well rounded and Deborah Rodriguez does a wonderful job of drawing you into the story and making you feel that you're experiencing it right along with her. You will immediately want to put on your burka to go to the Middle East to help these women.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5784)
    Performance
    (3716)
    Story
    (3729)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "Absolutely Best Dog Story--Ever"
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    Written from the viewpoint of a dog named Enzo, who has beautiful insight into the lives of his people. A different and beautiful story of what a dog learned in a short life, what takes most humans a lifetime, and often never grasp. It is sad, joyful, and funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in Pew Number Seven: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rebecca Nichols Alonzo, Bob DeMoss
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Rebecca never felt safe as a child. In 1969, her father, Robert Nichols, moved to Sellerstown, North Carolina, to serve as a pastor. There he found a small community eager to welcome him - with one exception. Glaring at him from pew number seven was a man obsessed with controlling the church. Determined to get rid of anyone who stood in his way, he unleashed a plan of terror that was more devastating and violent than the Nichols family could have ever imagined.

    Christi says: "Compelling"
    "Good Story"
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    Frightening story of a family terrorized by a dangerous neighbor, and how the author was able to find healing and forgiveness

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandy Tolan
    • Narrated By Sandy Tolan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (107)

    In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian 25-year-old, made a long-imagined journey to what is now the city of Ramle in Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it that his father had planted, that he and his family had fled 19 years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house and rang the bell, a young woman welcomed him in.

    Matthew says: "A Must Read -but deeply flawed"
    "A promise lost"
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    The beginning was promising, and I was intrigued by pathos in the human aspect of this story, but I got lost in the endless discussion of minute details of politics and war. I wasnt able to even complete Part I. Perhaps another time when I am feeling more patient and political. The narrator did a great job, though

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Eyre [Brilliance Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlotte Bronte
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1235)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (936)

    After a sad and neglected childhood as an orphan, Jane Eyre was hired by Edward Rochester as governess for his ward. Jane was pleased with the quiet country life at Thornfield, with the beautiful old manor house and gardens, with the book-filled library, and with her own comfortable room. But there were stories of a strange tenant, a woman who laughed like a maniac, and who stayed in rooms on the third floor.

    bebe says: "a book that can be heard/read again and again"
    "Dark and mysterious"
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    I cant get enough of Jane Eyre! I have read this in print, watched every movie and t.v. version, and I have to say this audiobook didn't fail to satisfy. The narrator did a superb job of bringing to life a story that could easily be destroyed by the wrong voice or performance. The youthfulness of the woman's voice and her gullibility made the story more believable and mysterious. All I can say is that Jane Eyre has to be the template from which all gothic romances are born, but fail to transcend. Very modern idea of a woman willing to sacrifice her virtue for a tragic, flawed man that she knows she loves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (531)

    In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

    Sara says: "A Wonderful Listen--Stories That Never Get Old"
    "Perpetual Favorite"
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    I have read the books and owned this title on tape, and now on audio. I never get tired of hearing James Herriot, even though I don't care for animal stories. The stories are well-written, and have the knack for making you feel as if you are there experiencing everything he is experiencing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    In this book, C.S. Lewis tells of his search for joy, a spiritual journey that led him from the Christianity of his early youth into atheism and then back to Christianity.

    connie says: "Not what I expected"
    "Surprised by Drab"
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    I was excited to read a story about someone who is so respected in theological circles. I was disappointed at how draggy the story seemed, although well-written. Not an easy one for a weekend read. I will have to take it up another time when I am feeling more patient

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Angel in the Rubble: The Miraculous Rescue of 9-11's Last Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Genelle Guzman-McMillan
    • Narrated By Heather Alicia Simms
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (27)

    For 27 hours, Genelle remained below the surface of Tower One’s rubble. During this time, she couldn’t help but reflect on the life she’d lived and how she’d drifted from the faith she once knew. One of her most painful regrets was that she’d left her daughter behind in Trinidad while she pursued her dream of singing and dancing in America. She begged God to forgive her - accepting that she may soon die, but praying for the miracle of life and a chance to live that life with a new purpose and direction.

    Mj says: "Reminded Me of Kindergarten"
    "Good Book For A Long Weekend Prior to Sept 11"
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    I read this book in a matter of two days, it held my interest and I couldn't put it down. This book answered a question I have always had, why didn't everyone evacuate the buildings after the first plane hit? And it drove home how important it is to act quickly and follow your instincts. I got lost on the second to last chapter, I think, where she talked about things that didn't flow with the book.
    As to the reader, she irritated me with her mispronunciation of the last name Guzman! It is not pronounced "GOOSE-man" it is "gooz-MAWN" with the stress on the last syllable and the z pronounced like zebra. I would like to see a little more sensitivity shown in the area of Hispanic names from some of these readers. It may seem a small thing, but think of the commercial where the guy at the interview repeatedly says "Mr. Dumb-ass" instead of " Mr. Dumas".
    However, if you like human interest stories, this is a good one. Not as good as My Life On the Other Side of the Sky, but a good book for a long weekend.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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