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cathy

Middle School teacher with a 100 miles round-trip daily commute; which I could never maintain all these long years without audible books.

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  • Blindness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jose Saramago
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    A city is hit by a sudden and strange epidemic of "white blindness", which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there social conventions quickly crumble and the struggle for survival brings out the worst in people.

    Cora Judd says: "Dark"
    "Can't Put My Finger On It"
    Overall

    I simply cannot figure why I listened to this book. I kept listening despite several impulses to turn the damn thing off! The author's idea of a world gone blind was so different, so intriguing....that I plugged on past the stiff, formal and just weirdly inappropriate narrative voice to finally be rewarded by an inevitable world of blind humans being treated and treating others badly. Inevitable also were allusions to various and sundry meanings of "blind". Oh yes and in this world gone blind nobody listens to music and folks defecate everywhere. I might go see the movie just out of curiosity.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Bertie: A Life of Edward VII

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jane Ridley
    • Narrated By Carole Boyd
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    Entertaining and different, this is an enjoyable study of a flawed yet characterful Prince of Wales seen through the eyes of the women in his life. Edward Vll, who gave his name to the Edwardian Age and died in 1911, was King of England for the final 10 years of his life. He was 59 when at last he came to the throne. Known as Bertie, the eldest son of Victoria and Albert, he was bullied by both his parents.

    Flatbroke says: "A charming pleasure-seeker who did the job his way"
    "Jolly Good Historical Read!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Bertie: A Life of Edward VII rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the historical bits from the UK; their history totally out-swags the USA. I enjoy being able to relate to the modern fact that Bertie was Elizabeth II's Great Granddaddy. Though it is non-fiction the listening was among the best ever from Audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that one views Victoria's reign from an altogether different perspective when focused on her son's point of view.


    Which character – as performed by Carole Boyd – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the character of Bertie's wife Alexandra the best, but all the voices were wonderful - I guess I did not realized one person did all the parts. Nice!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27145)
    Performance
    (13767)
    Story
    (13814)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Sparked Long-Buried Memories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to (younger) folk interested in what went on day-to-day in the kitchens of the Southern United States during the birth of the civil-rights movement. I would recommend this book to those who lived it and came away relatively unscathed. It might piss you off to read this book because of the way white folks treated black folks back in this time era. Beware because the story is so well-crafted - it normalizes the lifestyle.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The scenes are authenic and the characters uncannily real. As a young child I sat in those kitchens and listened..... I actually knew people who walked talked and acted like these characters. I liked how the story pushed my soul to look back on injustices I mutely observed ; but was far too young to discern why I felt unease.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The acting/voices are lovely.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I have found truth in the idea that one woman can have compassion for another woman when it comes to bleeding; regardless of exterior forces.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was well-told and the characters engaging, I would revisit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8143)
    Performance
    (4851)
    Story
    (4840)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Superb!"
    Overall

    Wow I've become such a Ken Follet fan. This book is a lovely historical novel with enough sex and intrigue for the modern sot. I learned stuff I didn't know about WWI, and I actually became interested in WWI . The story is well written with a plethera of characters, including women figures which, being a woman myself, I must admit I enjoy reading about more; maybe I just tend to care more about the female characters. If you love Ken Follet it's a must read - and if you love historical novels, don't let your apathy towards WWI keep you away, you'll enjoy regardless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lathe of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ursula K. Le Guin
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (105)

    George Orr's dreams do change the world. He is the only one who knows it...he and the power-mad psychiatrist who is forcing George to dream a new reality - a better reality that is free from war, disease, overpopulation, and all human misery. But for every man-made dream of utopia, there is a terrifying, unforeseeable consequence...

    Mubarak says: "Excellent Book, Bad Reader"
    "A Classic in Every Way"
    Overall

    If you like appocaliptic stories that are ironic, make-ya-think science fiction, then this is for you. Only it's not really that hard to comprehend; like it might've been perhaps in less capable hands than that of Le Guin. I'd like to send a heartfelt thanks to Ms. Le Guin for penning Lathe of Heaven and I'm sorry I'm late to discovery of such of fab tale. I shall be re-reading it soon for sheer enjoyment and maybe even edification,hahah. Oh did I mention exquistite gender-bending bits thrown in like chips in a chocolate cookie?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon and the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Vonda N. McIntyre
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In 17th-century France, Louis XIV rules with flamboyant ambition, yet the Sun King's appetite for glory knows no bounds. In a bold stroke, he sends his natural philosopher on an expedition to seek the source of immortality, a rare, perhaps mythical, sea monster.

    Kevin says: "Odd Mix of Fantasy and History"
    "Masterfully Creative"
    Overall

    Whom woulda thunk it? Sci-fi genre mates with historical novel/romance and this is what is born. AH but she's weird & she's wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • And the Band Played On Part 1: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Randy Shilts
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Upon its first publication 20 years ago, And The Band Played On was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigatve reporting. An international best seller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80s while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat.

    cathy says: "An Important work"
    "An Important work"
    Overall

    This book basically kept me mad at Ronald Reagan again like I had forgotten I was mad at him throughout the 80's. A must-read for me, a Health teacher,
    ( I also teach English) , I shall irreverently recommend the movie over the book because the detail is probably too much in the book form for most folks. However... I loved it ! A tale of earnest research bungling and scientific hero-gods scorned, eggshell walking in the gay community and all around egos from hell. The emotions and emotional insights are enticing. I wanted to reach through the wires and strangle a few idiots...blessed with my brilliant hind-sight, natch!
    The reader slaughters some pronunciations - hello - diRector? And... the flippin word "moreover" was overused in the text to the point of me pulling out my hair...hello again ...can you say "editor"? If you can handle these two distractions - I say - own it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fragile Things

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (981)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (462)

    Marvelous creations, including a short story set in the world of The Matrix and others set in the worlds of gothic fiction and children's fiction, can be found in this extraordinary collection, which showcases Gaiman's storytelling brilliance as well as his entertaining (and dark) sense of humor.

    Jill says: "Aother winner from Gaiman"
    "Trippy"
    Overall

    This fractured anthology of fantasy tales is indeed fragile. The author tries out ideas in a non-linear manner; he hypnotizes and bemuses the reader with a syncopated beat making you wonder, "what the heck?" and, "is that all?", and "why did we stop here?" I became infatuated with Gaiman's sheer creative phalanx of ideas in this work especially the character of Shadow and have ordered the "American Gods" title to hear more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    Overall
    (4000)
    Performance
    (1850)
    Story
    (1862)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    A joy to read that I did not want to end. The reader's voice was versatile and well-practiced; he adds a dimension to the story unattainable any other way except through an audible book. The fantasy was a delight and I believe everyone should download this fabulous bit of entertainment right this minute!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Apocalypse 2012: A Scientific Investigation into Civilization's End

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lawrence E. Joseph
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (28)

    Don't look up. It won't help. You can't get out of the way; you can't dig a hole deep enough to hide. The end is coming, and there's nothing you can do about it. So why listen to this audiobook? Because you can't cover your ears when it's not just the religious fanatics who are saying we're all going to be destroyed, but the scientists are in on the act, too.

    Thomas W. Smith says: "Overpriced"
    "Zounds!"
    Overall

    Stupendous read! Soundly penned, compelling ideas wherein the author's conclusions are pertinent. Research is okay for general public. I think every man woman and child who can do so, should immediately check this book out.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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