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  • The Dressmaker: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kate Alcott
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (204)

    Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be a personal maid on the Titanic's doomed voyage. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men, one a roughly-hewn but kind sailor and the other an enigmatic Chicago millionaire. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes. Amidst the chaos and desperate urging of two very different suitors, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat. Tess’s sailor also manages to survive unharmed, witness to Lady Duff Gordon’s questionable actions during the tragedy.

    Victoria says: "Good story, awful narrator"
    "Titanic"
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    Would you listen to The Dressmaker again? Why?

    Yes. Many historical notes, and I found it soothing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dressmaker?

    During the Senate hearings, Tess was marvelously firm in her values!


    Which character – as performed by Susan Duerden – was your favorite?

    N/A


    If you could take any character from The Dressmaker out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Eleanor - her sense of loyalty and caring would provide a depth in conversation.


    Any additional comments?

    A marvelous storyin all aspects!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line between Christianity and Islam

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Eliza Griswold
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The tenth parallel - the line of latitude seven hundred miles north of the equator - is a geographical and ideological front line where Christianity and Islam collide. More than half of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims live along the tenth parallel; so do sixty percent of the world’s 2 billion Christians. Here, in the buzzing megacities and swarming jungles of Africa and Asia, is where the two religions meet; their encounter is shaping the future of each faith, and of whole societies as well.

    Robert says: "Beyond the Middle East"
    "Timely, poignant info on important facts of today"
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    If you could sum up The Tenth Parallel in three words, what would they be?

    Timely, thought provoking, scary


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How different but equally determined cultures co-exist


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A massive confligration of life and religion


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, Oliver Wyman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (612)

    Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening.

    Jerker says: "Nice idea driven sf"
    "The authors way to express political views!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Very entertaining story but predictable.


    Would you recommend WWW: Watch to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with the caveat to be prepared to listen to the political and social views of author.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The performance was well done overall


    Do you think WWW: Watch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No - enough said.


    Any additional comments?

    I was actually offended by the license taken to subject me to a recitation of social commentary!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Day of the Triffids

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (226)

    Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere 24 hours before is gone forever.

    Mark Willis says: "Surprisingly good"
    "Ascary tale with a humorous basis."
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    What did you love best about The Day of the Triffids?

    The scary "things" are a surprise and the story kept me wondering what was next.


    What does Graeme Malcolm bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance genuinely encouraged your emotions.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4536)
    Performance
    (2224)
    Story
    (2250)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Intriguing way to review historical facts"
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    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Performance was an easy listen and drew me into each segment.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, very apt to have listened continuously


    Any additional comments?

    While I'm not a history buff, I enjoyed learning about the Worlds Fair in general and the back story kept my interest

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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