In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.
Not a subject every reader will delve into, but it is delivered so well and with a light humorous touch that should encourage more listeners.
I am not into the comedic value of profanity, but I'll let slide a few profane terms for feces, especially considering the sometimes gruesome subject matter.
According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place - and she's just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head - and her home state - and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens. Zander does not fit in - or so she thinks. She has only one word for her fellow campers: crazy.
Not a book I would want my teen to listen too.
Life is tough, and even more so to some, but I'm not into profanity as being a friendly salve to people in hard times. Just like any vice it tends to take control. I listen to books for the best that language has to offer.
Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2016. Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.
This was a long listen, but I enjoyed it. Surfing is not my sport but the author's descriptions and stories drew me into it. I especially liked the political adventures of the author on hos many travels or sojourns. I try to avoid profanity and this had some sprinkled in here and there, but for a surfing book it was especially light. The character and camaraderie was much to be appreciated in the listening.
After a tragic accident on Martha's Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear. When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles' carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel.
A little hard for me to get into, but well worth it. The oddities were both interesting and sometimes annoying but made for a good resolution at the end. No cursing, which is always a plus for me since I listen where others (actually my "customers") might come into earshot.
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In 1999, Clark Elliott suffered a concussion when his car was rear-ended. Overnight his life changed from that of a rising professor with a research career in artificial intelligence to a humbled man struggling to get through a single day. At times he couldn't walk across a room, or even name his five children. Doctors told him he would never fully recover. After eight years, the cognitive demands of his job, and of being a single parent, finally became more than he could manage.
So often in medicine the phrase "there is nothing we can do" enters in. This is a good story of where medical treatments can more than tell you what is wrong, but correct it. I appreciated the use of highly specific language to relate concepts. Inspirational, educational and helpful to any similarly suffering.
Are you ready to see your fixer-upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?
Wonderful backstory for Chip and Joanne. It was great to hear the episode of Fixer Upper that nobody saw at the beginning of the book. Only on complaint, it was too short.
From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history. As a child, she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom, when her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans. In this book, Rice explains what these epochal events teach us about democracy.
It is wonder ful to be briefed by Secretery Rice, her devotion to democracy is inspiring and highly informative. Condi for President 2020!
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Detective Max Rupert's and attorney Boady Sanden's friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons.
I wish audible had a rating system for books so that I didn't have to buy a book to know how much vulgarity and the like a book has. This had too much for my liking.
When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood';s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.
I find myself marveling at how well the story telling is with so much character in people, a community, and a time.
A landmark in travel writing, this is the incredible true story of Heinrich Harrer’s escape across the Himalayas to Tibet, set against the backdrop of the Second World War. Heinrich Harrer, already one of the greatest mountaineers of his time, was climbing in the Himalayas when war broke out in Europe. He was imprisoned by the British in India but succeeded in escaping and fled to Tibet.
Classic Must Read.
Excellent reading to a well told and detailed account of a now seemingly lost society.