Anna Fox lives alone - a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times...and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn't, her world begins to crumble. And its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What would have made The Woman in the Window better?
More creative plot. Pretty predictable
Has The Woman in the Window turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, but I will choose more carefully
Have you listened to any of Ann Marie Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, this is a first
What character would you cut from The Woman in the Window?
No characters to cut
Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.
I was concerned when I realized I had purchased a 23 hour book but it is hard to stop listening to this. Who knew how many letters these guys would write about personal relationships?
It is a glimpse into a high stakes world of money and the personal foibles of those in power.
The unlikely man at the roiling center of this intrigue was Robert Bunch, an American-born Englishman who had maneuvered his way to the position of British consul in Charleston, South Carolina, and grew to loathe slavery and the righteousness of its practitioners. Bunch used his unique perch and boundless ambition to become a key player, sending reams of dispatches to the home government and eventually becoming the Crown's best secret source on the Confederacy.
What did you love best about Our Man in Charleston?
A quite different perspective on American history
What was one of the most memorable moments of Our Man in Charleston?
An understanding of a British view of the American south before the Civil War
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Truly horrendous descriptions of slave ships; one can hardly fathom the misery
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College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, great characters you grow to care about
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes, somewhat complex plot that kept me guessing for quite a while. The end was a bit neatly tied up but certainly gave me a feel good moment
Which scene was your favorite?
When he was in the cabin making his winter outfit
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Midcentury Los Angeles: A city sold to the world as "the white spot of America", a land of sunshine and orange groves, Midwestern values, and Hollywood stars, protected by the world's most famous police force, the Dragnet-era LAPD. Behind this public image lies a hidden world of "pleasure girls" and crooked cops, ruthless newspaper tycoons, corrupt politicians, and East Coast gangsters on the make. Into this underworld came two men - one L.A.'s most notorious gangster, the other its most famous police chief - each prepared to battle the other for the soul of the city.
If you could sum up L.A. Noir in three words, what would they be?
What was one of the most memorable moments of L.A. Noir?
The connections between historical figures is always fascinating and this book is full of unexpected ones. It is worth a listen just to understand that.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Maybe could use a little editing as it would be impossible to listen in one sitting. But worth it just to understand a small part of 20th C history
Any additional comments?
This book is probably the basis for the new movie Gangster Squad, which made no sense at all. So good to get the back story to that movie.
Jack Tobin, the main character of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue returns in this non-stop novel that combines enthralling plot twists with some of the best coutroom fiction being written today. Tobin, known as the lawyer's lawyer - the guy the best lawyer's say they'd want to represent them in a courtroom battle - undertakes the representation of a serial killer who he believes to be innocent.
What did you love best about The Lawyer's Lawyer?
Good narration and an interesting set of characters.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
Moves along at a good pace but the end was a let down. Needed more twists to make it compelling listening.
What does Rick Zieff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Good character voices--on sounded like Walter Brennan!
When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.
I had heard how wonderful this book was and it was good, just not what I had expected. It was a bit melancholy. The main character is interesting and tells his story well. A bit too sad for me but very well done.
The Mongol queens of the 13th century ruled the largest empire the world has ever known. Yet sometime near the end of the century, censors cut a section from The Secret History of the Mongols, leaving a single tantalizing quote from Genghis Khan: “Let us reward our female offspring.” Only this hint of a father’s legacy for his daughters remained of a much larger story.
Another great history book that widens my global view. I didn't know anything about this era and was impressed with the culture of the Mongols and the women in this story. I will be reading more from this author.
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In The First Tycoon, Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore's personal life. It is a sweeping, fast-moving epic, and a complex portrait of the great man. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. He was a visionary who pioneered business models.
While a little long, this book tells about the rise of one of our greatest entrepreneurs. I really did not know much about the Vanderbilts and Cornelius' influence on modern transportation. I am a bit of a history fan so may not be for everyone but I highly recommend it for a detailed discussion of the beginnings of the Vanderbilt fortune. Narrator is good so it is easy to listen.
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Hailed as a "pithy and compelling account of an intensely relevant topic" ( Kirkus Reviews), this wide-ranging volume offers a superb account of a key moment in modern U.S. and world history. Drawing upon the latest research in archives in China, Russia, and Vietnam, Mark Lawrence creates an extraordinary, panoramic view of all sides of the war.
In spite of living during the Vietnam era, I never could put all the pieces into a coherent whole. This book really helps listeners to understand just how the war developed. Narrator is very good and makes it easy to listen.
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