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Elizabeth W

North Potomac, MD, US
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  • The Half Has Never Been Told

  • Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
  • By: Edward E. Baptist
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447

In The Half Has Never Been Told, historian Edward E. Baptist reveals the alarming extent to which slavery shaped our country politically, morally, and most of all, economically. Until the Civil War, our chief form of innovation was slavery. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from their slaves, giving the country a virtual monopoly on the production of cotton, a key raw material of the Industrial Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most definitive history of American slavery;

  • By Robert Fullerton on 01-04-15

Changed my view of US history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-19

This is an important book. It very clearly explains how the US economy (not just the South) was built by slaves. If there is a single book that can justify reparations to descendants of slaves, this is it.

  • That Time I Loved You

  • Linked Stories
  • By: Carrianne Leung
  • Narrated by: Nancy von Euw
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

The suburbs of the 1970s promised to be heaven on earth - new houses, new status, happiness guaranteed. But in a Scarborough subdivision populated by newcomers from all over the world, a series of sudden catastrophic events reveals that not everyone's dreams come true. Moving from house to house, Carrianne Leung explores the inner lives behind the tidy front gardens and picture-perfect windows, always returning to June, an irrepressible adolescent Chinese Canadian coming of age in this shifting world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Neatly connected but separate stories

  • By Elizabeth W on 05-15-19

Neatly connected but separate stories

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-19

The subtitle of this book says it all: Life is never as perfect as it seems. The author does a good job of painting a picture of a community from several different perspectives - from different people living in the same community. I found myself thinking about this book after I finished it, which is always a good sign. I recommend it.

  • The Perfect Dress

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

In the small town of Celeste, Texas, Mitzi Taylor has never quite fit inside the lines. Nearly six feet tall, flame-haired, and with a plus-size spirit to match every curve, she’s found her niche: a custom wedding-dress boutique catering to big brides-to-be with big dreams. Taking the plunge alongside her two best friends, she’s proud they’ve turned The Perfect Dress into a perfect success. Just when Mitzi has it all pulled together, Graham Harrison walks back into her life, looking for bridesmaid dresses for his twin daughters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Perfect Dress

  • By Lorie Sechrist on 04-17-19

Fluffy but fun; annoying to listen to

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-19

This is a fun and fluffy story. While the main story line is fun, the main characters get to know and love two teenagers IMMEDIATELY and the girls are incredibly talented with professional flower arranging skills IMMEDIATELY; the teenager characters were just mono-dimensional and annoying. Granny Fanny Lou was also a caricature. But overall, I still thought it was a fun book. The performance though, was hard to take. The Texas accents were so pronounced that they seemed overdone. If this was made into a movie, it seems like it would be a Saturday morning cartoon.

  • The Lost Girls of Paris

  • By: Pam Jenoff
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432

One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs - each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station. Grace soon learns the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing page turner

  • By Sarah E Chavez on 02-12-19

Enjoyable but better read than heard

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-19

I liked this book, but ultimately enjoyed reading the library copy more than listening to the Audible version. I found the voice of Eleanor to be annoying - a slow, whispery type of voice. And the actress who read Grace's chapters didn't really sound like I thought Grace should sound. The story was interesting and provided an intriguing look into a part of WWII that I wasn't aware of. I found Grace's plot line to be pretty unbelievable, but it was necessary to move the book along.

  • So You Want to Talk About Race

  • By: Ijeoma Oluo
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions listeners don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, excellently narrated.

  • By AmazonCustomer on 02-05-18

Important book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-19

Everyone who wants to understand the experiences of people of color should read this book. It makes it super clear how behaviors and language that white people use are hurtful - and doing things that are hurtful - even if the hurt is unintended - still has to stop. The author also suggests actions that white people can take to address racial injustices - which leaves the reader hopeful rather than despairing that systemic racism will never end.

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,967
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,436

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🍊🍾🔑🤺🗡🏇🏼💊Only Sorry There’s No Book Five Yet 💵🧯🔦📞♟🎨🐴

  • By Gretchen SLP on 01-08-19

Complicated mystery but fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-19

This is a fun 4th book in the Cormoran Strike series, and I love Glenister's performance. The details of the mystery are complicated, and I'm not sure anyone could have actually put all of those things together in real life, but it's a fun book, and I love the continuing relationship evolution between Cormoran and Robin. I'll definitely be in line for #5 when it comes out.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 96,068
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87,372
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 86,896

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

She's inspirational, but this book isn't

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-19

I'm a fan of the Obamas. However, this book has more information about entirely trivial issues than I wanted. For example: shopping for a hat for Sasha to wear, having to go to multiple stores, finally found a pink knitted hat that was too big but had to do. While there's plenty of detail that adds to her story, there are a lot of things like this that didn't. I think this is an editorial problem rather than an author problem. But by the time we got to the era of Obama's presidency, I was worn down. I couldn't finish it. Maybe it's just that the part of the book that focused on Michelle as her own person was more interesting than the part detailing how she became swallowed by her husband's career. I skipped to the end to read how she's now in a position to define her own life again. So maybe I will enjoy the sequel more.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Gut

  • Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long Term Health
  • By: Justin Sonnenburg, Erica Sonnenburg
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

Genetics and lifestyle are thought to be the two most important determinants of good health. But that is not the whole story. We have a second genome, our gut bacteria, that sets the dial on our bodies. Unlike our DNA, we can influence the gut bacteria, or microbiota, to optimize all aspects of our health.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Make this your go-to book on microbes

  • By serine on 01-23-16

Inconsistent: Can the microbiome change or not?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-17

This is a generally okay intro to the microbiome. However, I had a hard time getting past the internally inconsistent messaging throughout the book: on the one hand, the authors talk about the amazing plasticity of the microbiome and how it can change in just a day - you can feed it well or you can feed it poorly, and your health can change as a result. But then they spend a LOT of time on the early development of the microbiome, with a general message that if your kid is born by C-section, isn't breast fed, and/or takes antibiotics as a neonate, then their microbiome is essentially doomed, never to recover. This is an exaggeration on my part but also on theirs. The long term impact on the microbiome of any of these early childhood events just hasn't been studied, and it's a disservice to the public and to science to overstate what we know. I expect this makes for good book sales so perhaps that's what's driving the content here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 51,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46,246
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46,169

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Beautifully told, inspiring - five+ stars

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-17

I love many books but this one was just special. The writing is captivating: I found myself wishing for more traffic to prolong my commute home while listening. The main characters were quite different in some ways but I could sympathize with both. I found their stories inspiring. How many war stories we have that focus on the experiences of men - I just love this one that gives us a look at the impact it has on women and children. Highly, highly recommend this.

  • The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • Earth's Children, Book 1
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,592

This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves the Clan of the Cave Bear. A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blonde, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly—she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clan of the Cave Bear

  • By Terri on 06-13-08

Interesting ideas but non-science was distracting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-17

My father loved this series so I gave it a try. It's an interesting concept and is well known for that - an imagined story of Neanderthal/CroMagnon interactions. But as a biologist, I found the description of inherited memories a little distracting - it comes up over and over again. And while I was interested in what hunter-gatherers ate and their medicinal use of herbs, there's quite a lot of that in there. All that said, though, it's an interesting idea, so I would recommend it. I don't find myself wanting to read the rest of the series though.