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Amy W. Boucher

Independence, Virginia
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  • Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

  • And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
  • By: Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Mastromonaco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,300

If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would sound something like this. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is an intimate and admiring portrait of a president, a candid book of advice for young women, and a promising debut from a savvy political star.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and funny

  • By Jean on 04-06-17

Wrong generation?

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Maybe this book did not appeal because I am too old. No deep insights and the author reads it herself in a kind of schoolgirl-giving-a-report singsong cadence that is annoying. While she says the purpose is not “hey, look at me. I met all these cool people and did these cool things and it’s really not that glamorous,” that’s exactly the way it comes across. #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Stalker on the Fens

  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

Detective Inspector Nikki Galena's close friend Helen Brook is involved in a serious accident where she is trapped in a collapsed cellar. After her hard-won recovery, Helen is still getting flashbacks to a man she says was down there with her and who confessed to a murder. But no trace of this man can be found. Then Helen tells Nikki that someone is watching her. But is all this in her friend's imagination and part of her post-traumatic stress?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this English police procedural series!

  • By Wayne on 08-29-17

Good as always

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I like Joy Ellis's work. The narrator, though...it's a little too fast and a little too much like reading. A different narrator would improve the series/

  • English Grammar Boot Camp

  • By: Anne Curzan, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Anne Curzan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957

Grammar! For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger-wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language. But what is grammar? In fact, it's the integral basis of how we speak and write. As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and your skill in using it, in both speech and the written word.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular

  • By Quaker on 09-24-16

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

This isn’t just about those niggling grammar details that bother us or we can’t keep straight. This is about the cutting edge of our language, how it changes, why it changes, what we can expect in future. Fascinating. Even months after reading this, I find myself referring in conversation to “as I learned in English Grammar Boot Camp...”. Professor Curzon is also a great and enthusiastic narrator.

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  • The Return of the Native

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 812

Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always Hardy

  • By Wallen on 04-20-11

Dark and beautiful

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

Reviewed: 10-02-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Fro the writing, and the incredible narration by Alan Rickman.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Diggory Venn, of course, because he takes things to heart in an honest way, works things out in his mind, and persists in his beliefs and his love.

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

He can drip with irony, and this is a book where such ironic depth brings out the author's intent.

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

A fire that kindles hotly burns out quickly.

Any additional comments?

Egdon Heath is a full character in The Return of the Native, which is a dark and brooding book. From page one, Hardy draws us in: "A Saturday afternoon in November was approaching the time of twilight, and the vast tract of unenclosed wild known as Edgon Heath embrowned itself moment by moment. Overhead the hollow stretch of whitish cloud shutting out the sky was as a tent which had the whole heath for its floor.The heaven being spread with this pallid screen and the earth with the darkest vegetation, their meeting-line at the horizon was clearly marked. In such contrast the heath wore the appearance of an installment of night which had taken up its place before its astronomical hour was come: darkness had to a great extent arrived hereon, while day stood distinct in the sky….The somber stretch of rounds and hollows seemed to rise and meet the evening gloom in pure sympathy, the heath exhaling darkness as rapidly as the heavens precipitated it. And so the obscurity in the air and the obscurity in the land closed together in a black fraternization towards which each advanced half-way."Just wait till you hear Alan Rickman read that.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Fallen Angel: Gabriel Allon, Book 12

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157

After narrowly surviving his last operation, Gabriel Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, has taken refuge behind the walls of the Vatican, where he is restoring one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces. But early one morning he is summoned to St. Peter's Basilica by Monsignor Luigi Donati, the all-powerful private secretary to his Holiness Pope Paul VII. The body of a beautiful woman lies broken beneath Michelangelo's magnificent dome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fact or Fiction

  • By Ella on 01-29-13

As good as the usual Silva/Guidall fare

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

Reviewed: 08-28-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yet another in the Gabriel Allon series with plot twists and turns and world terrorism thrown in. For someone who likes the Allon books, this is one they would like.

Have you listened to any of George Guidall???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Guidall is great.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dust and Shadow

  • An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson
  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,642

Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Wadie on 01-07-11

enjoyable summer Sherlock Holmes read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-11

Faye does a great job of taking the Jack the Ripper facts and blending them into a plausible Sherlock Holmes tale. Even a plausible explanation of the Ripper phenomenon. Makes a long car ride go by in no time and you want to listen to the end when you get where you're going. And of course Simon Vance is an excellent reader.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Life after Death

  • The Evidence
  • By: Dinesh D’Souza
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Is there life beyond the grave? Is it reasonable to believe in the afterlife? If so, how should we act on those beliefs? Best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza undertakes an unprecedented voyage of intellectual discovery to reveal the truth about life, death and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite of the Year

  • By Darrell on 12-08-09

Not evidence, but argument

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-10

D'Souza claims to present "evidence" for life after death but almost nothing in this book could be considered evidence, apart from a few interesting forays into science. The bulk of the book is an attack on atheism. I was aware that the book would have a Christian bias but was not prepared for the relentless attacks on the currently in vogue atheists. D'Souza considers that once he has argued his position, the result of the argument is "proof." I found the arguments (or proofs) specious and sophistic. Don't waste your time or money.

17 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Angelology

  • A Novel
  • By: Danielle Trussoni
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 238

Sister Evangeline was just a girl when her father entrusted her to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Now, at 23, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Pleasant Divine Suprise

  • By Angela on 05-08-10

Pale imitation of Dan Brown

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-10

This is a Dan Brown sort of action book. It's well read but there's not a lot of there there. I find Dan Brown thin at best and this is even thinner.