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  • Trail of Tears

  • A Captivating Guide to the Forced Removals of Cherokee, Muscogee Creek, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Nations
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Duke Holm
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

One of the darkest and cruelest chapters in the history of the United States occurred when the nation’s young government decided to remove the native peoples from their lands in the name of profit. Having helped settlers for hundreds of years, five Native American tribes found it increasingly more difficult to relate to, and trust, the country that had once acted as their allies. The native peoples had fought alongside the Americans to gain freedom from England, the nation that the colonists deemed oppressive and unfair.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Opinions, not unwarranted, overwhelming

  • By Zinjanthropus on 06-09-19

Story is needed but too didactic

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

While this brief overview of the forced removals of native peoples is needed, it is far too didactic. It rings like a 6th grade social studies lesson. The horrific facts speak for themselves. There is no need to continually add commentary of a "teaching" nature. I agree with what is being said, but it puts the production too much in teacher mode.

  • The Department of Sensitive Crimes

  • A Detective Varg Novel
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

The Department of Sensitive Crimes takes on three extremely strange cases. First, the detectives investigate how and why a local business owner was stabbed...in the back of the knee. Next, a young woman's imaginary boyfriend goes missing. And, in the final investigation, they must determine whether nocturnal visitations at a local spa have a supernatural element. Using his renowned wit and warmth, Alexander McCall Smith brings a unique perspective on Scandinavian crime. Equal parts hilarious and heartening, The Department of Sensitive Crimes is a tour de farce from a literary master.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • poor review is due to narration only

  • By Marguerite k. on 05-08-19

very disappointed...

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

I hate writing a poor review of an AMS book, as I've read nearly 90% of what he has written. But I did not enjoy this book at all. Did not find the characters or story compelling in any way. The narrator is excellent but the material for me was extremely lacking.

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,763

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. But years later, she learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional & Powerful

  • By Miss Toni on 06-30-13

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

I read Maya's memoirs in print several years ago and decided to listen to her reading them. This first memoir is as wonderful as I remember. How does one expand on pure authenticity, descriptions, and wisdom. I can't. But read this if you're looking for a book with incredible depth.

  • Poor Miss Finch

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Marry Floyd
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

"Poor Miss Finch" by Wilkie Collins is a novel about a wealthy, but blind girl who temporarily regains her sight while being in a romantic triangle with two brothers. Lucilla Finch (21) has been blind since infancy. Shortly after the narrator, Madame Pratolungo, arrives to serve as her paid companion, Lucilla falls in love with Oscar Dubourg, her shy and solitary neighbor, also wealthy, who devotes himself to craftsmanship in precious metals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining story but didn't care for narration

  • By shortforu on 04-28-18

Entertaining story but didn't care for narration

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

I have enjoyed other Wilkie Collins books and this story draws you in. This was especially important because the narration was not at all what I like. It's a reading with a dramatic twist which is overkill in my opinion. The voices are sometimes shrill. I almost returned it. I appreciate a simple reading with some inflection and changes in voices.
But I got drawn into the story and wanted to hear the end. Would recommend finding a different narrator if possible.

  • The Bookseller's Tale

  • Oxford Medieval Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

Oxford, Spring 1353. When young bookseller Nicholas Elyot discovers the body of student William Farringdon floating in the river Cherwell, it looks like a drowning. Soon, however, Nicholas finds evidence of murder. Who could have wanted to kill this promising student? As Nicholas and his scholar friend Jordain try to unravel what lies behind William's death, they learn that he was innocently caught up in a criminal plot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Held my interest, excellent historical background

  • By Marcheta on 04-07-17

Not enough mystery for me

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

While I love period mysteries to both experience a time in history and a thrilling story, this lacked a tight mystery. The characters were not well-developed enough, so that one loses interest on how it all turns out. I enjoyed the details on living in the 14th century but the people and story just didn't hold my attention.

  • Believe Me

  • A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900

Over the course of a 30-year career, Eddie Izzard has proven himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screens with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Ireland, Wales, and postwar England, he lost his mother at the age of six. In his teens he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a two-man escape act; when his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man act, and thus a career was ignited.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My three least favorite words: "End of footnote."

  • By David H. Lawrence XVII on 06-20-17

I wish I'd heard more personal revelations than...

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

accounts of what was done when and how.
I love Eddie Izzard (and I don't even know him) and took many good things from this book. His thoughts on the loss of his mother, and then thoughts on his father and brother. Also, his sharing of the traumatic act of coming out.
But he lost me when the book began to turn into a diary of progress of his career through the years. Yes, I know it shows his perseverance and the mountains he climbed. And maybe he wanted to tell upcoming stars about the amenities of tour busses. But I missed more insights of those closest to him and those he formed a link with in his work.
For example, he refers to the camaraderie of groups, such as the comedy troupes in Britain and the South African marathon support team. As opposed to general observations of the group, I'd rather hear anecdotes about specific insights or interactions. More insights with "support" people than celebrity references. More relationship-based than activity-based.
I appreciated his final notes on thoughts on the universe and couldn't agree more with the belief that the world could be changed by just adhering to the golden rule. But I felt a bit lost by that time. I may hold back on divulging feelings but hoped to hear more reflections from you Eddie. Still, love you just the same.

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  • Saving Ceecee Honeycutt

  • By: Beth Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825

Laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Beth Hoffman's sparkling debut is, as Kristin Hannah says, "packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart." It is a novel that explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship and gives us the story of a young girl who loses one mother and finds many others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comfort Food For The Soul

  • By Karen on 02-17-10

Just not my style

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

I'm afraid my review is quite different from most of the others. I couldn't finish the book -- it was feeling to sugary for my taste. Also, while many liked the narrator, I did not enjoy hearing the voice. Yes, it is a young girl's point of view, but it still felt like a kid's book.

  • The Queen of the Night

  • By: Alexander Chee
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 416

Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singer's chance at immortality. When one is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four could have betrayed her: one is dead, one loves her, one wants to own her. And one, she hopes, never thinks of her at all.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Queen Of The Frost

  • By Catherine Lane on 10-24-17

Unfortunately, could not get engaged with story

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Would you try another book from Alexander Chee and/or Lisa Flanagan?

I really wanted to like this book as I love music and historical fiction but found myself longing for it to end. I still have 5 hours to listen that I'm not sure I'll invest in. Loved the premise of the book and liked the main character best when she was a girl on a farm. Then I got more and more disconnected from her and the other characters. It just didn't work for me.
I wouldn't seek out the author or narrator, but my decision would be based on content.

  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys: Volume I: 1660 - 1663

  • By: Samuel Pepys
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh, David Timson
  • Length: 42 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The Diary of Samuel Pepys is one of the most entertaining documents in English history. Written between 1660 and 1669, as Pepys was establishing himself as a key administrator in the naval office, it is an intimate portrait of life in 17th-century England covering his professional and personal activities, including, famously, his love of music, theatre, food, wine and his peccadilloes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life in a Perilous Time

  • By Barbara on 09-18-15

Historically interesting but it is a diary

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Love history, read history, love detail, love stepping into the past, and love really long books. But this is called a diary and it is a diary. While it may interest me another time, what I heard is mostly recounting comings and goings, delivering things and making payments, meeting people, having a pint with people, going to work, etc. I was hoping for a bit more of his personal insights, thoughts, descriptions. I decided not finish this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Maplecroft

  • The Borden Dispatches, Book 1
  • By: Cherie Priest
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker, Roger Wayne
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The lengthy build up is worth the mystery.

  • By DabOfDarkness on 10-25-14

Supernatural thriller not my thing

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

Returned this after 3 hours as the Audible description didn't fully elaborate this is a fantasy supernatural story. The one review did but didn't see that till after. Thought it would be more historical fiction. I gave it a try once u knew what it was but just dragged for me and got tired of the amorphous being out there infecting and killing people.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful