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Judy Engelman

Scottsdale, Arizona United States
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  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,146
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,049

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

FABULOUS and relevant

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

This was a fantastic book and worth the listen! very realistic and the performance was stellar.

  • Candle in the Darkness

  • By: Lynn Austin
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

Winner of the 2001 Christy Award, Lynn Austin captures the turmoil of the Civil War in this stirring novel. From vast plantations to the cramped closets of the Underground Railroad, it follows one young woman's inspiring journey of risk and sacrifice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Candle In the Darkness

  • By Rachel on 07-19-05

A real treat!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

this book was wonderfully written and marvelously narrated. I was so engrossed in the story, the character development, the humanity and the compassion that I didn't want it to end. The characters were well developed and very believable and I've learned a great deal about the Civil War. The book portrayed more vividly and understandably the conflicts that led to the Civil War I highly recommend it

  • Circling the Sun

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156

Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe, who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pro: It made me want to read "West With the Night"

  • By Ilana on 08-01-15

A narcissist in the extreme

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I must say I was extremely disappointed with quite a bit of this book. It started out terrific and I was very engaged by the characters , the scenery in Africa and the wildness of the people and the place. However as the book went on I became extremely annoyed with the narcissism and lack of consideration of the protagonist which definitely impacted my take on the book. She clearly considered herself the center of the universe to the exclusion of other people's marriages commitments and needs. I'm sure that her being such an unsympathetic character tainted the book for me. My other difficulty was with the narrator. She seemed to have great difficulty simulating accents other than a typical British accent and and definitely was not credible when she read as a male voice. Having listened to books on tape for years I have heard many spectacular performances and found hers to be mediocre at best. All in all I did not feel like I got my money's worth

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,700
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,646

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

A diamond in the rough!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

I was intrigued from the beginning by this subtle, eloquent beautifully written novel. Slowly but inevitably I grew to really care about the characters in this book and to develop a deep affection for Eleanor and Raymond. The Compassion and the humanity revealed on every page in this book made me excited to get back to it daily. reading this book was a joy. It is a treasure and I highly recommend it.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,112

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

TREAT yourself to this fascinating account of the Italian front of WW Ii and LOVE.

  • The Garden of Evening Mists

  • By: Tan Twan Eng
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister, who died in the camp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best

  • By Susan Gardner Bowers on 03-11-13

loved this book! I

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

I learned so much about Malaya and the Prisoner Champs. The conflicts between the Japanese and Chinese during World War II were so interesting. This book was wonderful with terrific character development, good writing and it was well- narrated. I highly recommend it

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,929

On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Naivety VS Barbarians Of War

  • By Sara on 03-05-16

Gripping tale of great historical relevance

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

I absolutely loved every moment of this wonderfully researched historical account. I really felt like I got to know the individuals and their histories . I felt personally stricken to learn the death of various passengers as well as the knowledge that some were never found. The author captured beautifully the personalities of the various players including Captain Turner and Winston Churchill as well as Woodrow Wilson and his paramour . I believe that even those schools in his fruit will learn something new from this marvelous book and I highly recommend it.

  • In the Garden of Beasts

  • Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,708
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,736
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,736

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frightening, Powerful, Deeply Thought-provoking.

  • By Chris on 06-04-11

A gem of perspecitive on a horrifying time

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

Reviewed: 11-15-12

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

This is a fascinating and well documented history of the US ambassadors' and his family's evolving view of pre World War II Germany. To watch Ambassador Dodd move from his obvious initial limitations to being taken seriously as a player in the foreign service to being a soothsayer about subsequent events was worth the listen. Added to that was the jouney of his rebellious adventurous daughter Martha from being a vapid socialite to a woman of some substance. All of this on the backdrop of Nazi Germany while "the emperor fiddled and Rome burned".

Who was your favorite character and why?

Martha fascinated me. She lead with her heart and other not to mentioned parts of the anatomy. Yet in doing so, she revealed to us many truths about the inner workings of the Nazis, SS and Russians during this important time in history.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Hoye’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

A Grand Culture ruined by a small minded yet grandiose megalamaniac.

  • Faith

  • By: Jennifer Haigh
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

It is the spring of 2002, and a perfect storm has hit Boston. Across the city's archdiocese, trusted priests have been accused of the worst possible betrayal of the souls in their care. In Faith, Jennifer Haigh explores the fallout for one devout family, the McGanns. Estranged for years from her difficult and demanding relatives, Sheila McGann has remained close to her older brother, Art, the popular, dynamic pastor of a large suburban parish. When Art finds himself at the center of the maelstrom, Sheila returns to Boston, ready to fight for him and his reputation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it, especially if you've been Catholic

  • By Monica on 01-12-12

Riveting and timely

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

Reviewed: 11-15-12

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

This is an incredible story about a topic that affects everyone whether they are catholic or not. Similar to Doubt, this book makes us look inside at our preconceptions, prejudices and judgments and generalize to how they influence how we approach other people. We are humbled and amazed at the unfolding story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist was exquisitely human, self effacing and heroic. He was a very sympathetic man.

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

The reader's voices and intonations, her reactions and pace make this like a well done play where one can actually visualize the characters.

Who was the most memorable character of Faith and why?

Again the priest was the most memorable because he was the common demoninator and his plight of solitude and the yearning for connection is one with which we all struggle.

Any additional comments?

Well worth it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Snowman

  • A Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbø, Don Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,386

Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nesbo is the Cat and I am The Mouse

  • By Russell on 10-14-13

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-12

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

Yes, I couldn't wait to hear the next chapter. Great protrayal of enigmatic characters. I felt like I was in Norway. So eerie to picture the villain and the cat and mouse interplay with Harry. Many great themes included alcoholism, marital monotony and lost love, smoldering sexuality, dead beat police. I want to read more about Harry the detective protagonist. You will love this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry was complex, very salty, jaded and human. I was rooting for him.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was horrified by the premise.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful