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Anita L. Thompson

Ojai, CA USA
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  • A Terrible Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Keith Gessen
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

When Andrei Kaplan’s older brother, Dima, insists that Andrei return to Moscow to care for their ailing grandmother, Andrei must take stock of his life in New York. His girlfriend has stopped returning his text messages. His dissertation adviser is dubious about his job prospects. It’s the summer of 2008, and his bank account is running dangerously low. Perhaps a few months in Moscow are just what he needs. So Andrei sublets his room in Brooklyn and moves into the apartment that Stalin himself had given his grandmother, a woman who has outlived her husband and most of her friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interested in Russia?

  • By Jon Appleton on 07-18-18

Not about the Romanovs

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

a very real look at the economic state of Russia using a very universal theme of familial Love..

  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,050

Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-30-11

much much detail.. good descriptive store of life

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

Reviewed: 01-18-18

a story built on description. I wanted to rush through to get to more of the women's story but realized this book was written as a beautiful painting of London and it's classes, it's environment and it's people. a reminder of how woman had no rights or control of their lives.

  • The Wicked City

  • A Novel
  • By: Beatriz Williams
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay, Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 140

When she discovers her husband cheating, Ella Hawthorne impulsively moves out of their SoHo loft and into a small apartment in an old Greenwich Village building. Her surprisingly attractive new neighbor, Hector, warns her to stay out of the basement at night. Tenants have reported strange noises after midnight - laughter, clinking glasses, jazz piano - even though the space has been empty for decades. Back in the Roaring '20s, the place hid a speakeasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is worth reading

  • By lyl on 03-20-17

So many squestions unanswered.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

Loved the Ginger story but so many plot questions left unanswered. the Ella story is completely unnecessary.

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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,693

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out intriguing, devolved into Twilight 2.0

  • By Elina on 11-13-17

nice story but it dragged.

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

very nice premise and much to flesh out but it seems as if what was most curious was barely touched upon. would like to hear more details of vampire's living situation instead of mugs of tea.

  • The Law of Attraction

  • The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham
  • By: Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
  • Narrated by: Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,124

This abridged audiobook presents the powerful basics of the original Teachings of Abraham. Abraham (speaking through Esther Hicks) reveals how all things, wanted and unwanted, are brought to you by this most powerful law of the universe: the Law of Attraction ("That which is like unto itself is drawn").

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Special

  • By Angelo on 05-19-07

Abraham is from Russia!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

What three words best describe Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks ’s voice?

I do believe that Ester is channeling the spirit group known as Abraham. I understand that the spirit is using her as a conduit and may have a bit of a time modulating her voice and accent. The accent seems to be Russian, at least it sounds like that to me. It is not easy to get over this but as long as you understand that its the spirit trying to communicate the best it can using a human instrument, the message comes through.

Did The Law of Attraction inspire you to do anything?

I re read the chapters nightly and when I need support during my day I always remember Ester and Abraham telling me that I have my other, my soul out there helping me and communicating with me at all times. This creates an instant centering and calming affect.

  • Fever

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Beth Keane
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 682

Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Faction" at its best

  • By karen on 01-27-16

Turn of the century New York and working women.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-13

Where does Fever rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am very happy to find novels, fiction or not, that deal with 19th century USA. Fever fits perfectly into this need to feel present in that past world. Candace Thaxton's delivery is very good at creating the individual characters and a very modern,at ease description of the city of New York at the turn of the century. I loved it. I felt I understood how it would be to walk down the lower East side of the city at that time. As a modern working woman, i also appreciate hearing a description of what a working woman of that time had to do to get and hold a job, even what types of jobs were available to women.

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,740

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

Fantastic narration.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-12

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

As I have learned, to enjoy an audio book, the book must be narrated well. This book is done very well on that reguard. A bad narration really does kill the experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tom Builder. So far, his story is romantic, not too violent for my taste.

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