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Carole T.

Shepherdstown, WV, United States
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  • The Soul of America

  • The Battle for Our Better Angels
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Jon Meacham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and LBJ, and illuminating the courage of influential citizen activists and civil rights pioneers, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. Each of these dramatic hours have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear - a struggle that continues even now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • more hopeful than ever.

  • By Armand Angelina on 05-14-18

We Needed This!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I really do feel better and more optimistic after listening to this book. Jon Meachem teaches us a thing or two and points out that America has been through very discouraging and even frightening-for-democracy times before. His ultimate confidence that "this too shall pass" proves contagious.

The history here may not be new to most fans of the genre, but Meachem puts them together in a new way, emphasizing the rocky road we have taken over the years toward our country's idealistic goals of unity, equality and justice. His primary argument is that Presidents have often not been leaders in that fight - few stand out as the right person to influence policy and public thinking at just the right time. But, when we have needed it most, someone has emerged from the crowd to inspire us and head us in the right direction.

His choice of examples is pretty unarguable in that most historians and citizens (regardless of political party) agree on the very best Presidents. They exercised judgment and influence - as well as charisma and rhetoric skills - in furthering the best in human inclination. Franklin Roosevelt is a notable example of a man hated by many for his social policies but still regarded as great (even by his haters) because of his unifying power through both Depression and WWII. In hindsight, it's undeniable that Democracy and capitalism would likely have been in much more danger in the 1930's without his calm courage and swift action. Hindsight and historical prospective also reinforce our appreciation of men like Washington (when Democracy was being defined), Lincoln (when we were arguably nearest to National destruction), Teddy Roosevelt (during the Industrial Revolution when capitalism and labor faced off) and Lyndon Johnson (at the height of racial tensions over civil rights).

We find ourselves in such a needy period now. Whether or not you approve of Trump, no one is citing him as a man of foresight, wisdom, or unifying rhetoric. His tendency is pretty clearly in the direction of despotism and division. Jon Meachem believes this outlook is temporary - most of us can only hope and pray that he is right!

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Room

  • A Vera Stanhope Mystery
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Charlie Hardwick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

DI Vera Stanhope is not one to make friends easily, but her hippy neighbors keep her well supplied in homebrew and conversation, and somehow bonds have formed. When one of them goes missing, Vera tracks the young woman down to the Writer’s House, a country retreat where aspiring authors work on their stories. Things get complicated when a body is discovered, and Vera’s neighbor is found with a knife in her hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By CM on 04-28-18

The Truth about Writers

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

This time Vera takes on writers - and mysteries. It's interesting to hear Cleeves describe a writers' circle and the tricks of her own trade.

The mystery is classic Vera, with all our favorites - Vera, Joe, Holly, and the hippie neighbors (this time they are in the thick of the action).

Although I have enjoyed all the books of this series, I do often feel that the books are a little too long and my attention sometimes strays midway. Same was true of The Glass Room, but the mystery is solid and the characters and the descriptions of their lives cannot be beat.

Another good addition to this series!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Captiva

  • By: Randy Wayne White
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

 

Randy Wayne White is acclaimed as "wildly inventive" (The San Diego Union-Tribune), "a wonderful writer" (Paul Theroux), "a fine storyteller" (Peter Matthiessen), and "the rightful heir to John D. MacDonald" (The Tampa Tribune-Times). In his fourth Doc Ford novel, he delivers a wicked thriller that sends government agent turned marine biologist Doc Ford into dangerous new waters as a Florida fishing dispute escalates into a deadly war that reaches across the ocean...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooray!

  • By Carole T. on 04-25-18

Hooray!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

So glad to see this appear on Audible. Not only one of the best of Randy Wayne White's Doc Ford series, but the added attraction of a George Guidall narration.

Captiva has all the landmarks of a great Doc Ford adventure: great information about South Florida and the lives of its long-time inhabitants, the wonderful regular characters in this world, anger at the unfairness and injustice of the modern world, romance, and edge-of-your-seat adventure.

Please bring the other missing parts of this series on board at Audible! This is a treat!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Spider's Web

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

A classic from the queen of mystery: Agatha Christie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Agatha is always fun!

  • By Kathi on 08-07-16

Deja Vu

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I thought I hadn't read this Agatha Christie, and I neglected to fully read the little "cover" provided by Audible, which uses the word "novelization".

So, early on, I started to get a feeling that I knew this, but differently. Turns out I have seen this as a play. It's a lovely piece - full of humor and nearly-slapstick "where's the body?" action.

It's also good as a book. With the great Hugh Fraser narrating, Agatha Christie's Audible offers are always a bargain.

If you like this, try to find the play and see it, as well. The play is a hoot; Mr Fraser saves this slightly less sprightly version.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Die but Once

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

Spring 1940. With Britons facing what has become known as "the Bore War" - nothing much seems to have happened yet - Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a local lad, a young apprentice craftsman working on a "hush-hush" government contract. As Maisie's inquiry reveals a possible link to the London underworld, another mother is worried about a missing son - but this time the boy in question is one beloved by Maisie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent British historical detective mystery!

  • By Wayne on 03-28-18

The Day Has Come...

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

...that all Maisie Dobbs fans have known to be inevitable. It's 1940, WWII has officially been declared, and we now must witness as the characters we have come to love watch another generation (often, including their own children) face loss of innocence and the horrors they faced themselves in the first world war (and in the early books of this series).

I have been with Maisie and Winspear since the first book, and there have been ups and downs, certainly for the characters, but also for readers. This addition, in my opinion, is definitely in the Up category.

An awful lot is going on in To Die but Once; some might suggest it's a bit too much. WWII is really getting started for England, and we know Dunkirk is just around the corner. There are justified fears of invasion by Germany. War profiteering is raising its ugly head. Young boys are signing up and longing to get involved in the coming confrontation. Meanwhile, on the civilian side, Maisie is continuing her business and looking into a murder. There's a crime family, fear of spies, and even issues concerning harmful chemicals, adoption rules and gardening! A Lot!

Personally, I have always had trouble with the very syrupy-sweet delivery of Orlagh Cassidy in the audio versions of the Maisie adventures. These are old-fashioned mysteries, I know, but surely people never really talked that way!

Still, Winspear definitely delivers on the atmosphere of looming war. As readers and listeners experience the action with both hindsight and foresight, the emotion is raw and real. We ache for those who face another round of unimaginable war, and our hearts are broken by the prospects faced by their children. In this book, sixteen year olds are in very real dangers that they can't possibly understand or expect - both in war and on the Homefront. I finished To Die but Once ready to plunge into the next part of Maisie's journey.



  • Wonder Woman Unbound

  • The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine
  • By: Tim Hanley
  • Narrated by: Colby Elliott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

This close look at Wonder Woman's history portrays a complicated heroine who is more than just a female Superman with a golden lasso and bullet-deflecting bracelets. The original Wonder Woman was ahead of her time, advocating female superiority and the benefits of matriarchy in the 1940s. At the same time, her creator filled the comics with titillating bondage imagery, and Wonder Woman was tied up as often as she saved the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • facts about how Wonder Woman has been portrayed

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 07-25-16

Missed Opportunity

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Where to start?

There's some interesting stuff here - even for the casual fan. The history, the involvement of women in the writing, the ups and downs of this character are fascinating - a real study in the plight and position of women in our society since the 1930s.

But, oh, the narrator. Nice enough voice, but Mr. Elliott reads much to fast, and his delivery - well he just reads! Mostly, though, for me, this was a missed opportunity - the narrator should definitely have been a woman! Duh! There are many, many excellent female performers out there who could have given this work a much-needed extra oomph!

And footnotes? There's a PDF with this, for crying out loud! Why make listening that much more a chore by breaking up the narrative for footnotes!

Could have been a really good audio.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Decider

  • By: Dick Francis
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Architect and family man Lee Morris never gave much thought to the shares he inherited of the Stratton Park racecourse, the multi-million dollar property owned by the powerful Stratton family. His mother had first received the shares to keep her quiet about the abuse she had suffered at the hands of her first husband, Keith Stratton. Now, much to Lee's chagrin, he is being drawn into the thick of the Stratton family squabbles as they wage a furious debate over the future of the race track.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Story With a Realistic Flavor

  • By R. Pontiflet on 05-23-17

Manly Men

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

You gotta love a Dick Francis hero! Knock him down, kick him, shoot him, set him on fire, break his legs: like one of those rocking clowns, back up he pops! Go to the hospital? Nyah! Rest? What ya talkin' about? Admit you're hurt? You're kidding, right? But one thing's for sure - his English gentleman's code and his stiff-upper-lip will never be in doubt.

Old-fashioned his values and ways of seeing the world may be, but what else you can say about this author is that he delivers - action, emotion, and crazy, cranky male characters (the women? - well best be glad these stereotypical figures don't get in the way all that much)! With the occasional eye roll, I still enjoy these books immensely.

Decider is a particularly good example. There's a spitting family feud, a group of irresistible children (all boys), a bit of horse racing - and, oh yes, the usual nearly constant attacks on our hero.

We are unlikely to see the likes of Dick Francis again. Enjoy him on his own terms.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gate Keeper

  • An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery
  • By: Charles Todd
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

On a deserted road, late at night, Scotland Yard's Ian Rutledge encounters a frightened woman standing over a body, launching an inquiry that leads him into the lair of a stealthy killer and the dangerous recesses of his own memories in this 20th installment of the acclaimed New York Times best-selling series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Todd does it again!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-18

Rutledge's Progress

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Chief Inspector Ian Rutledge is a man trapped in time. He has, like many others, been unable to escape the memories and consequences of service in WWI.

He wants to leave behind the voices and images of war, and yet he fears that as well: would forgetting mean becoming desensitiized? Would it be disrespectful of those who perished or who still suffer greatly? Can he establish new relationships when his 'ghosts' could realistically destroy him and anyone for whom he might come to care?

The recent marriage of Ian's sister - a sympathetic confidant - has stirred up these issues again for our hero. He knows her life and priorities will rightly be changing, and, although he is happy for her, he is also a little jealous and unsettled. So, with a few days off, he heads in an unknown direction to mull it all over.

Of course, he runs right into a murder and a return to policing duties. The mystery he stumbles upon is a good one, with lots of interesting characters and several possible solutions - all keep the reader interested.

Through the people he meets and the secrets he uncovers, Ian finds that there are those who hold memories and secrets even more painful than his own. Some are stuck in relationships far more destructive and hopeless than his own. In fact, Ian can be grateful for what he has.

So, this book shows progress for Inspector Rutledge - and hope that, although his wounds will stay with him (in fact, will help him), the future may hold something good.

I look forward to the journey.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Memory Watcher

  • By: Minka Kent
  • Narrated by: Sally Vahle, Morgan Laure
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,210

When Autumn Carpenter stumbles upon the social media account of the family who adopted her infant daughter years ago, she finds herself instantly drawn into their picture-perfect existence. From behind a computer screen, Autumn watches Grace's every memory, from birthdays to holidays to bedtime snuggles. But what starts as an innocent fascination soon spirals into an addictive obsession that comes to a screeching halt the day the McMullen family closes their Instaface account.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Webs within webs, within a large web...

  • By JK907 on 05-03-17

A Warning About Social Media

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

I was both intrigued and frustrated by this book. Minka Kent presents a real up-to-date thriller for the social media age - it crackles with the menace which constant opportunities for anonymous 'following' has brought upon us.

There are surprise turns - some of them justified, but one quite important one not at all 'earned' by the writer. The characters are interesting and appropriately flawed - a great example of the unreliable narrator we've become so used to recently.

Yet, ultimately, I found the book to be unsatisfying. There was a feeling of an author too well schooled on what's popular and selling just now. We've come to expect these shock endings in best sellers, but what good are they really if the author has not given us any (any!) means of anticipating them.

Surprise simply for the sake of surprise.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Dramatised)

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: John Moffat, Donald Sinden, Sian Phillips
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

In this delightful tale, an Eastern Prince arrives in England with some family jewels which he’s having reset as a gift for his fiancée. However, the Prince also has a mistress; she asks to wear one particularly enchanting piece that features a huge ruby, and then promptly disappears with it. Poirot discovers a connection with a house party at the home of Colonel and Mrs Lacey, and in order to pursue his investigation an invitation is procured for him to the Laceys’.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Joy to the (Agatha Christie) World!

  • By Carole T. on 12-06-17

Joy to the (Agatha Christie) World!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

I admit that I am a sucker for listening to Christmas stories - no matter how silly or sentimental - during December! This little ditty did not at all disappoint. The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding is new to me, and it's just perfect for a short, holiday diversion!

Hercule Poirot is at his most fussy and appealing in this country house tale. The story does not involve murder, and it isn't silly or sentimental, but it is as delicious as the title pudding - delivered by a wonderful cast.

A lovely little Christmas present!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful