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  • Things Fall Apart

  • By: Chinua Achebe
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,652

Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Achebe's Magnum Opus

  • By Darwin8u on 11-28-12

Hard to get through, but stick with it.

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

This story is written in a very unusual style pertaining to customs outside the usual realm of Western Civilization. I think I started and stopped this story at least 10 times, but I was determined to get through it due to the historical significance of the piece.
I had to approach it in a different manner. I thought of the culture the story was set in and how oral history or folklore played a huge historical and cultural significance for these people. In my mind, I could see these stories being told amongst the various tribes and how people would not only learn from them, but also come to understand their own stories, values, and mores of their culture--of their very world and who they were as a people. I mean, how do you think we obtained a fantastic tale about a man, a woman, a snake, and an apple? That story was told by many cultures orally for hundreds of years before it ever turned up in Genesis.
Once the "switch" was flipped I got it...and I got mad. The saying,"There is nothing new under the sun" exists for a reason. The hubris, the willful disregard of a people by a "stronger" or "more advanced" group of people will NEVER change. The sheer evil in imperialism of any kind absolutely sickens me and I came to see this book as a moving cautionary tale because it gave such an intricate view of the daily lives of a people BEFORE they were subjugated and it sickened me and made me think, "Where is this happening now and what can I do about it."
Pay it forward....I know I will

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,175
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Good story in a great series.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

I have really grown to like the characters in this series.Strike is such a perfectly flawed character. One just can't help relate to him. Yes, he is a superb, private "consulting" detective, but that doesn't keep the daily slog away. He has to "bust hump" like the rest of us and I truly appreciate that.
I'm glad the Robin/Matthew situation is being resolved. Robin seems to self-doubt to the point of stupidity and Matthew is a conceited asshole, but SHE let's him get away with it largely due to the trauma of her past. She is gradually growing out of this, but sometimes it can be very annoying to be an observer of this process. I hope they stay apart.
Strike's ex, Charlotte, is a total Borderline psycho. Arranging the lunch fiasco took a lot of balls and a lot of CRAZY. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of her.
Overall, the plot was good, the narration superb, and the pace of the book were spot on. I encourage you to read the series and thank you for your time.

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,699
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,792

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This was one wild ride. I really enjoyed the interactions between the characters and I love Strike's character. He's such a mishmash of the upright soldier, the rough and tumble son of a bohemian mother and a famous father, and a tenacious investigator that will chase down the perpetrator what hell may come.
Great story. I love the internal dialogue of the antagonist. It's so grisly and creepy. I also love to loathe Matthew. What a misogynistic pig. Oh, I hope she doesn't marry him.

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  • World War I: The Great War

  • By: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206

Touched off by a terrorist act in Bosnia and spreading all too quickly beyond the expectations of those who were involved, World War I was an unprecedented catastrophe with a ghastly cost. After this first "total war"-the first conflict involving entire societies mobilized to wage unrestrained war, devoting all their wealth, industries, institutions, and the lives of their citizens to win victory at any price - the world itself would never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT SURVEY COURSE THAT NEEDS MORE CHRONOLOGY

  • By Ark1836 on 06-08-15

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I truly enjoyed this program and I actually learned a great deal from it. The Professor giving the lecture was interesting and engaging. I strongly recommend listening to this course.

  • 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 876
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803

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
  • Maisie, Billy, and All Return. Yes!

  • By carina on 05-11-18

And now we wait....

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Well, I've steamrolled through the entire series that has been written thus far and it has been an amazing experience. I can't wait for the next book.

  • In This Grave Hour

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

When listeners last heard Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938, and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Führer himself. In In This Grave Hour, a year has passed, and Maisie is back home in England - yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good Maisie story again

  • By Maine Knitter on 03-17-17

A well crafted story

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I greatly enjoyed this mystery and like all of Ms. Winspear's stories there was much to learn from a historical and humanistic perspective. Here writing is intelligent and her ways of leading you through the paths of her books can be very subtle. I am so glad I found this series. It is thought provoking and life enriching.
I also have to applaud the superb narration. The narrator perfectly conveys the meaning of the author's words to the point you feel like you are LIVING the story. Thank you both, author and narrator, for putting so much of yourselves into this endeavor. Your dedication can be heard in every word.

  • A Dangerous Place

  • Maisie Dobbs Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131

Spring 1937. In the four years since she left England, Maisie Dobbs has experienced love, contentment, stability - and the deepest tragedy a woman can endure. Now all she wants is the peace she believes she might find by returning to India. But her sojourn in the hills of Darjeeling is cut short when her stepmother summons her home to England; her aging father, Frankie Dobbs, is not getting any younger.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reboot or Finale?

  • By Carole T. on 04-06-15

Another good book in a great series.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This was a difficult book to get through as Maisie was so distraught and devastated over her many losses. I liked how the author brought in the use of opiates as an initial way to cope with emotional pain as this is such an epidemic in our society. However, she turned it around and showed there are other healthy ways to deal and cope with the most difficult situations and come through on the other side. I find the right thing is often the hardest pathway to follow. I'm glad Masie chose this and kept her heart true.

  • Leaving Everything Most Loved

  • Maisie Dobbs, Book 10
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928

The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of the ball park again

  • By Jeanette Finan on 03-29-13

Stupendous!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Oh, what a book! This was a very good book with an excellent plot and well paced. Once again, the narration was fabulous.
I felt like my heart was breaking during this book. There is so much transition and all the characters I've grown to love are going through immense upheaval and change. I just pray they'll be ok.

  • Elegy for Eddie

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel, Book 9
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934

To the costermongers of Covent Garden Eddie Pettit was a gentle soul with a gift for working with horses. When Eddie is killed in a violent accident, the grieving costers are skeptical about the cause of his death. Who would want to kill Eddie - and why? Maisie Dobbs' father, Frankie, had been a costermonger, so she had known the men since childhood. She remembers Eddie fondly and is determined to offer her help. But it soon becomes clear that powerful political and financial forces are equally determined to prevent her from learning the truth behind Eddie's death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A time of conflict--look for the deeper message

  • By Jean on 05-27-12

We're back on track.

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This book was much improved from the last in the series. I had been becoming extremely annoyed with Maisie and her high-handed ways and fortunately she received some much needed advice from some close friends.
The plot was complex, but well thought out and well paced and the book just flew by.
The characters are becoming more complex and fleshed out much to my enjoyment and not just the principles mind you, but ALL of them.
As usual, the narration is absolutely stunning, so well done. I can't wait for the next book.

  • A Lesson in Secrets

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082

In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty's government". She soon finds herself investigating a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi Party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy edition to the series

  • By Jeanette Finan on 03-25-11

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

This was the least appealing to me of all the books in the series. I had a difficult job buying in to the characters and the story. However, I will continue on with the series.
Maisie is also annoying me with her ,"Oh, James doesn't really care for me..What is he hiding...How can I sabotage my life more by sleeping with him, but never allowing myself to be open to the relationship because I might get hurt...wah,wah." Insert slap and self-fulfilling prophecy here, please. It just feels too contrived. In fact, the whole book felt that way.
The narrator was excellent and did well bringing the words on page to life and as always was a delight, bravo.