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  • Washington: A Life

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,695

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

Thorough and interesting.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

If you could sum up Washington: A Life in three words, what would they be?

Research,research, research.

What other book might you compare Washington: A Life to and why?

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill. The Last Lion was longer but moved a bit more briskly, but this showed a similar grasp of the subject.

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

Narration didn't interfere with the book, which is a good thing.

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

The Founding Father in three (very long) parts.

Any additional comments?

Worth reading.

  • Roast Mortem

  • A Coffeehouse Mystery, Book 9
  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

When the firefighters of Ladder Company 189 pull Clare's friends out of a blazing cafe, she happily comes to their rescue. As a favor to the men, she visits their firehouse kitchen to teach them the finer points of operating their newly donated espresso machine. But more than their coffee turns out to be hot. Somebody's torching cafes around the city, and firefighters are beginning to die in suspicious ways....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Firefighters play a big part in this cozy mystery-

  • By Byron on 02-26-14

Can't get all the way through this one.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Would you try another book from Cleo Coyle and/or Rebecca Gibel?

I like Cleo Coyle, but will skip the audiobook from now on. The narration is just awful-painfully slow and melodramatic.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Didn't get that far.

What didn’t you like about Rebecca Gibel’s performance?

Waaayyyy too slow and I hate the overly dramatic performance. Just read the book, please.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It might be just fine in book form.

  • Talking as Fast as I Can

  • From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
  • By: Lauren Graham
  • Narrated by: Lauren Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,892
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,008

In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls - the first and second times - and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Talking as Fast as I Can

  • By NO SPIN on 12-02-16

Such fun!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

What did you love best about Talking as Fast as I Can?

Everything.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Talking as Fast as I Can?

I loved finding out why the reboot was made like it was.

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

No but I will now.

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

Lots of laughs.

  • Chosen by a Horse

  • How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart
  • By: Susan Richards
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn't be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead, Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan's life. This gentle creature, malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection, had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved, loved, LOVED this book

  • By Deanna on 03-03-10

Beautiful memoir.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

What did you love best about Chosen by a Horse?

The sweetness of the relationship between two of the horses.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Chosen by a Horse?

This is a very emotional story and I don't want to spoil it.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to mention without spoiling the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, wanted to savor it.

Any additional comments?

Lovely example of the memoir as literary form.

  • 1781

  • The Decisive Year of the Revolutionary War
  • By: Robert Tonsetic
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

The Treaty of Paris, in 1783, formally ended the American Revolutionary War, but it was the pivotal campaigns and battles of 1781 that decided the final outcome. 1781 was one of those rare years in American history when the future of the nation hung by a thread, and only the fortitude, determination, and sacrifice of its leaders and citizenry ensured its survival.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mispronunciations drove me crazy

  • By dewlaw on 02-12-17

Mispronunciations drove me crazy

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Would you consider the audio edition of 1781 to be better than the print version?

No

What did you like best about this story?

Focused, well researched.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Noah Michael Levine?

Someone who could Google how to pronounce place names.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

When you get the gig to narrate a book, seems like the first thing to do would be to look up how to pronounce names. This guy gets them all wrong, from Banastre Tarleton, to the Pacolet River, to Gloucester. The last one drove me insane, because much of the last third of the book concerns York and Gloucester. It's really not that hard, folks.

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