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  • The Bette Davis Club

  • By: Jane Lotter
  • Narrated by: Sue Pitkin, Tessa Marts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,498
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,210

The morning of her niece's wedding, Margo Just drinks a double martini and contemplates the many mistakes she's made in her fifty-odd years of life. Spending three decades in love with a wonderful but unattainable man is pretty high up on her list of missteps, as is a long line of unsuccessful love affairs accompanied by a seemingly endless supply of delicious cocktails.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sharp, Clever and Elegant... and funny as hell!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 01-17-17

Implausible in spots, but so much fun!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-17

I enjoyed this book. The plot, dialog, and comical observations of Margo, the main character kept me engaged with the story even though some plot devices were mildly implausible. The narrator is mostly great, but some of the minor character voices are jarring, such as the emcee at the samba dance contest. Overall, though, quite a lot of fun!

  • Rain

  • A Natural and Cultural History
  • By: Cynthia Barnett
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

It is elemental, mysterious, precious, destructive. It is the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of all the world's water. Yet this is the first audiobook to tell the story of rain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly a cultural history

  • By serine on 02-10-16

Interesting, but flawed

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

This book is probably best read as a series of magazine articles. Information is repeated; travelogue bits don't seem to fit; political commentary feels forced. However, many of the articles contain interesting information such as shipwreck salvager's impact on weather forecasting and distilling the scent o rain.

The narrator comes across as condescending and the editors seem to have (poorly) inserted re-recordings of foreign words that were perhaps spoken incorrectly during the original taping.

  • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

  • By: Gregory S. Aldrete, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 24 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942

The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding - Informative AND Entertaining

  • By Matt on 11-20-13

Unable to finish

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-15

Too much influenced by Jared Diamond and too much hero worship and veneration of manly deeds.

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  • Did She Kill Him?

  • A Victorian Tale of Deception, Adultery & Arsenic
  • By: Kate Colquhoun
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

In the summer of 1889, young Southern belle Florence Maybrick stood trial for the alleged arsenic poisoning of her much older husband, Liverpool cotton merchant James Maybrick. The ‘Maybrick Mystery’ had all the makings of a sensation and cracked the varnish of Victorian respectability. Florence’s fate was fiercely debated on the front pages of the newspapers and in parlours and backyards across the country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating true story

  • By 6catz on 02-17-15

Flawed

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

No suspense, inadequate research, too "creative" for non fiction. I had hoped this was more like The Murder of Helen Jewett, but it is not at all that quality.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful