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  • Dolly Parton, Gender, and Country Music

  • By: Leigh H. Edwards
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Dolly Parton is instantly recognizable for her iconic style and persona, but how did she create her enduring image? Dolly crafted her exaggerated appearance and stage personality by combining two opposing stereotypes - the innocent mountain girl and the voluptuous sex symbol. By developing a multilayered image and persona, Dolly both critiques representations of femininity in country music and attracts a diverse fan base ranging from country and pop music fans to feminists and gay rights advocates. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Tour de Force in Gender Studies

  • By Nephi Ferguson on 11-13-18

I like her music and the voice of the narrator...

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

.... but I did not like the book too much. In fact I hardly got through. This was due to my expectations I reckon.

I thought the book was a biography about Dolly in which the reader can find out more about her life and career in music.

The book is also about Dolly of course, but the main topic is gender and it sounds more like a doctoral thesis / scientific work rather than a book writen for entertainment / for the fans of Dolly Parton's life and music.

Yawn... well - that is not really what I expected.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Van Gogh's Inner Struggle

  • Secrets of Van Gogh, Book 2
  • By: Liesbeth Heenk
  • Narrated by: Denise Kahn
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

A fascinating look into the life of a tortured genius. Using Van Gogh's letters as a primary source, the author discusses the artist's life, his approach to his work, and his mental illness. The letters vividly show the artist's life was no bed of roses. Whereas Van Gogh perfectly knew what was sellable, he continued to produce what he considered as honest, truthful art, regardless of current taste.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly surprised by this listen . . .

  • By Bill Beaulac on 04-10-18

What a fascinating read/listen...

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

This audiobook is a great read. I had a lot of fun when listening to the life story of Vincent van Gogh. The book consists of Van Gogh's correspondence - which really allows an in depth look at Van Gogh:s life and provides a very personal account . Very interesting indeed and highly recommended.

Van Gogh did not want his letters shared, by the way. But without that such a great first hand account would hardly be possible. Personally I found his view that struggling is inherent to being an artist and that one can benefit from adversity most interesting.

Also, I love how Denise Kahn narrates the story of Vincent van Gogh - I like her voice a lot and she really brings the story to life :-)

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.



  • Nicholas Black Elk

  • Medicine Man, Missionary, Mystic
  • By: Michael F. Steltenkamp
  • Narrated by: Charles Henderson Norman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Since its publication in 1932, Black Elk Speaks has moved countless readers to appreciate the American Indian world that it described. John Neihardt’s popular narrative addressed the youth and early adulthood of Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux religious elder. Michael F. Steltenkamp now provides the first full interpretive biography of Black Elk, distilling in one volume what is known of this American Indian wisdom keeper whose life has helped guide others. Nicholas Black Elk: Medicine Man, Missionary, Mystic shows that the holy-man was not the dispirited traditionalist commonly depicted in literature....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great overview of little known subject.

  • By cosmitron on 09-06-18

A fascinating first hand account...

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

... about Indian community life, customs, religion etc. I did not like the voice and way of reading of the narrator at all - he over emphasizes everything too much I think - but still, the book is very interesting as it describes Indian life in great detail.

Black Elk is described as a very educated, interested character, who also learned a lot about the white man during his journey to Europe with Buffalo Bill.

Of course the book is mainly about Black Elk - but other chiefs like Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse are also mentioned.

The book ends with a story told by Black Elk and it also talks about his legacy. I had lots of fun listening to this audiobook and I can recommend it.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • A Study in Scarlet

  • A Sherlock Holmes Novel
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Keith Higinbotham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

The story begins in 1881, when Dr. Watson, having returned to London after serving in the Second Anglo-Afghan War, visits the Criterion Restaurant and runs into an old friend named Stamford. Watson confides in Stamford that due to a shoulder injury he sustained at the Battle of Maiwand, he has been forced to leave the armed services and is now looking for a place to live. Stamford mentions that an acquaintance of his, Sherlock Holmes, is looking for someone to split the rent at a flat at 221B Baker Street, but he cautions Watson about Holmes's eccentricities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best Sherlock Holmes cases....

  • By Christian on 09-28-18

One of the best Sherlock Holmes cases....

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

This is - in my view - one of the best Sherlock Holmes stories. It is complex and full of good ideas. Also, if you want to know how Sherlock and Watson get to know each other, this story is for you. It is the very first Sherlock Holmes cases. And it is very nicely narrated by Keith Higinbotham. Highly recommended.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Dracula

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Amanda Friday, Russell Gold, Elizabeth Klett, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21

Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel is the most famous vampire tale ever told. British solicitor Jonathan Harker finds himself imprisoned in a castle in Transylvania and begins to believe his host, Count Dracula, is not entirely human. As his horror mounts, he suspects that Dracula plans to invade and conquer England, one victim at a time.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Rendition of a Classic

  • By Spooky Mike on 10-01-18

One of the best versions...

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

... of this great classic that I have ever come across.

The story itself is quite well known I think and has also been told in different forms (books, audiobooks, films etc.) many times.

I particularly like this version of Dracula though - it is not really a dramatised version, but the story is told by different narrators and the voices are great (Dracula's voice is especially spooky).

Well done and very entertaining - many many hours of great fun.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Rip Van Winkle

  • By: Washington Irving
  • Narrated by: Brad Morrison
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

"Rip Van Winkle" is a short story by the American author Washington Irving. It follows a Dutch American villager in colonial America named Rip Van Winkle who falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains and wakes up 20 years later, having missed the American Revolution. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both wonderful and horrible at the same time...

  • By Christian on 09-24-18

Both wonderful and horrible at the same time...

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I had been looking for this story for quite a while (as it was recommended to me at some point) and I have to say I found it both very good and entertaining and horrible at the same time.

The story is fun to listen to and I especially liked the voice of Brad Morrison and the fescription of the scenery of the catskill mountains.

At the same time I felt really sorry for poor Rip Van Winkle when he comes back home after his visit to the mountains and finds his village changed so much. All of a sudden everything is very different.

I reckon this is how elderly people must feel sometimes. To me the story is like a fairy tale to some extent. In the end, Rip is back in his village and he is completely free. But sometimes freedom is hard to face.

Altogether a great story. Recommended :-)

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Poirot's Finest Cases

  • Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Full Cast, John Moffat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437

John Moffatt stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The ABC Murders: A chilling letter sets the sleuth on the trail of an enigmatic killer. After the Funeral: A wealthy businessman is dead, and his sister thinks it was murder. Death on the Nile: Poirot is in Egypt when a chilling murder takes place. Peril at End House: Whilst on holiday, the sleuth encounters a young woman, a hat and a bullet. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Mrs Farrars is found dead, one year after the death of her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent performances

  • By Customer on 01-25-15

Agatha Christie is just amazing....

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

.... and this collection of Hercule Poirot cases is simply one of the best dramatised versions I have ever heard. Highly recommended - and there is really not much more to say.

  • Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

  • By: Herman Melville
  • Narrated by: Ron Welch
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

"Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam's Magazine, and reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales in 1856. In the story, a Wall Street lawyer hires a new clerk who, after an initial bout of hard work, refuses to make copy or do any other task required of him, with the words "I would prefer not to".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I like this story very much...

  • By Christian on 09-03-18

I like this story very much...

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

... though I cannot really put my finger on why exactly. I will give it a try, but best find out for yourselves.

First of all, it is very nicely narrated by Ron Welch. The story of Bartleby told by his employer - a lawyer - is fairly straightforward and simple at first glance, but there is more to it below the surface and it is actually much more complex than that Bartleby is eventually "becoming less and less".

As mentioned above, I cannot say for sure why, but I like the story and maybe so will you :-)

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Autobiography of Charles Darwin

  • By: Charles Darwin
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Darwin wrote the text, which he entitled "Recollections of the Development of My Mind and Character", for his family. He states that he started writing it on about May 28, 1876, and had finished it by August 3. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Darwin

  • By MANI on 08-15-18

A great historical document...

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Darwin's autobiography is a great historical document in which he opens the door to his day and also some of his contemporaries to the reader.

Personally I find Kevin Theis' way of narrating rather monotonous - but content wise the book was so much fun to listen to.

To me it was fun to find out that he liked parties and found Shakespeare (some of whose works I like a lot) "intolerably dull".

Also he describes his theory to some extent and explains his manner of writing. Recommended.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • The Music Trilogy

  • Peace of Music; Obsession of the Heart; Warrior Music
  • By: Denise Kahn
  • Narrated by: Denise Kahn
  • Length: 27 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Peace of Music (Book 1): A once-lost magnificent antique vase from China's 13th-century Song Dynasty reappears from the depths of the Mediterranean Sea when it comes to dwell on a piano in a doctor's home. Obsession of the Heart (Book 2): Set against an international backdrop of jet setters, music, romance, murder, terrorism, and true friendship is Davina Walters, an international singer. Warrior Music (Book 3): Max knew the drugs and alcohol would eventually kill him, and sooner rather than later. So he enlisted in the Marines. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trilogy

  • By JEYCEE on 05-25-18

A Trilogy full of life itself...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I really really like this series of books. They literally take the reader once around the world and are full of interesting characters and thoughts. Very entertaining.

Denise Kahn does a great job when narrating her stories. It was a pleasure to listen. Also, you can either read only one of the books as a stand-alone story or you can read all three of them. The connecting topic - as the title suggests - is music. Personally, I like the third volume Best.

Recommended.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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