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Terri

Boyds, MD, United States
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  • Rush

  • Revolution, Madness, and Benjamin Rush, the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father
  • By: Stephen Fried
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

In the summer of 1776, 56 men put their quills to a dangerous document they called the Declaration of Independence. Among them was a 30-year-old doctor named Benjamin Rush. One of the youngest signatories, he was also, among stiff competition, one of the most visionary. From improbable beginnings as the son of a Philadelphia blacksmith, Rush grew into an internationally renowned writer, reformer, and medical pioneer who touched virtually every page in the story of the nation's founding. He was Franklin's protégée, the editor of Common Sense, and Washington’s surgeon general.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration problem can be corrected

  • By Sandra L. on 09-27-18

Fascinating Biography

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I have always been fascinated by Benjamin Rush since his letters are mentioned often in the biographies of John & Abigail Adams. He is indeed a forgotten Founder who needs more recognition.

  • John Quincy Adams

  • Militant Spirit
  • By: James Traub
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 25 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

John Quincy Adams was the last of his kind - a Puritan from the age of the Founders who despised party and compromise yet dedicated himself to politics and government. The son of John Adams, he was a brilliant ambassador and secretary of state, a frustrated president at a historic turning point in American politics, and a dedicated congressman who literally died in office - at the age of 80, in the House of Representatives, in the midst of an impassioned political debate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great History of our Republic

  • By Troy on 06-23-18

Must read!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-19

I have always been obsessed with John and Abigail Adams. And I was curious about John Quincy Adams. His life was remarkable for the successes and disappointments, the unremarkable presidency and then the acclaimed period serving in the House of Representatives. I learned so much from this book. I hated to see it end.

  • The Other Alcott

  • A Novel
  • By: Elise Hooper
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Stylish, outgoing, creative, May Alcott grows up longing to experience the wide world beyond Concord, Massachusetts. While her sister Louisa crafts stories, May herself is a talented and dedicated artist, taking lessons in Boston, turning down a marriage proposal from a well-off suitor, and facing scorn for entering what is very much a man's profession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read if you loved Little Women

  • By Terri on 09-18-17

Must read if you loved Little Women

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-17

This is a great novel relying on a lot of historical facts about the famous Alcott sisters. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator is wonderful. You learn a lot about young women artists in 19th century America who went abroad to develop their skills.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • My Reading Life

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Pat Conroy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read­ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conroy shares his storytelling

  • By Howard on 11-17-10

Intimate discussion by favorite writer

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-17

I felt like I was sitting across from Pat Conroy at his kitchen table learning about his tortured life as a child and the importance of his mother instilling a love of reading. This book took me on his journey from child reader to adult writer. There are so many books that he raves about that I now want to read!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stars Are Fire

  • A Novel
  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 646

In October 1947, after a summer-long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast, from Bar Harbor to Kittery, and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disaster Strikes In 1947

  • By Sara on 06-02-17

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

This is a beautiful book. I could not stop listening. It was so harrowing at times due to the horrific relationship between Grace and her husband but you couldn't help but be proud of the young woman's strength.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Miller's Valley

  • A Novel
  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 816

As a young girl in Miller's Valley, an ordinary farming town that may be facing its final days, Mimi is observing adults, selling corn, growing up and changing, and watching the world around her change, too. As the years go by, the unthinkable starts to seem inevitable. Anna Quindlen's novel takes us through the changing eras of Mimi and her family, as secrets are revealed, and the heartbreaks of growing up and falling in love with the wrong man are overcome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quietly engaging

  • By Taryn on 01-07-17

Vintage Quindlen

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

Reviewed: 05-01-16

I have read every book that Anna Quindlen wrote including the compendium of her New York Times columns about life as a thirty-something young mom. This is classic Anna. She draws us in with bittersweet story of the youngest daughter who will lose so much in her life yet always remain steady in knowing what is most important - family. I loved it. I sat listening to the final 30 minutes with tears streaming down my face.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful