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Betty A. Wright

Sugar City, ID United States
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  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had

  • My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
  • By: Tony Danza
  • Narrated by: Tony Danza
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 905

Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I may be a little biased, but ....

  • By Sibine on 04-13-13

Recommended to anyone interested in education

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

At the present time, the media representation of our education system and teachers is at an all-time low. Mr. Danza's experiences, while rougher than most teachers, does point out the dis-service that the media gives to education. There are caring teachers, there are opportunities for students to learn, there are helps for struggling students. Listening to Mr. Danza read this book brought back all the memories of my first few years of teaching: the ups, the downs, the overwhelming frustration of wanting to help students whose situation, parents, and/or own choices have put them at odds with learning. I love listening to his voice, his inflections, and his emotions!

  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars

  • By: Ian Doescher
  • Narrated by: Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!

  • By Troy on 10-02-13

this doth entrance me beyond words!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Would you consider the audio edition of William Shakespeare's Star Wars to be better than the print version?

Great voices! sound effects! wonderfully performed!

What did you like best about this story?

familiar story with Shakespearian dialogue, wonder, funny, exciting,...

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

Many, not all, of the narrators sound close to the voices of the actors!

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

Shakespear on the Death Star

  • The Grey Horse

  • By: R. A. MacAvoy
  • Narrated by: Steve Coulter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Set against the colorful and magical backdrop of Ireland, The Grey Horse chronicles a time when the Irish people suffered under harsh English overlords who sought to destroy their culture and way of life. Into the Irish town of Carraroe, a magnificent, completely grey stallion appears. The horse brings with him the promise of better times and magical happenings, for he is actually the shape-shifted form of Ruairi MacEibhir, journeyed to a time of danger in order to win the hand of the woman he loves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good enough irish tale

  • By Ellenaeddy on 03-20-13

Fun romp in mystical Ireland

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

I wish the story could have gone on and on. I loved Rory and his ways of looking at the world, the lovely horses, the romance, .....

  • My Brother Sam Is Dead

  • By: James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier
  • Narrated by: John C. Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Prolific writer James Lincoln Collier collaborates with his brother, Christopher, a distinguished historian, and the Revolutionary War comes alive in this contemporary classic for young adults. Here is a war with no clear-cut loyalties - dividing families, friends, and towns. Young Tim Meeker watches his 16-year-old brother, Sam, go off to fight with the Patriots while his father remains a reluctant British Loyalist in the Tory town of Redding Ridge, Connecticut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just kept listening

  • By Dana on 03-23-09

Not recommended

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

An interesting story, well read by the narrator, but way too much swearing! I found it offensive.

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  • Other Side of the Night

  • The Carpathia, the Californian and the Night the Titanic Was Lost
  • By: Daniel Allen Butler
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411

A few minutes before midnight on April 14, 1912, the "unsinkable" RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage to New York, struck an iceberg. Less than three hours later she lay at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. While the world has remained fascinated by the tragedy, the most amazing drama of those fateful hours was not played out aboard the doomed liner. It took place on the decks of two other ships, one 58 miles distant from the sinking Titanic, the other barely 10 miles away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous: I never thought about It before now

  • By laurie on 05-18-15

Excellent read!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

I know have a better understanding of the Titanic, her fate, and her relationship with the two ships connected with her. Recommended for any who enjoy Titanic info.

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  • Language A to Z

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180

Linguistics, the study of language, has a reputation for being complex and inaccessible. But here's a secret: There's a lot that's quirky and intriguing about how human language works-and much of it is downright fun to learn about. But with so many potential avenues of exploration, it can often seem daunting to try to understand it. Where does one even start?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A genious Miscelany of linguistic topics

  • By Jacobus on 05-06-14

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 04-26-15

I really enjoyed this course! Reasons for why we Americans spell or pronounce words the way we do are sprinkled with details about other languages. Worth listening to again and again!

  • The Firebird

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,100

Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes glimpses those who have owned it before. When a woman arrives with a small wooden carving at the gallery Nicola works at, she can see the object’s history and knows that it was named after the Firebird - the mythical creature from an old Russian fable. Compelled to know more, Nicola follows a young girl named Anna who leads her into the past on a quest through the glittering backdrops of the Jacobites and Russian courts, unearthing a tale of love, courage, and redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful Historical Fiction

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-06-13

Well read and fulfilling

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

Reviewed: 04-15-15

Two different tales interwoven with modern England and Jacobite Scotland, with some Russian thrown in. Mildly romantic, one I have listened to twice already and will listen to again and again.

  • Made in America

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 779

In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bryson Not Reading Makes For a Rare Fail

  • By John on 02-28-14

Too much swearing for me

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

Reviewed: 03-30-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Started out enjoyable, but then.... A letter written to Lincoln that uses the Lord's name in vain over and over. Then a whole chapter of inappropriate, swearing town names. Couldn't take any more. It's been in my library unread for too long, now I wish I'd listened sooner so I could return it. Do not recommend. There are more uplifting books out there.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not Bill Bryson any more.

What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

He read very well! I was impressed with his pronunciation of French, Native American, and other non-English words. His pronunciation and accents for different time periods was also well done.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

At first, I was interested, then disgusted and offended by the choice of material.

Any additional comments?

With so much material why do writers feel that they must bring out all the filth?

  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

  • The Definitive Edition
  • By: Anne Frank
  • Narrated by: Selma Blair
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377

More than 50 years after its first publication, Doubleday's definitive edition of Anne Frank's famous diary generated an extraordinary amount of excitement when it was published in early 1995. Enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike, it reigned for nine weeks on The New York Times best seller list and will remain for all time the version that millions of readers will cherish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First review I've written - Had to write it

  • By Cynthianna on 12-21-10

A story all should read!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-15

I remember reading this as a child, but reading it again as an adult made me appreciate Anne's skill with descriptions. She shares her feelings and teenage logic concerning how "no one understands" her in a way that could help parents and teens better understand that stage of their lives. The narrator is superb with insightful inflections that add to the emotion. Highly recommended.

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  • An American Plague

  • The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
  • By: Jim Murphy
  • Narrated by: Pat Bottino
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

In An American Plague, Jim Murphy tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino's captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't expect technical depth...

  • By E. Birdsell on 01-27-06

Nice story, not the best narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What did you like best about An American Plague? What did you like least?

The story was well done with many quotes from people who lived through the horror. I did not like the choice of reader, the reading is too plodding/careful. He uses inflections with his voice going up and down, but reads at the same pace as if he were reading to a metronome.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Murphy? Why or why not?

I would try the author again. The subject is interesting and the writing style is comfortable.

What didn’t you like about Pat Bottino’s performance?

The reading sounds forced and unnatural lacking the speed variations common in most readings. He is very careful in pronunciation. The reading style just doesn't feel comfortable to me.

Was An American Plague worth the listening time?

Yes. I learned a lot about that time in history, the plight of the poor, the heroic efforts of nurses many of whom were black, and how life changed because of this plague.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful