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Deborah Smith

SAINT PAUL, MN, US
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  • Prague Winter

  • A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948
  • By: Madeleine Albright
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Before Madeleine Albright turned twelve, her life was shaken by the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia—the country where she was born—the Battle of Britain, the near total destruction of European Jewry, the Allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War. Albright's experiences, and those of her family, provide a lens through which to view the most tumultuous dozen years in modern history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The price of Democracy

  • By Jean on 07-14-12

Hope

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

Reviewed: 04-14-19

Through war and peace we can have hope. People do what they can to help their neighbor even when it is dangerous. Democracy is fragile and we must do all we can to keep it alive. Ms Albright does a great job telling the story of the war and the country she was from. Her father was a diplomat which led her in that direction for her life’s work.

  • Wonder

  • By: R. J. Palacio
  • Narrated by: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,667
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,658

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and spare emotional power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful story for all ages!

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-10-14

Be kind

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

This book should be required reading for middle school students. I have worked in middle schools with student that look and act different. It is so hard to be accepted by other students. Some teachers help but some do not do a very good job. Be kind to everyone even if they look different.

  • Plainsong

  • By: Kent Haruf
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 674

A high school history teacher in a small Colorado town, Guthrie is raising his two young sons alone. Thoughtful and honest, he is guiding them through a world that is not always kind. Victoria, one of his students, is pregnant, homeless, and vulnerable to the scorn of the town. When Guthrie helps two elderly ranchers take the young woman into their home, an unlikely extended family is born.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Grim Living In A Small Town

  • By Sara on 08-11-15

Great story

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I enjoyed this book. It helps when the beginning of each chapter the narrator said what it was about. Sometime with audible books it is hard the follow. I liked how the two old brothers loved the girl and the baby and their life were better because they said yes.

  • Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3

  • The War Years and After, 1939-1962
  • By: Blanche Wiesen Cook
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 26 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

The third and final volume takes us through World War II, FDR's death, the founding of the UN, and Eleanor Roosevelt's death in 1962. It follows the arc of war and the evolution of a marriage as the first lady realized the cost of maintaining her principles even as the country and her husband were not prepared to adopt them. Eleanor Roosevelt continued to struggle for her core issues - economic security, New Deal reforms, racial equality, and rescue - when they were sidelined by FDR while he marshaled the country through war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • E R's efforts

  • By Footloose on 12-06-16

A bit slow

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

I liked book one and book two better then this book. I think Eleanor was not as relevant during these years. The war years were covered better in Doris Kerns Goodwin’s book.

  • The Worst Hard Time

  • The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating History

  • By Sara on 02-02-14

dont mess with nature

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Worst Hard Time to be better than the print version?

I only listened to this book

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Worst Hard Time?

The genocide of the Native Americans which is how it all began.

What does Patrick Lawlor and Ken Burns (introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ken Burns talked about the importance of the diaries people kept to tell this story. He used the book and talking to Patrick to do his documentary on the dust bowl.

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

The story of Black Sunday.

Any additional comments?

Now I want to go watch the Dust Bowl again and read more about this event in history.

  • Accordion Crimes

  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Accordion Crimes opens in 1890 in Sicily as an accordion maker completes his finest instrument and dreams of owning a music store in America. He and his 11-year-old son, carrying little more than the accordion, voyage to the teeming, violent port of New Orleans. Within a year, the accordion maker is murdered by an anti-Italian lynching mob, but his instrument carries Proulx's story as it falls into the hands of various immigrants who carry it from Iowa to Texas, from Maine to Louisiana, looking for a decent life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just too depressing

  • By Annette on 06-14-11

Not worth reading

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

It was very hard to keep listening to this book. The story was shallow and depressing. The end was crazy with all the money that had been in the accordion but it never helped all the people who had it. The reader was not good. He had to pause to breath. It was hard to listen to.

  • Ordinary Grace

  • By: William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,615

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way

  • By tooonce72 on 03-29-13

Great story.

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

The twists and turns are amazing in this book. I never thought the Indian killed Frank’s sister. It was a great ending with the truth coming out.
Thank you for a good performance as well.

  • Of Mess and Moxie

  • Wrangling Delight out of This Wild and Glorious Life
  • By: Jen Hatmaker
  • Narrated by: Jen Hatmaker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,962

Jen Hatmaker believes backbone is the birthright of every woman. Women have been demonstrating resiliency and resolve since forever. They have incredibly strong shoulders to bear loss, hope, grief, and vision. But somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not even Christian and I was LOL’ing

  • By Amber Snow on 10-16-17

AMAZING

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

Jen thank you for an amazing book! Thank you for your honesty and passion. It was so great to hear you read it! I love that you are a messy transparent!

  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest

  • A Novel
  • By: J. Ryan Stradal
  • Narrated by: Amy Ryan, Michael Stuhlbarg
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 745

Kitchens of the Great Midwest is about a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country's most coveted dinner reservation. When Lars Thorvald's wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine - and a dashing sommelier - he's left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He's determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter - starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So satisfying

  • By Laura Schnoor on 09-03-15

Not great.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

I live in St. Paul MN. This book drops so many local places and it is over the top. I got this book for book club so pushed to finish it. I would not have finished it if no for book club.

  • The Japanese Lover

  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Joanna Gleason
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco's parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in their opulent mansion in San Francisco. There, as the rest of the world goes to war, she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family's Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My first negative review

  • By Karen O'Byrne on 11-11-15

Reality

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

This story is so real. The people have problems and find others to help and support them. There are surprises and twist and turns. I listened to it twice because after on time I felt I had not understood the first half. Then as I listened the second time it all came together. A great story.

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