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M. J. Christensen

Tucson, AZ.
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  • Medicus

  • A Novel of the Roman Empire
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,208

Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Susan on 08-31-07

A Roman Doctor In Britain

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Enjoyable start to this mystery series set in Roman-occupied Britain. But I didn't feel immersed in the place and time (not like I do, for instance, in the historical novels of David Liss). Perhaps the next novels in the series will give me more of the feeling of being in the time period. This novel was interesting and I got caught up in the mystery. Simon Vance is a great narrator and doesn't disappoint here - I don't think I would have liked the book as well if I was reading it instead.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirteen Clocks

  • By: James Thurber
  • Narrated by: Edward Woodard
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

The Thirteen Clocks is James Thurber's enduring story of life in a castle where time stands still on every clock at 10 minutes to five. The Duke of the castle ignores time and pays no attention to temperature either. He is a wicked Duke who has hands cold enough to choke a bull. The only warmth he understands is the warm hands of Princess Saralinda, his fair niece, whom he cherishes and protects from suitors.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't finish this. The dreadful music!

  • By Merry on 12-27-17

A Great Tale For Young and Old Alike

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

One of Thurber's best stories; his wordplay and humor make this a winner. But it is made even better with Edward Woodard's fantastic narration. It took me awhile to get used to the sound effects and music and I'm still not sure if I would like it better without these. However, it's delightful anyway and if you have children they should enjoy it too.

  • The Plague and I

  • Common Reader Editions
  • By: Betty MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

" The Plague and I" recounts MacDonald's experiences in a Seattle sanitarium, where the author spent almost a year (1938-39) battling tuberculosis. The White Plague was no laughing matter, but MacDonald nonetheless makes a sprightly tale of her brush with something deadly. "Anybody Can Do Anything" is a high-spirited, hilarious celebration of how "the warmth and loyalty and laughter of a big family" brightened their weathering of the Great Depression.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Jean on 04-20-16

TB and Betty MacDonald

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Having read Betty's other book, The Egg and I, I wanted to see how she survived the TB sanatorium. Another reason for my interest was that my mother was also in a TB sanatorium almost exactly ten years after Betty (1948) and had to stay almost four years. The routine of the place had not changed much in those ten years, and Betty's account brought back memories from my mother's own stories. Betty uses humor to soften her story of that awful time. Her descriptions of the other patients and staff are funny and show the variety of personalities that lived and worked in that hospital. Thank goodness antibiotics and surgery helped defeat this disease. Her adjustment to normal life took awhile after having been in that confined place. I also liked that her family was there to help her. The first part of the book is especially funny as she describes her father and his exercise regimen and her grandmother's undermining his efforts. I recommend this book highly to those who are interested in knowing more about TB and the way it was treated before antibiotics, the first being streptomycin, became available.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Most Wonderful Tales of the Year

  • Holiday Memories Written and Performed by Our Favorite Narrators
  • By: Audible Narrators
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Kate Reading, Michael Kramer, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,263
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,252

Here at Audible, we know just how much of an impact a voice can have on a story - taking simple words and filling them with elation, wonderment, tragedy, or pure satisfaction. We rely on our narrators every day to bring our favorite stories and characters to life - to introduce us to new authors and genres, or even to a new (perhaps longer) commute. And though our narrators are the best story tellers in the business, it's usually someone else's that they're telling.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is Some Kind of White Elephant Gift?

  • By Dave on 12-12-16

Some Delightful Holiday Memories

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

I listened to this around Christmas time, but just haven't gotten around to a review. While listening to the many humorous and some very serious memories of the individual narrators, I found myself recalling my own mostly happy Christmases. It was interesting to hear what each narrator chose to tell, giving the listener a look into his or her life. Thanks, Audible, for the chance to reminisce with these outstanding narrators!

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105,887
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98,102
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97,638

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not very funny

  • By Melanie on 01-28-17

Growing Up In South Africa

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

As the ratings show, this is a very interesting memoir full of humor, but it's also harrowing in parts. Noah paints a loving portrait of his independent, hardworking mother who tried to instill in him her sense of independence and self worth. There are stories about being a mixed race child where such children are not readily accepted and the awkwardness of adolescence. He goes back and forth in time like someone just reminiscing; some of the same people pop up in many of the stories. I found out more about growing up in apartheid South Africa and what changed and didn't after apartheid ended. Noah made an excellent choice to read his own memoir; his voice is pleasing and perfect. A very high recommendation from me and I hope that he continues his story with another book recounting his rise as a comedian and how he came to the US.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,814

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible book ever

  • By Molly-o on 12-25-11

Greatest English Novel?

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

Some reviewers consider this the greatest novel in English. And it does have a lot of levels, and the characterization is outstanding. But I found it difficult to grasp all the meaning and keep track of all the characters in the first part of the novel. It would have been better if I had read, rather than listened to, this book as my listening mostly occurred while driving around town. This is a book that needs more concentrated attention and for longer periods of time than I could devote to it. With my scattered listening, it took me 5 months to finish. I found myself rewinding often. This was in no way the fault of the narrator. Juliet Stevenson was perfect. For me, reading and listening at the same time would have been a better option. I will revisit this in the future as I think there is so much depth to this novel, and I wasn't able to get a full understanding of it this first time around.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death on the Nile

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: John Moffatt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,073

John Moffatt stars as the famous Belgian detective in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of one of Christie's most popular novels. Linnet Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a devoted husband, she has everything anyone could wish for. But as the happy couple set out on an idyllic honeymoon cruise on the Nile, storm clouds are gathering. Linnet's former friend, Jacqueline de Bellefort, follows her and Simon wherever they go and Linnet senses she is in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot

  • By Lady M on 04-07-15

Great Audio Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

A good BBC Radio adaptation of the famous Agatha Christie novel. John Moffat plays Hercule Poirot. The novel is condensed to fit the radio time restraint so it is sometimes difficult, but not impossible, to keep track of all the characters. It's fun to listen to such productions and it took me back to the golden days of radio when families would gather around the radio to hear their favorite programs. I definitely will listen to this again sometime, but the novel is better. Still, a fun way to spend a couple hours!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Odyssey of Homer

  • By: Elizabeth Vandiver, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Vandiver
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 423

What is it in Homer's Odyssey that has so enthralled readers from around the world for thousands of years? By joining Professor Vandiver for these 12 lectures on the Odyssey, you'll find out why.This literary exploration centers on a single provocative question about the epic poem's protagonist, Odysseus: Why does he long so powerfully to go home? To probe the depths of this question, you'll embark on meticulous, insightful examinations of the most important episodes in the Odyssey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Course of a Greak Greek Classic

  • By SAMA on 01-14-14

Understanding The Odyssey

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

Professor Vandiver gives another great series of lectures that enhanced my understanding and appreciation of the Odyssey. Her enthusiasm and love of classic literature is catching, and after listening to these twelve lectures, I wanted to reread both The Iliad and The Odyssey. In the last lecture, she tells of the archaeologists' search for Troy. The only thing I wish she had talked about was the many different translations and their differences. I would have liked her expert opinion as to which translation she thinks is the best. But this was a credit well worth spending and something I will listen to again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Iron Men and Saints

  • By: Harold Lamb
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

The first crusade of 1096 unleashed a wave of impassioned, personally felt, deeply pious Christian fury that was expressed in a mass movement centered in France and spreading to other European kingdoms, including Flanders, German speaking principalities, and Italy. Master historian Harold Lamb tells the incredible story of how Pope Urban II fanned the sparks of Christian anger into a mighty conflagration of righteous indignation with his speech of 1095 in Clermont. The resulting armed clashes produced some of the most amazing stories you will ever hear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An accurate and true retelling of the reasons for the crusades and the early christian knights who fought them.

  • By Dorsai on 12-25-17

The First Crusade Brought To Life

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

An interesting historical telling of the First Crusade and its aftermath. Lamb tells the story in such a way that the characters and setting come to life - we are there with the Crusaders on their journey. This is not a straight historical account (and has some inaccuracies as I understand), but certainly gives the listener a flavor of the time in all its religious fervor and bloodiness. I particularly liked the description of how they built the siege towers. This is a book that I could listen to again.

Griffin's narration seemed somewhat stilted to me. Not terrible, but I would have preferred someone who read more naturally.

  • Cabin Pressure

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488

John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mad Cap Comedy Silliness By The Experts

  • By Sara on 02-21-15

Laugh-Out-Loud Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

What great fun to listen to this British radio show about the trials and tribulations of a very small airline (only one plane in the fleet!). Each of the four characters has a distinct personality and the listener can readily become hooked on the program. John Finnemore is a great comedy writer and the entire cast sound like they are thoroughly enjoying themselves! I'm ready to listen to the rest of this series. Over and out!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful