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  • Confederates in the Attic

  • Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War
  • By: Tony Horwitz
  • Narrated by: Arthur Addison
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

When prize-winning war correspondent Tony Horwitz leaves the battlefields of Bosnia and the Middle East for a peaceful corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he thinks he's put war zones behind him. But awakened one morning by the crackle of musket fire, Horwitz starts filing front-line dispatches again this time from a war close to home, and to his own heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Katrina S. on 09-14-18

Good for Civil War buffs

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Interesting book that I generally enjoyed as Horwitz explored his own passion for the Civil War, started when he was a child, the (extreme) passion of others and the continuing impact of the Civil War in many communities in our country. Those with an interest in the Civil War (War Between the States, War of Northern Aggression, War of Southern Rebellion...) would enjoy this.
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  • The Partly Cloudy Patriot

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Sarah Vowell, Conan O'Brien, Seth Green, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,006

Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best surprises on AUDIBLE.COM!!

  • By Doggy Bird on 04-14-04

Sarah Vowell is my new best friend

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

OK, I've never met her but I want her to be my new best friend. (Ms. Vowell: if you are reading this, don't worry, I won't stalk you, I just think you are amazing). Her love of all things historical, the joy she takes in quirky experiences at historical sites and events and her humor bring me absolute joy. I see much of myself in her and I have enjoyed everything she's written. This collection of essays takes you from the Dakotas to Paris to WA, DC. She shares her thoughts, experiences and family and it just makes me think that she could be my friend. Well done, Ms. Vowell, I'm ready for more!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Journey

  • By: Diane Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Deidre Rubenstein
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910

Halina Shore is a Polish born forensic dentist living in Australia. When she travels to Poland to take part in the investigation of a war crime, she finds herself at the center of a bitter struggle in a community that has been divided by a grim legacy. As the investigation proceeds, her professional assignment becomes a confronting personal odyssey as the truth about her own past begins to emerge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Story Marred by Unnecessary Fluff

  • By Debbie on 11-30-15

Slow start, got better

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

I also gave up on this book in the first two hours. It just wasn't grabbing me and seemed to be more "blah blah blah" than story development. It did get better and I am glad I finished it, but I wish the beginning of the story was better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,074

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

Slow start, amazing ending

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

This book had a slow start for me, hence the 4-star rating, and it wasn't until about 1/3 of the way through that it began to pick up the pace and became a can't-put-down read/listen. In the end, this twist-and-turn novel of kindergarten moms in Australia touches on several touchy subjects in our schools and communities--bullying, domestic violence, assumptions, cliques, etc. Once entranced into the book I loved how it unfolded and where it ended up. I will definitely be trying other Moriarty books. As far as the audio version is concerned, I was less enamored with the narrator. For me, her voice was a little on the screechy side of things. I'm hoping her other books have a better narrator.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw

  • By: Christopher Healy
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don't you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the 13 kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered - and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they're on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, however, they discover that Briar's murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all 13 kingdoms - a plot that will lead to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite series for all-family listening

  • By EmilyK on 11-29-15

I just can't finish it

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

Highly rated and with a great narrator, I should have loved this book, but 3 hours into it I just can't spend more time on it. Pinchot's narration provides voice to each character, but some of those voices are hard to understand and, well, just plain annoying. I'm not really sure what the story is about as I have to work so hard to sift through what is being said. This one is going back.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Royal We

  • By: Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,278

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king. And when Bex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very charming, but...

  • By M.A. on 11-03-15

Mindless enjoyment

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

I thoroughly enjoyed this summer read, but by no means would I recommend it as great literature or a profound work; it is simply a meaningless fairytale to get lost in while lounging on a beach, in bed, or wherever you choose to lounge. The number of familiarities with the current young royal couple (Will and Kate) and their families is almost too much to bear; I would have preferred more fiction than fact or close-to-fact.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Daily Love

  • Growing into Grace
  • By: Mastin Kipp
  • Narrated by: Mastin Kipp
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

We seek solace from our suffering and look for wisdom outside the confines of dogma, but soon we're drowning in vague spiritual lingo - intention, higher self, attraction, vibration - that's poetry at best and manipulation at worst. Mastin Kipp offers no fancy degrees, just his life and his scars, which form a roadmap to help guide you through the uncertainty that lies ahead, marking where the cliffs are slippery, where the sun burns hot - and where Grace blossoms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Lesson in Grace

  • By Lotra on 01-21-15

Just ok

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

Daily Love offers many good ideas from Kipp's personal life to implement in one's own life on the search towards love and forgiveness. For me it fell a bit short in the grace department. Maybe I'm not in a place to hear what he was saying about growing into grace or maybe he just missed the mark. Regardless, there are good messages in the book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,351

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

McCullough can do no wrong

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

Reviewed: 05-15-15

David McCullough can do no wrong, as evidenced this well researched look at the Wright brothers and their quest for flight. I will spare you the gushing and just tell you to read it. Soon. I must comment on how McCullough ended the book, and then the epilogue: each was done in a touching and poignant way, more evidence of McCullough's craft.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The 19th Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: David Ebershoff
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr, Rebecca Lowman, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 506

It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States. A rich account of a family's polygamous history is revealed, including how a young woman became a plural wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good history, a little confusing

  • By Kimberly on 01-08-10

Mostly undecided

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

I struggled with this novel, not because it's about polygamy, but because of the story telling mechanisms. There are multiple stories being told across different timelines. Sometimes I found this to be intriguing and added to the quality of the book and other times I just wanted it to be about one story line; hence, the indecision.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman

  • By: Jill Lepore
  • Narrated by: Jill Lepore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history. Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman's creator.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narration ruined it for me

  • By Julia on 11-09-14

Interesting, but flat

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

Reviewed: 04-11-15

I had no idea how much story there was behind Wonder Woman and I enjoyed learning about it. There were topics and stories that were repeated, and I found that frustration. The narration of the audio version is fair, at best.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful