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Ilene Koenig

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  • The War That Ended Peace

  • The Road to 1914
  • By: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 31 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

From the best-selling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed review of 1882 to 1914

  • By smarmer on 04-06-14

Very tedious

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

Any additional comments?

I love history, but this just dragged on and on and on...and I finally gave up.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,059

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brought Room and the outside world to Life

  • By Daryl on 07-09-14

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-06-12

Any additional comments?

Narration was excellent and really brought this to life. It was like watching a play.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible Bridge

  • By: Julie Orringer
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

Julie Orringer's astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family's struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story - improvable on narration

  • By Dieter on 11-13-11

Good book ruined by a bad reader

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

Reviewed: 06-06-12

How could the performance have been better?

A good book was ruined by the incredibly bad mis-pronunciation of French words by the reader. He obviously had NOT done his homework, and it was most distracting.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • At Home

  • A Short History of Private Life
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,223

Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful Bryson

  • By Tina on 10-23-10

Fascinating

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-10

If you're a trivia fan, you'll love this. Not as much fun as his other books (lacks the humor of "A Walk in the Woods"), but full of great factoids. He wanders a bit and gets off track a lot, but always manages to tie it back together again. Sometimes a bit dry though.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful