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  • My Oxford Year

  • A Novel
  • By: Julia Whelan
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078

American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was 13: study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Karen on 05-03-18

ALL The CLICHES

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I feel like this book is the result of the author striving to see if she can include every possible Chick Lit cliche into one plot. Spoiler alert: she does.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,610
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,643

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Meh

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

This was one of those rare books where I realized halfway through that I did not care to find out how it ended.

  • The Oregon Trail

  • A New American Journey
  • By: Rinker Buck
  • Narrated by: Rinker Buck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 701

In the best-selling tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail is a major work of participatory history: an epic account of traveling the entire 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules - which hasn't been done in a century - that also tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Little About The Trail - All About Him

  • By Harold Stone on 08-07-15

Not what I expected...

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

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

Disappointed with the author's attitude about so many people, he referred to Individuals who drive RVs, Tourists, Individuals who drive Mini Vans, Mormons, Cops as "morons or idiots".

Any additional comments?

I was expecting the focus of this book about an authentic crossing of the Oregon trail, however - with the exception of his actual path, not much seemed to be authentic, he brought many creature comforts, had access to a truck, cell phone, and other modern conveniences.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,213
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,825
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,773

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Certainly isn't Unbroken

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

Reviewed: 12-08-14

Would you try another book from Daniel James Brown and/or Edward Herrmann?

Love Edward Herrmann as a narrator

Was The Boys in the Boat worth the listening time?

It was good, but not GREAT - I'm sure it was reccommended because I LOVED Unbroken which had similar themes, 1936 Olympics, WWII, etc - but not nearly as amazing as Unbroken was.

  • Edge of Eternity

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 36 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,998

Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good, some bad

  • By Elisa on 09-22-14

Worth a Listen - Not as Good as First 2

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

Reviewed: 10-02-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

More creative story surrounding the beginning of Plum Nelly band story line, seemed to mirror the true story of the beginning of the Beatles too much.

If you’ve listened to books by Ken Follett before, how does this one compare?

This was my least favorite of any book by Ken Follet. I much perfer the Pillar of the Earth series.

Did John Lee do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Average, really disliked the voice he used for Jackie Jakes, wasn't enough different from the voice for George Jakes, make listening to their dialog difficult.

  • Drums of Autumn

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 44 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,056
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,746
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,658

Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Can't Get Enough!

  • By Eugenia on 02-15-10

Redundant Aspects

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

Reviewed: 06-27-14

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

Annoyance, I'm not sure how many times is necesary for the author to describe/comment on the color of Jaime's eyes (blue), but she will remind you again and again and again and again, and dont even get my started on how many times Claire was incredulously says "what?!". Just a few of the MANY similar examples, really turns me off from the story.

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,916

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

He Changed the Voices!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-13

What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

Biggest distraction for me is how Roy Dotrice changed the way he performed the voices of the characters!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful