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STAFFORD, VA, United States
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In Love in Phryne...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-16

As most of the world I first met Phryne Fisher series via my locat PBS station, here in DC, WETA and WETAUK. The plot lines in her book are organized a bit differently than the TV Series, actually they give you more of the details to Phryne and her life, that you don't get in the 60 mins segment on TV. As a lover of mysteries, I was completely entranced by the book, so much so that I went past my bedtime many nights.. stitching and listening.

The reader Stephanie Daniel's really makes the story really come alive, with her different accents for the Russian's Sasha and Dutchess, and common voice of Dot and others. She made all of it seem so real, and even gave more character to Bert and Cec.

I cannot recommend this series more highly. You will not regret your purchase, I didn't I even have the next to downloaded and ready to go...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Spellbinding

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-16

This is the of Edith Hahn Beer, a story of a survivor of the holocaust. Hers is a story of courage, intelligence and determination.. She did everything she had to do to survive and and we are privileged to be hear her story of this woman. The narration was exceptional, Barbara Rosenblat you really feel like you are there listening to Edith personally tell her story to you, and you won't forget it.

To be there.. at that moment in time.. pivotal

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-16

The book covers one pivotal moment in time, (1933-37) and the rise to power of that awful monster Adolf Hitler and his cronies. William Dodd, has been appointed the American ambassador in Berlin. but he is temperamentally suited for the job, nor is his family. He has an academic background not political at all, he would much rather work on his book, but he feels drawn into what is going in the world around him. Throughout the book you can feel the psychological turmoil this man and his family must endure, as it traces his descent from a joyful state into one of stress, ending with major job dissatisfaction and depression. He ends up a sad old drudge, but along the way he runs into some of German history’s strange cast. In fact, the book’s best bits are on the Night of the Long Knives. His daughter, Martha, is a piece of work. She’s a combination of fun-loving, manipulative, sensual and self-righteous that seems to drive all sorts of men to distraction. And she does go through a lot of men. Eventually, she goes off in a direction that would have deeply saddened her ambassador father, I imagine. From Mata Hari to Stalinist in three easy years. The Dodd family members, who are as different as can be, seem to get along very well with one another during a difficult time. It’s a very memorable book, one any reader of that time period will find interesting on a more social level

Eva Braun, Friends and Family

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-15

This book doesn't give you anything really new about Eva, but it does give a little bit more of a rounded background and picture of her. The author does bring in alot of characters some we know already (like Hitler and his inner circle) and some you might know so well (like her family members and co-workers). I feel that the author by bringing in others in Eva and Hitler's life, the reader gets a feel for how she reacted, also how some of them reacted and felt about her. I found this especially true when reading about how the wives of the inner circle characters. But, like all the biographies written about her, she is revealed as a person that Hitler kept in the shadows, but you learn he did this with all the "secretaries" that worked for him, when important visitors come to call at the Berghof. In case you didn't know she listed as one of many "secretaries" Hitler had around him . However, you will learn she had an interest in other things that revolved around her, such as her pets, shopping and fashion, picture taking (the films we now have of Hitler are home movies she made) and her family, but she was also dutiful and loyal to Hitler to the end. An was she so foolish.. she paid the supreme sacrifice for the man she loved and went down in history as the wife of Hitler, foolish? perhaps. All in all its an excellent read and will definitely hold the attention of any "Hitlerphile" or WWII addict. Yes you will read alot about Hitler and his little quirks and habits from the time she met Hitler and their death.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

The real Grantchester!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-15

What did you love best about Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death?

The every dayness and the relationship that Cannon Sidney Chambers has with his friend Detective Geordie Keating and Amanda. The stories have different set of dynamics than what we saw on PBS. It is almost the same six short stories as the series with Cannon Chambers as our moral compass, but they have reworked the characters and pretext behind the mystery plot. They also have dropped some characters in the PBS series. You will also notice the war and Sidney are not dominant in the book, something they added on the PBS series. The book takes you through a complete year, whereas the PBS series its just a season.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Actually I found myself really liking Amanda, she is less vague or snobbish than the PBS version. She is more rounded and involved with Sidney in the book and the reader gets a feel for the basis of the relationship and how he feels about her. I wish the books gave Leonard a bigger presence, because I really like him in the PBS series and Mrs M.

What about Peter Wickham’s performance did you like?

His voice is perfect and enjoyable to listen to, he also does the character voices well.

Any additional comments?

All in all its a enjoyable read, I couldn't get enough, I really looking forward to the other two books.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

So So Loretta

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book, however, does a fairly good, though I don't believe, comprehensive, job of putting Loretta Young's very long and successful career into perspective. He goes off track about other actors and their films, more than the focus on Loretta. You don't get much on the personal either. So its okay, but if your looking for alot information you won't find it here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

It was such a pleasure to meet Laura Bush

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-10

This book is based on interviews with Laura Bush's friends. It reveals friendships that are full of caring, insight, wit, loyalty and sincerity. Laura is an authentic, thoughtful and loving friend as you will learn. She has remained close to her childhood friends throughout her life and no matter what.

In reading this book, your also learn that Laura Bush, loves to clean. I found that we share a love for Clorox and Windex. As another reviewer wrote, "Now, when something around here needs cleaning, I think of Laura's enthusiasm. I find that it is much easier and more fun to tackle cleaning with enthusiasm than to go through it with a dismal attitude."

I liked Laura Bush before I read this book, we share several similarities: we are both only children and we both love to read. This book was an insightful read about a "lovely, witty and gracious" First Lady. She truly is a First Class, First Lady.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fascinating! A must for any Christi Fan

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-10

I really enjoyed this book. It gave a wonderful characterization of Christie, describing her residences, her likes and dislikes, and how she felt about her books and things in general. To my amazement I found that she was a very shy and modest person, which lasted throughout her life even in death.

This book is a must for any Christie fan!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fascinating!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-10

This book was such a good read. I really didn't know what to expect, you actually feel quite sorry for Ponzi in the end. He had such good intentions, but you know what they say about "good intentions".
From start to finish I just couldn't put this book down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fantastic!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-10

Michael Deaver takes us to the heart and soul of Nancy Reagan. He takes us back to the beginning when she met her "Ronnie" to facing his cruel fate of Alzheimer's, learning all the way about how she possibly felt, looked and handled or didn't handle events and situations. But all the while serving as grand protector of her "Ronnie".

If your looking for a down to earth approach to learning about the woman behind the man then this is the book for you.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful