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LADY LAKE, FL, United States
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  • Devil in the Grove

  • Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
  • By: Gilbert King
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994

Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. Despite death threats, the clan, and the urging of his associates, Marshall knew he had to defend "the Groveland Boys".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning history of the Jim Crow south. Essential

  • By Bill on 06-08-13

new (to me) history

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

I decided to discover the histry of my "new" home state and chose this prize winner. Very informative on both Thurgood Marshall and Lake county Fl. Lots to think about

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,711
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,192

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Old and New info

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

lots of fun to listen to this old myth of the witch Circe and Odysseus. Insights into gods,morals and witches. I really enjoyed it and the reader was spot on.

  • The Essex Serpent

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 529

When Cora Seaborne's brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at 19, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive 11-year old son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Kind of 'Year in the Life of..' story.

  • By Midwesterner on 07-13-17

Ponderous

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

Too many characters, poorly developed, The last 15 chapters didn't download and I don't care!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seven Last Words

  • An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus
  • By: James Martin
  • Narrated by: James Martin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 138

With the warmth, wisdom, and grace that infuse his works, Father James Martin explains why Jesus' crucifixion and death on the cross is an important teaching moment in the Gospels. Jesus' final statements, words that are deeply cherished by his followers, exemplify the depth of his suffering but also provide a key to his empathy and why we can connect with him so deeply.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect lead in to Passion Week

  • By Robbyn on 03-07-16

James Martin and Jesus, what a winner

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Fr Martin always does a superb job of opening up my thoughts to spiritual areas. His premise that the seven last words apply to Jesus' humanity and His understanding of ours makes for a great meditation. I listened to it several times during Lent

  • Emma

  • A Modern Retelling
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 643

Emma Woodhouse's widowed father is an anxious man, obsessed with nutrition and the latest vitamins. He lives the life of a country gentleman in contemporary England, protectively raising his young daughters, Isabella and Emma. While Isabella grows into a young woman, marries a society photographer for Vogue at the age of 19, and gets down to the business of reproducing herself, Emma pursues a degree in interior design at university in Bath and then returns to set up shop in her home village.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Uncharacteristic Miss

  • By MadMadeleine on 08-11-15

a favorite author disappoints

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I generally love this authors warm way of bringing characters to life. This one (a rewrite I know) was an annoying boring human. I gave up

  • A Little History of Philosophy

  • By: Nigel Warburton
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Listen

  • By Eric on 12-30-15

Deal of the Year

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Would you consider the audio edition of A Little History of Philosophy to be better than the print version?

probably equal

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Little History of Philosophy?

when I realized how much I was learning

What does Kris Dyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

an excellent teaching pace

If you could give A Little History of Philosophy a new subtitle, what would it be?

I'm so glad to know that

Any additional comments?

this is why I LOVE Daily Deal Reading ideas I never would have thought of myself. This was a great book and one of the few I will re-read. Lots of info bits I almost knew and lots of new things to think about

  • The Midwife's Revolt

  • By: Jodi Daynard
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,167

On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo

  • By Angela on 11-20-15

Informative but lethargic

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

yes, a DAR member, it is an interesting presentation of a woman' life in revolutionary times

Would you recommend The Midwife's Revolt to your friends? Why or why not?

see above

Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

N/R

Did The Midwife's Revolt inspire you to do anything?

quit before the end

Any additional comments?

the story bogged down about half way and I never finished it

  • Cry, the Beloved Country

  • By: Alan Paton
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

This is the most distinguished novel that has come out of South Africa in the 20th century, and it is one of the most important novels of the modern era. Cry, the Beloved Country is in some ways a sad book; it is an indictment of a social system that drives native races into resentment and crime; it is a story of Fate, as inevitable, as relentless, as anything of Thomas Hardy's. Beautifully wrought with high poetic compassion, Cry, the Beloved Country is more than just a story, it is a profound experience of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A word painting: gripping, breathtaking & moving

  • By Jacobus on 10-04-12

The best book to which I have ever listened

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

Reviewed: 11-21-15

What did you love best about Cry, the Beloved Country?

A toss up between the beautiful, broad story and the beautiful warm narration

What other book might you compare Cry, the Beloved Country to and why?

The Spike Lee movie "Do the Right Thing:

What about Michael York’s performance did you like?

A voice perfect for the characters and his lovely use of Zulu terms. One of the reasons I love audio books is the ability to hear foreign language. Zulu seems to be a beautiful, expressive language.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No...I never wanted it to end. I eagerly awaited every opportunity to listen

Any additional comments?

This is a title I have often heard recommended but I thought it had to do with rebellion, violence and protest. I had no idea it would be such a beautiful, loving, honest story of the struggle to change , both personally and in a culture.

  • Wild Swans

  • Three Daughters of China
  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 22 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller which has sold more than 13 million copies and a critically acclaimed history of China; a tragic tale of nightmarish cruelty and an uplifting story of bravery and survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book and great audio-book!

  • By AEL on 12-22-11

No thnaks

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

a historian, maybe

Would you be willing to try another one of Joy Osmanski’s performances?

probably not, the flat somewhat nasal narration was more than i could take for hours. I gave up after 1 hour

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

maybe a good story but the format of a "tale told" was unappealing to me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Taming of the Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733

Kateryn Parr, a 30-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • You'd better like repetition

  • By A customer on 09-17-15

Last's the best of all the game.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

Would you listen to The Taming of the Queen again? Why?

probably not, perhaps to clear up some Tudor history for myself. i rarely listen to fiction more than once.

Any additional comments?

Always enjoy this author and have always been interested in Catherine Parr and have read little about her.