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  • Girls Like Us

  • Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon & the Journey of a Generation
  • By: Sheila Weller
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 22 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music. Their stories trace the arc of the now-mythic generation known as "the 60s" - the female version. Filled with the voices of dozens of these women's intimates, this alternating biography reads like a novel. Except it's all true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Nanoni on 05-13-08

Not sure about the accuracy. Very bad narration.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

What did you like best about Girls Like Us? What did you like least?

I'm not sure about the accuracy of Weller's information. Just prior to this book, I read Carly Simon's memoir, "Boys In The Trees." Ms. Weller's account of many events is very different from Ms. Simon's. I suppose that's to be expected. In any event, she does way too much psychoanalyzing of the three women and their songs, as if she is an expert psychoanalyst and an expert music critic as well. She comes to conclusions without enough information, nor does it seem she actually met any of these women. It was interesting see the trajectory of their careers juxtaposed against each other, and to see how their paths crossed.

Any additional comments?

Susan Ericksen should stick to reading JD Robb's "In Death" series. She does an incredible job with those books. In this book, however, she seriously mispronounced names of very famous people and her inflections were melodramatic and annoying.

  • Armageddon's Children

  • The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313

Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The start of something really good

  • By R. Jones on 02-23-09

Terrible reader!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

The story was great. The reader mumbled, especially at the end of sentences. Even worse, his character voice was AWFUL - mewly and simpering. For the most part he used this disgusting voice for all the characters. One exception was the character of Panther for whom he made a highly exaggerated African American voice who talked like he was on crack and had marbles in his mouth. SO glad the next book has a new reader!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Age

  • The Ancient Future Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Traci Harding
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Late one evening, en route to visit a relative, an accident leaves Tory - the attractive, twenty-something daughter of a prominent history professor – stranded near a ring of stones in Britain. Tory resolves to spend the night at the stone circle and seek help in the morning... But across the vortex of time and space, she is taken back to the Dark Age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best beginnings to a superb trillogy!

  • By Gavin on 05-18-12

The narrator was extremely irritating.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-15

The book wasn't all that good to begin with but the narration was so irritating at times I can't even consider listening to another book in the series.

  • Glorious

  • By: Bernice L. McFadden
  • Narrated by: Alfre Woodard
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Glorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history with the fruits of Bernice L. McFadden's rich imagination, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gruesome violence

  • By Marilyn on 11-22-11

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

Where does Glorious rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Glorious certainly rates high on my list of audiobooks.

What did you like best about this story?

I love historical fiction when it is done well, and this was very well done. It was easy to believe that Easter and Rain lived through those times. It was easy to believe that their stories were true. McFadden managed to present the really difficult truth of the cruelty that existed (and still does, I'm sure) with the glorious feeling of a life well lived.

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

Alfre Woodard's voice is like velvet. The voices she created for the characters gave real dimension to the listening experience.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blue Mars

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 832

The once red and barren terrain of Mars is now green and rich with life - plant, animal, and human. But idyllic Mars is in a state of political upheaval, plagued by violent conflict between those who would keep the planet green and those who want to return it to a desert world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fine end to a good series

  • By Hooga Chacka on 10-01-13

I Don't Know Why I Finished It

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The book (actually all of the books in the series) were WAY too detailed, so the plot barely plodded along.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm listening to "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob deZoet" now.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The reader's voice was pleasant, but his character voices weren't very distinct and voices he did for the women were awful.

What character would you cut from Blue Mars?

Mars

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Red Mars

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 23 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,462

Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novel, Red Mars is the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's best-selling trilogy. Red Mars is praised by scientists for its detailed visions of future technology. It is also hailed by authors and critics for its vivid characters and dramatic conflicts.

For centuries, the red planet has enticed the people of Earth. Now an international group of scientists has colonized Mars. Leaving Earth forever, these 100 people have traveled nine months to reach their new home. This is the remarkable story of the world they create - and the hidden power struggles of those who want to control it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Old School Hard Sci Fi, but softly

  • By JLM on 08-21-12

Extremely detailed

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

Reviewed: 08-20-12

I understand these books were praised by scientists for their scientific accuracy. Unfortunately, while I really do love science, these books get bogged down in details of both science and philosophy. Occasionally, there will be a plot point to move the story along. I often find that I've tuned out the details and then realize I just missed a plot point and had to rewind.

The narration is okay, but he doesn't do much to differentiate voices and sometimes his voice becomes annoying.

I don't really know why, but I'm listening to the second book. It is taking me much longer than usual to listen to this book. In truth, I listen to it as I'm falling asleep. I'm not sure if I'll go on to the third.

Now I'm wondering why I gave it 3 stars. I guess because the premise is good, and if it had been seriously edited, it may have been a good book and probably could have accommodated all three volumes of this trilogy.