LISTENER

lindal

  • 27
  • reviews
  • 18
  • helpful votes
  • 39
  • ratings
  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,826

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm and lovely Christmas story

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 12-13-18

A wonderful gift

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this gift from Audible. I was immediately immersed into old England, and into Sir John’s story. An excellent story and having Richard Armitage as the narrator? A winning combo for sure. Highly recommend it.

  • Paper

  • Paging Through History
  • By: Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Paper is one of the simplest and most essential pieces of human technology. For the past two millennia, the ability to produce it in ever more efficient ways has supported the proliferation of literacy, media, religion, education, commerce, and art; it has formed the foundation of civilizations, promoting revolutions and restoring stability.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Flawed Recording Ruins a Fascinating History

  • By C. D. Zuff on 07-18-16

For history geeks

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This was my second book by Mark Kurlansky having listened to “Salt” previously. I enjoyed this one just as much as I did Salt. He puts so much research into his books. You can’t help coming away with a wealth of knowledge on the topic. Some might think it a mundane or boring topic, but to the contrary it was most interesting.

  • Catherine the Great

  • Portrait of a Woman
  • By: Robert K. Massie
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved everyone minute!

  • By Elizabeth on 02-05-12

Russian history 101

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Going to St. Petersburg this summer. Knew virtually nothing about Catherine the Great, so I decided time to learn about her. Very, very interesting view into her life, as well as that of 18th century Russia. I had no knowledge of either, but now am quite well informed and will enjoy and understand much more when I visit there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Zimmermann Telegram

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632

In the dark winter of 1917, as World War I was deadlocked, Britain knew that Europe could be saved only if the United States joined the war. But President Wilson remained unshakable in his neutrality. Then, with a single stroke, the tool to propel America into the war came into a quiet British office. One of countless messages intercepted by the crack team of British decoders, the Zimmermann telegram was a top-secret message from Berlin inviting Mexico to join Japan in an invasion of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting

  • By Carolyn on 01-17-13

Germany, Wilson, Mexico...never knew the connection

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

An older book, but with lots of history about WWI that I never knew. Interesting!

  • Sleep Smarter

  • 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to a Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
  • By: Shawn Stevenson, Sara Gottfried MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sara Gottfried, Shawn Stevenson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659

When it comes to health, there is one criminally overlooked element: sleep. Good sleep helps you shed fat for good, stave off disease, stay productive, and improve virtually every function of your mind and body. That's what Shawn Stevenson learned when a degenerative bone disease crushed his dream of becoming a professional athlete. Like many of us, he gave up on his health and his body...until he decided there must be a better way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some parts good, but be careful

  • By Brian A. Shenk on 12-05-16

Calling all 60+ year old insomniacs!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I’m a nurse in a stressful administrative role who has just been educated on the physiology of sleep...and how to deal with my 1:00am insomnia attacks. I’ve already put many of the recommendations in place, with more on my “to do list”, and I’m ordering the book to share with my family members with sleep issues. Excellent!

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,800

In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but....

  • By Kimmi on 03-03-12

Habit

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Great book, very interesting. Have already recommended to friends and family who have started it already!

  • Elephant Company

  • The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II
  • By: Vicki Constantine Croke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598

At the onset of World War II, Williams formed Elephant Company and was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees, including on his own "Hannibal Trek." Billy Williams became a media sensation during the war, telling reporters that the elephants did more for him than he was ever able to do for them, but his story has since been forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story of Friendship, Loyalty, and Bravery

  • By Patrick on 04-15-15

Unknown hero

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

A very interesting story of a gifted man...intriguing at times, very moving at others. And an unsung hero for sure. Well worth the listen.

  • The Worst Hard Time

  • The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating History

  • By Sara on 02-02-14

Dusted, dugouts, and disasters

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

I had no idea how bad and how widespread this disaster was. It's hard for someone raised without struggles to comprehend what these people went through. If you want to know about the Dust Bowl, how it came to be and what it was like to live through it, this is the book to listen to.

  • Mayflower

  • A Story of Courage, Community, and War
  • By: Nathaniel Philbrick
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317

From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Removing the Blinders

  • By Karen on 07-21-06

The Beginning

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

This is a very thorough and well researched account of not only the initial Mayflower experience, but takes one through those early years of the colony as well. If you like history, and if you want to know more about this period of time, this is a very good source and a very good read.

  • American Ulysses

  • A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
  • By: Ronald C. White
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,204
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,044
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,029

A major new biography of the Civil War general and American president, by the author of the New York Times bestseller A. Lincoln. The dramatic story of one of America's greatest and most misunderstood military leaders and presidents, this is a major new interpretation of Ulysses S. Grant. Based on seven years of research with primary documents, some of them never tapped before, this is destined to become the Grant biography of our times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Absolutely Superb Work

  • By Michael J. Nardotti, Jr. on 11-05-16

The man I never knew

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

I started reading about Grant because I knew very little about this man. I ended up not only knowing and admiring this man who was our president. This is a very well researched book that provides you with a great insight into the life of Grant and who he was.