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Elliott

Palo Alto, CA, United States
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  • 10
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  • Reckoning

  • The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment
  • By: Linda Hirshman
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Linda Hirshman, acclaimed historian of social movements, delivers the sweeping story of the struggle leading up to #MeToo and beyond: from the first tales of workplace harassment percolating to the surface in the 1970s, to the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal - when liberal women largely forgave Clinton, giving men a free pass for two decades. Many liberals even resisted the movement to end rape on campus. And yet, legal, political, and cultural efforts, often spearheaded by women of color, were quietly paving the way for the takedown of abusers and harassers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Me Too and More

  • By Elliott on 06-22-19

Me Too and More

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

Reviewed: 06-22-19

50 years of sexual assault and harassment are the focus, with the addition of an historical overview. Shameful behaviors toward women in the setting of employment, including at government sites. Almost no insights in to how these behaviors could continue unrecognized.or to future prevention. A repository of the facts for all to see and understand the profound effects on the victims.

  • The Friends We Keep

  • By: Jane Green
  • Narrated by: Jane Green
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known one another since college. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and they never found the lives they wanted - the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible. By their 30th reunion, these old friends have lost touch with one another and with the people they dreamed of becoming. Together again, they have a second chance at happiness...until a dark secret is revealed that changes everything.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Story was ok, narration was awful

  • By Colleen on 06-10-19

A Gentle Story

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

Reviewed: 06-19-19

A gentle story, Easy to listen to at the beach or anywhere. Compassion within friendship is the theme, while gaining understanding of how to forgive past errors.. Honesty and kindness about gay relationships. A "positive" book for all ages.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Greek to Me

  • Adventures of the Comma Queen
  • By: Mary Norris
  • Narrated by: Mary Norris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris’s lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, seeks the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris’s memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine - and more than a few Greek men - Greek to Me is the Comma Queen’s fresh take on Greece and its exotic yet strangely familiar language.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love!

  • By Syd Young on 07-01-19

Greek is good

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

Reviewed: 05-24-19

Ms. Norris's Comma Queen is a more engaging and educational book. Greek to Me is more travelogue; I wanted more, much more about the language--the best chapters in the book. Learning Greek origins of English words is revelatory: hippopotamus=water horse.

  • The Flight Portfolio

  • By: Julie Orringer
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

The long-awaited new work from the best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge takes us back to occupied Europe in this gripping historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry's extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust. In 1940, Fry - an American journalist - traveled to Marseille carrying $3,000 and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for 13 months, setting up an underground railroad that led over the Pyrenees, into Spain....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Dian_uh on 06-30-19

Compassionate Rescuer

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

Reviewed: 05-15-19

A compassionate American rescues Jews and anti-Nazis from Vichy France prior to America's entry into WW II. Personal stories are deftly interwoven as escapes are described in

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Possessed by Memory

  • The Inward Light of Criticism
  • By: Harold Bloom
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

In arguably his most personal and lasting work, America's most daringly original and controversial critic gives us brief, luminous readings of more than 80 texts by canonical authors - texts he has had by heart since childhood. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much information

  • By Elliott on 05-07-19

Too much information

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

A scholar's book without crystal clear presentation. Too many names, more facts than can be absorbed. Pace of reading too fast. A sad story.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • American Eden

  • David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic
  • By: Victoria Johnson
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

When Dr. David Hosack tilled the country's first botanical garden in the Manhattan soil more than 200 years ago, he didn't just dramatically alter the New York landscape; he left a monumental legacy of advocacy for public health and wide-ranging support for the sciences. In melodic prose, historian Victoria Johnson eloquently chronicles Hosack's tireless career to reveal the breadth of his impact. The result is a lush portrait of the man who gave voice to a new, deeply American understanding of the powers and perils of nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NYC as a semi-rural city

  • By Elliott on 04-25-19

NYC as a semi-rural city

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

Reviewed: 04-25-19

Remarkable history of a remarkable physician who created a mini botanical garden in the middle of Manhattan, while practicing medicine. He was a leader of the science of botany. He remains unknown to most. Story is long; easy listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Late in the Day

  • A Novel
  • By: Tessa Hadley
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100

Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been friends since they first met in their 20s. Thirty years later, Alex and Christine are spending a leisurely summer’s evening at home when they receive a call from a distraught Lydia: She is at the hospital. Zach is dead. In the wake of this profound loss, the three friends find themselves unmoored; all agree that Zach, with his generous, grounded spirit, was the irreplaceable one they couldn’t afford to lose. Inconsolable, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. The loss warps their relationships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Older And ?Wiser

  • By Elliott on 01-24-19

Older And ?Wiser

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

Superior narration of a common story of real relationships. Author Hadley's dialogues were worthy of a second listen for me. A novel that teaches as it tells.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The New Iberia Blues

  • Dave Robicheaux Series, Book 22
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,975
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831

Detective Dave Robicheaux’s world isn’t filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier’s rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had foolish dreams of becoming a Hollywood director. Twenty-five years later, when Robicheaux knocks on Cormier’s door, it's to ask about a young woman he found who’s been crucified. She disappeared near Cormier’s Cyrpemort Point estate, and Robicheaux, along with young Deputy Sean McClain, are looking for answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ROBICHEAUX IS BACK ON FULL FLEEK!

  • By The Louligan on 01-22-19

Louisiana +

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

Splendid writing presents a complex mystery as a compelling story. Must listen to some chapters twice, which adds to the book's essence. Splendid narration.

  • We'll Always Have Casablanca

  • The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie
  • By: Noah Isenberg
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

We'll Always Have Casablanca is celebrated film historian Noah Isenberg's rich account of this most beloved movie's origins. Through extensive research and interviews with filmmakers, film critics, family members of the cast and crew, and diehard fans, Isenberg reveals the myths and realities behind Casablanca's production, exploring the transformation of the unproduced stage play into the classic screenplay, the controversial casting decisions, and the effect of the war's progress on the movie's reception.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for fans, would've liked more insider info

  • By Buretto on 07-30-17

All (almost) love Casablanca (CB)

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

From its roots in a NY play to #1 or 2 film on master lists, CB is watched often. This book tells the whole story -- and more than you'll ever want to know. Ever hear of Bugs Bunny cartoon "CarrotBlanca?!" One will enjoy CB even more after listening to this book.



  • The Great Believers

  • By: Rebecca Makkai
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,285

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story for all time

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

When AIDS appeared

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

Rebecca Makkai's novel provides a compassionate story of the tragedies and courageous fortitude encompassing the first years of the AIDS epidemic, with an extension to today. Noteworthy is the intensity of her insightful revelation of the character and motivations of the several protagonists.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful