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Ruth J. Mcclure

San Jacinto, CA United States
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  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,819

One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping novel, excellent production

  • By David on 01-18-11

Wonderful story in the English novel tradition

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

An absorbing long read with terrific character development with the language and techniques of 19th century English novels and 20th century British mysteries. One of my favorite books from Audible. Fascinating multiple points of view while maintaining one time line without flashbacks and minimal foreshadowing.

  • The Ghost in My Brain

  • How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back
  • By: Clark Elliott Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 334

In 1999, Clark Elliott suffered a concussion when his car was rear-ended. Overnight his life changed from that of a rising professor with a research career in artificial intelligence to a humbled man struggling to get through a single day. At times he couldn't walk across a room, or even name his five children. Doctors told him he would never fully recover. After eight years, the cognitive demands of his job, and of being a single parent, finally became more than he could manage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly Tedious With Moments of Insight

  • By Brent on 01-17-16

Mesmerizing and spellbinding from beginning to end

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

If you could sum up The Ghost in My Brain in three words, what would they be?

Dramatic. Enlightening. Emotional.

What did you like best about this story?

The melding of the narrator's voice with the written word. Arthur Morey became Clark Elliott in my mind with all of the empathy and restrained emotion required of such a devastating and dramatic story. Best of all, I had a great cathartic cry over the happy ending.

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

As I say, Arthur Morey's voice became Clark Elliott for me, with just the right touch of restrained emotion to get the story of such devastating brain damage across to the listener without conveying the total misery Dr. Elliott was actually undergoing. Mr. Morey's voice sounds age appropriate for Dr. Elliott, and his voice is quite pleasant, soft and pleasing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story of being lost around Lake Michigan and his return home to his family and the dog had me laughing out loud at the outrageousness of the situation and Clark Elliott's helplessness. And it gets better: Dr. Elliott is constantly aware of the juxtaposition of his helplessness and his sophisticated knowledge and understanding of exactly what is happening to his brain and body. Oh dear.

Any additional comments?

This is one of the very best Audible experiences I have had over a number of years. Loved this book! It is so simple, but as you will see, it covers the cutting edge of discoveries and advances in brain plasticity. Recommended for anyone who ever had an unsuspectingly serious bump on the head or knows someone with a traumatic brain injury (concussion). Or someone like myself, wondering about a heredity tendency toward Alzheimer's. This book is written by an extremely intelligent scientist with a great imagination and writing ability--as well as a superb vocabulary.

  • The Forsyte Saga

  • By: John Galsworthy
  • Narrated by: Fred Williams
  • Length: 42 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

The three novels that make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family through three generations, beginning in Victorian London during the 1880s and ending in the early 1920s. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great work.

  • By EJH on 07-06-05

Truly interesting period family saga

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

Worth reading/listening to again to fully appreciate the characterizations and Galsworthy's point of view strategies as he moves from third person omniscience among the primary characters to various degrees of omniscience and strictly limited third person narration for most secondary characters. Most interesting is the opaque narration of the primary female protagonist Irene compared to her counterpart first husband whose thoughts Galsworthy so generously shares with us to the end. A true in- depth portrait of an American family and turn-of-the-century era.

  • Bach and the High Baroque

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Professor Robert Greenberg Ph.D. University of California Berkeley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 458

Though unappreciated in his own time, Johann Sebastian Bach has ascended to Olympian heights, the verdict of contemporary audiences long since overruled by succeeding generations of music lovers. But what makes his music great? In this series of 32 lectures, a working composer and musicologist brings his exceptional teaching skills to the task of helping you hear the extraordinary sweep of Bach's music. You'll understand the compositional language that enabled him to compose such extravagant, unbridled music while still maintaining precise control of every aspect - beat, melody, melodic repetition, interaction, and harmony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bach Treasure Box Opened by a True Enthusiast

  • By Dickens Groupie on 09-07-13

Changed my life--better than my college courses

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

Reviewed: 08-10-13

Would you listen to Bach and the High Baroque again? Why?

Absolutely. Not only do I get to enjoy my favorite Bach pieces, but I get to learn about Bach, his background, the baroque era and musical styles and theories. And: with the help of modern technology, I get to listen to this superb course while gardening or performing household chores. I listened first to this course over stereo bluetooth headphones or speakers and that inspired me to order cables to run the sound through my Bose systems so I can listen wherever I am. I have already repeated many sections just because I enjoy the music and the professor's discussion so much that I hate to move on and want the course to last as long as possible.

What other book might you compare Bach and the High Baroque to and why?

The obvious comparison would be other books in the The Great Courses series, either the broader survey courses or the specific genre courses (symphony, concert, jazz, etc). There are not that many books that offer both music samples as well as discussions about the music, composer, and the background of both.

What does Professor Robert Greenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His enthusiasm, sense of humor, examples, but most of all, his judicious selection of music samples and detailed discussed of the samples. He is very down to earth and has a very pleasant voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I thought I had died and gone to heaven within the first few minutes of listening. My favorite music, favorite composer, great sound, and a friendly, intelligent voice to discuss it all. This is the most worthwhile book credit I ever used.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to proceed with the Great Courses series.

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