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Marie-Elizabeth Finamore

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  • All the Great Prizes

  • The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
  • By: John Taliaferro
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 244

If Henry James or Edith Wharton had written a novel describing the accomplished and glamorous life and times of John Hay, it would have been thought implausible - a novelist’s fancy. Nevertheless, John Taliaferro’s brilliant biography captures the extraordinary life of Hay, one of the most amazing figures in American history, and restores him to his rightful place. John Hay was both witness and author of many of the most significant chapters in American history - from the birth of the Republican Party, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War, to the prelude to the First World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Biography- Well Read

  • By IRP on 03-09-14

engaging subject, great performance, history

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

as a student at Brown University, I loved the John Hay Library. this book presented an opportunity to know the man. little did i know what a delightful and exciting journey that would be! history, from the inside, from the beginning of the Lincoln administration and into the early 20th century~ what a time for our nation and the world! An engaging character, a story well read... I couldn't stop listening!

  • Daring Greatly

  • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,960
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,128

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on 12 years of research, her book argues that vulnerability is not weakness but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important information - painful narration

  • By Marc on 10-01-12

thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

helpful, thought provoking insights told in a personal manner. author shares data & personal stories that illuminate a journey of healing the heart & spirit. I found it very helpful.

  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

  • By: Robert M. Gates
  • Narrated by: George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
  • Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,787

From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear and evenhanded

  • By DaWoolf on 02-05-14

our man in DOD

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

long, but fascinating. Gates was "the adult in the room" in DC during critical times. happy he was there addressing all the BS that those of us who love our country feared was going on... Reader did a great job w/Gates's voice and tempo.
thank you, Mr. Gates!

  • Wicked Autumn

  • A Max Tudor Novel
  • By: G. M. Malliet
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 847

Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold's in the idyllic village of Nether Monkslip. The quiet village seems the perfect home for Max, who has fled a harrowing past as an MI5 agent. But this new-found serenity is quickly shattered when the highly vocal and unpopular president of the Women's Institute turns up dead at the Harvest Fayre. The death looks like an accident, but Max's training as a former agent kicks in, and before long he suspects foul play.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Cozy English Village Mystery

  • By Sara on 10-08-14

fun!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

an updated twist on Brother Cadfael~ delightful for lovers of English mysteries :-) well read

  • Babbitt

  • By: Sinclair Lewis
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 289

On the surface, everything is all right with Babbitt’s world of the solid, successful businessman. But in reality, George F. Babbitt is a lonely, middle-aged man. He doesn’t understand his family, has an unsuccessful attempt at an affair, and is almost financially ruined when he dares to voice sympathy for some striking workers. Babbitt finds that his only safety lies deep in the fold of those who play it safe. He is a man who has added a new word to our language: a “Babbitt,” meaning someone who conforms unthinkingly, a sheep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From a first time Sinclair Lewis listener

  • By Geoffrey on 10-07-15

surprised!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

I'd heard Babbitt referred to as a negative stereotype of a man... but the man, and hisstruggles, are just as relevant today as in the 1920s. human nature well described, mid-life crisis, ... enjoyed it very much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beat the Reaper

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,163

Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome.

  • By Chris - Audible on 04-17-12

edgy, over the top mob action

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

like a jolt of adrenaline from start to finish! hits all my personal history buttons~
not for everyone.... but if u love the rush, u will love it!

  • The Wrong Stuff

  • The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator
  • By: Truman Smith
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847

Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action, suspense, and history

  • By Allan on 03-17-15

If u love flying, people, WWII~ read this book!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

Would you listen to The Wrong Stuff again? Why?

well told, true story~ really enjoyed Truman Smith. tackles heavy topics with grace, charm, humility, and humor.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wrong Stuff?

Truman Smith mentored and antagonist co-pilot, whom he later recommended re-testing for pilot status. a colonel decides to challenge the guy, and challenge him more, and more, and more~ the Smith-trained Ace puts it in the Colonel's face in quite a way!

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

i didn't think so~ it read much better imagining my dad, also a WWII vet, telling the story. this narration seemed a bit too erudite for Smith's personality.

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

no~ enjoyed stretching it out over a few days~ listened as a treat :-)

Any additional comments?

thanks for making this a Daily Deal~ i might not have discovered it otherwise :-)

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

  • By: David Miller
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,494

In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Informative Book on the AT

  • By Phillip on 07-22-13

vicarious thrills!

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

Reviewed: 05-17-14

What made the experience of listening to AWOL on the Appalachian Trail the most enjoyable?

it has been a dream of mine to hike the entire trail... i appreciated being able to experience it through another hiker's writing. the good, the tough, the ugly.

Who was your favorite character and why?

the author~ he is carries the story

Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

the author~ he is carries the story

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

you can't fool mother nature!

Any additional comments?

if you're an avid outdoors person, or dream of being one, this book is a wonderful read :-)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

  • By: Jerome K. Jerome
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

Here is one of the greatest English comic novels read by incontrovertible king of English comic audiobook readers, Martin Jarvis. Three men, worried about their health and in search of different experiences, set off 'up the river' in a boat. Jerome's delightful novel, dating from 1900, paints a vivid picture of innocent fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dry and Hilarious

  • By James on 01-09-08

just a gem!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-11

had first listened to this wonderful book in a distracted manner... only realizing how great it was toward the end ... so i listened to it again "straight away", as the Brits would say~
although the references to "the bustle of the 19th century" sound quaint, it really brings home how "the more things change, the more they stay the same"... Jerome's witty stories illustrating human nature are so funny and so right on, i laughed out loud. the historical notes along their travelogue down the Thames are also wonderful, as the 3 young men take a boat outing one summer. just a wonderful treat~ i recommend it highly! (it does help to understand British English).

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091

Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TEN STARS

  • By JOHN on 08-23-09

enjoyed the heck out of it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-11

had seen the movie years ago, and couldn't make heads or tails of it. finally got around to listening to the audio book recently, and REALLY enjoyed it~ Wolfe has real knack for the characters internal dialogue, and, being a NYer, found the book to be an often humorous look at the vanities of everyone, regardless of social strata.
Narration, overall, was spectacular. only minor criticism was the voices of children in the book... a little too much Alvin and the Chipmunks inflection, otherwise flawless.
thanks for putting it on sale, Audible :-)