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  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,186

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

slanted and funny take on plagues

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

What did you like best about Get Well Soon? What did you like least?

I enjoyed revisiting the big plagues and the way people and governments responded to them. Ms Wright has a very clever and entertaining way of telling the story. That said, she is very opinionated about the use of vaccines. That made me question the veracity of the information she gave.

What did you like best about this story?

Learning the back story on government and public response to different pandemics and horrible illnesses like syphilis and tuberculosis was really interesting.

Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

NA

Could you see Get Well Soon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

don't think so, maybe a Ken Burns's type documentary

Any additional comments?

I have read many of the books that the author mentioned in her book. I was happy to learn more about the cultural response to different illnesses that we tend to forget about today. We really should be more aware of these illnesses as they are still around and could make a come back. I did not enjoy hearing her opinion about vaccines being wonderful and that anyone who did not want to take one being dumb and unfit as parents. I think she skirted the issues that concern some people, i.e. the preservatives in them such as mercury. Being personally related to people who have had life threatening reactions to some vaccines, I found her bashing a bit wearing.

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  • Five Came Back

  • A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
  • By: Mark Harris
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

It was the best of times and the worst of times for Hollywood before the war. The box office was booming, and the studios’ control of talent and distribution was as airtight as could be hoped. But the industry’s relationship with Washington was decidedly uneasy - hearings and investigations into allegations of corruption and racketeering were multiplying, and hanging in the air was the insinuation that the business was too foreign, too Jewish, too "un-American" in its values and causes. Could an industry this powerful in shaping America’s mind-set really be left in the hands of this crew?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had a lot of fun with this book!

  • By Detail-oriented on 08-11-14

How Hollywood responded to WWII.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Five Came Back to be better than the print version?

I have not seen the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Five Came Back?

I was moved by the dedication of the directors who served making films during the war.

Which character – as performed by Andrew Garman – was your favorite?

I liked them all, but John Ford and John Houston were possibly my favorites. But they are both favorite directors of mine.

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

I was moved. I felt a lot of empathy and respect for these directors.

Any additional comments?

This book tells the story of Hollywood directors who joined the US forces by doing films for them often in the front lines of the war. They risked their lives and careers to further the war effort. I enjoyed learning more about the directors and the way things work both in Hollywood and the military.

  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,807

> The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-12

interesting historical fiction, great characters

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, it has a lot of history that seems to be presented honestly. And I like the narration. The actual story was interesting, too. The characters were believable.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty and the reader.

What about Elizabeth McGovern’s performance did you like?

Elizabeth McGovern has a very pleasant voice. Her pace and voices were good. I did not really like the accent of the main character, but it was not enough to ruin the story. All the other voices were great. And it was easy to tell them apart. I hope she does more books for Audible.

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

Two women seeking their dreams.

Any additional comments?

This was a somewhat light book. But there were really deep themes going on. I think they were handled with care and honesty. I could hardly stop listening.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,313

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

should have read it sooner

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

one of the best

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cuckoo's Calling?

Stike on the town with a super model.

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

Strike

Any additional comments?

I don't know why I let this sit in my library so long. This book was a delight. Great story with interesting characters. The mystery kept me guessing right up to very close to the end. The narrator was wonderful. Clear voice, great pace and very good with the many different characters.

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  • The Long Way Home

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 10
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole." While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache's help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. "There’s power enough in Heaven," he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, "to cure a sin-sick soul." And then he gets up. And joins her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointment in the series

  • By Vermonter on 09-29-14

Not the best in the series,

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I am not a writer.

Would you be willing to try another book from Louise Penny? Why or why not?

I loved the entire series. this one did not hold me like the others in the series.

What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

Impeccable.

Was The Long Way Home worth the listening time?

It rambled and lost me from time to time. I found I was not listening and had to go back.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Farm

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: James Langton, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 409

The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy... The Farm. If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son. Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow. Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Waste Your Time

  • By Stefanie on 08-02-14

What is really going on?

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. I never really figured out who was telling the truth, or what the truth really was. I liked the setting and the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The son. He was trying so hard to be fair to both of his parents. It is hard to know what to think when people you love are saying different things and both seem crazy.

Which character – as performed by James Langton and Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

I loved the son. And also the role of the mom.

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

I really liked it all the way through.

Any additional comments?

Some of the locals were particularly unappealing. They just seemed unreal. Still, if they were in some kind of cult, I would imagine that it could actually happen. I have seen parents make really bad decisions late in life and how surprising it can be for grown kids. I think the book was believable.

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  • The Good Nurse

  • A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
  • By: Charles Graeber
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153

After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Chilling than Murder?

  • By FanB14 on 01-11-14

I hope I never have to go to a hospital.

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

What did you love best about The Good Nurse?

i loved the narrator. I think Will Collyer's performance was great. Hope he does more books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Nurse?

When the police realize the hospitals have been hiding evidence from them.

Which scene was your favorite?

I was really liked by the scene where the police show the evidence to his good friend. Her reaction of shock and pain as she grasped the truth was moving. I loved her bravery and courage to do the right thing.

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

In many ways this book was terrifying. I hope to never spend any time as a patient alone in a hospital. I want to have a very suspicious body guard with me at all times.

Any additional comments?

This book sort of reminded me of ZODIAC. It took so long for the police to figure out what was going on. Of course in this case, the various hospitals knew and hid the information about what this nurse was doing. A lot of people died who would not have if they had been honest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • North and South

  • North and South Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921

Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating novel of the Civil War

  • By 9S on 01-12-13

Great trip down memory lane.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

Would you consider the audio edition of North and South to be better than the print version?

I read the book years ago. And I watched the tv mini series. The pictures in my mind may have been influenced by the mini series. But I found listening very enjoyable. I loved the narration. Played it in the car on a long trip with my spouse and we both enjoyed the tale.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really have a hard time picking a favorite. I think Ory would be the best choice. He had to change his attitude about so many things during the book. I felt I had a much better appreciation for the real people who lived through our civil war.

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

Hearing the story read aloud just makes it so much more personal. I loved the narration.

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

I am not good at this sort of question.

Any additional comments?

This is not great literature. North and South is a great yarn set in a real period of conflict in our nation. Many people have their own personal stories of relatives who lived through the time. I think this book helps to flesh out those stories. It is interesting how quickly the pulse of a nation can change.

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  • Ranger Confidential

  • Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks
  • By: Andrea Lankford
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 440

The real stories behind the scenery of America’s national parks. For 12 years, Andrea Lankford lived in the biggest, most impressive national parks in the world, working a job she loved. She chaperoned baby sea turtles on their journey to sea. She pursued bad guys on her galloping patrol horse. She jumped into rescue helicopters bound for the heart of the Grand Canyon. She won arguments with bears. She slept with a few too many rattlesnakes. Hell yeah, it was the best job in the world! Fortunately, Andrea survived it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing from Cover to Cover

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 04-13-15

A whole new look at our National Parks.

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

What did you love best about Ranger Confidential?

The personal stories of Rangers and other workers in the Parks. The descriptions of the different parks make me want to visit them soon.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ranger Confidential?

One of the rescues at Half Dome in Yosemite.

Which character – as performed by Julia Motyka – was your favorite?

The narrator. Most of the book was written in third person.

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

I think I did listen to it in two sittings. If I had started in the morning instead of at night, I probably would have not been able to put it down.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book. I had a friend who worked at King's Canyon National Park during the late 70's. I found the woman's perspective about working for the Park Service pretty much like my friend had described. I had no idea that much of their work involved dealing with pretty hard stuff. I hope the Park Service is doing a better job at helping their rangers deal with the stress and trauma. I would really like to visit more of our National Parks after reading this book. Definitely worth the credit.

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  • The Accidental Tourist

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 602

Meet Macon Leary--a travel writer who hates both travel and strangeness. Grounded by loneliness, comfort, and a somewhat odd domestic life, Macon is about to embark on a surprising new adventure, arriving in the form of a fuzzy-haired dog obedience trainer who promises to turn his life around.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary How Underwhelmed I Am

  • By Gillian on 05-13-15

great story, frustrating reader

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

Reviewed: 04-21-14

Where does The Accidental Tourist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

in the middle

What did you like best about this story?

the characters and how they change

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

The main character is named Macon. The reader constantly pronounces it Mee con or meegun. it sounds as if he is saying megan. I find it really annoying.

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

This is a great book. I read it years ago and later saw the movie version. it is funny and charming and the characters are rounded out and believable. I am not enjoying the audible version as much as I had hoped.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful