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  • Bertie: A Life of Edward VII

  • By: Jane Ridley
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

Entertaining and different, this is an enjoyable study of a flawed yet characterful Prince of Wales seen through the eyes of the women in his life. Edward Vll, who gave his name to the Edwardian Age and died in 1911, was King of England for the final 10 years of his life. He was 59 when at last he came to the throne. Known as Bertie, the eldest son of Victoria and Albert, he was bullied by both his parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I cried when I finished

  • By J. D. Portnoy on 04-22-14

Jolly Good Historical Read!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

Where does Bertie: A Life of Edward VII rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love the historical bits from the UK; their history totally out-swags the USA. I enjoy being able to relate to the modern fact that Bertie was Elizabeth II's Great Granddaddy. Though it is non-fiction the listening was among the best ever from Audible.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that one views Victoria's reign from an altogether different perspective when focused on her son's point of view.

Which character – as performed by Carole Boyd – was your favorite?

I enjoyed the character of Bertie's wife Alexandra the best, but all the voices were wonderful - I guess I did not realized one person did all the parts. Nice!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,585
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,406
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,417

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Sparked Long-Buried Memories

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

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

I would recommend this book to (younger) folk interested in what went on day-to-day in the kitchens of the Southern United States during the birth of the civil-rights movement. I would recommend this book to those who lived it and came away relatively unscathed. It might piss you off to read this book because of the way white folks treated black folks back in this time era. Beware because the story is so well-crafted - it normalizes the lifestyle.

What did you like best about this story?

The scenes are authenic and the characters uncannily real. As a young child I sat in those kitchens and listened..... I actually knew people who walked talked and acted like these characters. I liked how the story pushed my soul to look back on injustices I mutely observed ; but was far too young to discern why I felt unease.

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

The acting/voices are lovely.

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

I have found truth in the idea that one woman can have compassion for another woman when it comes to bleeding; regardless of exterior forces.

Any additional comments?

The story was well-told and the characters engaging, I would revisit.

  • Fall of Giants

  • The Century Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,367

Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • magnificient!

  • By Pat on 10-10-10

Superb!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-11

Wow I've become such a Ken Follet fan. This book is a lovely historical novel with enough sex and intrigue for the modern sot. I learned stuff I didn't know about WWI, and I actually became interested in WWI . The story is well written with a plethera of characters, including women figures which, being a woman myself, I must admit I enjoy reading about more; maybe I just tend to care more about the female characters. If you love Ken Follet it's a must read - and if you love historical novels, don't let your apathy towards WWI keep you away, you'll enjoy regardless.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Lathe of Heaven
    
    
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        Ursula K. Le Guin
    
    


    
    
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        Susan O'Malley
    
    


    
    Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    454 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Lathe of Heaven

  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Susan O'Malley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

George Orr's dreams do change the world. He is the only one who knows it...he and the power-mad psychiatrist who is forcing George to dream a new reality - a better reality that is free from war, disease, overpopulation, and all human misery. But for every man-made dream of utopia, there is a terrifying, unforeseeable consequence...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book, Bad Reader

  • By Mubarak on 04-13-08

A Classic in Every Way

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-10

If you like appocaliptic stories that are ironic, make-ya-think science fiction, then this is for you. Only it's not really that hard to comprehend; like it might've been perhaps in less capable hands than that of Le Guin. I'd like to send a heartfelt thanks to Ms. Le Guin for penning Lathe of Heaven and I'm sorry I'm late to discovery of such of fab tale. I shall be re-reading it soon for sheer enjoyment and maybe even edification,hahah. Oh did I mention exquistite gender-bending bits thrown in like chips in a chocolate cookie?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Moon and the Sun

  • By: Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

In 17th-century France, Louis XIV rules with flamboyant ambition, yet the Sun King's appetite for glory knows no bounds. In a bold stroke, he sends his natural philosopher on an expedition to seek the source of immortality, a rare, perhaps mythical, sea monster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling historical romantic fantasy

  • By Kim on 01-07-10

Masterfully Creative

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-12-10

Whom woulda thunk it? Sci-fi genre mates with historical novel/romance and this is what is born. AH but she's weird & she's wonderful!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

And the Band Played On Part 1
    Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
    
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        Victor Bevine
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    50 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • And the Band Played On Part 1

  • Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic
  • By: Randy Shilts
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

By the time Rock Hudson's death in 1985 alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. America faced a troubling question: What happened? How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Important work

  • By cathy colby on 09-30-10

An Important work

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-10

This book basically kept me mad at Ronald Reagan again like I had forgotten I was mad at him throughout the 80's. A must-read for me, a Health teacher,
( I also teach English) , I shall irreverently recommend the movie over the book because the detail is probably too much in the book form for most folks. However... I loved it ! A tale of earnest research bungling and scientific hero-gods scorned, eggshell walking in the gay community and all around egos from hell. The emotions and emotional insights are enticing. I wanted to reach through the wires and strangle a few idiots...blessed with my brilliant hind-sight, natch!
The reader slaughters some pronunciations - hello - diRector? And... the flippin word "moreover" was overused in the text to the point of me pulling out my hair...hello again ...can you say "editor"? If you can handle these two distractions - I say - own it!

  • Blindness

  • By: Jose Saramago
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 649

A city is hit by a sudden and strange epidemic of "white blindness", which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there social conventions quickly crumble and the struggle for survival brings out the worst in people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark

  • By Cora Judd on 08-27-08

Can't Put My Finger On It

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-08

I simply cannot figure why I listened to this book. I kept listening despite several impulses to turn the damn thing off! The author's idea of a world gone blind was so different, so intriguing....that I plugged on past the stiff, formal and just weirdly inappropriate narrative voice to finally be rewarded by an inevitable world of blind humans being treated and treating others badly. Inevitable also were allusions to various and sundry meanings of "blind". Oh yes and in this world gone blind nobody listens to music and folks defecate everywhere. I might go see the movie just out of curiosity.

11 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Fragile Things

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735

Marvelous creations, including a short story set in the world of The Matrix and others set in the worlds of gothic fiction and children's fiction, can be found in this extraordinary collection, which showcases Gaiman's storytelling brilliance as well as his entertaining (and dark) sense of humor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shadow Returns!!

  • By Laura on 04-02-07

Trippy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-07

This fractured anthology of fantasy tales is indeed fragile. The author tries out ideas in a non-linear manner; he hypnotizes and bemuses the reader with a syncopated beat making you wonder, "what the heck?" and, "is that all?", and "why did we stop here?" I became infatuated with Gaiman's sheer creative phalanx of ideas in this work especially the character of Shadow and have ordered the "American Gods" title to hear more.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,113

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-07

A joy to read that I did not want to end. The reader's voice was versatile and well-practiced; he adds a dimension to the story unattainable any other way except through an audible book. The fantasy was a delight and I believe everyone should download this fabulous bit of entertainment right this minute!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Apocalypse 2012

  • A Scientific Investigation into Civilization's End
  • By: Lawrence E. Joseph
  • Narrated by: Feodor Chin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 30

Don't look up. It won't help. You can't get out of the way; you can't dig a hole deep enough to hide. The end is coming, and there's nothing you can do about it. So why listen to this audiobook? Because you can't cover your ears when it's not just the religious fanatics who are saying we're all going to be destroyed, but the scientists are in on the act, too.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Overpriced

  • By Thomas W. Smith on 02-15-07

Zounds!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-07

Stupendous read! Soundly penned, compelling ideas wherein the author's conclusions are pertinent. Research is okay for general public. I think every man woman and child who can do so, should immediately check this book out.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful