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Tea on the Veranda

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  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman

  • By: Jill Lepore
  • Narrated by: Jill Lepore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504

Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history. Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman's creator.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narration ruined it for me

  • By Julia on 11-09-14

Some authors should not read their publications...

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

Love, Love, Love the book! Hate, Hate, Hate the performance. The author's voice is not trained in speaking at all (sorry but it is true.) I finally purchased it in hb from Amazon so I could actually enjoy the AMAZING wealth of knowledge I gained from reading the book. WONDERFUL book, HORRIBLE performance.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Ask and the Answer

  • Chaos Walking, Book 2
  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s terrifying new order. But everything is shrouded in secrets. Where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then one day, the bombs begin to explode....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • “We are the choices we make.”

  • By Cristy G on 01-22-12

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-12

I have to admit that I was hesitant because I had read about the amount of cursing in this book but was happy to discover that this translated into nothing more than the word "effing". I have a habit of listening to a book while doing things around the loft...with this book I found myself standing in one place for long stretches of time so I wouldn't miss a single word. What a great story. That makes it a winner for me!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Angela Davis Speaks!

  • By: Angela Davis
  • Narrated by: Angela Davis
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Angela Davis Speaks! Get inspired by the words of this fighter for human rights.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but could be edited better...

  • By Tea on the Veranda on 09-09-12

Thought provoking but could be edited better...

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

Reviewed: 09-09-12

I came across this recording while in search of Dr. Davis' latest book "The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues." The last time I saw and "Angela Davis Speaks" recording it had been released in 1971 and I found it on iTunes. Perhaps this updated short performance is Audible's way of "testing the waters" to see if publications by this author will sell. In this age of electronic texts, things written and narrated by thinkers will most assuredly be profitable.

Angela Davis is one of the most important minds in existence today. The ideas and the issues she brings forth are relevant and will cause the listener to pause and rethink their own views. Her life has been spent in the pursuit of justice and her oratory arguments hit their mark time after time.

I would have given this 5 stars overall but the editing of this short narration leaves a bit to be desired. This recording is a series of topics (ideas) that have been culled from speeches Angela has given. The problem is that the segue between the topics (or ideas) is choppy so that the recording does not flow as it should. Granted this may have been acceptable back in 1971 when the original "Angela Speaks" was recorded, today the listener expects a recording that is tad amount to actually being in the lecture or performance hall with the orator.

Overall I enjoyed the recording and would purchase it again.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden

  • What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism
  • By: Bill Maher
  • Narrated by: Bill Maher
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Political provocateur Bill Maher tells it like it is in a useful and hilarious guide for the many Americans who want to do more here at home to help in the war effort, but are at a loss as to how. Says Maher, "Traveling the country, I find that people want to do more here at home, but are at a loss as to what. Even when the government issues a Terrorism Advisory, it's maddeningly vague - 'Terrorist alert today! Code Burnt Orange!' 'And what?' I always want to ask, "Bring a sweater?'"

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and accurate, mostly, but outdated

  • By chris on 01-11-07

If You Like Bill Maher...

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

Reviewed: 10-09-11

To be honest if you are a fan of Bill Maher and you like the sound of his voice then you will find this enjoyable. I think that sometimes an audience will read too much into a performance. Bill is a comedian and I find his spin on things to reverberate my own ideas the majority of the time. It was like being at one of his stand up performances. Enjoyable and most assuredly Bill.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful