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Julia von Schilling

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  • Tulip Fever

  • By: Deborah Moggach
  • Narrated by: Rula Lenska
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

Seventeenth-century Amsterdam is a city in the grip of tulip mania, basking in the wealth it has generated. Sophia’s husband Cornelis, an ageing merchant, is among those grown rich from this exotic new flower. To celebrate, he commissions a talented young artist to paint him with his young bride. But as the portrait grows, so does the passion between Sophia and the painter; and as ambitions, desires and dreams breed an intricate deception, their reckless gamble propels their lives towards a thrilling and tragic conclusion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting book

  • By Kevin Crumpton on 01-31-17

Stunning performance

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

The narrator creates a captivating atmosphere. One of the best audio performances in the hundreds of books I have heard.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures, and religions, and it was the appetites for foreign goods that drove economies and the growth of nations. From the first cities in Mesopotamia to the emergence of Greece and Rome to the depredations by the Mongols, the transmission of the Black Death, the struggles of the Great Game, and the fall of Communism - the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Really Makes the World Go Round

  • By Mom in Santa Fe on 07-29-16

Highest recommendation

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

Eye-opening, thoroughly researched, forward-looking, fascinating. It's time to stop making "western civilization" part of the mandatory curriculum. Go East, young man/woman.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs. Dalloway

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 941
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 835

It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Tough Read Perfectly Delivered

  • By Chris on 06-11-12

Perfect performance.

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

A timeless and introspective examination of life choices. The complex inner narratives and descriptive passages would be ponderous without the deftness of the performance.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful