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Elizabeth A. Binns Roemer

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 42,684
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,169
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 39,120

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Dale at his best

  • By rottndachs on 01-12-16

another favorite

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

J K Rowling is the master of this genre and Jim Dale brings such life to the stories. He is the best reader

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 68,122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61,834
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 61,809

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Sad, Sad Confession…

  • By Mike L Lane on 08-08-17

the beginning

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

J K Rowling is the master of this genre and Jim Dale brings such life to the stories. He is the best reader

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,717
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34,649

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book You'll Read This Year

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-22-15

my favorite one

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

J K Rowling is the master of this genre and Jim Dale brings such life to the stories. He is the best reader

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40,947
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,550
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37,474

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Harreeeeeeeeee”

  • By D.S.G. on 01-06-18

great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

J K Rowling is the master of this genre and Jim Dale brings such life to the stories. He is the best reader

  • The White Album

  • By: Joan Didion
  • Narrated by: Susan Varon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era - including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mall - through the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it. Written with a commanding sureness of tone and linguistic precision, The White Album is a central example of American reportage and a classic of American autobiography.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Time Capsule of a Bygone Age

  • By Ian C Robertson on 10-21-15

another Didion classic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

great book as expected from Joan Didion. Love her take on life and Susan Varon is a great reader

  • The Year of Magical Thinking

  • By: Joan Didion
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,555
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,556

"Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book to Read, but I didn’t like it

  • By Michael on 05-08-15

this book helped with the loss of a friend.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I lost a friend and someone recommended this book. It was fascinating and insightful into grief and loss. Love Didion

  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,684
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,932
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,988

When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • “Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”

  • By Jefferson on 10-03-11

a forgotten novel of my youth

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

how good it was to go back and explore this book in later life that I read so young.

  • Nowhere in Africa

  • An Autobiographical Novel
  • By: Stefanie Zweig
  • Narrated by: Max Roll
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Nowhere in Africa is the extraordinary tale of a Jewish family who flees the Nazi regime in 1938 for a remote farm in Kenya. Abandoning their once-comfortable existence in Germany, Walter Redlich, his wife Jettel, and their five-year-old daughter, Regina, each deal with the harsh realities of their new life in different ways. Attorney Walter is resigned to working the farm as a caretaker; pampered Jettel resists adjustment at every turn; while the shy yet curious Regina immediately embraces the country - learning the local language and customs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book Even Better than Oscar-Winning Movie

  • By Susie on 07-10-14

I had no idea the African story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

This gives insight into those lucky enough to escape Nazi Germany and what they lost and gained and why they would want to go back. Good read on a topic I knew nothing about

  • A Lucky Child

  • A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy
  • By: Thomas Buergenthal
  • Narrated by: Thomas Buergenthal, Don Hagen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy in his memoir, A Lucky Child. He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Separated first from his mother and then his father, Buergenthal managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the U.S. to start a new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Account

  • By Simone on 04-23-15

great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

this is a story of luck but also of the evolution of human rights. To understand how some live and some don't and to understand how to compartmentalize to survive, what a gift

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  • Black Earth

  • The Holocaust as History and Warning
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262

In this epic history of extermination and survival, Timothy Snyder presents a new explanation of the great atrocity of the 20th century and reveals the risks that we face in the 21st. Based on new sources from Eastern Europe and forgotten testimonies from Jewish survivors, Black Earth recounts the mass murder of the Jews as an event that is still close to us, more comprehensible than we would like to think and thus all the more terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tough book but worth it!

  • By Amazon customer on 11-20-15

Great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Interesting and informative. Covers all the political underpinnings of the war and gives greater understanding of why some areas and people’s were treated with much more brutality