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M. J. Christensen

M. J. Christensen Tucson, AZ. Member Since 2011
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  • "You Are There!"

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    Excellent review of the Kennedy assassination with the actual ABC radio broadcasts of the time. Narrated professionally by Diane Sawyer. You really get the feeling of "being there". I especially liked the comments of Ike Pappas during the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by "an elderly man" (Ruby). He exclaims: "Holy Mackerel!" Other highlights are the interview with the surgeon in charge of trying to save JFK, the interview with Officer Tippet's wife, and the closing interview with Larry Sabato, author of the recent "The Kennedy Half Century". Thank you Audible and ABC for this free program! It brought back all the memories of that awful time.

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    Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

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    This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    Steven says: "What a great listen! Hear history as it happened!"
  • "Meet Some Jazz Greats!"

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    Excellent preview of the seminal jazz group, McKinney's Cotton Pickers. Guy Rathbun introduces the group's members and its music in mostly chronological order - starting with their RCA Victor recording sessions in 1927 up through 1930. Although I was familar with a few of their recordings, It was definitely worthwhile to hear many of these sessions with commentary. Rathbun relates a few anecdotes and introduces each song with who was playing and a hint of what to listen for during the piece. I was especially interested in the group's version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" which was an uptempo version (the way Hoagy had originally written it) and featured bluesman Lonnie Johnson on guitar. This and some of the other songs highlighted listed the group as "The Chocolate Dandies" because they were recorded at the Okeh recording studio against their contract with Victor. Later some of their recordings featured a young Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins. Rathbun's enthusiasm for the music came through clearly in his commentary and I gained a further appreciation for the group's musicianship and innovation. A wonderful listen and I wanted more!

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    Meet McKinney's Cotton Pickers: Part One, Two, and Three (Dramatized)

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    • By Guy Rathbun
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    A documentary about the celebrated 1920's group, featuring the fully re-mastered music of this classic band and its stars: Don Redman, Cuba Austin, John Nesbitt, Claude Jones, George Thomas, Prince Robinson, Dave Wilborn, Todd Rhodes, Milton Senior and Ralph Escudero. Plus Lonnie Johnson and members of the Jean Goldkette Orchestra.

    M. J. Christensen says: "Meet Some Jazz Greats!"
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    "This I Loved!"

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    Hooray for whoever put this out in Book/Audio form! I had heard some of the individual entries, but it is truly exciting to see these short essays put together in one piece. There are wonderful glimpses of the individuals featured here. It's inspiring and encouraging to hear these short philosophies of famous and not-so-famous people.
    This is something different and fascinating. Easy listening in the best possible way!

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    This is basically an audible version of the show itself. It even has a pause for commercials. Look, it's 66 cents and familiarizes you with Edgar Allan Poe. If you want more invest in something longer and more expensive. I got my 66 cents worth though.

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    Biography: Edgar Allan Poe

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    The triumphant and tragic story of the great poet, short story writer, and master of the macabre. Blessed by a genius that brought him many successes as a writer, including "The Raven" and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", Poe was plagued by alcoholism, gambling debts, and lost loves.

    Parola138 says: "it's 66 cents"

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