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Michael

Claremont Meadows, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr.

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sammy Davis, Jr., Jane Boyar, Burt Boyar
    • Narrated By Burt Boyar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Yes I Can is the self-portrait of one of the extraordinary men of our time, who became a figure of controversy because he dared to live his life not as a Negro but as a man. "I've got to be a star like another man has to breathe" writes Sammy Davis. "I've got to get so big, so powerful, so famous that the day will come when they'll look at me and see a man, and then somewhere along the way they'll notice he's a Negro."

    Kdoll says: "Sammy Davis was the performer of all times. . ."
    "Great story boringly read"
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    What did you like best about Yes I Can? What did you like least?

    The whole background of Sammy's life and over comings, his rise above adversity is a great story of his tenacity and grace in the front line of prejudice. The reading by Burt Boyar spoils a great bio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yes I Can?

    His army experience during WW2


    What didn’t you like about Burt Boyar’s performance?

    His boring monologue, basically there is no emphasis of any in all his reading, it's beige while Sammy's life was technicolour.


    Could you see Yes I Can being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A great movie, I'll leave others to decide on the actors.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Frying Pan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Melissa Eccleston, Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Mrs. Moses is a small woman with a big heart and enormous courage. The only survivor of a Cossack raid on her village, she takes with her a big cast-iron frying pan, so heavy that she can only sling it over her back. Yet this is no ordinary frying pan, it's The Family Frying Pan, blessed with a Russian soul.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Bad Narrator Decision!"
    "Soporific - don't drive while listening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A half decent story


    Has The Family Frying Pan turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Genre - what genre would you put this under?


    Which character – as performed by Melissa Eccleston and Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    None


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Humphrey Bower in my opinion is the best reader I've heard in all the books I've purchased from Audible


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Outlaw Platoon: Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sean Parnell, John Bruning
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (511)

    At 24 years of age, U.S. Army Ranger Sean Parnell was named commander of a forty-man elite infantry platoon - a unit that came to be known as the Outlaws - and was tasked with rooting out Pakistan-based insurgents from a mountain valley along Afghanistan's eastern frontier. Parnell and his men assumed they would be facing a ragtag bunch of civilians, but in May 2006 what started out as a routine patrol through the lower mountains of the Hindu Kush became a brutal ambush.

    Chris says: "Great book...Everyone should listen to this book!!"
    "Gut Renching Experience"
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    Would you listen to Outlaw Platoon again? Why?

    Yes absolutely, Sean Parnell introduces all his men and you feel you know them. You get absorbed into their everyday lives and the futility of us being in Afganistan.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outlaw Platoon?

    The funeral service at the end.

    I'm not overly given to outbursts of emotion but as I was driving I had tears running down my face.
    Our young men who fight as they are called by their country to do so, question our so called ally Pakistan.
    Poor old USA and her allies who have gone into Afghanistan and try to help these people only to be faced with duplicitous politicians, traitors, charlatans, thieves and liars.
    What a waste of our young men called to protect, I weep for the cream of our young men who serve us and are so shabbily treated by the politicians from our respective countries.


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    The timbre of his voice and the emotion he brought to the story - excellent


    If you could give Outlaw Platoon a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Weep for our young men who give themselves to an undeserving people.
    Or, Try bringing peace to Islam - futile at best!


    Any additional comments?

    Literately - read it and weep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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