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mr kieran j murphy

Member Since 2010

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  • A Walk in the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (144)
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    (60)
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    (60)

    The Appalachian Trail covers 14 states and over 2,000 miles, snaking through some of the most spectacular landscapes in America. Reluctant adventurer Bryson recounts his gruelling hike along the longest continuous footpath in the world.

    Jil says: "Bring back Bill! Loved his narration of "At Home"."
    "extremly enjoyable"
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    I really really enjoyed this book- it made want to walk at least some of the trail someday. Which is saying something given how lazy I am. Bill Bryson is one of the best travel writers ever and this is a shining example of his best work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (534)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "Very interesting"
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    This was a really interesting story, with particular reference to the relationship between the different presidents up to and including Bill Clinton.

    the relationship between the different men was both very enjoyable and also enlightening. this is also the case when comparing the public face of the different presidents and the person who they really are.

    The story made me also think about the different relationships that have existed between presidents and their vice presidents - that was not covered, unless the vice president went on to become president - and only then it was superficial.

    It is obviously very difficult to write about the Obama administration and it's relationship with the past presidents, including the potential role they have played in getting votes in the senate and house for raising the debt ceiling etc. When that is able to be written I will certainly spend a credit on that too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Tea Party Came to Town

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Draper
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Experience the new nonfiction book from the author of the New York Times best seller Dead Certain. When the Tea Party Came to Town is the definitive book about the Bush Presidency, a revealing and riveting look at the new House of Representatives elected in the history-making 2010 midterm elections.

    Michael says: "Do Not Ask What this Book is About"
    "A really interesting look at recent history"
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    The story was a really interesting look at the past year or so in the house of republics in America, and in particular what effect the tea party has had on the ability of the chamber to get work done.

    It reminded me a lot of the a party which sprung up in Australia (Pauline Hanson's one nation) which burned brightly for about 3 years and died a horrible death as people worked out that being uncompromising and sitting on one extreme of the political swing does not work.

    The only thing that is slightly off putting are the character voices done by Holter Graham - he did not Nancy P.elosi down at all 8though it was fun to listen to him trying).

    All in all It is well worth the listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dam Busters: The Race to Smash the Dams, 1943

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Holland
    • Narrated By James Holland
    Overall
    (8)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    It was the night of May 16th, 1943. Nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, each with a huge cylindrical bomb strapped underneath them. Their mission: to destroy three dams deep within the German heartland, which provide the lifeblood to the Third Reich's war machine. What followed was an incredible race against time, which, despite numerous set-backs and against huge odds, became one of the most successful and game-changing raids of all time.

    lynn says: "Great Story Poor Narration"
    "A different take on a well known story"
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    After seeing the movie a number of times I thought I knew the story of the dam busters. But James Holland's story brought to life both the story behind those that flew the missions (including people who were integral but not part of the movie) but also the story behind the making of the bombs and the people who made it possible.

    The story is both very entertaining and educational.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Day: June 6, 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
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    (101)
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    (99)

    >The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism.

    pratalife says: "Seen the movie? Read the book: it is worth it"
    "a different take"
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    This book gives a different take on the d day landings. Using interviews and letter etc it tells the story from the thoughts and feelings of those involved. A very good listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill: A Life, Part 1 (1874-1918)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Martin Gilbert
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Churchill: A Life follows Winston Churchill from his earliest days to his moments of triumph. Here, the drama and excitement of his story are ever-present. Martin Gilbert gives us a vivid portrait, using Churchill's most personal letters and the recollections of his contemporaries, both friends and enemies, to go behind the scenes of some of the stormiest and most fascinating political events of our time.

    mr kieran j murphy says: "great"
    "great"
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    This is a fascinating book, though it may not be a unbiased account of his life it is none the less well worth a listen. hope part 2 is added soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alamein: The Turning Point of World War Two

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Iain Gale
    • Narrated By Eamonn Riley
    Overall
    (3)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    There are some battles that change the course of history: Alamein is one of those. In October 1942, Britain and its allies were in real difficulties: Germany and its Axis partners seemed to be triumphant everywhere - in Europe, in Russia, in the Atlantic and were now poised to take the Suez Canal. It was in North Africa that the stand was made, that the tide of World War Two began to turn.

    mr kieran j murphy says: "This is fiction"
    "This is fiction"
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    This book is not a nonfiction book. I have not listened to it past the first 20 minutes as it was not what I purchased. It should be moved to the fiction section

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Witness to Nuremberg: The Many Lives of the Man Who Translated at the Nazi War Trials

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Sonnenfeldt
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    In this gripping memoir by the chief American interpreter at the Nuremberg trials, Richard Sonnenfeldt recounts a remarkable life. By age 22 he had fought in the Battle of the Bulge and helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp, when he was appointed chief interpreter for the American prosecution of Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials.

    During his service, he spent pretrial time with Hermann Göering as well as other top Nazi leaders.

    Cookie says: "A Whole Life"
    "Story is great but the performance grated"
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    I really enjoyed the story. Both from the point of view of the historical information and the personal story of the author. The performance however grated on me....a lot. The reader sounded like he was putting on a false posh accent. The story was really good if you can get past the performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3385)
    Performance
    (3004)
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    (3013)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Hard to follow at times"
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    This book was very interesting at times, but I found it difficult to work out the time frame spoken about at times. Giving some outside reference such as politics, how the internet was progressing etc would have been helpful. It would be good to lay a time frame as a scaffold to build the story on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jim Lehrer
    • Narrated By Jim Lehrer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    From the man widely hailed as “the Dean of Moderators” comes a lively and revealing book that pulls back the curtain on more than 40 years of televised political debate in America. A veteran newsman who has presided over 11 presidential and vice-presidential debates, Jim Lehrer gives readers a ringside seat for some of the epic political battles of our time, shedding light on all of the critical turning points and rhetorical faux pas that helped determine the outcome of America’s presidential elections—and with them the course of history.

    carole says: "Jim Leher is a jewel of a journalist."
    "really enjoyed this book"
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    First things first - if you realise that this is not a definitive coverage of all debates, rather a look at those debates from the position of the moderator in some of them it is a really good read. It goes into minutia and discussion of specific items/debate formats which you some knowledge of to understand at times what Mr Lehrer is talking about. But I found myself time and again going to youtube and watching clips of the sessions spoken about. It also is wonderful from the point of view of hearing snipits from actual interviews, something which would be lacking on the page itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Paul Stevens
    • Narrated By Gregory Itzin
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    In Five Chiefs, Justice Stevens captures the inner workings of the Supreme Court via his personal experiences with the five Chief Justices - Fred Vinson, Earl Warren, Warren Burger, William Rehnquist, and John Roberts - that he interacted with. He reminisces of being a law clerk during Vinson's tenure; a practicing lawyer for Warren; a circuit judge and junior justice for Burger; a contemporary colleague of Rehnquist; and a colleague of current Chief Justice John Roberts.

    Michael says: "Half Biography, Half Memoir"
    "missing something"
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    While I found the book interesting there seemed to be a glossing over of the areas I thought would be the main basis of the book. for example the roe v wade decision is only spoken of briefly after discussion of how the coffee breaks were really good.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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