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Jonny

Wichita, KS, United States

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  • 5 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 96 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Whiskey Rebellion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Hogeland
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    A gripping and provocative tale of violence, alcohol, and taxes, The Whiskey Rebellion pits President George Washington and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton against angry, armed settlers across the Appalachians. Unearthing a pungent segment of early American history long ignored by historians, William Hogeland brings to startling life the rebellion that decisively contributed to the establishment of federal authority.

    Kismet says: "Great story and narration"
    "For History Geeks"
    Overall

    I will concur with reviewer Michael and others who claim this book is best suited for listeners with a strong interest/background in early U.S. History. I'm sure it's a great book so I'm giving it two stars with the caveat that the two stars rating only applies to losers like myself who have a limited knowledge of this era.

    Great narrator as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (3355)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1840)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "I also loved this book."
    Overall

    Every five-star review of this audiobook is correct. While I wasn't a huge fan of the western genre before listening to this book, I must say I am more so now. Lee Horsely did such a great job narrating the voices for these characters that you felt like you really got to know them individually. I see the length of the book as a positive not a negative. By the end of the novel, you will feel sad that it's over - I guarantee it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tales of Edgar Allan Poe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By B.J. Harrison
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    This magnificent audio collection showcases the many sides of Poe's writing personality. The gothic macabre tales are well represented, including "The Tell Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Fall of the House of Usher". Supernatural adventure also appears, in "M.S. Found in a Bottle" and "A Descent into the Maelstrom". The science-fiction side of mesmerism is demonstrated in "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar".

    MacGregor says: "A Most Enjoyable Experience"
    "Sideshow Bob at his best!"
    Overall

    This audiobook is like listening to a stage production. The narrator really does a great job of squeezing every ounce of drama out of these stories. If you close your eyes it even sounds like Sideshow Bob is reading. Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    Overall
    (1953)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (956)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Brandon Barton says: "All hail Oralow"
    "An entertaining marathon"
    Overall

    Anathem was a fantastic trip that really had my imagination going. Sure, it's long, but if you pace yourself you won't get burnt out. My only small complaint is since I didn't have the book handy, I couldn't flip to the end and read the glossary whenever I wanted. Highly recommended to the geek elite.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Christian Lander
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees. They believe they're unique, yet somehow they're all exactly the same.

    Miguel says: "Bland simply bland!!!!"
    "Good in short spurts"
    Overall

    If you're looking for something to listen to during long trips, this may not be the audiobook for you. I thought after about #50 that the "things white people like" had gotten a bit predictable.
    This may be a good one to listen to during a 30 minute commute to work.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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