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Tebbe

Tebbe

Asheville, NC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall—from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frank Brady
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (310)

    From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer’s, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his life—he began as a brilliant youngster, then became the pride of American chess, then took a sharp turn, struggling with paranoia and mental illness. But nobody truly understood him.

    Roy says: "A Trajedy"
    "What a Nutcase"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The intense and almost psychotic hatred for Jews, I had no idea.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was okay. The Russian accents were nothing to write home a bout.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The 1992 comeback against Spassky. I felt like he had come full circle.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3412)
    Performance
    (2980)
    Story
    (2995)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Forgive Me Not"
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    Would you listen to The Storyteller again? Why?

    Yes I would only to capture the details of the Holacaust.


    What other book might you compare The Storyteller to and why?

    None in my memory. This due to the rare perspective of a remorseless Nazi's story of joining the Hitler Youth.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    This is the first Audio book I have listened to that employed multiple readers that were character specific. I enjoyed it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of Daria's death moved me to scream out "oh no thats not good".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (695)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "Rich and intimate portrayal of pivotal moments."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Passage of Power the most enjoyable?

    The book filled in all the back stories behind the history from my young memory. I remember the assassination (I was 8) but none of the legislation struggles that followed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Passage of Power?

    Wen LBJ was standing in the hospital room waiting for word. he transformed himself in that half hour for the task at hand.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NEVER.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By William Hope
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (264)

    Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century.

    Ian C Robertson says: "The Very Good Gatsby"
    "Read it once and.... That's fine"
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    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    No, the story really was weaker than I recalled. None of th enchanters were that intriguing or sympathetic. There was no real action and no catharsis.


    Would you be willing to try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    What about William Hope’s performance did you like?

    He voice of every man I liked him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't bother


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (4157)
    Performance
    (1591)
    Story
    (1587)

    Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

    Kelley says: "Smokin'"
    "This is a true inner vision to his the life of Dav"
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    What made the experience of listening to When You Are Engulfed in Flames the most enjoyable?

    His unabashed reveal


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When You Are Engulfed in Flames?

    The neighborhood in France


    What about David Sedaris’s performance did you like?

    the ability to laugh at himself


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not care for the level of detail in the quit smoking stories.


    Any additional comments?

    this was not one of David's best but as a whole I would buy more and continue to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11985)
    Performance
    (10381)
    Story
    (10358)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Thank God I never worked for Steve!"
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    A thorough examination of a genius. He changed the way we live and not always in good way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    How he suffered at the end- the poor guy never really understood Karma is both good and bad, in the same lifetime.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dylan had a very intimate delivery where he was able to get out of the way and let the story lead.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Steve Jobs the person was a very sad character, haunted by his own existence AND his incredible gifts.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend if for nothing else but the historical record.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18441)
    Performance
    (8585)
    Story
    (8627)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "tying up loose ends"
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    Where does The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a great book and a fine conclussion to the "the girl" series. Just alot of new characters and more legal gobbldigook. than I was prepared for.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really like Detective Bubbles and woudl have liked to see more development there.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just this series but he is as good as John Lee


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18913)
    Performance
    (8750)
    Story
    (8782)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Gripping and provacative"
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    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Vance's performance


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have done this in one sitting but alas life goes on


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (834)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "chronicles of Discovery"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    taking off the headphones. The story was not meant for listening. It was dry and disjointed. more like a history text book of several real life individuals.


    What didn’t you like about Edward Herrmann’s performance?

    booooring. And I like Edw Herrmann. I think he may be over the hill.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Why bother.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3949)
    Performance
    (2262)
    Story
    (2316)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "Rich Rewarding Classic"
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    Would you listen to The Count of Monte Cristo again? Why?

    Oh I think once is enough, the unabridged version took me a month to


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Count of Monte Cristo?

    Every nuance and story sidetrack had an eventual explanation that made the journey worthwhile. This was my second John Lee narration performance (Fall of Giants by Ken Follett). Lee was the leading reason for buying the book. Dumas language was so rich with antiquated vocabulary that occasionally I had to stop and do a little self translation to make sense of the description. Dumas may have been a French author which may be the reason the translation was so convoluted.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Monsieur de Villefort going mad after his entire family desserts him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A classic tale of revenge


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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