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DWR

Minnesota, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Russell S. Bonds
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (287)

    On April 12, 1862—one year to the day after Confederate guns opened on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union spy named James J. Andrews and 19 infantry volunteers infiltrated Georgia and stole a steam engine called the General. Racing northward at speeds near 60 miles an hour, cutting telegraph lines, and destroying track along the way, Andrews planned to open East Tennessee to the Union army, cutting off men and materiel from the Confederate forces in Virginia.

    auther says: "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
    "Somewhat disappointing"
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    The book would have been more intriguing if the ending was unknown and not told at the beginning. Although there were some exciting passages, I found it slow going. Knowing the end, the difficulties became predictable failures.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2790)
    Performance
    (2592)
    Story
    (2586)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Not your Harry Potter"
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    I listened to this book without great anticipation for "who dun it", but it did keep me interested. As other reviewers commented, I found myself forgetting who was who. I'm not sure why as the characters were described well but I had difficulty keeping them sorted out. Unless you are really good at remembering characters, I would suggest that as each character is introduced, it would be good to write their name and position down. Even through my second listening (at double speed) I still mixed up some of the characters. Another reason for a second listening was to detect the subtle, almost obscure, clues that are occasionally dropped. The writing was good but I found the vulgarity of the story line and foul language (especially the continuous dropping of the F bomb), after the intended shock factor, became monotonous and distracting.

    The reader was very good and his characterization of the different voices was vivid and notable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bastard: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (281)

    Set against the colorful tumult of events that gave rise to our fledgling nation, this novel of romance and adventure introduces Phillipe Charboneau. The illegitimate son of an English nobleman, Phillipe flees Europe and, as Philip Kent, joins the men who set our course for freedom. The Bastard is the first volume in the Kent Family Chronicles, a series of novels that details one family's journey in the early years of the American nation.

    will says: "An Amazing Tale"
    "A great Modern Classic"
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    Got me hooked for the rest of the series: Just as good as the North and South trilogy. A great way to view the history of early America. John Jakes is a great story teller who creates memorable scenes and characters and Mark Vietor is a talented narrator with distinctive character accents.

    Thank you Audible for this series...

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1647)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (942)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Didn't understand the point of this book."
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    Is this story about the strides of science in the 15th and 16th century, or is it about the lives of some of the great minds (and many lesser minds) of this era? On either count it failed for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Donovan
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    In June 1876, on a desolate hill above a winding river called "the Little Bighorn", George Armstrong Custer and all 210 men under his direct command were annihilated by almost 2,000 Sioux and Cheyenne. The news of this devastating loss caused a public uproar, and those in positions of power promptly began to point fingers in order to avoid responsibility.

    Hika says: "Very well done"
    "Interesting easy to listen to and detailed history"
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    I have been to the Little Big Horn several times and it was with interest that I followed Custer's "last stand" with the actual scene in mind: the hills, river and site of the indian encampment complemented the story very well.

    Without knowing what was going through Custers mind, initially all one can say when standing on the actual battlefield, is "How could he be so arrogant and stupid?". But now having listened to the book can better understand what motivated him, although it was still "arrogant and stupid".

    It is also interesting to understand the conflicts that existed between Custer and his officers and why Custer and his men were left alone to be eventually wiped out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10064)
    Performance
    (9116)
    Story
    (9194)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Okay, maybe plausible, but not strikingly unique."
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    I think the Dan Brown is now overusing his trademark formula--which was fresh in "The Da Vinci Code" but is getting a bit stale now: The banty professor is put into a nasty situation and with the help of a brilliant woman solves the mystery that saves the world. Admittedly there is a bit of a twist in this one but it really doesn't successfully distinguish the book from Brown's common mold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Derailed

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Siegel
    • Narrated By Gregory Harrison
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Every day Charles Schine rides the 8:43 into New York City to do the job he has done for over a decade...until the day he is late for his regular train, and sits down across from the woman of his dreams. He is about to discover that once you leave the straight and narrow, getting back on track is the most perilous journey of all. And for Charles, that journey - of lies, terror, and deception - has just begun.

    J says: "its just ok"
    "Gave up after first improbable violent situation."
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    I don't give up on a book often but this one soon left me dry. It is so contrived that I wanted to yell at the author to get real; but if it had reality, this would been a very short story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World According to Garp

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (212)

    Here are the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her times. Here are the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. The World According to Garp is a novel rich with "lunacy and sorrow", yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust.

    Sarrie says: "What is up with this narrator?"
    "No where near as good as "A Prayer for Owen Meany""
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    Odd book and strange view of women but maybe that is what John Irving was trying to do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert D. Hare
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (406)

    Most people are both repelled and intrigued by the images of cold-blooded, conscienceless murderers that increasingly populate our movies, television programs, and newspaper headlines. With their flagrant criminal violation of society's rules, serial killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy are among the most dramatic examples of the psychopath. Individuals with this personality disorder are fully aware of the consequences of their actions and know the difference between right and wrong....

    Douglas says: "When I gave up on books that supposedly would..."
    "Interesting subject but poorly read."
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    The subject, psychopathy, is well described but I found the narration irritating and difficult to listen to. The reader is painfully slow and maintains a constant timber: he uses commas as full stops, like a period, which makes the reading jerky. The writing uses common language and is easy to understand so there is no reason for such a slow delivery. This is definitely something to listen at double speed!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3604)
    Performance
    (2521)
    Story
    (2523)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "Great book, great performance!"
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    This is definitely a book to remember. Not only is the story and characters great, the performance by Joe Barrett is superb. His voices are all unique and his voice for Owen is outstanding and will stay with you...

    I've listened to it twice (which I seldom do) and will listen again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1652)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (764)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "Very detailed, factual and well written narrative."
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    This probably should not be a novice's introduction to the civil war as it is so detailed that keeping track of all the politicians, generals and battles can be confusing; this is especially true when Foote jumps back and forth between scenes. The chronology is a bit confusing too if you are not familiar with the dates of the battles, especially if two or more battles are being fought simultaneously. I found that having a good civil war map and battle timeline (which I found on the web) helped a great deal. Also, because it is so long, listening to it in fast mode helps get through the massive details quicker.

    However, it is very worth while listening to it, as it is an interesting history with lots of background and personality information. A novice will probably want to listen at least twice.

    I am looking forward to listening to part II.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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