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Chris

Florence, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Apt Pupil

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (247)

    Todd Bowden is an apt pupil. Good grades, good family, a paper route. But he is about to meet a different kind of teacher: Mr. Dussander. Todd knows all about Dussander's darl past. The torture. The death. The decades-old manhunt Dussander has escaped to this day. Yet Todd doesn't want to turn him in. Todd wants to know more. Much more. He is about to learn the real meaning of power - and the seductive lure of evil.

    Parusski says: "Not for the squeamish!!"
    "Morbid, yet compelling"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    definitely. The movie adaptation left too much of the story out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to say exactly. All of them seemed a bit strange.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    They were all performed well.


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

    The sequence where the old Nazi is confronted by the Israeli Agent in the hospital.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is far more graphic than the movie adaptation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Richard Belzer
    • Narrated By Richard Belzer
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Patrick Weldon says: "Great Audiobook."
    "Nice audio book, but with problems."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe. It was entertaining. And gives another perspective to history from a comedic viewpoint.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of UFOs, JFK, and Elvis?

    Although I don't recall Elvis being mentioned, the aliens and JFK part were interesting enough - though he has held onto some urban legends that have been disproved time and again. It's almost as if this book was meant for pro-conspiracy people who will believe anything that seems to prove their position.


    What about Richard Belzer’s performance did you like?

    He's a professional actor, so his delivery was professional. I don't mind the profanity. It adds spice to the book.


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

    If I had the time, yes. Although historically inaccurate in some places, it's entertaining to hear the pro-conspiracy side in a sarcastic and comedic delivery.


    Any additional comments?

    He gets a lot of things wrong. I would suggest anybody who listened to this to also listen to 'Reclaiming History', Just so you know where this book departs from history and goes into wild conspiracy theories. There has to be some balance here!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life and Death: A Past-Life Interview with Titanic's Designer

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Barnes, Frank Baranowski
    • Narrated By William Barnes, Frank Baranowski
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    By all accounts, Thomas Andrews, designer of the ill-fated Titanic, went down with the ship. How, then, could someone else know, not only the vivid and horrific details of what Andrews experienced that tragic night, but also, details of his entire life?

    Ryan says: "Facinating!!!"
    "I loved it! I want more!"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Life and Death the most enjoyable?

    It felt like time travel. I felt like I went back in time and witnessed history from the perspective of an ordinary man who would one day become a legend without knowing it himself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Life and Death?

    From the moment the ship hit the iceberg, and the rest from there. I knew there had to be more to the story than what history teaches us. And I was right.


    Have you listened to any of William Barnes and Frank Baranowski ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I would like to once Audible makes them available. (Please hurry!)


    If you could give My Life and Death a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "How greed sank the Titanic."


    Any additional comments?

    I know Mr. Barnes has written more detailed books about his life as Thomas Andrews. This one is amazing. But I want more details. Possibly from his other books? How do they differ from this book? I would like to know. I would also ask Audible to make these other books available soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17703)
    Performance
    (15740)
    Story
    (15692)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "The most realistic time travel story yet!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. Out of all of the fictional stories written about saving JFK, this one seems to be the most realistic and though provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters raise a vital question most other time travel stories centered around saving JFK never explore; how does one go about saving Kennedy if we can't be sure about there having been a conspiracy?


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

    No. This is my first.


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

    Everything from the point where Jake comes clean about being from the future up until the moment Kennedy is saved.


    Any additional comments?

    An alternate ending would've been nice. Just to see what would've happened if Jake had taken her back to 2011 with him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gerald Blaine, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (267)

    Even today, almost five decades after John F. Kennedy was slain, the public continues to be captivated by the "Kennedy Curse" and new theories about what really happened on that fateful day in 1963. For nearly 50 years former Secret Service agent Clint Hill has lived with the unimaginable guilt of losing a president on his watch and has obeyed an honor code of silence, refusing to contribute to any books about the assassination. Until now.

    Vidoloff says: "A must "read" in my opinion"
    "Very important Historical Document"
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    What did you love best about The Kennedy Detail?

    This audiobook is a record of historical importance and tells the listener things that only those closest to the assassination would know. Many of the lies and conspiracy theories people blindly accept are refuted here.


    What other book might you compare The Kennedy Detail to and why?

    Eichmann In My Hands, by Peter Malkin. The first hand accounts given in both books shed new light on two very important historical events.


    Which character – as performed by Alan Sklar – was your favorite?

    Clint Hill.


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

    Not too extreme. But I felt more sympathy for the Secret Service Agents who witnessed the assassination.


    Any additional comments?

    I would strongly recommend this book, as it dispels several lies that have been told in connection to JFK, his death, and his security detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eichmann Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Deborah E Lipstadt
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    The capture of SS Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents in Argentina in May of 1960 and his subsequent trial in Jerusalem by an Israeli court electrified the world. The public debate it sparked on where, how, and by whom Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice, and the international media coverage of the trial itself, was a watershed moment in how the civilized world in general and Holocaust survivors in particular found the means to deal with the legacy of genocide on a scale that had never been seen before.

    Elizabetrh Fontaine Stabler says: "Lots of poor pronunciation"
    "Original take on an old story"
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    If you could sum up The Eichmann Trial in three words, what would they be?

    fresh, new perspective.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This retelling of the Eichmann story mentions details and events often left out of other books written on the subject.


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

    No.


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

    When Eichmann expressed sympathy for the interrogator's murdered father.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the other comments about this book are a bit harsh. It may not be the best book on the subject, but it offers a new perspective. Peter Malkin and Zvi Aharoni, two of the agents who captured Eichmann, have written about their experiences and those books should also be read by anybody who had read this one. Over all, I would say that this book is certainly worth reading. It also explores the issue of holocaust denial and the psychology behind Nazism. Although the narrator sounded inexperienced, it was still an enjoyable and educational audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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