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Brad Zerkel

Tempe, Az USA | Member Since 2013

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  • 12.21: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders, Noel Rodriguez, Dustin Thomason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (273)

    For decades, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers worldwide. It is the date, they claim, when the ancient Maya calendar predicts the world will end. In Los Angeles, two weeks before, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his usual morning bike ride, drops off the dog with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab where he studies incurable prion diseases for the CDC. His first phone call is from a hospital resident who has an urgent case she thinks he needs to see.

    cristina says: "Three stars, but enjoyable"
    "A bit disappointed"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The jumping back and forth between past and present wasnt very smooth...Lost interest


    Has 12.21 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.....this was just disappointing..maybe my expectations were too high


    Could you see 12.21 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No doubt it will and I doubt very seriously it will follow the book very closely


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller, Henry Steele Commager
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1678)
    Performance
    (1545)
    Story
    (1534)

    Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought - and whose outcome was in greater doubt - than one might imagine. This is the war that Americans on the home front would have read about had they had access to previously censored testimony.

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Amazing Inspiring Thought Provoking"
    "The best and broadest book on WWII I’ve ever read"
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    A well rounded look at wwii from various aspects and important turning points in this horrific event.
    I’m always amazed and the “untold stories” I find in books like this
    Well with the time ... I had to re-listen to several chapters to make sure I didn’t miss anything , something I normally don’t do !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Audible Original
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen
    Overall
    (3457)
    Performance
    (3122)
    Story
    (3106)

    [Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

    Bradley Justice says: "Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way."
    "Wow I felt like I was there!"
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    I loved Martin Sheen's narration and I love the way this story took us deep into what it was like to be part of the "greatest generation" and the realization that there were some not so "Great" things about the Greatest Generation that are oft overlooked because of the greater story of the victory ! I always wanted my grandfather to tell me about what it was like because he has been on a ship that was torpedoed in the Pacidic but he wouldn't ever open up . My grandmother eventually wrote me a beautiful letter about their love story and life during war time that i shall always cherish.
    She told me my grandfather lost a lot of friends and that's why he held it in and never talked about it .....
    This book took me back to love with my grandfolks as if I were there with them and I feel blessed to have listened to this.... makes me happy I've had my audible membership for so long .

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Long and Faraway Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lou Berney
    • Narrated By Brian Hutchison, Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1049)

    Lou Berney's The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors - and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives. In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie theater employees were killed in an armed robbery while one inexplicably survived. Then a teenage girl vanished from the annual state fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

    Ted says: "It's all together here"
    "Loved this Book"
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    It jumped back and forth quite a bit so you have to pay attention I probably started and replayed a couple of chapters a few times
    But the narration and story were excellent as were the characters
    I would have listened to the book straight through except for replaying a couple of chapters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarum: The Novel of England

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (962)

    In Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd weaves a compelling saga of five English families whose fates become intertwined over the course of centuries. While each family has its own distinct characteristics, the successive generations reflect the changing character of Britain. We become drawn not only into the fortunes of the individual family members, but also the larger destinies of each family line.

    David says: "One big fat sweet historical epic"
    "I think"
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    This may actually read better than it is listened to..
    Or I may need to re-listen
    It's a great idea for a story and overall a good book but easy to lose attention to due to the length
    Will come back to it and listen a second time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jack El-Hai
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (312)

    >In 1945, after his capture at the end of the Second World War, Hermann Göring arrived at an American-run detention center in war-torn Luxembourg, accompanied by 16 suitcases and a red hatbox. The suitcases contained all manner of paraphernalia: medals, gems, two cigar cutters, silk underwear, a hot water bottle, and the equivalent of $100,000,000 in cash. Hidden in a coffee can, a set of brass vials housed glass capsules containing a clear liquid and a white precipitate: potassium cyanide. Joining Göring in the detention center were the elite of the captured Nazi regime....

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Must Read"
    "Very interesting"
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    This turned out to be one of the best WWII related books I've ever read because it was so different. Completely different angle and highly fascinating

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Leslie Maitland
    • Narrated By Leslie Maitland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (153)

    Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees—the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before the Germans sealed the harbors. Then, barred from entering the United States, they lived in Cuba for almost two years before immigrating to New York.

    Ellen says: "I didn't want it to end..absolutely wonderful!"
    "Beautiful and haunting"
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    One of the best stories of a family from WWII through holocaust and the lasting affect on the lives of generations

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back from the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Walton
    • Narrated By Bill Walton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    This inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton recounts his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead.

    David says: "Interesting, but unrevealing"
    "Sorry BILL"
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    I love Bill Walton but his narration drove me insane as it was all read over dramatically . The work itself was good but I would have enjoyed more reading it myself or with a different narrator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1483)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1334)

    The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul - Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

    Margaret says: "Suspense... sort of."
    "Not one I expected"
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    I was expecting something much more predictable and preachy for some reason! I really enjoyed this , there was enough mystery to the plot to keep me from turning it off... The more I let it play the more interested I became.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Browne
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    No longer dismissed as relics of the hippie era, a new generation has lionized the Dead for creating a culture that paved the way for social networking, free music swapping, and the uncompromising anticorporate attitude of indie rock. Now, fifty years after the band first began changing rock 'n' roll both sonically and psychically, So Many Roads paints the most vivid portrait yet of the Grateful Dead, one of the most enduring institutions in American music and culture.

    robert says: "Great first book on the Dead"
    "Deadhead"
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    I thought this history brought a little more insight into the inner workings of the band and associated staff.
    I heard band member opinions I hadn't heard before and I've read dozens of books on the Dead . I was pleasantly surprised to glean a bit more from this book !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6939)
    Performance
    (6220)
    Story
    (6187)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Funny"
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    I just love this guy . His take on parenting is quite funny and right on the spot!
    Listen to him!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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