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Bruce

Waldoboro, ME, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Rocket Ship Galileo

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (96)

    Ross Jenkins, Art Mueller, and Morris Abrams are not your average high-school students. While other kids are cruising around in their cars or playing ball, this trio, known as the Galileo Club, is experimenting with rocket fuels. Art's uncle, the nuclear physicist Dr. Donald Cargraves, offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to construct and crew a rocket that will take them to the moon. But there are those who don't share their dream and who will stop at nothing to keep their rocket grounded.

    Ellen Anthony says: "A science fiction classic"
    "A must read"
    Overall

    Having missed this book when I was younger, I am glad to have read it now. I recommend it to everyone, not just its intended young audience.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 'They Have Killed Papa Dead!': The Road to Ford's Theatre, Abraham Lincoln's Murder, and the Rage for Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony S. Pitch
    • Narrated By Milton Bagby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Anthony Pitch's thrilling account of the Lincoln conspiracy and its aftermath transcends the mere facts of that awful night during which dashing actor John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in the head and would-be assassin Lewis Payne butchered Secretary of State William Seward in the bed of his own home. "They Have Killed Papa Dead!" transports the listener to one of the most breathtaking moments in history, and reveals much that is new about the stories, passions, and times of those who shaped this great tragedy.

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful History Lesson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read several accounts of Lincoln's murder, but this one contained many more details of the time leading up to that night, the night itself and the weeks thereafter, as well as those who were involved on both sides of the law. Mr. Pitch masterfully recounts these details to the extent that I could practically feel myself on site as an observer.

    As a narrator, Milton Bagby did a superb job. This is a narrative full of intricacies, personalities and emotions, and he kept all the threads of these where they belonged as he wove them together following Mr. Pitch's pattern. His delivery was smooth, appropriately modulated, emotionally correct, and subtly -- but definitively -- varied between the characters.

    Between the writing and the narration, it was easy to remain engaged with and entertained by this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Ordinary Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lesley Moreland
    • Narrated By Cori Samuel
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Lesley Moreland tells the painful story of what happened to her and her family in the weeks and months that followed the murder of her daughter Ruth. She reveals her struggle to find ways of continuing to live positively while accepting Ruth's death. This is a courageous and compassionate book of an unforgettable story. That first knock on the door from the Police is what all parents dread. Lesley takes us through the pain and anger in great detail and explores society's attitude to punishment and redemption.

    Bruce says: "Not an ordinary tale"
    "Not an ordinary tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While the author and mother of the murdered woman titled this "An Ordinary Murder", her journey to discover the truth about her daughter's death and to learn about a death row prisoner a world away takes her on an emotional and introspective journey that is compelling and praise-worthy.

    The book was easy to listen to and flowed nicely. The story itself held my interest and made me want to hear each next step in Lesley's journey.

    My only criticism is that, while narrator Cori Samuel has a lovely and easy to listen to voice, its youthfulness kept throwing me off. The story is about a middle-aged woman's experience, but I kept slipping into thinking I was hearing the experience of a much younger woman; when she would read certain portions I would have to remind myself that this was written by the mother, not the daughter. That said, Ms Samuel reads very well and I will gladly listen to her again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Internal Combustion: The Story of a Marriage and a Murder in the Motor City

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Joyce Maynard
    • Narrated By Janey Ivey
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    On Mother's Day night, 2004, award-winning fourth grade teacher Nancy Seaman left the Tudor home she shared with her husband of 32 years in the gated community of Farmington Hills, near Detroit, Michigan, and drove in a driving rain storm to Home Depot, to purchase a hatchet. Three days later, police discovered the mutilated body of Bob Seaman - a successful auto industry engineer, softball coach and passionate collector of vintage Mustangs - in the back of the family's Ford Explorer.

    Kelley says: "There are no charmers here."
    "Narrator Killed the Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book deserves a better narrator!

    Janey Ivey sounds like she is reading from one of those horizontally scrolling banners one sees at the bottom of television news shows, complete with hesitations, mispronounciations and misplaced emphasis as she waits for the next syllable to appear before her. Add to that her attempts to 'brighten' her narration with forced enthusiasm as she describes towns, celebrations and such...it sounds like she is reading a children's book rather than the story of a murder.

    The story itself was interesting, but it was too much to bear listening to it poorly read as I was trying to concentrate on my long highway drive. As it was written this was a somber account, but this version didn't flow well and I couldn't settle into the story. It was simply too hard to mentally edit what I was hearing so that it made sense and drive at the same time. I think I will download the printed version and 're-read' it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    Eddie says: "Great book"
    "Title should be"
    Overall

    I want to start by saying that I listened to the entire book and I very sincerely attempted to have an open mind about it. Ten credits to me. I understand why some people would liken the stile that this book was written in as a “comic book”. If I wrote comic books, I would not take this as a compliment. I like, and periodically read comic books. They most always have a plot or a theme that can be understood clearly and the pictures complete the experience. This book seems like it was written by three 12 year olds, with possibly a 17 year old as an advisor. The plot is thin, there are English problems that are not simply dialog based but global, there are twists that have no reason, events that pop up out of the clear blue that are never explained, and character development is incomplete. In contrast, The Diamond Age was weird, but written well enough for me to not want to ban the author for life, hence I gave Snow Crash a chance thinking the genre needs to be explored. I do not recommend this book. I will also avoid the author.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Making Money: Discworld #36

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (515)

    The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

    Jason says: "Another gem."
    "Excellently Funny"
    Overall

    The author and reader have both done another excellent job. Can a leopard change its shorts? I don't think it needs to! Thank you for the perfect book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5997)
    Performance
    (2580)
    Story
    (2616)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Taryn says: "Will touch your soul"
    "Superior Writing"
    Overall

    This book is as darkly written l as any I have listened to. The author’s use of sparse dialog and expansive description worked very well. Coupled with an expansive vocabulary this book was a joy to listen to.
    It was like travelling down progressively more darkened steps and at the end of countless steps instead of light at the end of the journey, I went back up two steps and no matter how dark it was, it was just a little lighter...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Starswarm

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (194)

    Kip has a secret. A young boy who lives with his uncle at the Starswarm Station research outpost on planet Paradise, he has heard a voice in his head for as long as he can remember. The voice guides him in all his decisions, helping him through situations with useful information and helpful insight.

    L. says: "Genius"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    An interesting read.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Off Armageddon Reef: Safehold Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1296)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (757)

    When Earth herself lay under siege by an enemy humankind could not defeat, mankind undertook one last throw of the dice: Operation Ark. Earth's final colonizing expedition was meant to build a new civilization, on a planet so distant even the Gbaba might never find it, and without the high-tech infrastructure whose emissions might betray its location.

    Alison says: "David Weber always good"
    "Epic Story"
    Overall

    Don’t let the length or nature of this excellent book dissuade you from listening to it. I was concerned that I would loose the author’s trail(s), but was pleased to find out that everything that makes a book good makes this book good. Clear plot lines and a logically evolutionary story make this book an exceptional read. The author also made a good seam for the follow-on stories, in that I don’t feel like I MUST HAVE the next story to feel fulfilled about this story. I look forward to the next volumes. Well done!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Postal: Discworld #29

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1374)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (605)

    Arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig never believed his crimes were hanging offenses, until he found himself with a noose around his neck, dropping through a trap door, and falling into...a government job? Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be an impossible task. Worse, the new Postmaster could swear the mail is talking to him.

    Robert W says: "Finally on AUDIBLE!!!"
    "Exceptional Story"
    Overall

    This story had me in stitches from the start to the end. It is hilarious and extremely entertaining.
    Well Done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hundred-Dollar Baby: A Spenser Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (51)

    Once upon a time, though not so long ago, there was a girl named April Kyle, a beautiful teenage runaway who turned to prostitution to escape her terrible family life. Now, April Kyle's return in Hundred-Dollar Baby is nothing short of shocking.

    Deborah says: "Don't go the route of LeCarre and King"
    "As usual..."
    Overall

    As with all of his books, this one is also exceptionally entertaining, but too short.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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