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sammy

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  • Blood Feud: The Hatfields and the McCoys: The Epic Story of Murder and Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lisa Alther
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    With a charming voice, a wonderfully dry sense of humor, and an abiding gift for spinning a yarn, best-selling author Lisa Alther makes an impartial, comprehensive, and compelling investigation of what actually happened in the feud between the Hatfields and McCoys, masterfully setting the feud in its historical and cultural contexts, digging deep into the many causes and explanations of the fighting, and revealing surprising alliances and entanglements. Here is a fascinating new look at the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud.

    sammy says: "Burn This Book After Listening to Half!"
    "Burn This Book After Listening to Half!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't get out much and has a twisted view of the world.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Time for the Stars by Robert Heinlein.


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

    This was the first recording I have listened to by Ms. Ronconi. I thought her performance was very nice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The first half was a good synopsis of the Hatfield-McCoy feud.


    Any additional comments?

    The first half of the book was a nice synopsis of the events comprising the Hatfield / McCoy feud. FULL STOPAt this point, I should have stopped listening and burned my copy!The second half of Ms. Alther's book is pure rubbish beginning with a listing of other feuds in KY. This listing serves as a starting point for Ms. Alther's thesis that all Scots-Irish Southerners are blood-thirsty, neanderthals who will readily shoot or stab a passerby for any perceived slight!The greatest humor inducing section of Ms. Alther's book was her tale of driving along a highway and upon seeing a billboard for a gun store, she noticed how the barrel of the gun reminded her of a phallus and the trigger guard resembled a testicle.This Southern-WASP Male thinks Ms. Alther needs to get out and about a bit more.Two stars is charitable but as I noted above the first half of the book was OK!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Fear No Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (306)

    As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.

    Lisa says: "Not Heinlein's best - but still good"
    "Interesting story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe? If the friend likes hard core military, space Sci-Fi then definitely not; however, if the friend likes cerebral, "what if" Sci-Fi then maybe.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Seemed appropriate but wasn't great.


    What about Anthony Heald’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance.


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

    When Johann was talking to Eunice about being a virgin but neither was but yet it was Johann's first time having sex as a woman. I don't know if the moment moved me or if it was just a very well-written passage.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2250)
    Performance
    (2001)
    Story
    (2018)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "Great story, great performance!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    Anne Hathaway has a nice richness to her voice and was able to provide slight nuances to each character.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Baum created a wonderful universe that is as enjoyable to visit today as it was to visit the first time I followed the characters down the Yellow Brick Road in font of the family TV set many, many years ago.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Hathaway – was your favorite?

    The cowarldy lion.


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

    The swan having a "valley girl" accent straight from the 1980's made me snort out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    A very enjoyable way to spend your time revisiting a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Napoleon's Buttons: 17 Molecules That Changed History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Penny Le Couteur, Jay Burreson
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Napoleon's Buttons is the fascinating account of 17 groups of molecules that have greatly influenced the course of history. These molecules provided the impetus for early exploration, and made possible the voyages of discovery that ensued. The molecules resulted in grand feats of engineering and spurred advances in medicine and law; they determined what we now eat, drink, and wear. A change as small as the position of an atom can lead to enormous alterations in the properties of a substance.

    ANELLO says: "Wish one of the authors would have read this book"
    "Slaves, Women and Chemistry, OH MY!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Had the authors chosen to stick to their premise of exploring the history and interactions of 17 important molecules, they might have written a great book


    What was most disappointing about Penny Le Couteur and Jay Burreson ’s story?

    I find it troubling that the authors decided to link every molecule to the rise of slavery or the subjugation of women.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The use of a broomstick as a drug delivery device. I intend to check a copy of Remington's to see if this is a recognized way to administer a hallucinogen.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The history and the chemistry was quite fun.


    Any additional comments?

    The authors should write about chemistry as the slavery and subjugation of women genres already have enough members.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23423)
    Performance
    (10030)
    Story
    (10103)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "The characters are truly brought to life."
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    I found myself cheering on the characters in this novel, as Mr. Larsson did such a wonderful job of bringing them to life with his story. Rarely, do I find myself feeling for the characters and this is a credit to the great lenghts taken in the character development. All-in-all this was a very well written novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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