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Thomas

Just a small town boy, trying to make it in the big city.

LaGrange, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Mortality

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (294)

    Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.

    Darwin8u says: "Death IS the DARK backing"
    "Some interesting nuggets of wisdom and perspective"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    If you’ve listened to books by Christopher Hitchens before, how does this one compare?

    No, this is my first.


    Do you think Mortality needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    :-))) Don't think that applies to this one.


    Any additional comments?

    Good, not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If This Isn't Nice, What Is: Advice for the Young

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (795)

    Master storyteller and satirist Kurt Vonnegut was one of the most in-demand commencement speakers of his time. For each occasion, Vonnegut’s words were unfailingly unique, insightful, and witty, and they stayed with audience members long after graduation. As edited by Dan Wakefield, this book reads like a narrative in the unique voice that made Vonnegut a hero to readers and listeners of all ages. At times hilarious, razor-sharp, freewheeling, and deeply serious, these reflections are ideal for anyone undergoing what Vonnegut would call their "long-delayed puberty ceremony".

    Joseph Warren says: "Witty Humor and Priceless Insight"
    "Kurt reminds us of what's Important . . ."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a short, albeit somewhat repetitive, collection of many of Kurt Vonnegut's noteworthy commencement speeches. His message(s) are invaluable and well worth listening to . . . again and again.

    It doesn't include the one commencement address where he tells the young audience
    "after today, everything in your life is going to get worse". I think that one is my favorite. Not to worry, I'm not a morbid guy, and he leaves the stage with everyone feeling better (for the most part).

    Well worth your time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (309)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
    "It's friggin' "War and Peace" people . . ."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    So there's no question the content is fantastic! Tolstoy is extremely insightful, not just for major events but more importantly, for many of the little moments of life we all live through yet don't necessarily analyses. Wonderful stuff!

    But the real thrill here is the narrator, Neville Jason - he's just great and adds so much to this classic. He brings it to life with his intonations. laughter and exclamations. And this takes away the intimidation factor that often plagues readers.

    If you always wanted to read W&P but put it off for whatever reason - now's the time. This version will help you enjoy it.

    Fantastico!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being There

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jerzy Kosinski
    • Narrated By Dustin Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (199)

    Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture. Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon.

    Ilana says: "Darkly Funny"
    "Fantastic!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Being There the most enjoyable?

    Great, great story and Hoffman is a superb narrator. Putting his great intonations in all the right spots you can tell this novel and it's author are very important to him.

    I loved it!


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

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2019)
    Performance
    (1872)
    Story
    (1859)

    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 one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Amazing!"
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    Would you listen to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz again? Why?

    Probably. Anne Hathaway does an unbelievable job narrating. I have much added respect for her skills as a narrator and actor.


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

    She did a particularly great job with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion!


    Any additional comments?

    Believe it or not, I think the film may have actually been an improvement on the novel. A rare happening.

    With that said, Hathaway does such a great job narrating that it's definitely worth listening to on Audible. I was smiling and laughing the whole time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2481)
    Performance
    (1962)
    Story
    (1948)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Unbelievable!!!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Definitely one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to! The narrator does a fabulous job with all the dialects. It really made the book come alive.

    I know it might be sacrilegious to criticize Mark Twain . . . but I think he could have used a better editor in a few instances. Setting Jim free from the distant family is a case in point.

    But overall, the listening experience was still brillant! It makes me want to listen to the other "Signature Performances".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Tell a Story and Other Essays

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    American writer Samuel Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain has given us some literary gems with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and his travel adventures in 19th-century Europe and to Australia and New Zealand. In How to Tell a Story and Other Essays, Twain discusses the telling of stories, rather than providing more stories.

    Thomas says: "Great Stuff!!"
    "Great Stuff!!"
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    Would you listen to How to Tell a Story and Other Essays again? Why?

    Yes! Timeless and counter-intuitive wisdom from an American Treasure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Tell a Story and Other Essays?

    The title essay was very interesting. I had never considered joke telling in this way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    NA


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

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    NA

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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