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Jim

Greensboro, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack: Burton & Swinburne, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Hodder
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (971)

    Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

    Robert says: "Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side"
    "Great Performance--Interesting Story"
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    The voices and performance were great. I may be a sucker for the British accent...but really enjoyed it. The story was fast and interesting, but ultimately the pieces didn't fit that smoothly in the end. It also seemed to spin out of control and push things too far for my "suspension of disbelief." But Burton and Swinburne were intriguing and different characters. And the story took enough turns to keep me guessing.

    No masterpiece, but definitely a fun read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Jeff Wooden
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    When Don't Know Much About History first appeared, it created a sensation. With humor, great stories, and a trademark conversational style, the audiobook brought Americans a fresh new take on history. Davis proved that Americans don't hate history - they just hate the dull textbook version they were force-fed in school.

    Tom says: "Great listen. Great information."
    "Interesting but Slow"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. The facts are worth accumulating. Gives some interesting tidbits and good overview of US History.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reading was too slow for my taste. Listened to a lot of it at 1.5x speed.


    Do you think Don't Know Much About History needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The facts were interesting enough that I wasn't sorry to read it. I would agree with a lot of reviewers that the book takes a more liberal slant. Its hard to write an interesting book with any sort of conclusions that won't be influenced by the authors personal views. But I didn't think the slant was overblown enough to make the book one-sided or useless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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