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Brad

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  • A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert J. Mrazek
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    One of the great untold stories of World War II finally comes to light in this thrilling account of the members of Torpedo Squadron Eight and their heroic efforts in helping an outmatched U.S. fleet win critical victories at Midway and Guadalcanal. These 35 American men - many flying outmoded aircraft - changed the course of history, going on to become the war's most decorated naval air squadron, while suffering the heaviest losses in U.S. naval aviation history.

    Kismet says: "Excellent story well told"
    "A good story - a s-l-o-w reader"
    Overall

    A good story of American heroes, dragged down by the molasses-slow pace of the reader. I listened to most of this book at high speed--that's how slow Dick Hill reads. If I'd listened to the preview, I probably wouldn't have purchased this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Morocco

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edith Wharton
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In Morocco is Edith Wharton's remarkable account of her journey to that country during World War I. With her characteristic sense of adventure, Wharton set out to explore Morocco and its people, traveling by military jeep to Rabat, Moulay Idriss, Fez, and Marrakech, from the Atlantic coast to the high Atlas. Along the way, she witnessed religious ceremonies and ritual dances, visited the opulent palaces of the Sultan, and was admitted to the mysterious world of his harem.

    Brad says: "A colorful but dated travelogue"
    "A colorful but dated travelogue"
    Overall

    The first three-fourths of the book are a first-person account of Wharton's travel from Tangier to Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech just after the end of the First World War as a guest of the French governor general, Lyautey. The last fourth deals with Moroccan history and art. There are many details that help carry the listener past a predictable array of Orientalist stereotypes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Frank: The Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Kaplan
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the 20th century - infinitely charismatic, lionized, and notoriĀ­ous in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. As Bob Spitz did with the Beatles, Tina Brown for Diana, and Peter Guralnick for Elvis, James Kaplan goes behind the legend and hype to bring alive a force that changed popular culture in fundamental ways.

    Brad says: "Both fascinating and tedious"
    "Both fascinating and tedious"
    Overall

    Rob Shapiro is perfect for this book, capturing Kaplan's informal narrative voice exceptionally well, and carrying the listener forward through what at times can be a mind-numbing level of detail about the first 20-some years of Sinatra's career. It's a tribute to Shapiro and Kaplan that one sticks with the book for 20+ hours, as there are passages that follow Sinatra's trail on almost a minute-by-minute detail.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • JR

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By William Gaddis
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Absurdly logical, mercilessly real, gathering it's own tumultuous momentum for the ultimate brush with commodity training, JR captures the listener in the cacophony of voices that revolves around this young captive of his own myths. The disturbing clarity with which this finished writer captures the ways in which we deal, dissemble, and stumble through our words - through our lives - while the real plans are being made elsewhere makes JR the extraordinary novel that it is.

    Peregrine says: "Possibly superior as an audio book"
    "An Audiobook Landmark"
    Overall

    Nick Sullivan deserves an Audie Lifetime Achievement Award for this book alone. It is a genuine tour de force of voice acting--he probably plays over 200 different roles in the course of this challenging but entertaining novel, most of which is told in snatches of dialogue. He manages to be convincing as everyone from a New York dowager in her eighties to eight year-old boys and girls, as well as lawyers, doctors, teachers, cops, politicians, ad men, low lifes, members of high society, preachers and sinners, and dozens more. It's a long book, but I found Sullivan made it far easier to follow the story than I was ever able to when I tried to read the book. Bravo, Mr. Sullivan!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roy Jenkins
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (188)

    In this magisterial book, Roy Jenkins' unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level government experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.

    Karen says: "Best of British Political Soap Opera"
    "Well-written, well-read political biography"
    Overall

    Jenkins' account of Churchill's life is strongly influenced by his own career as a Labour MP, and if this biography is anything, it's a political life. We hear about every one of Churchill's many campaigns for office and much of the party intrigues that helped get him in and out of positions of power. For those with the stamina to hang in through dozens of hours of reading, this is a fine listen, one that will certainly leave you in awe of Churchill's own stamina and drive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Washington's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Hackett Fischer
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (222)

    This New York Times best seller is a thrilling account of one of the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.

    William says: "Particularly Good Military History"
    "An inspiring story"
    Overall

    I listened to this book after enjoying David McCullough's "John Adams," and I highly recommend this audio book to any fan of that fine work. This recording is read by Nelson Runger, whose pace and tone is perfect for the 18th century. It's an vivid story that is an excellent companion to McCullough's "1776." If George Washington seemed only an icon, this book will revive him as a living, breathing, and inspiring man.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas.

    David says: "Great Work"
    "Superb story and storyteller"
    Overall

    For me, Nelson Runger is one of the finest audio book readers around, and he is a perfect match for the work of David McCullough. Like McCullough, he proceeds at a leisurely pace--but only because he can appreciate so many of the details along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to both parts and was sad to have to part with Mr. Adams and Mr. Runger at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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