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George

Harlingen Tx., TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 35 reviews
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  • 452 titles in library
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  • The Radicalism of the American Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gordon S. Wood
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Grand in scope, rigorous in its arguments, and elegantly synthesizing 30 years of scholarship, Gordon S. Wood's Pulitzer Prize–winning book analyzes the social, political, and economic consequences of 1776. In The Radicalism of the American Revolution, Wood depicts not just a break with England, but the rejection of an entire way of life: of a society with feudal dependencies, a politics of patronage, and a world view in which people were divided between the nobility and "the Herd."

    Cynthia says: "Changed the Way I Think"
    "Work of a true scholar."
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    Would you listen to The Radicalism of the American Revolution again? Why?

    Yes There was so much information, it needs to be read again for total understanding.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Radicalism of the American Revolution?

    How the people of the revolutionary era thought.


    What does Paul Boehmer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not much the performance was very dry.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Memory and Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charles de Lint
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (102)

    As the young student of the cruel, brilliant artist Vincent Rushkin, Isabelle Copley discovered that she could paint images so vividly real they brought her wildest fantasies to life. Now, 20 years later, Isabelle must come to terms with the shattering memories she has long denied and unlock the slumbering power of her brush. And, in a dark reckoning with her old master, she must find the courage to live out her dreams and bring the magic back to life.

    David E. Ballard says: "If this is your first de Lint"
    "Completely blown away"
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    Where does Memory and Dream rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top five percent


    What other book might you compare Memory and Dream to and why?

    It is set up the same as the Dresden Files. Magic present in modern society. De Lint's work is levels above, however, like Shakespear to Batman. The depth of his characters and story is a cut above.


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She reads with feeling and does both male and female voices well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Had a hard time putting it down. Glad I lisrened in the summer, beecausevI did not have to wake up early for work.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed this book emensly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Forges

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By James A. Moore
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    The Seven Forges are a range of impassable mountains, far to the north of the settled lands of Fellein. From time to time explorers venture up beyond the Blasted Lands in search of a way over them and the promise of legendary riches, but without success. Now Captain Merros Dulver has found a path, and encountered, at last, the half-forgotten people who dwell there. And it would appear they were expecting him.

    joel says: "Can't wait for the next one!"
    "Anxiously waiting"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Great story. Very original.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Ready for second book.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    He created a world, which was very original.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    He voice was deadpan.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. American

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Mark Franklin came from the American West to Edwardian England with two long-barrelled .44s in his baggage and a fortune in silver in the bank. Where he had got it and what he was looking for no one could guess, although they wondered -- at Scotland Yard, in City offices, in the glittering theatreland of the West End, in the highest circles of Society (even King Edward was puzzled) and in the humble pub at Castle Lancing.

    John says: "Mr. America you had so much potential."
    "Surprisingly good"
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    Would you listen to Mr. American again? Why?

    Maybe. The narator was great and to see if I missed anything.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. American?

    The shooting


    What about David Case’s performance did you like?

    He did great voices for each individual.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Master and Margarita

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mikhail Bulgakov
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (284)

    The Devil comes to Moscow, but he isn't all bad; Pontius Pilate sentences a charismatic leader to his death, but yearns for redemption; and a writer tries to destroy his greatest tale, but discovers that manuscripts don't burn. Multi-layered and entrancing, blending sharp satire with glorious fantasy, The Master and Margarita is ceaselessly inventive and profoundly moving. In its imaginative freedom and raising of eternal human concerns, it is one of the world's great novels.

    beatrice says: "Baffling and original"
    "Surrealistic joyride"
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    Would you listen to The Master and Margarita again? Why?

    Yes I imagine everytime you listen something new will appear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Master and Margarita?

    Margarita turning intoma witch and going to Satan's ball.


    Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favorite?

    Azrazelo


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

    Many moved me to laughter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2817)
    Performance
    (1491)
    Story
    (1516)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Started out real good then tapered off."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like Niven yes. I probably will not read the other books in the series .


    Would you be willing to try another book from Larry Niven? Why or why not?

    Yes I have read other books by him that I enjoyed.


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

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Island in the Sea of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (360)

    During a perfect spring evening on Nantucket, a violent storm erupts and a dome of crawling, colored fire blankets the island. When the howling winds subside and the night skies clear, the stars appear to have shifted. The mainland has become a wilderness of unbroken forest, where tools of bronze and stone litter the beaches, and primitive natives scatter in terror.

    Kevin says: "Listen to this before "Dies the fire""
    "Alternative hitory at its best"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Island in the Sea of Time to be better than the print version?

    Never read it.


    What other book might you compare Island in the Sea of Time to and why?

    Reads like a good historical account


    Which character – as performed by Todd McLaren – was your favorite?

    William wslker.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yea stayed up all night to finish it up.


    Any additional comments?

    Check this out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stormwarden: Book 1 of the Cycle of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Janny Wurts
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    For the first time in audio, the Cycle of Fire Trilogy, a stout and epic tale mixing sci-fi and fantasy by acclaimed author Janny Wurts. This classic fantasy trilogy follows three young people struggling to free the Stormwarden, the last of the elemental power-wielding Vaere sorcerers, so that he can battle the humanity-threatening demonkind.

    Katherine says: "It's a great time to be an audiobook reader!"
    "Too much about feelings"
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    What did you like best about Stormwarden? What did you like least?

    The concept of a computer guarding mankind was the best part.. It used myth, legend and advanced technology as magic. I did not like all the dealings with feelings and emotions. Give me more action.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not as whinny.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    He did good voices. A lot of it was monotone.


    Could you see Stormwarden being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6460)
    Performance
    (4693)
    Story
    (4689)

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

    Lakejewel says: "Spike makes good"
    "Out of place"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Grave Peril to be better than the print version?

    Have not read it


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Vampire Courts most Least love story


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Dreaden


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Wizard Private Eye


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of new characters and groups were introduced without enough explanation about them. His love interest with Susan Rodriquez also jumped from something casual to something serious, without any development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Assassin: The Farseer Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1629)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1181)

    Young Fitz, the illegitimate son of the noble Prince Chivalry, is ignored by all royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has had him tutored him in the dark arts of the assassin. He has barely survived his first, soul-shattering mission, and when he returns to the court, he is thrown headfirst into the tumult of royal life.

    Jake says: "Solid Middle Book"
    "An original saga"
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    Would you listen to Royal Assassin again? Why?

    Possibly it was a great story and well preformed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chade he was the man in the shadows, who knows everything and pulls the strings.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Boehmer – was your favorite?

    Burich the old gruff, no nonsense man.


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

    The ending where Fitz tried to kill everyone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune: House Corrino: House Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (245)

    Continuing the events leading up to Frank Herbert's immortal Dune saga, the exciting conclusion to this trilogy finds the cruel Tleilaxu overlords on Ix manufacturing a synthetic form of amal to supplant the spice from Dune. If amal is accepted, Emperor Shaddam IV will gain absolute power. But if the plot of the Imperial House Corrino succeeds, the result may be the end of civilization itself.

    Robert says: "At least as good as the original Audible prodn."
    "A lot of questions answered"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Dune: House Corrino in three words, what would they be?

    Questions are answered


    What did you like best about this story?

    It tied up the trilogy well


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

    He is my favorite narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Prelude to the Dune Saga


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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