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James

Audubon, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Denying History: Holocaust Denial, Pseudohistory, and How We Know What Happened in the Past

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Brant Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Brant Shermer
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Denying History takes a bold and in-depth look at those who say the Holocaust never happened and explores the motivations behind such claims. While most commentators have dismissed the Holocaust deniers as antisemitic neo-Nazi thugs who do not deserve a response, historians Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the minds and culture of these Holocaust "revisionists." In the process, they show how we can be certain that the Holocaust happened.

    James says: "Important, scholarly work."
    "Important, scholarly work."
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    What made the experience of listening to Denying History the most enjoyable?

    While I wouldn't say thus is an enjoyable read, it is very informative.


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

    The topic of the book was a bit heavy to listen to all on one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book talks about the Holocaust and some other examples of pseudo history, but it is 90% about the Holocaust, and barely touches on the rest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (513)

    In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Monuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

    Paul Bennett says: "Fine book, adequate narration"
    "The movie was sizzle, this is the steak."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Monuments Men to be better than the print version?

    I havent read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Monuments Men to and why?

    It deserves a place in on anyone's WW2 bookshelf.


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

    Dont know


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

    The book is better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    Lou says: "Bill's sophmoric, condescending journey"
    "Not my favorite B.B. book."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I read this book years ago, and thought I liked it. Ive read most of Bill Bryson's books, and consider myself a fan. Listening to Lost Continent, I realized it is much more mean spirited then I remembered. I was very surprised, and a little disappointed.


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

    Mr. Bryson does find some interesting things along the way on his road trip, but has very little charity for when his expectations are not met. I guess the tittle "Lost Continent" should have clued me in that his opinion of the trip was mostly negative.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Mr. Bryson revels in mocking several of the places he visits. He does this in many of his travel logs, but seldom so often or with such enthusiasm.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book once before, and remembered it being more light hearted and fun. Hearing it in the author's own voice somehow makes it seem more serious and his attacks more vicious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (1472)
    Story
    (1485)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Very entertaining."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is engrossing, and the author cuts the tension with the character's offbeat humor.


    What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

    The narrator is excellent. His tone perfectly reflects the attitide of the main character.


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

    There is, but no spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    SOOO much better then the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Stories of an Antiquary

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By M. R. James
    • Narrated By David; Stephen Timson; Critchlow
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    The powerful sense of evil – darkness, creepy hairy presences, cloaks, hoods, talons and tentacles – pervades these classic ghost stories by M.R. James. A Cambridge scholar himself, James explored what happens when academics dabble in things they don’t understand and unleash forces of which they know nothing.

    Die Falknerin says: "Great performances of the classic"
    "Creepy and atmospheric."
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    What made the experience of listening to Ghost Stories of an Antiquary the most enjoyable?

    M. R. James is regarded by many as the Master of the British Ghost Story. He has a way of setting the scene so that you think the places are real places and the people are real people, so the tension also feels real.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary?

    My favorite stories are probably "Canon Alberic's Scrap Book" and "Lost Hearts"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The story of the hunters in "Count Magnus"


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

    I have listened to this book several times, the stories lend themselves to listening a few at a time, but I have also listened to it all at once.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (571)

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

    Ryan says: "Everyman villain tries to make good. Fun stuff!"
    "Laugh out loud funny"
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    Where does Confessions of a D-List Supervillain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have over 100 audio books, I would say this is one of the 10 best, maybe even top 5.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Confessions of a D-List Supervillain?

    "Like I need another reason to invade Branson, Missouri"


    What does Jeffrey Kafer and Talmadge Ragan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Kafer hits on just the right inflection to put the reader in the mindset of Calvin Stringel- sarcastic, weary, and a bit downtrodden, but funny and whip smart as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bob Curran
    • Narrated By Shandon Loring
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Vampire! The very word conjures up visions of ruined castles, of enigmatic, pale-skinned noblemen shrouded in dark cloaks, of slumbering beauties being bloodily ravished by supernatural, nocturnal creatures. But just how accurate is that picture? How much do we really know about these mysterious entities? Surprisingly, perhaps, almost every culture can boast of its own vampire beings, few of which correspond to the stock Hollywood image - some are not even human in form; some do not drink blood; some appear in daylight.

    Charles Jonathan Odom says: "The Narrator is awesome!"
    "Spooky"
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    If you could sum up Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night in three words, what would they be?

    Perfect Halloween reading


    What did you like best about this story?

    Bob Curran knows his audience, and delivers his scholarship on the different vampire legends with a wink... and a shiver.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite section was probably the one on the Irish vampire-like creatures. I did not know anything about them previously.


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

    So many vampires...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War I: The Great War

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Touched off by a terrorist act in Bosnia and spreading all too quickly beyond the expectations of those who were involved, World War I was an unprecedented catastrophe with a ghastly cost. After this first "total war"-the first conflict involving entire societies mobilized to wage unrestrained war, devoting all their wealth, industries, institutions, and the lives of their citizens to win victory at any price - the world itself would never be the same.

    Saud says: "Lack of Chronology"
    "Fascinating"
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    What about Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius’s performance did you like?

    He was very animate and informative.


    Any additional comments?

    WW I, "The Great War" is passing out of living memory, and it is important that it should be studied and it's lessons preserved.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Made in America

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (204)

    In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

    Thomas S Kovacs says: "Bryson OK Roberts not so much"
    "Another great Bill Bryson book."
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    Would you try another book from Bill Bryson and/or William Roberts?

    I have 5 audio books from Bill Bryson. He is one of my favorite authors.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The strong suite of this book is not really characters, though there are some great characters. The strong suite here is all the anecdotes illustrating Mr. Bryson's historical overview.


    What three words best describe William Roberts’s voice?

    He did fine.


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

    Maybe a TV show, each chapter could be an episode. Ideally, Mr. Bryson should host.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3736)
    Performance
    (3274)
    Story
    (3273)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Very good"
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    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    The story was very interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You really became interested in the main character and the fuzzy aliens.


    What does Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wil Wheaton is a good narrator.


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

    I listened to it all day at work.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Scalzi is improving as a writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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