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Adrian

Author of Kindertransport

Beeville, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 21 reviews
  • 87 ratings
  • 248 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015
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  • American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bob Dotson
    • Narrated By Bob Dotson
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    The host of the NBC Today Show’s popular segment shares his favorite stories of citizens making a difference around the country. For the six million people who watch the Emmy Award-winning "American Story with Bob Dotson" on NBC’s Today Show, Bob Dotson’s reports celebrate the inspirational stories of everyday Americans. Dotson has been crisscrossing the country for more than 40 years - logging more than four million miles - in search of people who have quietly but profoundly changed our lives and our counrty for the better.

    Adrian says: "The stories you never get to enjoy"
    "The stories you never get to enjoy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I enjoyed it and it was a superbly-executed piece of non-fiction.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The elderly baseball players struck a cord with me, but many of the stories were priceless narratives.


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

    The author deftly weaved his own stories into the fabric of others making seamless transitions.


    Any additional comments?

    Great stories! What a celebration of the American spirit. I enjoyed the colloquial tone of the story and the little bio bits from the author. I highly recommend this book whether you're a fan of Bob Dotson or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24131)
    Performance
    (22168)
    Story
    (22177)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "This one's a rocket ride"
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    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best stories I've read all year. I really enjoyed the story and the performance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I found Mark Watney to be a real jackass, but it worked for him. He was a worthy protagonist and I enjoyed being along for the ride.


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

    I listened it twice!


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator flubbed the German accent and words. He should have done a better job with that sort of thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22762)
    Performance
    (17155)
    Story
    (17213)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Unbroken is an epic tale"
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    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    God be praised!


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

    Edward Herrmann brings this story to life. His voice suits any work from this era. I finished this story on the day that Herrmann died. I can't think of a better tribute to the actor's cadre.


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

    This book made me cry. I feel that under similar circumstances, I would not show a fraction of the grace and perseverance that seemed inherent in Lou Zamperini. I'm glad to have come to know him through Laura Hillenbrand's book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Amy Alkon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (406)

    We live in a world that's very different from the one in which Emily Post came of age. Many of us who are nice (but who also sometimes say "f*ck") are frequently at a loss for guidelines about how to be a good person who deals effectively with the onslaught of rudeness we all encounter. To lead us through this this miasma of modern manners, syndicated columnist Amy Alkon - The Advice Goddess - gives us a new set of manners for our 21st-century lives.

    G. House Sr. says: "Hilarious and a Direct Hit - Must Listen"
    "Miss Manners for Grown-ups"
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    What does Carrington MacDuffie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Carrington MacDuffie matches the tone of the book. Her voice enhanced my enjoyment.


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

    Who needs a tagline with a title like that?!


    Any additional comments?

    I did not agree all of Amy Alkon's suggestions, but I respected her opinions. Her approach to manners for the new millennium is practical and comical. Well done!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glassblower: The Glassblower Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Petra Durst-Benning, Samuel Willcocks (translator)
    • Narrated By Kristin Watson Heintz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (102)

    In the village of Lauscha in Germany, things have been done the same way for centuries. The men blow the glass, and the women decorate and pack it. But when Joost Steinmann passes away unexpectedly one September night, his three daughters must learn to fend for themselves. While feisty Johanna takes a practical approach to looking for work, Ruth follows her heart, aiming to catch the eye of a handsome young villager.

    Jean says: "Fantastic!"
    "If you love romance novels..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If this book had been billed as a romance novel instead of historical fiction, I would have been informed enough to leave it on the shelf. I was mislead.


    What could Petra Durst-Benning and Samuel Willcocks (translator) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The translation was horribly anachronistic. I hope the original wasn't nearly as bad.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    If the narrator had said, "OMG, Beyonce just walked into the shop" I would not have been surprised. Her voice did not match the story and was annoying. She made a terrible story worse. I couldn't even finish it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I stuck with it for a long time despite it's flaws, but when "mounds of Venus" was mentioned, I was out. The book had no redeeming qualities, except that it was a catalyst for researching glass in Lauscha.


    Any additional comments?

    Awful. Just awful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3711)
    Performance
    (3262)
    Story
    (3254)

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Elisabeth says: "Clever and Fresh, but Painful"
    "Everyday Aussie with a Bump on the Head"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. It reminded me of "The Hours" in it's gentle, pedestrian manner. It gave me a glimpse into Australian life.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The whole story winds its way to the ending, which has a small twist. I wasn't really surprised at the way the story turned out, but I did enjoy it.


    Was What Alice Forgot worth the listening time?

    This is a good story to listen to in spin class.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (4108)
    Performance
    (3731)
    Story
    (3711)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Milk through your nose funny"
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    If you could sum up Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls in three words, what would they be?

    Really fing funny!


    What other book might you compare Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls to and why?

    This one ranks among ".. Corduroy and Denim" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day."


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

    Listening to Sedaris narrate his own stories is as pleasant and true as listening to Tina Fey at "Bossypants" and Jennifer Lawson at "Let's Pretend..."


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of Sedaris. This book is less biting as previous ones, but no less hilarious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Darren Reynolds
    • Narrated By Diane Sawyer
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (654)

    This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    mary says: "Compelling"
    "History Redux"
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    Would you try another book from Darren Reynolds and/or Diane Sawyer?

    If there are audiobooks similar to this one about other historical events, I'd be interested in listening to them.


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

    I liked hearing real clips about the assassination and subsequent details. I am impressed that someone thought to make that footage available because it covers the period prior to the conspiracy theories and Warren Report. Most interviews are reactions unsullied by history. The sound quality was poor in some areas, but this is to be expected with old audio files.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5219)
    Performance
    (2808)
    Story
    (2842)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Chilled to the bone"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is my second Erik Larson book. I also read In the Garden of Beasts. He has a way of bringing history to life -- in this case, a combination of history and horror. I learned a lot about a snapshot in history that I would not have otherwise learned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3718)
    Performance
    (3278)
    Story
    (3284)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "The end of an era"
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    Would you listen to Edge of Eternity again? Why?

    I plan to! The combination of Follett's story and Lee's voice makes this book and the trilogy a treasure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved revisiting history through the eyes of a European. We Americans have our own "rose-colored glasses" when it comes to stories about Kennedy, King and Johnson; Follett's fiction is told from a different point of view and it works.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when the family came together while on vacation from East and West Germany.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the third in the trilogy, so it's the end of an era. Well done, Follett. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16271)
    Performance
    (14232)
    Story
    (14281)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Dianne Houston says: "OH NO ROY!!!! NOT DENARIS!!!!!!!"
    "Still Waiting for Winter"
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    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I think Dotrice does a wonderful job bringing these characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Martin tends to abandon storylines and introduce new characters in the thick of things. I'm still waiting to find out what happened to Bran and Rickan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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