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Philip Busch

Old Fart 1960 (some day....)

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HELPFUL VOTES
5

  • Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (207)

    For decades, the Left has been putting on a play with themselves as heroes in an ongoing civil rights move­ment - which they were mostly absent from at the time. Long after pervasive racial discrimination ended, they kept pretending America was being run by the Klan and that liberals were black America’s only protectors. It took the O. J. Simpson verdict - the race-based acquittal of a spectacularly guilty black celebrity as blacks across America erupted in cheers - to shut down the white guilt bank.

    Philip Busch says: "Ann knows how to deliver"
    "Ann knows how to deliver"
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    Where does Mugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mugged ranks in the top half of all the audiobooks I've listened to so far.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Ann's delivery and voice really make this audiobook come alive.


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

    Yes, I've heard Ann narrate other books. She's in fine form here.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Ann would narrate all of her books. A listener can get Ann's true meanings by listening to the original author's inflections and intonations. Third party narrators usually can't accomplish this feat, but some do come close.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elmer Gantry

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (142)

    A greedy, philandering Baptist minister, Elmer Gantry turns to evangelism and becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation. Often exposed as a fraud, he is never fully discredited. Elmer Gantry is considered a landmark American novel and one of the most penetrating studies of hypocrisy in modern literature. It portrays the evangelistic activity that was common in 1920s America as well as attitudes toward it.

    Erez says: "Halleluja, Brother Lewis!"
    "Exceptional narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Elmer Gantry to be better than the print version?

    Anthony Heald narrates this preacher-factory satire with such an exceptional feel for the characters and their cunning ways, I can't imagine any other narrator doing this book justice. Mr. Heald is the true star of this audiobook. The story is also a great satirical read about the life of the Southern turn-of-the-century bible-thumping preachers traveling the revival tent circuit. I highly recommend this book. I did not read the print version.


    What about Anthony Heald’s performance did you like?

    Anthony Heald is the bomb on this production. He takes you right into the heart and soul and conscience of each character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15145)
    Performance
    (13713)
    Story
    (13809)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Definitely for younger audience"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    For me, I wasted a whole day listening to this simple story. The vocabulary is probably no higher than 5th grade level reading. I enjoyed The Hunger Games trilogy, but I'm not going to listen to the other 2 books in the Divergent trilogy.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something more substantial.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Emma Galvin?

    She was a little to whispy for me. Probably okay for a younger listener.


    Was Divergent worth the listening time?

    Not for me. I'm 53 years old. I like a good sci-fi story, but this wasn't my cup of tea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (783)

    If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

    Rick says: "Like a Cast of Thousands"
    "You have to love George to enjoy this audiobook"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. The material is old and dated. And his delivery is not like hearing him live in concert. It was totally boring and tiresome for me to listen to any more of it. I couldn't get past the first 60 minutes.


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

    Since George claims not to give a fig about the human race, his readings and thoughts now make total sense.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    George tried too hard to sound like his old self but just doesn't come across as a comedian.


    Did George Carlin Reads to You inspire you to do anything?

    Nope, just tell people not to buy this audiobook.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2941)
    Performance
    (1919)
    Story
    (1948)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "A classic finally comes to life."
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    What did you love best about Gone with the Wind?

    The movie version has been on my wife's favorite movie list since high school. I've bought her collector editions of the novel as well. This is the first time I've picked up the book and had a listen. What a pleasant surprise. The narration is superb. Scarlet, Melanie, Ashley, Rett, they all come to life. It's a long book (longer than the movie!) but time flew by. Highly recommended for the period history and thought process of the time. May not be totally accurate because it's still fiction. I'm glad I listened to it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flags of Our Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Bradley, Ron Powers
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (89)

    In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.

    Patti says: "History in Real Life"
    "Not the best narration"
    Overall

    The story was tragic and a tragic narration is what is given. Very monotone and lifeless. It was difficult for me to finish this audiobook but I did finish to 'honor' the memory of these soldiers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2784)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1015)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "If you like predictability..."
    Overall

    I was very disappointed in this book. It reads like a cheap, totally predictable story with one of the lamest endings I have ever encountered. Was not worth my time. I don't know why I stuck with it. I guess I was hoping something better would develop but it never did. The use of different voices for the different characters was the best part about the book. I could find no fault with the cast reading the story: maybe this is why I finished the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Charles Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished America in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor.

    M. Dunn says: "Cold Mountain (Unabridged)"
    "Excellent writing."
    Overall

    The story is so well written, I was taken to every place the author wanted me. This story may not be for everyone, but being read by the author, with his slight accent, makes for a great listen. I could not wait to get to the end of this story. If only Charles Fraser would write another book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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