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Don

Falls Church, VA, USA

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  • 12 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • Shakespeare: The World as Stage

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (274)

    William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

    Charles L. Burkins says: "Too Little, Too Short"
    "Great audio - Disjointed book"
    Overall

    I don't know what it is...I have each of his other book on my iPod and I love them all. This just seemed so unorganized, such a clunker, that I was hoping someone wrote this and not him.

    The audio does make up for it with his great delivery. But material is far from stellar. I'd avoid this selection and focus on his other material

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sharpe's Triumph: Book II of the Sharpe Series

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    The paths of treachery lead Sharpe's company to join the army of Sir Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, to take on the Mahratta horde. Sharpe must survive the carnage and live to tell the tale of what will be remembered as one of the greatest battles of the 19th century.

    Don says: "Great story - Poor narration quality"
    "Great story - Poor narration quality"
    Overall

    This was a very odd recording for the novel. It seemed to me that narrators were switched in the middle of story off and on. I love listening to Frederick Davidson, but in parts of this, his voice either changed or someone else was brought in to do the narration. My recording also repeated several times in the 2nd part of this download.

    All in all, the book is great but the quality of the narrated product is far below others I've listened to Audible.

    I hope this is not a trend that continues.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Savage Kingdom: The True Story of Jamestown, 1607, and the Settlement of America

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Benjamin Woolley
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Four centuries ago, and 14 years before the Mayflower, a group of men - led by a one-armed ex-pirate, an epileptic aristocrat, a reprobate cleric, and a government spy - left London aboard a fleet of three ships to start a new life in America. They arrived in Virginia in the spring of 1607 and set about trying to create a settlement on a tiny island in the James River.

    Don says: "Interesting story - poor narration"
    "Interesting story - poor narration"
    Overall

    I really wanted to love this story, I did. Being here in Virginia, there is alot of interest of the Jamestown Settlement. There is alot of interesting details but the delivery is what's lacking. It was like listening to a dull lecture. I've liked most things I've downloaded here but this is by far the worst thing I've listened to.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8989)
    Performance
    (4715)
    Story
    (4785)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Listening for a 2nd time already"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of this classic story and have waited for this book to be available on Audible.

    I was really dubious about how it would sound when it is dramatized, but I really enjoyed the different voices, background music. It wasn't overdone at all.

    If anyone enjoys this novel as much as I do, then I would highly recommend this recording. Especially since it's 1 credit for over 20 hours of great storytelling, it's a steal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ronald Reagan

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Patrick Diggins
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Following his departure from office, Ronald Reagan moved to the margins of public interest. But like Lincoln, who was also attacked for decades after his death, Reagan deserves to be regarded as one of our greatest presidents, an exemplar of true conservative values. In this bold and philosophical reevaluation, John Patrick Diggins reveals that Reagan was a far more active and sophisticated president than we ever knew.

    Don says: "Good Balance, Poor audio quality"
    "Good Balance, Poor audio quality"
    Overall

    The author writes a great story and presents a balanced review of the successes and failures of Reagan throughout his political career. He helps to de-mystify the neocon perceptions on the invicibility of the Reagan revolution. As a big fan of the former President, I thought the most striking thing was the balanced approach.

    The audio was the weirdest thing. The narrator's voice seemed to change throughout the different chapters - like it was running at different speeds. If the audio quality were better I'd rate it higher

    7 of 10 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"
    "Excellent story - excellent recording"
    Overall

    I was drawn to the story with the movie due out soon. I couldn't stop listening to this recording. The author doesn't try to glamorize things, he does an excellent job at recounting who the 'true heroes' of Iwo Jima were and his quest to uncover why his father tries to downplay his role and why he doesn't share his memories of it. He does a great job at weaving all the other biographies, roles into this account.

    The narrator does a great job expressing the different emotions throughout the recording.

    I highly encourage anyone who wants to see the movies to download this first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1536)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (694)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It is a truth universally acknowledged that anyone looking for a great listen won’t be able to resist Jane Austen’s delightful classic of love and manners in Regency England. Jane Austen's story of Mrs. Bennet's finding husbands for her daughters is told with wit and charm. A must for lovers of good literature. Commuters Library presents Pride and Prejudice read by Kate Reading.

    Victoria says: "loved it."
    "Excellent story - Excellent reading"
    Overall

    I wanted to submit a 2nd review of this novel and this recording. I've since listen to several other records like Sense and Sensibility and Emma, and I have to admit that I still love this novel and its reading the most. The narration is excellent and she brings life to the story and that the other narrations fail to do.

    Bottom line - if you're looking for an excellent recording of a Jane Austen novel, then you start and finish here.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Jill Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Full of irony, this comedy of manners satirizes the self-deception of vanity. Emma presents a picture of mixed family and social life as did Pride and Prejudice, though mellowed by a riper humor. Emma equals Pride and Prejudice in its rich humor and vivid portraiture of character. It is a never ending delight in human absurdities, which the fascinated listener shares from chapter to chapter.

    Empowerment says: "Surprisingly good"
    "Slow start, better finish - poor narration"
    Overall

    From what I've read about the works of Jane Austen, I believed that this was supposed to be her best work. However that didn't come across at all in the recording. The narrator was dull and uninspired through most of the reading, so it was an incredibly boring.

    I have listed to Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility already and enjoyed them far more than this.

    If other unabridged samples exist, listen to them first before buying this uninspiring reading

    21 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Patton: The Man Behind the Legend, 1885-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Martin Blumenson
    • Narrated By William Lavelle
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    This detailed and persuasive study by the author of The Patton Papers was described by Patton's daughter Ruth as "an extraordinary book". It is widely considered the best biography ever written of the General, an American hero as compelling as he was complex.

    Ann says: "Patton the man"
    "Great story - Fair audio"
    Overall

    Patton's biography is a great listen, however, the audio quality is disappointing. The narrator is decent, but again, the quality made this review less than what it should be.

    It's great listening to the history of the end of WWII and the inner workings and political. intrique between him, Ike, and Bradley.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1819)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (804)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Great blend of history and adventure"
    Overall

    What I found great about this novel was the approach of educating the listener about the terrian and its history. I doubt I'd ever learn this much about Brazil and its history. I have always been a big fan of TR and found this book really compelling. After losing the election of 1912, you wonder what happens to him. This book provides great insight into that part of his life. Truly worth your time in my humble opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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