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Alan

Waxhaw, NC, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5697)
    Performance
    (4929)
    Story
    (4923)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Lovely story, interesting characters, great finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not much of anything. While at first it was kind of hard to see where the story was going, it came together nicely.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Ruins?

    The finish. I had a very good feeling at the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The return to Italy.


    Do you think Beautiful Ruins needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow up. It was wrapped up in a very good manner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (193)

    Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward's 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and one half years. The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy.

    Graham says: "Making the Sausage"
    "Obama, the amateur president."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Price of Politics?

    The details on the exchanges between the White House and Congress during the budget crisis.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Just how little Obama and the White House knows about how to bargain with Congress.


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

    Gaines stresses a few points that one might tend to overlook.


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

    Too long for one sitting, but I did it in five days while on the road.


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Gettysburg: A Guided Tour from Jeff Shaara's Civil War Battlefields

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Jeff Shaara, America's premier Civil War novelist, gives a remarkable guided tour of one of the Civil War battlefields every American should visit. He captures the true meaning and magnitude of the conflict.

    Alan says: "A good guide but could have been better."
    "A good guide but could have been better."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jeff Shaara and/or Robertson Dean?

    I have read a number of Jeff Shaara's books and will continues to do so.


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

    The details has it related to modern day locations. How the battlefield looks on those days and how they look today.

    While the background is necessary, for one who has vistited the site several times I did not need it.


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

    The reading was very good.


    Did Gettysburg inspire you to do anything?

    I might get some of the other tour guides later.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Day: June 6, 1944

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    >The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan’s unsurpassed account of D-day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly re-creates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism.

    pratalife says: "Seen the movie? Read the book: it is worth it"
    "Great Story, Poor Story Narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Longest Day rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Better than average


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Longest Day?

    The air drop over France


    What three words best describe Clive Chafer???s voice?

    Monotone, not very exciting


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

    There already is a movie.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fueling the Planet: The Past, Present, and Future of Energy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael B. McElroy
    • Narrated By Michael B. McElroy
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Renowned professor Michael B. McElroy leads a comprehensive examination of energy, including its history, use in the world today, and environmental consequences. Whether discussing the "oil shocks" of the 1970s, the current reliance on imported oil, or the growing buildup of carbon dioxide in the planet's atmosphere, it is clear that energy represents one of the world's most daunting challenges.

    Chris Reich says: "If You Appreciate Quality Lecture"
    "Energy, Will there be enough for tomorrow?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fueling the Planet to be better than the print version?

    The Audio version bring the details to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fueling the Planet?

    New energy sources and how they can be used.


    What does Michael B. McElroy bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    A concise explaination.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Something everyone who is concerned about our planet should listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (351)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    James B says: "Brilliant Conclusion to Gold Coast"
    "Get the abridged version."
    Overall

    This book is a disappointment. It has too much dialog where the primary character talks to himself. About half of the book could have been left out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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