You no longer follow Arthur

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Arthur

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Arthur

North Kitsap County, Washington, USA | Member Since 2014

38
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 46 reviews
  • 115 ratings
  • 322 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2015
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1

  • Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Russell S. Bonds
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (307)

    On April 12, 1862—one year to the day after Confederate guns opened on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union spy named James J. Andrews and 19 infantry volunteers infiltrated Georgia and stole a steam engine called the General. Racing northward at speeds near 60 miles an hour, cutting telegraph lines, and destroying track along the way, Andrews planned to open East Tennessee to the Union army, cutting off men and materiel from the Confederate forces in Virginia.

    Arthur says: "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
    "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well researched account of James Andrews who led a group of 20 Union soldiers (or spies) into Georgia to steal a Locomotive, cut telegraph lines and generaly create havoc as they made their way north to Chatanooga Tennesee where they were to link up with the Union Army.
    If things had gone as planned, this would just be another forgotten chapter in Civil War history; they did not and what we were left with was one of the most action packed tales I've heard in a long time.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Don’t Ever Get Old

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Friedman
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    When Buck learns that an old adversary may have escaped Germany with a fortune in stolen gold, he decides to hunt down the fugitive and claim the loot. But lots of people want a piece of the stolen treasure, and Buck’s investigation quickly attracts unfriendly attention from a Mississippi loan shark, a seven-foot-tall Hasidic Jew, and a bloodthirsty maniac hell-bent on rubbing out everybody who knows anything about the stolen gold.

    Ronna says: "It's a "Buck Schatz"!! And it's great!!"
    "Good story, Great narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed this book. But I don't know if I would have liked it half as much if the narrator hadn't have done such a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Waters
    • Narrated By John Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (282)

    John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I’m Not Psycho", he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

    randy says: "another great piece of filth from john waters!"
    "Way more exciting than Travels with Charley"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This one is exactly what you would expect from John Waters. And I mean the Pink Flamingo John Waters not the Hairspray John Waters.
    No punches are pulled.
    Nothing has been censored.
    Now that you have been warned, if like this type of humor you will laugh out loud again and again as you join Mr Waters on this fictitious journy across the United States. I would suggest drinking no liquids while listening to avoid wearing them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas: How Jay Sarno Won a Casino Empire, Lost It, and Inspired Modern Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David G. Schwartz
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Sarno's casinos - and his ideas about how to build casinos - created the template for Las Vegas today. Before him, Las Vegas meant dealers in string ties and bland, functional architecture. He taught the city how to dress up its hotels in fantasy, putting toga dresses on cocktail waitresses and making sure that even the stationery carried through with the theme. He saw Las Vegas as a place where ordinary people could leave their ordinary lives and have extraordinary adventures.

    Andrew says: "Great Listen - Thanks to Dr. Dave"
    "Great Book! In spite of slooow... narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had to listen to this at 1.5x speed or I never would have been able to finish it. But once I got that figured out I couldn't stop listening; the story is that good.
    Jay Sarno is one of a handful of visonaries who created modern Las Vegas and yet he has remained a footnote in Vegas history. His Caesers Palace was THE first theme hotel on the strip and his Circus-Circus opened Las Vegas up as a family vacation spot. He did this over 20 years before anyone else.
    Most people think that Vegas was built by Bugsy Siegel, rebuilt by Howard Hughes, and cleaned up by Wall Street, and while this may be true to some extent, it wouldn't be what it is today without Jay Sarno

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Langston Hughes, Arnold Rampersad
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In I Wonder as I Wander, Langston Hughes vividly recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of his life in the turbulent 1930s. His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow.

    ladytbear64 says: "Love this book!"
    "Should be on everyone's must read list!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a fascinating memoir of Mr. Hughes' journey(s) around the globe during the 1930's. From the Americas through Europe, the Soviet Union, Shanghai, Japan, Spain and back. Mr. Hughes seemed to be near the center of most of the major events of that decade.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Piano Demon: The Globetrotting, Gin-Soaked, Too-Short Life of Teddy Weatherford, the Chicago Jazzman Who Conquered Asia

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Brendan I. Koerner
    • Narrated By Brendan I. Koerner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    At age six, Teddy Weatherford was working in the coal mines of Virginia. By his early 20s he was the toast of Chicago's jazz scene, rivaling Louis Armstrong and wowing Jelly Roll Morton with his piano talent. But when Weatherford left segregated America for the allures of Shanghai and Bombay, he set out on an adventure he hadn't imagined. The man they called "The Seagull" would become the globetrotting jazz king of Asia in the shadow of World War II, and provide the soundtrack for the last gasp of an empire.

    Arthur says: "Excellent tribute to a little known Jazz musician."
    "Excellent tribute to a little known Jazz musician."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I first became aware of Mr. Weather ford will reading Langston Hughes' "I wonder as I wander" (also on audible) and wanted to know why I had not heard of him before. Recordings and information on him turned out to pretty elusive. This book, although too short, is the most comprehensive biography I've been able to find to date.
    I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strip Tease

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (665)

    No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it. Film simply can’t catch the layers of humor, satire, and imagination that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels.

    Edmond Clement says: "A total delightr"
    "Carl Hiaasen at his best!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was listening to this in the lobby at my dr.s office and had to turn it off because I was laughing too loudly. It never ceases to amaze me how Hiaasen can make such terrible events and situations so doggone funny.
    The narrator was a little slow so I was forced to listen to this at 1.25x speed. I also found some of his mispronounciations a little annoying. The bad guys name is Herb not Erb! But his charactor voices were all completely on the mark which made the story even more enjoyable. So it all balanced out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stanley Crouch
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost authorities on jazz and culture in America. Throughout his life, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: A revolutionary performer who used his alto saxophone to create a new music known as bebop even as he wrestled with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at the age of thirty-four.

    Dave says: "A Multifaceted Gem"
    "BeBop Prose; great book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I actually had to wait a while after finishing Kansas City Lightning before I could sit down to write a review of it. This is not one of those name and date kind of history books.
    Stanley Crouch's approach to his biography of Charlie Parker is much the same as Parker's approach to playing a jazz tune. He will begin a chapter with some general info about Parker's early life or career and then make a radical departure to something else. These could be anything from info about certain musicians, history of jazz, or the social mores of the time. These departures were all intelligent, articulate, informative and usually seemed to have nothing to do with Charlie Parker. Crouch then tied them up really nicely and got back to the subject; it is very much like a well crafted BeBop solo.
    This book only covers the early years of Parker's life. I hope Mr. Crouch has a part two in the works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (672)

    Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others…. but they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners.

    Kathi says: "Outstanding American classic!"
    "Classic 1930s mystery novel; fun listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great book for its time; a little slow for ours.
    Don't get me wrong this is a really well written book with a compelling plot, good characters and worth your listening time; just listen to it at 1.5X speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eagle Has Landed: Liam Devlin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (158)

    It was to become known as the most daring enemy mission of the entire war: Operation Eagle, SS Reichsfurher Heinrich Himmler's audacious plan to kidnap Winston Churchill on British soil in November 1943.

    David Share says: "The Eagle has Landed"
    "Fast paced tale of nazi espionage"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book flows like a movie. The author does not waste time on details that you don't need or things you can figure out yourself. Instead he spins an exiting, fast moving, and almost believable story that I had a hard time putting down.
    The narrator does a great job of giving life to the charactors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Norman Davies
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (183)

    If history really belongs to the victor, what happens when there's more than one side declaring victory? That's the conundrum Norman Davies unravels in his groundbreaking book No Simple Victory. Far from being a revisionist history, No Simple Victory instead offers a clear-eyed reappraisal, untangling and setting right the disparate claims made by America, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union in order to get at the startling truth.

    Nikoli Gogol says: "The Best Account of WWII in Europe"
    "Exhaustingly detailed. Very well written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought I knew a lot about the second world war, I grew up at a time when everyone's father or grandfather had served in the conflict, but No Simple Victory made me rethink things.
    The author makes two points at the beginning of this book; one, that the history of the second world war as we know it was written at the war's end with little attention paid to recent discoveries; and two, that we should view it as a larger conflict that began in 1914 with the assassination of archduke Fredinand and ended in 1989 with the fall of the soviet union.
    He also does not pull any punches when it come to assigning blame to those that deserve it.
    I highly advise that you buy the matching Kindle book along with the Audible version (no I don't work for amazon); there is so much info (much of it new) that you will get lost without it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.