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auther

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  • 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
    (345)
    Performance
    (277)
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    (286)

    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.

    auther says: "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
    "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
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    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
  • Night over Water

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Tom Casaletto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (329)

    On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Fun Listen"
    "Well crafted WW2 thriller. Hard to put down."
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    My only complaint is that when the narrator did the female voices he sounded like he stepped out of a monty python sketch. But the book is compelling enough to overlook this.
    I actually found myself making excuses to sneak off and listen to one more chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edible Exile: A Byliner Original

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Cuervo is a pampered Nicaraguan moneyman, funding a guerrilla war from his cushy Miami penthouse. Sixto is his hulking, pistol-packing attendant, whose job satisfaction is on the wane. When an aging mobster enters their lives with a promise to help the rebel cause - with a planeload of chickens originally intended for voodoo sacrifice - a tense situation turns combustible. From the wickedly funny mind of Carl Hiaasen comes "The Edible Exile", a raucous story of sleazeball nihilists, lovable thugs, and jungle-weary freedom fighters who collide in a battle of wills, ego, and the almighty dollar.

    auther says: "Enjoyable early work by a great author."
    "Enjoyable early work by a great author."
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    Good story; harkens back the the contra/sandinista era in 1980s. While short, I think it was just long enough to give the reader an idea of the Carl Hiaasen to come a few years later.
    The narrator is a little shaky leaving some long pauses for no reason.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Restful Sleep: Self-Hypnosis Trance Work

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Steven Gurgevich
    Overall
    (21)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    Hypnosis is simply a system of methods that enable mind and body to share information more effectively. One of its best tools is known as trance, a process of creating an inner experience of focused consciousness that enables your mind and body to accept and share your intentions, beliefs and expectations. In this session, Dr. Steven Gurgevitch gently invites your mind to expect and enjoy the transition into a deep and refreshing state of slumber.

    M. Harrison says: "Puts me to sleep every time"
    "Great program except of the last few seconds!"
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    Okay it goes like this, you can't get to sleep and purchase a program fom audible called restful sleep. And darned if the thing doesn't work! You get lulled to sleep before its even over. And then this booming voice loudly proclaims "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program" at which point you are more awake than you were before.
    This would be great if they would just cut the tag line at the end!
    But until then stay away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hughes Views of the Blues: Langston Hughes' Simple Stories

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Langston Hughes
    • Narrated By Nap Turner
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Langston Hughes' character Jesse B. Simple comes to life in 12 great performances by Nap "Don't Forget the Blues" Turner in Hughes Views of the Blues, from Right on Rhythm. This is a release that belongs in every library and in every American literature curriculum.

    stella says: "I know Jess B. Simple... We all do!"
    "This one is a gem!"
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    As a general rule, I find background music on audio books distracting but this one is well mixed. The voice is way out front like it should be; the accompanying jazz combo fits well with the narration and subject; and each short story has a different background music track. Very cool.
    The Jes B Simple stories themselves are just plain great! I don't know how else to put it.
    And to paraphrase an earlier reviewer we all know someone like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Testament: The First Epistle of Peter

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Andrews UK Ltd
    • Narrated By Simon Peterson
    Overall
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    (1)

    British Narrator Simon Peterson reads The First Epistle of Peter in this wonderful audiobook collection of The New Testament. As a well-known Christian Broadcaster, Simon has the ideal voice for those of all ages who want to listen to The Bible in full, unabridged form.

    auther says: "Excellent! But be sure to listen to sample first."
    "Excellent! But be sure to listen to sample first."
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    If you have a problem understanding english accents you should try another one That being said the narrator does a great job.
    I'm glad that audible is now selling audio bibles by the chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Message: The New Testament in Contemporary Language

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eugene H. Peterson
    • Narrated By Kelly Ryan Dolan, Carol Nix
    Overall
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    This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need to be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.

    Tracy A. says: "Real Life Bible"
    "Great modern interpretation of the New Testament!"
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    Honestly, I was leary of getting a contemporary version of the Bible, but when my pastor recommended The Message I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. Eugene Peterson does a great job of interpertating the Bible in a modern vernacular eith out "jazzin' up scripture" which was what I was worried about.
    Its too bad the entire Message Bible isn't available on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KJV Audio Bible: Acts (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Zondervan Bibles
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    This digital download from the KJV Audio Bible brings this book of the Bible to life with a true-to-text dramatization. The fully orchestrated background enriches the text reading and enhances the total experience. Digitally engineered from start to finish, the KJV Audio Bible delivers an inspiring and uplifting encounter with the Word of God.

    auther says: "Well done dramatized version"
    "Well done dramatized version"
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    This is sort of like listening to the Bible as a radio play. If you're not looking for a dramatized version then you should get zondervan KJV pure voice version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KJV Audio Bible: John (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Zondervan Bibles
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    This digital download from the KJV Audio Bible brings this book of the Bible to life with a true-to-text dramatization. The fully orchestrated background enriches the text reading and enhances the total experience. Digitally engineered from start to finish, the KJV Audio Bible delivers an inspiring and uplifting encounter with the Word of God.

    auther says: "Enjoyable dramatized version"
    "Enjoyable dramatized version"
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    This is sort of like listening to the Bible as a radio play. If you're not looking for a dramatized version then you should get zondervan KJV pure voice version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (3054)
    Performance
    (2720)
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    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Topaka Topaka"
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    Well there's the movie with Danny Kaye and that's a classic. And there's the re-release with Ben Stiller which is a completely different take.
    But we wouldn't have either one without this great short story by James Thurber. Well worth listening to; and for the price you can't beat it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Brothers
    • Narrated By Andy Caploe
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    The definitive account of Louis Armstrong - his life and legacy - during the most creative period of his career. Thomas Brothers picks up where he left off with the acclaimed Louis Armstrong's New Orleans, following the story of the great jazz musician into his most creatively fertile years in the 1920s and early 1930s, when Armstrong created not one but two modern musical styles. Brothers wields tremendous skill in making the connections between history and music accessible to everyone.

    auther says: "Enjoyable and informative, but where is part one?"
    "Enjoyable and informative, but where is part one?"
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    Early in this book the author maks reference to an earlier work called Louis Armstongs New Orleans which deals with the period from 1900 to about 1922. Unfortunatly, this book is currently not available on audible. Master of Modernism covers Armstongs life and career from 1922 to the mid 1930s and while this volume absolutely stands on its own, it would be nice to have part one. There are also a number of references to CD tracks as if a cd was included in the print version but not the audio version. I don't know why these audio clips could'nt be included in the audio version
    That being said I found this to be a great book and it would of real historical value to anyone who plays or just enjoys listening to Jazz.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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