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K. Zbikowski

The Idealist

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  • Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Keegan
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    In a burnished, driving prose, incorporating a myriad of fresh sources, John Keegan tells the story of the Allies' greatest military achievement as he chronicles the 1944 invasion of Normandy, from D-Day to the liberation of Paris.

    Jay says: "Not for the casual WWII reader"
    "Good Book, but Not for the Novice WWII Buff"
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    Would you listen to Six Armies in Normandy again? Why?

    I enjoyed this book, it was very interesting, and I will probably listen to it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best thing about the story was the wealth of intriguing details.


    What three words best describe Fred Williams’s performance?

    The three words that would best describe Fred Williams' performance would be "Get someone else." Williams has an irritating tendency to mispronounce ordinary words, such as "khaki" and "combatants."


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Because of the way the information the Normandy invasion was organized, this is not a book for those who are new to WWII history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stress of Her Regard

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Tim Powers
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    When Michael Crawford discovers his bride brutally murdered in their wedding bed, he is forced to flee not only to prove his innocence but to avoid the deadly embrace of a vampire who has claimed him as her true bridegroom. Joining forces with Byron, Keats, and Shelley in a desperate journey that crisscrosses Europe, Crawford desperately seeks his freedom from this vengeful lover who haunts his dreams and will not rest until she destroys all that he cherishes.

    Dave says: "Terrifying - A New Benchmark for Vampires Stories"
    "A Strange Tale, Indeed"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Stress of Her Regard the most enjoyable?

    It was a delight to me to find an audio book that brought together three of my favorite elements - historical fiction, a "spooky story," and Simon Vance's narration. I began listening with high expectations and was not at all disappointed!


    What other book might you compare The Stress of Her Regard to and why?

    "The Stress of Her Regard" is a re-imagining of known historical events with a secret back story of supernatural involvement that provides alternate explanations for the events of the time. I am reminded of O'Brian's "Aubrey/Maturin" series, for the historical setting, and of Stoker's "Dracula" for the supernatural back story.


    What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

    I like Simon Vance's steady narration. I like the clear articulation of words and phrases, and I like the voice characterizations. His narration never detracts or distracts from the story.


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

    It was a very long book. It would have been impossible for me to listen to it in all one sitting. Nor would I have wanted to. I like a book that gives the reader or listener material to reflect on, as this one did. It would have been short changing to rush the experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (601)

    In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

    Darwin8u says: "A high-wire, high-risk, high-reward masterpiece"
    "A Talented Performance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Talented Mr. Ripley to be better than the print version?

    Is the audio version of this book likely to be better than the text version? Having never read the text version, I cannot say. However, I can say that the narration adds a sense of immediacy to the action that builds suspense.


    What other book might you compare The Talented Mr. Ripley to and why?

    This book reminded of Shakespeare's play, Richard III. Both gave a first person perspective to crime and had a strangely sympathetic criminal narrator.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't really have one favorite "scene" in this book. Instead, I found myself appreciating all of the work and rehearsal that Tom Ripley put into his efforts to assimilate into his surroundings.


    If you could rename The Talented Mr. Ripley, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't dream of renaming this book. The name is perfect as is.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2168)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (2002)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Breathing New Life into a (Nearly) Dead Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this audio book and would gladly recommend it to any of my friends. The excellent reading of the full cast brought the story and the characters to life. I am very familiar with Stoker's book, but for the first time could fully appreciate the humor in Johnathan Harker's journal, and the true pathos and waste of Lucy Westernra's death. Stoker's work has been "done (nearly) to death" in films and other media, such that the characters have become almost caricatures - this reading restored them to full, breathing, beings.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say that my favorite character was Mina Murray/Harker. Her clear headed courses of action drove much of the story's progress, and her "voice" also added quite a bit of context and color.


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

    I have enjoyed Simon Vance's readings of the Naomi Novik, "Temeraire" series. It was a real pleasure to hear him put a voice to Johnathan Harker. He gave Harker a quietly humorous and steadfast character - much more interesting than this character has been in many films.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have any extreme emotional reactions to the book simply because I have been so familiar with it for so long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Ryan says: "Wouldn't have minded unabridged version"
    "A Good Review of the Battle..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Stalingrad the most enjoyable?

    This audiobook was enhanced by the clear narration, good writing, and good overview of the battle of Stalingrad and its implications.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I especially appreciated the lead in to the battle, its significance in WWII and its aftermath.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I found the information about how Stalin used the outcome of the battle for political leverage against Roosevelt and Churchill to be most interesting and surprising.


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

    I found this to be quite a gripping book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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