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Chris

I teach high school physics and read/listen to books in my free time. My favorite genres are history, sci fi, fantasy, and science writing.

Pearland, Texas, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (491)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Superb Narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Winston Churchill is a fascinating historical figure and one that was pivotal to how the 20th Century turned out. To know more about him and his life and times is to better appreciate where we are now.


    Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

    Davidson mimics Churchill's voice very well and makes it very entertaining to listen to this monumental work of history.


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

    What do you mean its not possible, do you know who I am, I'm Winston S. Churchill.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs)
    • By Tony Judt
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (331)

    Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world’s most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change—all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

    History says: "Great book, but not terrific listening"
    "Long, challenging, all-encompassing"
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    Where does Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the middle for me. The author is great about covering all aspects of postwar history. The narration is beyond dull however. He does nothing to keep you listening, instead droning on in a near monotonous voice for 43 hours.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The coverage of the political and social changes wrought in Europe after the war. There was so much I didn't know. I especially liked the chapters on the EU and social democrats.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Having a narrator with some voice inflection.


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

    God no. I'd sit for a full day even at double speed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scoundrels: Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (823)

    Han Solo should be basking in his moment of glory. After all, the cocky smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon just played a key role in the daring raid that destroyed the Death Star and landed the first serious blow to the Empire in its war against the Rebel Alliance. But after losing the reward his heroics earned him, Han's got nothing to celebrate. Especially since he's deep in debt to the ruthless crime lord Jabba the Hutt. There's a bounty on Han's head - and if he can't cough up the credits, he'll surely pay with his hide. The only thing that can save him is a king's ransom. Or maybe a gangster's fortune?

    lawrence says: "I ROLLED MY CHANCE CUBES AND WON ON THIS BOOK!"
    "Han iss Back"
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    What did you love best about Scoundrels: Star Wars?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Ocean's 11 feel of this story. It was a lot of fun. There was a whole lot of characters and the narrator did a great job of making them come to life.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is not going to change you view on life, but if your looking for a good book to listen to on a road trip this will keep you well entertained on your drive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (940)

    Volume two in this series consists of one novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and two collections of short stories, which include "Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (a total of 23 stories). These creations by Doyle represent the finest work of his Holmes series, and certainly the most famous.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 2"
    "Sherlock at His Best"
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    Where does The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It honestly ranks somewhere in the middle. But, that is not to say it isn't very good. Doyle wrote terrifically intricate stories and Griffon does a great job at making the characters come to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who enjoys procedural shows on TV will probably love getting a look a where they all began.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9413)
    Performance
    (5454)
    Story
    (5502)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Excellent Fantasy"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Eye of the World the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does a great job of keeping my attention. When I'm reading I tend to read major moments word for word, otherwise I just scan. The narrators make it enjoyable to read every description that Robert Jordan artfully created.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably, Moraine. She is doing what she knows is right, despite the fact that the Two Rivers folk keep doubting and downing her.


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

    Way to long for that.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (2820)
    Performance
    (1600)
    Story
    (1593)

    Amelia Peabody inherited two things from her father: a considerable fortune and an unbendable will. The first allowed her to indulge in her life's passion. Without the second, the mummy's curse would have made corpses of them all.

    Carrie says: "Nice break from the usual-"
    "Really 3.5 all round"
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    What did you love best about Crocodile on the Sandbank?

    I thought the theme of overturning Victorian mores was interesting.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, in a somewhat subdued way. I was not necessarily on the edge so much as sat upright.


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

    Barbra Rosenblats voice comes out a bit jarring at first. It works with the book, because the main character/narrator is a bit abrasive as well.


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

    God I want to have sex with a man really bad, but my unwomanly demeanor prevents it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (386)

    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    E. Smakman says: "Gripping, once you get into it"
    "Enjoyable if this is what your into"
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    Where does A Distant Mirror rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle. Barbara Tuchman is a marvelous writer and she did manage to keep the book rather more intriguing than other authors by wrapping her narrative around an obscure, but important figure from the day. With that said, I felt sometimes she stretched her points a little bit and her parallels to 20th Century warfare came out particularly contrived. The book is full of great information though and the narrator does a great job of making what could be a dull book enjoyable to listen to.


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

    War wreaks a terrible price on mankind, regardless of the age.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (1419)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (710)

    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    Chris says: "Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance"
    "Great Historical Fiction"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I certainly would. The author captures the intrigues of the court of ancient Rome in an awe inspiring way. Graves really makes you feel as though this is the voice of Claudius, while at the same time giving it a more pedestrian feel than actual ancient writings, which in my view can some times come off a little stiff. Also, I thought Runger did a great job with the narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Claudius?

    Any of the many moments where Livia weaves her intricate plots is a memorable moment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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