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NorthFLADiver

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  • A Tale of Two Cities [Naxos]

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    "It was the best of times and the worst of times." In one of the most famous openings of any novel, Dickens masterfully presents the turmoil of the French Revolution, which is the backdrop for a novel of love, patience, hope, and self-sacrifice. This version is read by Anton Lesser, whose award-winning Dickens recordings in their abridged form has now resulted in the opportunity to read the full unabridged text.

    G. House Sr. says: "Classic Home Run"
    "Absolutely Remarkable!"
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    The performance makes an already wonderful story even more remarkable. The reader switches between male and female voices with such ease that the listener forgets that only one person is reading. It is a long, 19th century novel, but it was easily digested in this format. I was extremely impressed and hated when it ended. If Academy Awards were presented for book reading, Anton Lesser would be a shoe-in to win.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of Night: A Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Olen Butler
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In The Empire of Night, it is 1915, and President Woodrow Wilson is still assessing the war's threat to the United States. After proving himself during the Lusitania mission, Kit is now a full-blown spy, working undercover in a castle on the Kentish coast owned by a suspected British government mole named Sir Albert Stockman. And Kit is again thrown together with a female spy - his own mother, the beautiful and mercurial Isabel Cobb, who also happens to be a world-famous stage actress.

    NorthFLADiver says: "Good History, Weak Story"
    "Good History, Weak Story"
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    Although this was an interesting exploration into the WWI bombings of London, the story required a little too much suspension of disbelief. I finished the book, and was glad that I did. The main character is an American spy working on behalf of the Brits. He is investigating a Member of Parliament who is suspected of working for the Germans. Without giving anything away, he is a flawless spy. No one ever guesses that he may not be who he claims to be as he plays numerous different roles throughout the book. And he never makes a mistake. Everything goes as planned, which is where the disbelief comes in. I know a lot of Germans, and none is as dumb as depicted in this book. The narrator's voice caused me problems initially, too. I perceived an underlying lilt of sarcasm that made me feel like I was listening to "Naked Gun 2.5" at first. However, I got over that after a few chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Naomi Klein
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (165)

    In This Changes Everything Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It’s an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Klein meticulously builds the case for how massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies.

    Silly Goose says: "Yikes"
    "Extremely Important"
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    This book should be mandatory reading for all politicians. The author expresses, in detail, with supporting evidence, that we need to significantly reduce our use of fossil fuels (including natural gas) before 2020, or the effects of climate change will be irreversible. She explores the possibilities of solving the problem using our current economic and political structure, and it does not look good. She also presents evidence that the "nonprofit" environmental organizations have sold out to the oil companies. After reading this book, you will see through the rhetoric of the corporate lapdogs who hold elected office. Reading this book is worthwhile. I hope it generates a groundswell of support for renewable energy. We have the technology to solve our climate change problem. We just need to force the oil companies to leave the stuff in the ground before they destroy our planet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Coat

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (160)

    It is 1780, and 17-year-old Alan Lewrie is a brash, rebellious young libertine. So much so that his callous father believes a bit of naval discipline will turn the boy around. Fresh aboard the tall-masted Ariadne, Midshipman Lewrie heads for the war-torn Americas, finding - rather unexpectedly - that he is a born sailor, equally at home with the randy pleasures of the port and the raging battles on the high seas. But in a hail of cannonballs comes a bawdy surprise.

    Andrew says: ""Sex, Swords, Sailing Ships""
    "Great Glimpse at Life on 18th Century British Ship"
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    I have read numerous books on 18th century naval fiction, but I have never been treated to such an intricate view of the inner workings of vessels from that era. Because the main character is a Midhipman, he goes places senior officers never go and takes the reader along for the ride. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Alan Weisman
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it's in their own best interest to limit their growth.

    Greg Peterson says: "Arduous at best, yet there are redeeming qualities"
    "Boring"
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    This is THE most boring audio book I have ever listened to. It is not the fault of the reader; it is the fault of the writer, who jammed what might have been an interesting 1-hour listen into a 12 hour insipid monologue full of banal information that is not even slightly enlightening. I could not finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last of the Breed

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (279)

    This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker....

    George says: "Last of the Breed"
    "Rambo Meets Jeremiah Johnson"
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    An American pilot, who is full-blooded Sioux Indian, escapes from a Soviet Gulag in Siberia. He must use all of his native survival skills to feed himself and to evade the Soviet soldiers on his tail. If you enjoy survival stories in extremely cold temperatures, this is for you. The performance is good enough to keep the characters straight and to immitate a Russian speaker. I gave it only 3 stars because the ending is rather abrupt. A love story develops in the book but never comes to fruition. Although I don't know for sure, I suspect the author died before he finished this book. Nevertheless, it is entertaining and better than most of the survival books available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1310)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1156)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Mike Naka says: "beautifully written and narrated!"
    "Excellent Book!"
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    Rather than strictly a discussion of surviving after the end of the world, Higg, the main character, thinks back on all that he had "before" and all that he has lost. In the process, the listener evaluates just what is important in life and why. Certain parts of the book are very touching. They make the tears roll down or the laughter emerge. The performance by Mark Deakins really made this a fantastic listen. As he jumped back and forth between characters in dialogue, I was amazed that it was the same person reading all parts, especially dialogue between Higg and Bangley. I was mildly disappointed with the ending, or I would have given the story 5 stars. Still, it was an entertaining book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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