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Ray

Wyoming, MI, USA

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  • Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By David Simon
    • Narrated By Reed Diamond
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    A highly acclaimed journalistic masterpiece and true crime classic, Homicide illustrates a year in the life of the detectives of the Homicide Unit in the city of Baltimore. David Simon, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, spent 4 tears on the police beat before taking a leave of absence to write this book.

    Larry says: "As real as it gets"
    "A great listen--"
    Overall

    This is a superb book on tape. The book is about one year in the Baltimore homicide division. It follows a few detectives as they go about their job.

    The book is excellent, but the reader puts it over the top. He does a great job of imparting feeling to the characters and the story.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    A former nun who has become one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, Karen Armstrong combines thorough analysis with provocative prose in this startlingly original history. Browse other Armstrong programs and hear an interview with the author on Fresh Air.

    Ray says: "A good historical overview"
    "A good historical overview"
    Overall

    An excellent book, well worth the time.

    The narration is acceptable, not great. If you like non-fiction, you will like this one.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (68)

    Laura Hillenbrand beautifully renders this breathtaking saga of one horse's journey from also-ran to national luminary. Seabiscuit: An American Legend is an inspiring tale of unlikely heroes, a classic story of three embattled individuals overcoming the odds in the Great Depression.

    Andrew says: "Abridged = Awful"
    "A winner by a horselength"
    Overall

    A great, fun listen--this is truly a joy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ava's Man

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Rick Bragg
    • Narrated By Rick Bragg
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Journalist Rick Bragg has built a soaring monument to the grandfather he never knew, and in the process created a powerfully intimate piece of American history as it was experienced by the working people of the deep South, a glorious record of a life of character, tenacity and indomitable joy, and an unforgettable tribute to a vanishing culture.

    Kate says: "Deeply moving"
    "The Waltons on prozac"
    Overall

    This book is dripping with sentimentality about the poor, proud people of the south. What poppycock.

    None of the book's characters are interesting. They are 2D cut outs from an episode of the Waltons.

    I couldn't get through the darn thing, and I have a two hour commute each day. I preferred listening to NPR to this book--which should give you an idea of how uninteresting this book is.

    And, yes, I am from the south, and yes, I knew people like this guy, and no, I don't think it is an accurate picture of either the south or the pathetic hero of the book.

    1 of 19 people found this review helpful

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