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Julie

la vernia, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 6 reviews
  • 29 ratings
  • 207 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The Power and the Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Graham Greene explores corruption and atonement in this penetrating novel set in 1930s Mexico during the era of Communist religious persecutions. As revolutionaries determine to stamp out the evils of the church through violence, the last Roman Catholic priest is on the lam, hunted by a police lieutenant. Despite his own sense of worthlessness—he is a heavy drinker and has fathered an illegitimate child—he is determined to continue to function as a priest until captured.

    connie says: "at last!"
    "Horrendous narration killed my interest"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator. I could not get past the first 30 or 40 minutes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

    Yes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernard Mayes’s performances?

    NO WAY.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Power and the Glory?

    I have to pass on answering this as I didn't finish the book. I'll probably have to read it by the traditional method!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3975)
    Performance
    (1694)
    Story
    (1717)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Much fun to read with kids"
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    Where does The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, I wouldn't put it in the top 10, but in my "listen on road trips with kids" category, this book was a major winner.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No doubt Christopher. He IS the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Christopher reunites with his dad after visiting his mom.


    If you could rename The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, what would you call it?

    Why would I? It was a perfect title to the book.


    Any additional comments?

    My Asperger son used this book as an assignment in one of his AP classes. He was to make a travel pamphlet about a book he'd read. He used this book and Cricklewood (where Christopher's mom lived). We had a lot of fun putting the pamphlet together, which expounded upon all the interesting sites, shops, and restaurants in Cricklewood, London.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is both a whimsical fantasy and a social satire chock-full of brilliant Twainisms. Hank Morgan, a nineteenth-century American---a Connecticut Yankee---by a stroke of fate is sent back into time to sixth-century England and ends up in Camelot and King Arthur's Court.

    Ian C Robertson says: "A Classic Yarn"
    "Not really a kids' story"
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    Would you try another book from Mark Twain and/or William Dufris?

    I've already read all of Mark Twain's books. This was one I missed as a teenager. I put it on for my 11 and 10 year old kids to listen to during our summer vacation road trip. The societal issues just did not translate well to their age group. I kept having to explain what was going on during the mid-late 19th century to them to give them a reference point or two, but they still didn't grasp the concepts. Definitely for high schoolers at the minimum education level!

    They love Tom Sawyer, though!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4245)
    Performance
    (2412)
    Story
    (2414)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Absolutely Awesome!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Matterhorn the most enjoyable?

    The narration was spot on and the story was so engrossing. I felt like I was right there with the action.


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing the many emotions (anger, fear, frustration, defeat) and complex personalities come to life.


    Who was the most memorable character of Matterhorn and why?

    Wow... all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wished I knew the cause of the headaches!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6746)
    Performance
    (5132)
    Story
    (5213)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Worst Book EVER"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I doubt anything would improve this story. I stopped listening to it when JWB entered the story.


    Has Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Holst’s performances?

    Yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    Any references to the root of all earth's evils stems from vampires.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What It Is Like to Go to War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (255)

    In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience.

    Lynn says: "Destined to become a Classic"
    "A must read for anyone questioning his/her sanity"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of What It Is Like to Go to War to be better than the print version?

    Mr. Marlantes segues quite a bit in this book, and sometimes I had difficulty switching mental gears. I think I might have understood the change in thought if I'd seen a paragraph break or something. Overall, the listening was enjoyable, but I really could not tell the voice belonged to Bronson Pinchot!


    What other book might you compare What It Is Like to Go to War to and why?

    A Rumor of War by Phil Caputo. He wrote his book before PTSD became a diagnosis; however, his descriptions of the "blank stare" and the soul-crushing effects of war were right on the mark.


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

    Oh holy cow, yes. PTSD is one of the things that one either associates with crazy vets strung out on drugs and alcohol, unable to keep a job or a home, or a label one hides behind to excuse poor behavior. NOTHING prepared me for Iraq or GTMO. In both deployments I was on a detainee health mission. I wasn't in combat (well, minus rockets fired at us). I didn't experience any of the raw trauma my fellow nurses did in the early years of the war and during the surge. My unit jokingly called what we were traumatized from was the Groundhog Day effect (referencing the Bill Murray movie). However, it was no joke. When I got home, I was lost. I sought help. I answered honestly the millions of questionnaires the Army had us fill out.... over and over and over. Yet, if I wasn't suicidal, which I wasn't, no one cared too much to figure out what was wrong with me. Overloaded behavioral health system, I guess, and I kept getting the, "You're a nurse, you'll seek out help if things get worse, right?" Mr. Marlantes hits the core of the problem of PTSD in that unless one is prepared physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, the effects of war will suck the life right out of you. It was a year and a half after I redeployed (means to go home for you non-military folk, not go back to theater) that I finally got the help I needed. It didn't take much- therapy, meds, and going to church- but I'm finally at peace with Iraq. As I prepare to head to Afghanistan this spring, I know more, but trust me, I WILL be talking about what I'm feeling and I WILL be attending church. This book is a must read for any person who has been to the Gulf during OEF or OIF. Even if you think you don't have PTSD and you're just crazy, you might feel differently after reading this book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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