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tjcrewsbooks

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  • Great Baseball Stories: Ruminations and Nostalgic Reminiscences on Our National Pastime

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lee Gutkind (editor), Andrew Blauner (editor), Yogi Berra (foreword)
    • Narrated By Keythe Farley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Here is a wonderful collection of 20 revealing essays on the national pastime. Featuring contributions from Roger Angell, John Thorn, Frank Deford, George Plimpton, Stefan Fatsis, and others (plus a foreword by the legendary Yogi Berra), the stories are united by the authors’ fervent love of the game.

    tjcrewsbooks says: "I'd rather read the book"
    "I'd rather read the book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The thing I would change about this book is the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I couldn't focus on the book--after a couple of hours, all I could think of--is how I couldn't stand the reader.
    He might be a good reader if someone wrote a book about aliens coming to earth, and the book was written from the aliens point of view.
    His voice seems detached from the material. He reads all of the words, I'm sure, but by the time he gets done with them, the words don't mean anything.
    If the narrator read a book about having great sex--by the time he got done with it, you wouldn't care about sex, you wouldn't like sex, and you wouldn't want anything to do with sex.
    In this case, he does the same for baseball. Baseball was a great game--until he started reading about it.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    It would have to be a silent movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I would buy this book again if there was a different narrator. I'd take my chances. The material is too good. Great writers and great stories, but not a pleasurable listening experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Winston Groom
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Gifted storyteller Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, has written the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight: Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival at sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, and Flyboys.

    tjcrewsbooks says: "Great listening experience!"
    "Great listening experience!"
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    Where does The Aviators rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Aviators is one of the best audio books you can hope to buy this year.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The format of The Aviators is broken up by approximate decades or time periods, and by biographies of three noted, early aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, and Jimmy Doolittle.
    This format was especially good for me because it kept the story moving and kept the story interesting. I never got bogged down with one guy for too long, or one time period for too long.
    It was interesting how one main event--say for example WWII, could be seen from three unique perspectives, by three unique participants.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    The narrator, Robertson Dean, is excellent for the material. His voice and manner seem somewhere between a newscaster and a good storyteller.


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

    This might make a very engaging documentary--Ken Burns style.
    Let's face it--the book was seventeen great hours of listening. What would they do? Give us a 1-hour documentary on this? Give me a break--there is too much great history here.


    Any additional comments?

    The Aviators is a great choice as an audio book purchase. Even if you're not old or blind, you can still enjoy it while driving or doing some other activity you don't have to concentrate on. I'm sure I will return to enjoy this audio book several times, eventually.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume III, Red River to Appomattox

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Shelby Foote
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (378)

    In the third and last volume of this vivid history, Shelby Foote brings to a close the story of four years of turmoil and strife which altered American life forever. Here, told in rich narrative and as seen from both sides, are those climactic struggles, great and small, on and off the field of battle, which finally decided the fate of this nation.

    Tad Davis says: "Incredible"
    "Cut and Paste"
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    What did you love best about The Civil War?

    Shelby Foote is very even-handed in his history of the Cvil War


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think most of us who bought the audio, became interested because of Ken Burns's Civil War documentary.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    There was a lot of cut and paste with the audio book. There were a lot of vocal insertions by the reader/narrator--why, I have no idea--but they were very annoying.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Baseball Forever!: 50 Years of Classic Radio Play-by-Play Highlights from the Miley Collection

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jason Turbow, John Miley
    • Narrated By Bob Costas
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    John Miley has compiled the most comprehensive audio account of baseball history in existence - a vast and wildly entertaining assemblage of game tapes from throughout the sport's history. His archive contains classic moments, like Bill Mazeroski's homer and the Shot Heard 'Round the World, and amazing feats, like Carl Hubbell striking out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons, and Joe Cronin - in order - in the 1934 All-Star Game.

    tjcrewsbooks says: "Old Radio Baseball"
    "Old Radio Baseball"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This audiobook is best for someone who likes baseball history and baseball radio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Baseball Forever!?

    It was great listening to Carl Hubbel striking out five Hall of Famers. It was such a great experience listening to the radio call of Babe Ruth at bat; it wasn't a still photo, it wasn't black and white film--it was radio, as it happened.


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

    Bob Costas is great because he is an icon of baseball broadcasting.


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

    When radio was the next-best thing to being there.


    Any additional comments?

    For those who love baseball, it's not about the highlights--exclusively. It's about nine innings of ground balls, fly balls, a few hits, a few strikeouts, strategy, ups, downs, winning and losing, and playing again tomorrow.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (481)

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    Gavin St. Ours says: "Horrible Editing Ruins Experience"
    "The History You Want to Know"
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    Where does A People's History of the United States rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audio book is among the very best I have ever listened to. It is seldom I want to listen to an audio book more than once, but this will be an exception. I rank it up there with the David McCullough, and Doris Kearns Goodwin books I have listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The familiar history we learn in school is in the background, while the history which would have affected us as individuals (if we lived in the time period) is more in the foreground.


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

    Jeff Zinn reads the book delightfully. Sure, he's familiar with the material, but he reads with a conversational tone that makes it seem like he's answering a question I just asked. This will help me want to listen to it a second time, or a third time. He never sounds like he is lecturing or even reading, for that matter.


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

    No. I knew I could never listen to this entire book in one sitting. But the great thing about this book is that I was always anxious to resume. It was so interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an audio book I would have liked to receive as a gift.
    I say that because people browse titles sometimes looking for a great audio book to give as a gift. This is it. This is perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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