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TMSOD

TMSOD

Berkeley, CA United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 15 ratings
  • 3 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Fourth Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    Millions of television viewers witness a journalist lose his left-hand to a lion, triggering a nationwide race to find and deliver a hand transplant. John Irving's tenth novel promises more seamless storytelling and a penetrating look at the power of second chances.

    Suzn F says: "WELL..... I LOVED IT"
    "Yuck!"
    Overall

    Garp would hate this book. Dog poop Lacrosse is the only "John Irving" element in the book. I did listen to the entire book; it is well read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1356: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (398)

    On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Classic Story Comes To Life"
    "Not My Cup of Tea"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is not an historical novel. It is absolute fiction. As fiction it is perhaps excellent. As history it is absolute b....


    If you’ve listened to books by Bernard Cornwell before, how does this one compare?

    Nope, never read or listened to another Bernard Cornwell book.


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

    I would seek more books read by Jack Hawkins, his presentation is excellent.


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

    OK, I would probably go see the movie as an adventure/ action film. As an accurate portrayal of history it would be a waste of time.


    Any additional comments?

    Well read, well written, total time waster.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2818)
    Performance
    (1551)
    Story
    (1546)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Who reads is as important as who writes"
    Overall

    This is a great book by a great writer. But...

    Christopher Hitchens should not have been the reader. At times he reads as if he is bored with the material. The material in this book is never boring; but perhaps for the author it became old and he lost the ability to relay the true impact of his well crafted words. I would love to hear this book read correctly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill, Hitler, and 'The Unnecessary War'

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick J. Buchanan
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In this monumental and provocative history, Patrick Buchanan makes the case that, if not for the blunders of British statesmen - Winston Churchill first among them - the horrors of two world wars and the Holocaust might have been avoided and the British Empire might never have collapsed into ruins.

    Benedict says: "A classic of history books"
    "Beware, be very beware"
    Overall

    The one thing to take away from this book is to be very aware that articulate politicians are not the best thinkers or leaders.

    For Buchanan to accuse Churchill of being a raceist is interesting. Perhaps Buchanan should look at his own words, and his website.

    7 of 18 people found this review helpful

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