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George

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  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (297)

    Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

    History says: "Best history on the origins of WWI"
    "An outstanding historical account perfectly read."
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    Would you listen to The Guns of August again? Why?

    Yes. This book is an important historical account of events in 1914 that shattered the world of that time and for the decades which follow down to this day. The author presents a complex thread of events from the perspective of various major players in a well detailed, clear and interesting manner. She also puts the events into context to help explain what happened and why. An audio page turner!


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

    John Lee's reading made this history come alive. His interpretation and rendering makes it seem like he was describing events as an eyewitness. Certainly not a dry account that keeps moving and makes you wish it wouldn't end. He is a clear and easy to listen reader.


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

    As an observer of history, the point that struck me most in this book is how the events of this time are a product of inept decisions, self-delusion, stupidity, pride, jealousy, greed and hubris to name a few qualities in play here. And at what cost? History proves true that nothing has changed...except the cost.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend to anyone interested in modern history.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Around the World in 80 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (242)

    Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

    Gary says: "Fabulous narration for Verne Classic"
    "A real trip!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A definite recommend here. Although I did not know what to expect when I got this audiobook, I was treated to a delightful, fun time.


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

    Jim Dale really makes the reading of this old classic a memorable listen. What an excellent reader! His perfect use of voices and accents richly endow the characters making each seem to come alive. You will find yourself developing strong opinions about each of the main ones.


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

    Once the story got going, I found it very difficult to break away and pause the book. Time flew by and found myself wishing the story would keep on going. But, it ended.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook, with its wonderful sound effects, makes each scene vivid and easy to imagine. Just close your eyes and enjoy a first class performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1726)
    Performance
    (1603)
    Story
    (1596)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    JT says: "Anne Hathaway Shines Throughout This Audio Edition"
    "Anne Hathaway makes the story come alive."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    A classic much different from the move version. Anne Hathaway's animated, interpretive reading made this story and its characters come alive with color and action. I loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to her other readings.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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