Customer Reviews | Audible.com
 

You no longer follow Terry

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Terry

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Terry

TJ

Member Since 2010

3
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 9 reviews
  • 77 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By W. Craig Reed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War. Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy.

    Rick says: "Blind Man's Bluff meets Cuban Missile Crisis"
    "Where was the editor??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I purchased this book to learn more about the topic of submarines and their part in the Cold War. To that extent the book stays on topic but I am left with serious questions as to it's accuracy. There are so many errors in minor areas, i.e. while riding to meet with President Kennedy the author refers to "a dark, lowering sky in Washington, DC", but while meeting with the President he refers to rays of sunshine streaming into the White House windows?!!

    The above minor error is indicative of at least a couple of dozen other similar errors though out the story. The problem with them is that it makes the technical and historical accuracy of the book questionable. I have absolutely no knowledge of submarines, their operation, or of the technology used to track them. I'm also in the dark with reference to the historical events involving submarines in the Cuban Missile crisis. My main reason for listening to this book was to gain ACCURATE knowledge in those areas, at the end I'm left with as many questions as answers.

    The reviews of this book published in Amazon.com's website delve into technical difficulties in great detail. If you are listening to this book as a learning experience I urge you to read through those reviews.

    All said, the book is interesting, held my attention, and stimulated further interest. So it certainly isn't all bad. Tom Weiner does a good job reading the book, especially since the writing style doesn't necessarily flow easily.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kim

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Kim's life takes a curious twist when he meets a holy man, a lama, who is about to embark on a mysterious quest: a pilgrimage that will take him across the vast continent, across rivers and up the Himalayas. And he wants Kim to accompany him.

    Linda says: "Characters and the Colors of India"
    "Great Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sam Dastor takes you on a great Indian adventure with this Rudyard Kipling classic. His vocalizations of the different characters are incredible. Kim, a young orphan in early British India travels the country with his mentor, a Tibetan lama. The book is essentially a narrative of their adventures while painting a colorful and informative picture of India prior to the full bloom of the British Raj.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, the Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Frank Partnoy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    At the height of the roaring 20s, Swedish émigré Ivar Kreuger made a fortune raising money in America and loaning it to Europe in exchange for matchstick monopolies. His enterprise was a rare success story throughout the Great Depression. Yet after Kreuger's suicide in 1932, the true nature of his empire emerged.

    Donovan G. Rinker says: "excellent Depression era history-biography"
    "Greed! Wallstreet at the time of the Crash!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is very well read and I enjoyed immensely. However, upon reflection the writing lacks depth in terms of development of the characters. Probably the author couldn't get any more information.

    The pace is quick and gives a good snapshot of Wallstreet, the world economy and lifestyles of the rich at the time of the 1929 crash. The book left me wanting to know more about Ivar Kreugar as a person, but his very private lifestyle apparently prevents this level of detail.

    L.J Ganser does a great job narrating this book. I'm looking forward to listening to more of his readings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sherry Sontag, Christopher Drew
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    No espionage missions have been kept more secret than those involving American submarines. Blind Man's Bluff reveals for the first time how the Navy sent subs wired with self-destruct charges into the heart of Soviet seas to tap crucial underwater telephone cables, as well as other secrets as deep as the sea.

    David says: "Wow This is an amazing listen"
    "Interesting, but...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While this book is neither well-written, nor well-read, it does contain interesting information about the use of submarines, diesel and nuclear, during the Cold War. It provides insight into the decision-making processes of those in the government as well as in the submarine service. If this a subject you already have knowledge of, don't bother. If not, I at least found it interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woman in White

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilkie Collins
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (836)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (658)

    One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

    David says: "Gripping novel, excellent production"
    "Wordy, but well worth the listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Woman in White?

    Engaging plot, well-developed characters, great narration.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This is a lengthy, involved and quirky plot. The wordiness is indicative of the time the book was written, but it is a great listen. Not sure I would have read the whole thing. The plot has a lot of intriguing twists and turns, but carries a lot of suspense in the latter portion of the book.














    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last days at Blackwater Park were very intriguing, can't say more, or the cat will be out of the bag. The later days in London were also great!


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

    Not, unless I wanted to stay awake for 18 hrs! Have a long drive or flight coming up? This is a great book for something like that.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book based on several references to it made in Diane Setterfield's "Thirteenth Tale". Am surprised I hadn't run into it before then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joseph Kanon
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    Hollywood, 1945. Ben Collier has just arrived from war-torn Europe to find his brother has died in mysterious circumstances. Why would a man with a beautiful wife, a successful movie career, and a heroic past choose to kill himself?

    Terry says: "The "Old Hollywood""
    "The "Old Hollywood""
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stardust to be better than the print version?

    Yes, at least for me.


    What does T. Ryder Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His great character voices helped to make a complicated plot with many developed characters easier to follow. Although I really liked this book and found its period descriptions fascinating, I think I may have gotten lost in reading a print version.


    Any additional comments?

    I grew up in California during the period this book covers with its absurd, but scary commie hearings, and the continued work on the atom bomb by the big government labs. It was fun to hear descriptions of the emigrant community, the (now old) Hollywood mansions and all the glitter. His historical coverage rings true. I was too young to recall details of the hearings, but expect they are also pretty true to detail. Great book, but you better pay attention or you'll get lost! The plot may sound far fetched today, but it wouldn't surprise me at all to find "that only the names have been changed".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Old Filth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jane Gardam
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (287)

    FILTH is a lawyer with a practice in the Far East. A few remember that his nickname stands for Failed In London Try Hong Kong. But Old Filth is not as pompous as people imagine, and his past contains many secrets and dark hiding places.

    Michele says: "A Great Read, matched by a Great Reader"
    "Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Old Filth the most enjoyable?

    I loved the character development, and the way the author presented the story...past, present, twist..etc. The whole cast of characters were vivid and quirky. A little slow moving in some parts, but well worth the listening time. I loved the old cousins, what a hoot. Great contrast between the actual and apparent reality of a life well-lived.The narration was clear and nicely paced.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A favorite scene was when


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Short Story: The Elephant Vanishes

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    Overall
    (997)
    Performance
    (845)
    Story
    (849)

    “The Elephant Vanishes” is a free short story found in the short story collection The Elephant Vanishes: Stories, from Haruki Murakami – Japan's leading contemporary novelist and one of the world’s most important figures in postmodern literature.

    Darwin8u says: "A Good Introduction to Murakami"
    "Trite and trivial?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A real story with a plot, a biography, a documentary, etc.


    What was most disappointing about Haruki Murakami’s story?

    Must be me, as popular as Murakami is, but I was disappointed to find this story trivial and silly. Perhaps I'm just too much of a realist or expect excitement, or at least something interesting. Listening to a discription of someone drinking a cup of coffee, reading a newspaper, etc sounds like drivel to me. After all this is a short story not a Russian novelist's tome (actually, I love Russian novels).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Free Short Story: The Elephant Vanishes?

    I'd delete the whole thing.... Poof!....vanished...........like the elephant.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Rick Perlstein
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (150)

    From one of America's most talented historians and winner of a LA Times Book Prize comes a brilliant new account of Richard Nixon that reveals the riveting backstory to the red state/blue state resentments that divide our nation today. Told with urgency and sharp political insight, Nixonland recaptures America's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency.

    Paula says: "Wholeheartedly agreeing with Jerrold"
    "Somewhat cynical review American life and values"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Nixonland in three words, what would they be?

    organized, quick-paced, biased


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rick Perlstein? Why or why not?

    Yes, on certain topics, but I would be better prepared for the cynical point of view.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen R. Thorne – was your favorite?

    This book is written strictly from a narrator's point of view. Mr. Thorne does a good job narrating, and sometimes succeeds in portraying actual voices where relevant. Good listen.


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

    Tricky Dick, how social conditions allowed an abominable personality to climb to the pinnacle of American politics, then hurtle to the bottom.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to anyone under the age of 55. Since I lived through that period, and in California to boot, it was pretty much like a rerun. Mr. Perlstein gives fast pace, albeit, cynical coverage to everything from Communist scares, to race riots, to Watergate. The presentation is pretty negative and doesn't dwell on the few good things that did happen during the mid-20th century.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.