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William H. Franklin Jr.

Bill Franklin, Ph.D.

Atlanta, GA | Member Since 2006

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 45 purchased in 2014
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  • Chosen Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Susan Richards
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    When Susan Richards adopted an abused horse rescued by the local SPCA, she didn't know that the memoir she would write about the experience would become a best seller - or that she would fall in love.

    William H. Franklin Jr. says: "Ugh!!!"
    "Ugh!!!"
    Overall

    Proving the adage that a best seller is almost never followed up with another book as good as the first, Chosen Forever departs from the winning formula of Chosen by a Horse to focus on the neuroses, insecurities, and familial dysfunction of the author. I was hoping for a continuation of her story telling skills about animals. Instead, I got an almost day by day biography of her life after writing Chosen by a Horse, some of it so intimate that I felt like a voyeur.

    The corner I kept hoping she'd turn never came.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Jadick, Thomas Hayden
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Cdr. Richard Jadick's story is one of the most extraordinary to come out of the war in Iraq. At 38, the last place the Navy doctor was expected to be was on the front lines. He was too old to be called up, but not too old to volunteer. In November 2004, with the military reeling from an acute doctor shortage, Jadick chose to accompany the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment (the "1/8") to Iraq.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a story!"
    "You are there"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to On Call in Hell the most enjoyable?

    Outstanding story of front line medical care. Out troops are in good hands.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Call in Hell?

    Learning to save lives of femoral artery wounds


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend Lone Survivor

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
    Overall
    (896)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (196)

    Moneyball is a quest for something that money can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected by a brotherhood of baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, and physics professors. These numbers prove that the traditional measure of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. This information has been around for years, and nobody paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's.

    Steven says: "Best Audible Book Yet"
    "vintage Michael Lewise"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Moneyball the most enjoyable?

    I listened to the book a couple of years before the movie came out. The book is much better, funny, and intriguing.


    What other book might you compare Moneyball to and why?

    other Lewis books


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen by a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Susan Richards
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    The horse Susan Richards chose for rescue wouldn't be corralled into her waiting trailer. Instead, Lay Me Down, a former racehorse with a foal close on her heels, walked right up that ramp and into Susan's life. This gentle creature, malnourished, plagued by pneumonia and an eye infection, had endured a rough road, but somehow her heart was still open and generous.

    A User says: "If you love"
    "A wonderful story for anyone who loves animals"
    Overall

    As one who has a soft spot for all animals, this is a touching story of a woman's efforts to befriend an abused horse, and later, to heal it. Even after finishing the audible book, I continued to think about Lay Me Down, the horse, and the mystical hold that animals have over our lives.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (787)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "Breathtaking!"
    Overall

    This sweeping history of the Civil War took Foote, who died in 2005, 20 years to write, and it took me over 4 months of listening during my 1-1/2 hour round trip commute to my office. The three volumes represent over 136 hours of listening, every minute of which provides fascinating insights. I found myself actually eager to make my commute and get back to the story. I was sorry when it came to its end. I will undoubtedly listen to it again in the future.

    I have been a student of the Civil War all of my life. My great-great grandfather rode with Nathan Bedford Forrest and two of his brothers were killed in the battle for Atlanta where I live among historic markers that tell the story of that struggle that was fought here over 140 years ago.

    Every American should read or listen to this epic narrative told by a Mississippi story-teller. His is a balanced account, neither pro-North nor pro-South, a quality sadly lacking in the revisionist histories being produced today.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roy Jenkins
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (189)

    In this magisterial book, Roy Jenkins' unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level government experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.

    Karen says: "Best of British Political Soap Opera"
    "Well worth it, if you can last"
    Overall

    This was my first audio book upon subscribing to Audible. There are other Churchillian biographies but none as comprehensive as this one. I feel like I lived with the guy for the past month! It's worth the listen, but some might rightfully subtitle it "Everything You Didn't Want to Know About Churchill's Life." All said, an heroic work on a complex character, among the most renown figures of the 20th century.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Caesar: Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Virtually all Americans above a certain age hold strong opinions about Douglas MacArthur. They either worship him or despise him. This gripping narrative of the General's life is moving because he was a man of vision - majestic, though tragically flawed.

    Tim says: "Outstanding recording of a great book"
    "Awful sound quality!!"
    Overall

    I began listening to this after having listened to Jenkins' Churchill. Thus after listening to almost 40 hours of the mellifluous Churchill narration, Caesar's sounded like a tin can. At points the narration is almost unintelligible, and the quality is distractive. Manchester's work deserved better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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