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A. Hallberg

Fairmont, W.V. | Member Since 2010

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  • Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ken Perenyi
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    Ten years ago, an FBI investigation was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, experts, and major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure”. Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this audiobook, Caveat Emptor, is that artist, Ken Perenyi’s, confession.

    Tina M. says: "Forgery to Story Telling"
    "Fascinating True Account of Brilliant Art Forger"
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    Ken Perenyi is the author and subject of this well narrated true account. He explains how chance encounters combined with his extraordinary innate talent allow him to become one of the worlds greatest art forgers. Interesting on many different levels. Perenyi's talents went completely unrecognized by his teachers and he was relegated to a trade school which was more like a reform school. Learning nothing worthwhile, he had no employment prospects on graduating. He was exposed to the criminal element and somehow was hired doing menial tasks for an art restorer. He quickly showed aptitude and became a self-taught artist. Further random associations lead him to eventually copying famous works. He soon became brilliant and ingeniously learned tricks to fool the worlds experts. I never considered him a true criminal even though he was defrauding banks, art dealers and auction houses of millions of dollars. He is a sympathetic character and handles adversity well. His life is fascinating and well-told.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16066)
    Performance
    (14223)
    Story
    (14172)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Well Told Tale"
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    This is a lengthy, enjoyable fantsay about time travel and changing the course of history. Well researched by the author with thousands of details specifically unique to the late fifties and early sixties, it is probably more fun for listeners over the age of fifty, especially if you lived in the South. There is no effort to make time travel technically plausible; there just happens to be a "portal" in the backroom of a small Maine diner. It leads only to one time and place and only two people are aware of it. Once that premise is accepted, it is reasonable that these two feel an ethical obligation to try to favorably alter the course of history. The many details about Oswald and JFK ring true and are embedded in a rich plot filled with action. The narrator is excellent, handles various accents and has a great voice. Overall a pleasant, easy listen perfect for a long drive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Empire of Tea: The Remarkable History of the Plant that Took Over the World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alan Macfarlane, Iris Macfarlane
    • Narrated By James Adams, Kelly Birch
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    From Darjeeling to Lapsang Souchon, from India to Japan-a fresh, concise, world-encompassing exploration of the way tea has shaped politics, culture, and the environment throughout history. From the fourth century BC in China, where it was used as an aid in Buddhist meditation, to the Boston Tea Party in 1773, to its present-day role as the most consumed substance on the planet, the humble Camellia plant has had profound effects on civilization.

    Paul Z. says: "Good Book"
    "Boring"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Add recent information about scientific studies of tea components and effects on brain and physiology instead of constant repetition of "stimulating and relaxing to the constitution". More comparison with coffee and alcohol. Updated information on recent tea growing economics and effects on growing countries. Why can't we grow tea in US? Discuss Celestial Seasoning, Liptons and Bigelow; recent changes in tea market and future trends.


    What could Alan Macfarlane and Iris Macfarlane have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Consolidated history of Indian and Chinese tea growing. Way too much about boring history of the abusive planter families and the arrogant British colonialists.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was fine.


    Did The Empire of Tea inspire you to do anything?

    Switch to alcohol.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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