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History Reader

High school American history teacher from Texas

MISSOURI CITY, TX, United States

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  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (399)

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

    K. Knutsson says: "Best book ever!"
    "As thrilling as a triple crown battle"
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    What did you love best about Seabiscuit?

    The stories behind the owner, trainer and jockey. With the horse, of course, being the glue (no pun intended) holding it all together.


    What other book might you compare Seabiscuit to and why?

    Secretariat for obvious reasons although this book focuses even a little more on the people behind the scenes than the former book.


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

    A heightened sense of excitement


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

    I couldn't wait to see how certain races played out


    Any additional comments?

    As good as this book was, I do feel that Unbroken was a better story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thief of Time: Discworld, Book 26

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (457)

    Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater; how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time.

    Glen Phipps says: "A welcome re-recording."
    "A Fun Time About Time"
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    Where does Thief of Time rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top listening experiences I've enjoyed


    What other book might you compare Thief of Time to and why?

    Almost any other book in the Discworld series although this does some great character expanding with top-notch humor


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    The auditors - all of them


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

    It is written that there is no time to see Thief of Time like the present.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (668)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "The greatest presidential book series continues"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Passage of Power the most enjoyable?

    I'm not sure if the audio really enhanced the experience, but the smooth writing style and great stories made this a pleasure from start to finish.


    What other book might you compare The Passage of Power to and why?

    JFK: An Unfinished Life by Robert Dallek. That's another great Presidential biography covering roughly the same time period.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Being true to Caro's intent in his writing.


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

    No. It's too long for that.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2604)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1073)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Great intro to Discworld series"
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    Would you listen to The Colour of Magic again? Why?

    Definitely worth listening to again. Great narration by Planer with wide variety of voices.


    What other book might you compare The Colour of Magic to and why?

    A little Roald Dahlish. Imaginative and fascinating.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No other performances, but he did a great job.


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

    Out of this world or any other world


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3847)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1785)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Can a book about Einstein make you feel dumber?"
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    Where does Einstein rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Although this book made me feel dumber, it was a nice experience learning more about the amazing Albert Einstein and how he basically created a new field of quantum physics. I would have liked more of the personal side of Einstein and less scientific explanation (how many times can the author use the words 'in other words' in one book?), but I guess there's no way to get around that when writing about Einstein.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    way too technical


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    His voice is a joy to hear.


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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