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Paul

Oak Ridge, TN, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 4 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (553)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "Excellent book"
    Overall

    This is a marvelous book that brings to life this momentous and tragic event in our nation's history. Anyone who has visited that battlefield will benefit from reading this book, and anyone reading it who has not been to see that hallowed ground will want to go there. The book gives fascinating insights into the lives and views of the key historic figures involved, and the short summary at the end of what happened to those people after the battle was of great interest to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pudd'nhead Wilson

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Written during a period of great tragedy in Mark Twain's life and great social unrest in America, Pudd'nhead Wilson rises above its farcical plot to ask pointed philosophical questions about society, values, and racism.

    Paul says: "One of Twain's best"
    "One of Twain's best"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed several of Mark Twain's books both by reading them and, more recently, by listening to them as audible books. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are fantastic, but I actually enjoyed Pudd'nhead Wilson even more. The story is intriguing, and the Narrator does an excellent job with the dialects. The extra material at the end was fascinating in which Twain explained how he had trouble getting this book the way he wanted it to be because, he finally realized, it was two stories in one. He told how he had to kill off many of the characters (by having them fall into a well) to remedy the problem.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Stephen says: "Surely the Best Version-you won't be disappointed!"
    "Excellent story and very well read!"
    Overall

    This classic and fascinating story was extremely enjoyable. David Case did a splendid job of reading it! I now want to read more of the book by Dumas. The next one that I would like to read is The Three Musketeers; however, it is not available in unabridged format from Audible.com, and that is the only way in which I would read it. I hope that it will become available.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2954)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (190)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Abridged version leaves out too much!"
    Overall

    This is a fascinating story. I enjoyed this book; however, I then offered to lead a group book discussion on it. This made it essential for me to read the unabridged version. Now that I have done so, I think that the abridged version left far too much of interest out of the story. I wish that this book had been available from Audible.com as an unabridged book, and in the future I will avoid abridged books. I much prefer hearing the full story!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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