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T. C. Remington

Marion NC | Member Since 2009

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  • Beyond the Gap: A Novel of the Opening of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Count Hamnet Thyssen is a minor noble of the drowsy old Raumsdalian Empire. Its capital city, Nidaros, began as a mammoth hunters camp at the edge of the great Glacier. But that was centuries ago, and as everyone knows, its the nature of the great Glacier to withdraw a few feet every year. Trasamund, a clan chief of the mammoth-herding Bizogots, the next tribe north, has come to town with strange news. A narrow gap has opened in what they'd always thought was an endless and impregnable wall of ice.

    Richard says: "Juvenile"
    "OK. I'm hooked."
    Overall

    I got this title for free as a sign-up promotion. I was ambivalent, never having listened to a book before. I admit it. The experience was good, even though it takes far longer to listen to a book than it does to read it.

    But I can do housework or work in my wood shop while listening.

    And Turtledove's book is not good, it's great. I've enjoyed for years his alternate history writing, and this is a wonderful change of pace.

    The characters are very believable, only very occasionally going over the top just a bit, but rapidly coming back. The plot is straightforward, without twists and turns, again a departure from much of what Turtledove writes. I'm going to buy the second book and pray for a third.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D Schiff, Andrew J Schiff
    • Narrated By Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (344)

    How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes uses illustration, humor, and accessible storytelling to explain complex topics of economic growth and monetary systems. In it, economic expert and bestselling author of Crash Proof, Peter Schiff teams up with his brother Andrew to apply their signature "take no prisoners" logic to expose the glaring fallacies that have become so ingrained in our country's economic conversation.

    AC says: "Educational and Entertaining"
    "OUr father is in prison"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes better?

    and we want to defend him because he really did mean to evade taxes but it was because of his beliefs about the economy and not his greed that led him to break the law egregiously and repeatedly.

    Is there ANY way I can get back my money? I only got through 20 minutes before i realized this was nothing but right-wing propaganda. The Austrian School should remain in Austria (just as Hitler should have.)


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter D Schiff and Andrew J Schiff again?

    Never


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes?

    Everything between Introduction and End.


    Any additional comments?

    I really do want my money back.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17685)
    Performance
    (15725)
    Story
    (15678)

    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"
    "King's best ever? YES!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A tour-de-force combining history, alternate history, an arch-fiend called the past, and excellent character development. This is quite likely King's best ever novel.

    I am not usually a fan of first-person narratives, since they are almost never satisfying. Mr. King has presented a first-person narrative that clicks on all levels. Among the more interesting features is his ability to switch to a third-person account and make it seem as though the main character is relating his analysis of conversations he has previously had with other characters. This technique has allowed the author to develop the other characters seamlessly. As a professional writer myself (though not of fiction) I recognize how difficult this is to pull off.

    Craig Wasson has outdone himself on his narration of the book, shifting frequently and almost successfully among a variety of dialects and imbuing each sentence with exactly the stress/emphasis that the author intended.

    Five stars all the way around, and those five are not enough, particularly for Mr. Wasson.

    Kudos to both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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