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John

Lowell, MA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kirk Douglas
    • Narrated By Michael Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Now, more than 50 years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama behind the making of the legendary gladiator film. Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at 95, looks back candidly—and often with self-effacing humor—at his audacious decision to give public credit to Trumbo, thus effectively ending the notorious Hollywood blacklist.

    kym says: "Great personal account"
    "A Heartfelt Recollection"
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    What made the experience of listening to I Am Spartacus! the most enjoyable?

    Extraordinary subject matter, meshing show business and politics, told by the man who lived the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not really applicable here, though the focus of the book is on Dalton Trumbo, who was quite a character in real life.


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

    He is the son of the author, clearly caring about the book's message, and his father's commitment to that message.


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

    Yes.


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  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3710)
    Performance
    (3309)
    Story
    (3321)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Just The Facts, Ma'am"
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    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    Direct. Educational. Dry.


    What other book might you compare Killing Lincoln to and why?

    Manhunt. Same subject matter, told in a more engaging manner.


    What aspect of Bill O'Reilly’s performance would you have changed?

    His pronunciation of the word "cavalry" as "cal-vary," throughout, was incredibly distracting. Might one of the sound technicians mentioned this to him?


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

    No. A bit at a time was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    Certainly worth reading or listening to. Just not earth-shattering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Langella
    • Narrated By Frank Langella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (149)

    Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad encounters with some of the past century's most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.

    Kathy says: "Delightful"
    "If you can believe everything in this book..."
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    Would you listen to Dropped Names again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen again because it's a book and there are so many other books to read and listen to!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dropped Names?

    Perhaps the chapter on Rex Harrison.


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

    I have not.


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

    "Be careful what you say to Frank Langella."


    Any additional comments?

    I found the book fascinating, but, then, I am in the business and recognized pertty much all of the "characters." So I gave it five stars across the board. I can see, though, how some listeners/readers might find Langella as pompous and arrogant as some of the people about whom he writes. Still, I enjoyed listening very much.

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