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Bradley Goodman

Nashua, NH | Member Since 2014

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6268)
    Performance
    (5322)
    Story
    (5337)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Entertaining way to learn about modern history"
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    What did you love best about Winter of the World?

    The backdrop of real-world modern history (with a little bit of X-rated fun!)


    Any additional comments?

    A LONG series made for a great, entertaining and informative way to pass a couple of months with a long commute!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1890)
    Performance
    (1666)
    Story
    (1648)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "Extremely Thorough, Balanced & Well-Researched"
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    If you could sum up Going Clear in three words, what would they be?

    Extremely well researched, detailed and balanced. this goes light years beyond the HBO documentary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Level of detail - willingness and ability to reach out to the "other side" for commentary and include opposing opinions in footnotes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3732)
    Performance
    (3288)
    Story
    (3294)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Fantastic - My favorite of the three in the series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Covered a lot of history I never knew about - or knew the significance of. Covered things in perspectives I hadn't seen or heard of before, yet as an enjoyable story.


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

    His voices are always great - but this one was probably the best. His foreign accents, and imitations of voices of historical characters whom we all know - were all spot-on and very enjoyable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Resolution of the storyline for old characters in the first books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (6047)
    Performance
    (3938)
    Story
    (3976)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Terrible."
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    Would you try another book from Ayn Rand and/or Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick, possibly, Ayn Rand, definitive not.


    What could Ayn Rand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This was not a "story". It was a preachy rant. Though I don't completely disagree with her "philosophy", this was the worst possible presentation for many reasons.

    As a "story", it was terrible. As opposed to trying to (in the course of the naritive) make thoughtful, logical, arguments or otherwise pose well-constructed ideas - it attempted to make a point, solely my trying to draw an unbelievable imaginary world in which anyone or anything in opposition to this point is cartoonishly incompetent, or a bumbling, blundering idiot, whose actions lead to the complete crumbing of everything around them. Thus it was ridiculously unbelievable.

    It is akin to me writing a "story" illustrating why "Democratic ideals are good", which merely consisted of a bunch of drunken hillbilly Republicans, who were physically destroying society with the frequent explosions of their poorly-constructed backwood moonshine stills.

    It's sole objective was to try to preach her values. It did this by having extraordinarily long-winded narratives by their characters which preached the same messages over and over and over. There was at one point a 3+ hour speech given by one character that would have been overkill even by Muhamar Ghadaffi's standards.

    Any rationale human should know that the way to get a point across is not to completely restate the same arguments, over and over and over for 60+ hours. The pace of the book was extremely slow. I had spans of an hour go by in which no movement happened in the plot.

    Much of my incentive in listening to it was the "notoriety" it has in popular culture. After being shocked at how poor I thought this book was, I did some research which lead me to believe that much of it's popularity comes from a small but vocal following, in conjunction with free printing and distribution of the book by Ayn Rand's foundation.

    In short, it seemed like a long-winded, rambling manifesto of a person who loved the sound of their own voice - giving it no consideration to how anyone else might perceive it.


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

    I don't know if it's a plus of a minus - but his portrail of the "villans" in the book made them look like all blathering, bumbling, whiny idiots. I thought this made the book pretty unbelievable. I don't know if it was *supposed* to be like this or not.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. Very looong-winded, a not-so-interesting point, and a very boring story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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