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Buffalo Bill

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  • The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Yuval Levin
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    In The Great Debate, Yuval Levin explores the origins of the Left-Right divide by examining the views of the men who best represented each side of that debate at its outset: Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. In a groundbreaking exploration of the roots of our political order, Levin shows that American partisanship originated in the debates over the French Revolution, fueled by the fiery rhetoric of these ideological titans.

    Buffalo Bill says: "Not really relevant to our problems."
    "Not really relevant to our problems."
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    Would you try another book from Yuval Levin and/or Mike Chamberlain?

    I would not. There are so many good authors that I really can't give them a second chance.


    Has The Great Debate turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The idea that it can show us the way today is false. Neither Edmund Burke or Thomas Paine had any idea of what society would be like in the 21st century.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was ok it was the content that I objected to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Great Debate?

    The entire book would be cut.


    0 of 11 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
    (634)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (574)

    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"
    "I enjoyed this book but..........................."
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    If you could sum up Edge of Eternity in three words, what would they be?

    long but interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The continuity with the first two books. I think it would be better to listen without waiting a year or so, however.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Yes but he has limitations. He has a wonderful voice and was great with World Without End but he can't really do voices well other than his own.


    If you could rename Edge of Eternity, what would you call it?

    the 1960 story.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there is not a book 4 even though I thought this book was ok.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (948)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Sissy Spacek is perfect for this great book."
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    Would you listen to To Kill a Mockingbird again? Why?

    I have read it twice and seen the movie twice. I will probably listen to Sissy Spacek read it at least two more times if I live that long.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked Scout's questions especially to Atticus.


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

    Her cadence is perfect for this story. Her Texas accent is perfect from this great actress.


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

    When Scout stops the men at the jail I felt much more emotion than when I read it because of the superb narration.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (355)

    Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

    Heimo says: "deeply moving rollercoaster ride"
    "Angle of Repose better but this has heart"
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    Would you listen to The Big Rock Candy Mountain again? Why?

    It is very personal. I have lived in several of the western areas that this story takes place. Also I am near seventy years old and can identify with the values presented in this novel.


    What other book might you compare The Big Rock Candy Mountain to and why?

    Angle of Repose is better written in 1973 versus 1943 for Big Rock Candy Mountain. This is Wallace Stegner trying to understand his own father so it rings very true.


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

    Mark Bramhall is perfect for Bo Mason's voice and he does Elsa's very well. I read the book after I listened it and, of course, I could hear Mark Bramhall.


    If you could rename The Big Rock Candy Mountain, what would you call it?

    The American Tragedy


    Any additional comments?

    Elsa is a saint but Bo is far more interesting. It took me a long time to realize that Elsa was the strong one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indigo Slam: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (150)

    When a 15-year-old girl shows up to plead with Elvis to find her errant father, his first impulse is to hand the case over to Social Services. But he sees how hard the kid is working to keep her two siblings together and afloat. The father sounds like an angel; the case should be a cinch. But as Elvis investigates, he finds the dad seems to be a mover in the criminal underworld who is on the verge of a grand scheme.

    Hans says: "Completely Wrong Performer -- don't bother"
    "Narrator has probably never spent much time in L.A"
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    Where does Indigo Slam rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I usually listen to books that are fifteen hours or more. I enjoy the Elvis Cole books so I 8 hours is ok. It is not a great book but it is entertaining and I listed to it in only two days which is pretty fast for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Pike. He is a man of few words.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was good but anyone who can't pronounce Sepulveda or La Cienega hasn't been around L.A. He pronounced it Sepul Veda it is Sa pal va da. Any way it gave me a good laugh.


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

    A few times the scenes with children and their father made me emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope he keeps writing more Elvis Cole novels. Reminds me of potato chips: not great food but I can't leave them alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Bomb: An Alex Delaware Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Alexander Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Edgar Award winner Jonathan Kellerman once more explores the corruption of California's golden coast and produces a novel of complex characterizations and nonstop suspense. By the time psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware reached the school the damage was done: A sniper had opened fire on a crowded playground, but was gunned down before any children were hurt. While the TV news crews feasted on the scene and Alex began his therapy sessions with the traumatized children, he couldn't escape the image of a slight teenager clutching an oversized rifle.

    Edward says: "WAY too long for the story told"
    "Don't really understand critics of narrator"
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    Where does Time Bomb rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was enjoyable. I have listened to most of the Alex Delaware novels.


    What other book might you compare Time Bomb to and why?

    All of the Alex Delaware books are similar in my opinion and all of them are good. Kind of like Western Movies.


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

    I have and he is quite good in this one. He does a ladies Texas accent and it is good. Let's face it when you have one reader doing all of these parts he can only go so far. He is a pro.


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

    Nazis versus good guys.


    Any additional comments?

    I lived Los Angeles for many years and know many of settings in this book which adds to my enjoyment. Also, I like the way Alex Delaware analyzes everything. Kellerman is not Dickens but you can't have gourmet cooking for every meal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Rites: The Dresden Files, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5496)
    Performance
    (4207)
    Story
    (4206)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas - a vampire of dubious integrity - only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.

    Karin W. says: "another terrific installment in the series..."
    "I find myself smiling."
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    Would you listen to Blood Rites again? Why?

    Yes. But in a few years after I have finished all of the Dresden books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bob is my favorite character. There is just something about a skull that is a sex fiend and enjoys cheesy romance novels.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry Dresden, of course.


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

    It made me smile a lot and sometimes laugh. Sort of reminds of sweet and sour with the extreme violence being the sour.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe not great writing but characters that are great such as the temple dog, mister the cat and Murphy. I can count on listening to these books to delight me. I go around saying 'hells bells' when I have a problem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (636)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "I have been a fan of Carol for forty years."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend. It is very enjoyable but I wouldn't necessarily call it light because of the difficulties Carol had to overcome. I found myself going to youtube to watch clips of 'The Carol Burnett' and laughing. Her stories about meeting other celebrities are very interesting to a movie fan like myself.


    What other book might you compare This Time Together to and why?

    This compares to Anthony Bourdain's ' Kitchen Confidential'. Both books made me smile and think.


    What does Carol Burnett bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Carol Burnett's voice as narrator and you could never get this in a regular book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Bright and Guilty Place: Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Richard Rayner
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In A Bright and Guilty Place, an exhilarating tale of murder in L.A., Richard Rayner finds the source of the city's darkness in real-life events that unfolded in the 1920s, when the booming early years of L.A. started to shade into the Depression, and the city of sunshine revealed the hidden darkness and corruption at its heart.

    ktkat1949 says: "Excellent audio book"
    "I enjoyed because I grew up in L.A. in 1950s."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found this book very interesting because I grew up in Los Angeles. Not so sure it would have been as interesting if I were from Boston.


    Would you recommend A Bright and Guilty Place to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend to some of my friends but not all of my friends because I suspect that it could be tedious for some of my friends.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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