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ghorowitz3

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  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (881)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Brilliantly done, eye-opening and riveting"
    Overall

    Reitman has given us a masterfully researched and compellingly written book. I found it riveting and impossible to stop listening. Very well read as well.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1111)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (358)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "No no no! Scott Brick is all wrong for this!"
    Overall

    I'm sorry, but this book was completely ruined for me by the terrible choice of Scott Brick as narrator. Don't get me wrong, Brick is a brilliant narrator for fiction and I've loved his reading of Nelson DeMille's work. But the snarky, always lurkingly sarcastic tone that works so well as John Corey is completely off-key in a serious work of history. There should never be any suggestion that the narrator is, through tone, adding his own commentary on the work, but with Brick that impression never abates. It ultimately got so bad that I had to stop listening after a few hours, just couldn't take it any more notwithstanding my great interest in the subject matter. Please keep Scott Brick reading fiction, where he belongs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (368)

    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
    "Magical realism gone way overboard, terribly read"
    Overall

    I bought this book because I greatly enjoyed Soldier of the Great War, which had subtly moderated elements of magical realism and felt like a work of art. This book, by contrast, has completely unmodulated elements of magical realism run amuck and reeks of overweening cuteness. Also, having listened to well over 200 audiobooks, I can say with conviction that this is among the worst vocal performances I have ever heard. It sounds like an adenoidal high schooler, an impression reinforced by the innumerable mispronunciations. The entire matter seemed appropriately capped when chapter 4 or 5 of part three proved to be missing, with an earlier section substituted. Truly Audible has let me down on this one, and I will never get this 27 hours of my life back. Run fro this selection as fast as you can.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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