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Spencer

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  • The Fighting Pattons

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Brian M. Sobel
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Brian Sobel's The Fighting Pattons is an extraordinary history of one American family's love of war. The primary focus is on the careers of the 20th-century Pattons: World War II legend General George S. Patton, Jr., and his lesser-known namesake and son, Major General George S. Patton, who fought in Korea and Vietnam.

    Michael says: "Great perspective"
    "A very interesting family history"
    Overall

    This is an extremely interesting family history. My only critique is that the reader, Adams Morgan, is just awful. Emphasis is in all the wrong places. That might have something to do with what sounds like a Bostonian accent, but it's extremely distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (930)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "The Most Painful Lecture I've Ever Heard"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Just listening to this nonsense is painful. There is little or no basis for much of the dialog Garland mutters through. They should have hired someone else to try and give this information, but the fact is that there is little or no meaning in this course at all. It's all conjecture and opinion. (I've only completed listening to the first segment and I'm dreading the rest of it.)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (337)

    From New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley: the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.

    aaron says: "Outstanding True Crime Story-- with a twist!"
    "Very, Very Dark"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is long on quotes from the letters from serial killers to a young man that has had some very terribly life changing events. The letters are unedited except for length and are graphic to the point of what many readers will consider pornographic. I'm not sure the ending really justifies the overall book. But the reader will come away with a real appreciation of the manipulative, dishonest, and evil nature of these people. It's been reported that there are, on average, 2 serial killers active in each of the 50 states at any given time. They don't always get caught because they move about and many murders are not linked to the same perpetrator until much later, if ever. For those that do not support the death penalty in the case of these kinds of serial killers, my guess is that their opinions might be tweaked a bit after reading this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6839)
    Performance
    (5213)
    Story
    (5293)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "A Fun Retelling of an Old Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While the Vampire franchise is getting seriously worn out, this is a fun and sometimes surprising association of reality with entirely unwarranted connections. While they are nonsense, they are still kind of fun to hear in a talented and fast moving story. I'm glad it's coming out soon as a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (528)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "Interesting View of an American Scientist"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The only disturbing thing about this book is that the audio quality changes every few minutes. As if they cut and pasted segments that were recorded with different settings. It's very distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1704)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (946)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Informative. Sometimes TOO Informative"
    Overall

    What could have been handled with a maximum of 5 to 8 pages seems to take up six chapters. The issues of space travel and fecal matter, urine, bodily digestive gases, etc., is just way too much information. It seems like the whole second half of this book is dedicated to that kind of thing.

    The rest of the book is fairly interesting, but sometimes just too much meaningless detail.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Steyn
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (149)

    Talibanic enforcers burning books? The Supreme Court deciding that sharia law doesn't violate the "separation of church and state"? The Hollywood Left embracing polygamy? If you think these things can't happen, you haven't been paying attention, as the hilarious and provocative columnist Mark Steyn shows to devastating effect in this, his first book on American and global politics.

    A User says: "Got to read more from Mark Steyn"
    "A Very Interesting Story"
    Overall

    While the story was very interesting, the reader, Mr. Emerson, was a distraction. Emphasis in the wrong places and odd pronunciation. Probably technically correct, but different than traditional.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Star Rogue

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kenneth Sewell, Clint Richmond
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Early in 1968, a nuclear-armed Soviet submarine sank in the waters off Hawaii, hundreds of miles closer to American shores than it should have been. Compelling evidence strongly suggests that the sub sank while attempting to fire a nuclear missile.

    Bryan says: "Good but too long"
    "Interesting and Compelling Argument"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is very interesting. The difficult issue is actually in the reader, Brian Emerson. Unfortunately, Mr. Emerson keeps adding emphasis at odd places almost as if he is not paying attention to the story. His pronunciation of some place names is also off, at least to my ear. Sadly, Mr. Emerson created an unnecessary distraction to this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Rick Perlstein
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (183)

    From one of America's most talented historians and winner of a LA Times Book Prize comes a brilliant new account of Richard Nixon that reveals the riveting backstory to the red state/blue state resentments that divide our nation today. Told with urgency and sharp political insight, Nixonland recaptures America's turbulent 1960s and early 1970s and reveals how Richard Nixon rose from the political grave to seize and hold the presidency.

    Frank says: "A 5-Star Book Injured by the Narrator"
    "Biased to the Extreme of Propaganda"
    Overall

    It's not difficult to vilify a dead politician. It's also not difficult to find faults in any public figure. But Perlstein's book is disturbingly biased to the point that one wonders if the bent on reality is intended to destroy instead of report. I doubt there is a politician since ancient Rome that is without personality traits that the average American of the 21st Century would not find disturbing.

    For Perlstein to write such a grossly biased document is a greater sign of Perlstein's character than it is of Nixon's. Perlstein is obviously hateful and grossly dishonest in his focus of an American President as if none of the liberal presidents of American history were somehow products of a miracle godliness to which Nixon (and any conservative) is unworthy of.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2337)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1086)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Outstanding Performances"
    Overall

    I'm not sure about the first reader in this series, but if it's Craig Wasson reading "Inside Every Man ...." then he is doing a really strict impersonation of Tom Leykis. And that story is perfect for Tom Leykis to be reading, all things considered!

    Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht are outstanding readers also. All three of these short audiobooks are outstanding. The stories are very dark (well, it is Stephen King, after all!) and if Tom Leykis did read the first story, then it added to the performance to have him read that particular story.

    Delighted with these stories and the performers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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