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Pattywolford

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  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (174)

    The Brothers Karamazov tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov: shy, silent, and cruel. The four unite in the murder of one of literature's most despicable characters - their father. This was Dostoevsky's final and best work.

    David says: "A long work and a great work, but boy is it long"
    "What a great reader!"
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    Where does The Brothers Karamazov rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Brothers Karamazov?

    The description of the third brother, who is so compassionate.


    Which character – as performed by Frederick Davidson – was your favorite?

    Same...third brother.


    Any additional comments?

    I have bought many books here on Audible. I like the readings by Frederick Davidson. He brings the characters to life. Don't believe the reviews that "diss" him. I have many books which he narrates and he is magnificent in all of them!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (386)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "A look into extremism"
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    This is a great look into the minds of extremists. I had just watched a film called The Conspiracy, and they must have surely borrowed from Jon Ronson in the depiction of the Bilderberg Group. I love Jon Ronson's narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1665)
    Story
    (1664)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Most compelling"
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    This was my first purchase of a book on Audible by Jon Ronson. Very compelling insights into ways we identify the psychopath, or label people as such. Jon also narrates, which is the most attractive feature of all his books here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (532)

    Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

    glamazon says: "Like a Collection of TAL Episodes"
    "More insight from Jon Ronson"
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    This is a collection of short writings. As such, it lacks the compelling nature of the other books here, in my humble opinion. Still excellent, however, since Ronson narrates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong. Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band. Frank is set for release in 2014, starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson.

    Too many toys says: "The weakest of Ronson's works"
    "Now, looking forward to the movie!"
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    Jon Ronson narrates this as well, and it is excellent, mostly because of his own insights as he reads his own words. This is my 4th Audible purchase of his books here. I would also have purchased The Men Who Stare at Goats, but the narrator is not Jon Ronson, and lacks the quality of his readings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter Stark
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history's dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.

    L. Lyter says: "Lost History, Found"
    "Such great history!"
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    Okay...so I'll admit to having to listen to segments of this book over and over because I fall asleep during the night while it's playing. Not the fault of the book; this is just how I use Audible. This book is a treasure-trove of information and history about the early exploration re/the time just after Lewis and Clark expedition. I honestly can't give it a high enough recommendation, it is so excellent. The reader/narrator is fine and does an excellent job. If you're into history like me, you'll love it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1461)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (593)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Suprised at the obscenity and gore...so far"
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    I've loved Bernard Cornwell's books. I read the many reviews, mostly positive, of this book, and I tend to like battle and war themes. I rarely read fiction, or even historical fiction, but tend to gravitate to actual historical accounts. Despite these preferences, I was willing to give this book a listen. Well, first of all, I tend to only listen to the Audible books at night, while in bed and going off to sleep. This is not a "sleep-inducing" book, by any means. I listened to this well-read book for about an hour, and the descriptions of carnage, rape and killing are very graphic. I'm not dismissing that this may be a great book. I can take it, just not at bed time. Perhaps it would be better for listening while doing some sort of physical activity, like exercising at the gym or walking, just not for trying to go off to sleep.
    Having only listened to the first hour, I will refrain from giving a final review, and may come back and modify it later. I had read the negative reviews of it being too violent and lacking sympathetic characters. So far, that seems to be true, but I'll listen further to see if it becomes more compelling despite the gore and violence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Wade Davis
    • Narrated By Enn Reitel
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    In this magisterial work of history and adventure, based on more than a decade of prodigious research in British, Canadian, and European archives, and months in the field in Nepal and Tibet, Wade Davis vividly re-creates British climbers’ epic attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s. With new access to letters and diaries, Davis recounts the heroic efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and furious weather.

    Tara says: "Really enjoyed it"
    "The spectrum of mountaineering pre/post WWI"
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    Would you listen to Into the Silence again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again because there is so much information, presented very well. The amount of research is impressive, to say the least, and a great gift to any reader who is interested in the golden era of mountaineering as well as the impact of WWI on those who participated in the horrors of war in the trenches.


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

    I have not listened to Enn Reitel before, but he is excellent and I'll be looking for more of his performances.


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

    I wouldn't attempt to listen in one sitting, since it is a long book.


    Any additional comments?

    I just love Wade Davis for all the research he did for this book, and for the intelligent and cohesive weaving of a complicated story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2618)
    Performance
    (2338)
    Story
    (2322)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Plods along"
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    What did you like best about Speaks the Nightbird? What did you like least?

    I was excited when I read all the 5 star reviews. I liked least that it did not meet my expectations. It is unrelentingly grim.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    History. I'm listening to Into the Silence by Wade Davis, also The History of Rome by Titus Livy. Both are beyond excellent.


    What three words best describe Edoardo Ballerini’s voice?

    A bit annoying, and overdone, though he does do an excellent job with dialects and different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I have tried repeatedly to resume listening to this book, hoping it will improve. So far, not.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • True North: Peary, Cook and the Race to the Pole

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bruce Henderson
    • Narrated By Bruce Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In 1909, two men laid rival claims to this crown jewel of exploration. A century later, the battle rages still. This book is about one of the most enduring and vitriolic feuds in the history of exploration. "What a consummate cur he is," said Robert Peary of Frederick Cook in 1911. Cook responded, "Peary has stooped to every crime from rape to murder."

    dal says: "Who Wears the White Hat?"
    "Excellent!"
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    Where does True North: Peary, Cook and the Race to the Pole rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've read/listened to so far.


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

    No, I was not familiar with Bruce Henderson's writings, but now he is among my favorite authors.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the history of polar exploration, this is the book for you!. I was skeptical when I saw that the author was also reading the book, but he does a great job, and possibly better than anyone else could have done. Henderson did amazing research and offers great insights into the two explorers, their motivations and mindsets. If you think you've heard it all...about Peary and Cook, think again, and listen to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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