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Douglas Cohen

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NY, NY USA | Listener Since 2008

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  • The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs)
    • By David Nasaw
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (178)

    Joseph Patrick Kennedy - whose life spanned the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the Cold War - was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. The father of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, 'Joe' Kennedy was an indomitable and elusive figure whose dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills.

    Robert says: "Wonderfully entertaining and engaging"
    "Unvarnished Biography and a Peek into Our History"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because this book tells a compelling story. The truth about Joseph P. Kennedy may not be as scandalous as the myths that abound, but this honest appraisal of the man is even more engaging because we learn not only of this one person but also share his views and insights into the world of the early and middle 20th century.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Patriarch?

    The section dealing with Kennedy's venture into motion pictures. i would venture that very few people today appreciate Kennedy's importance as a movie mogul and how his influence was the catalyst that turned Hollywood into a modern motion picture industry.


    What about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance did you like?

    He reads well and keeps the attention of the listener. He is excellent at changing his accent to approximate the voice of the speaker when reading quotations.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale for the Time Being

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ruth Ozeki
    • Narrated By Ruth Ozeki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (362)

    In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace - and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox - possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami.

    Karen says: "Engaging story beautifully read"
    "An Amazing Story Beautifully Read by the Author"
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    If you could sum up A Tale for the Time Being in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected stories juxtaposed.


    What other book might you compare A Tale for the Time Being to and why?

    This is quite a unique read.


    Which character – as performed by Ruth Ozeki – was your favorite?

    The two narrators, Nao and Ruth, are both exceptionally performed by Ozeki. In fact, the reading of this book by the author is so well done that some of the meaning would be lost if one simply read the book alone.


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

    The death of Jiko was quite moving and how it brings Nao closer to her father.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conquering Gotham: The Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jill Jonnes
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    The demolition of Penn Station in 1963 destroyed not just a soaring neoclassical edifice, but also a building that commemorated one of the last century's great engineering feats: the construction of railroad tunnels into New York City. Now, in this gripping narrative, Jill Jonnes tells this fascinating story - a high-stakes drama that pitted the money and will of the nation's mightiest railroad against the corruption of Tammany Hall, the unruly forces of nature, and the machinations of labor agitators.

    Edouard says: "A good tale of the times"
    "A Project Greater than the Technology of its Day"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because of the story. Even though we know that New York Penn Station was built and the tunnels were completed, hearing the amazing feats of engineering that needed to be accomplished and fact that they did not completely understand all that they were doing makes for an engaging story. And then there is the political corruption in New York at the time and how the Pennsylvania Rail Road refused to do anything underhanded to build these projects. It is surprising how much depended on luck and determination.


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

    This is the first performance that I have heard of David Drummond's. He was an exceptional reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (688)

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "An Unbelievable Story in the Author's Voice"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Glass Castle the most enjoyable?

    Hearing this crazy story and having no idea where things were going to go next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Glass Castle?

    The visit to the zoo.


    What about Jeannette Walls???s performance did you like?

    Hearing the story in her own voice made it believable. If an actor had read it one would have a difficult time believing it was true.


    Any additional comments?

    Given all that the Walls children endured, it is amazing to see the strength of their family.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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