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Doug

Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.

Columbus, NC, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 59 reviews
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  • 647 titles in library
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  • Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    This memoir offers an unrivaled firsthand account of World War II in the Pacific - what it looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and most of all, what it felt like to one who underwent all but the ultimate of its experiences.

    Doug says: "The best war memoir ever"
    "The best war memoir ever"
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    Manchester fought as a marine in the Pacific in WWII, and he returned there to visit and to drive out the demons of black memory in 1978. His memoir of the trip and of the gruesome horrific events of the 1940's island warfare is the best war memoir I have read in 50 years of reading. The oral presentation in this audiobook is equally well done. The listener begins to think that the speaker himself experienced what Manchester wrote about. Surperlative, simply superlative.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • A Russian Journal

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Steinbeck and Capa's account of their journey through Cold War Russia is a classic piece of reportage and travel writing.Just after the Iron Curtain fell on Eastern Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck and acclaimed war photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to report for the New York Herald Tribune.

    Doug says: "Steinbeck non-fiction is always good!"
    "Steinbeck non-fiction is always good!"
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    I love Steinbeck's writing, both his fiction and his non-fiction. So I am biased perhaps. This audio is as good as any of Steinbeck's later narratives, like Travels with Charley and Sea of Cortez, both of which I loved. A Russian Journal details Steinbecks' travels in Russia with Robert Capa after World War II. They went there to see how common folk lived and what was going on at ground level in the country. Steinbeck was the words man and Capa the photographs man. And Steinbeck reported in this book all the types of details and human interest events that he was known for in all his writing. The narrator of this book does an excellent job...good pacing, excellent diction, and occasional emphasis when appropriate...a good narrator does not stand between the listener and the book, he disappears and that is exactly what this narrator does....it is as if he is not there...he is not a distraction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (413)

    A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to health care, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today.

    Amanda says: "Audio isn't the right format for this sort of book"
    "Vulgar but not funny...too bad!"
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    Well.....I bought the audio expecting a few laughs. At least a few, but really I thought there would be a lot. But NONE???? I was surprised and disappointed to say the least. And I will ask Audible to take the book back. I hate to lose a credit for this lame book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (596)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    Stacy Harp says: "Honest, Humorous and Coarse"
    "OK but no laugh machine...."
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    I enjoyed listening to Amy' s story, but I did not laugh much....laughed some but not a lot...I guess I would say it was entertaining but I thought there should be more laugh-producing material. But I am not sorry I bought the audio...it was entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18719)
    Performance
    (14512)
    Story
    (14453)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Made me laugh!"
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    The whole point of Tina Fey is to have some laughs. And she will cause you to laugh, or at least she brought laughter out of me. I laughed out loud more than once. There is some vulgarity, so be prepared. I would buy another of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1904)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (522)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "Not funny!"
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    It is supposed to be funny, right? Very few laughs in this one for me. How I wish it had been better....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Problem of Pain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By James Simmons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    "If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?" And what of the suffering of animals, who neither deserve pain nor can be improved by it? The greatest Christian thinker of our time sets out to disentangle this knotty issue. With his signature wealth of compassion and insight, C. S. Lewis offers answers to these crucial questions and shares his hope and wisdom to help heal a world hungering for a true understanding of human nature.

    Doug says: "Not the usual treatment of the subject"
    "Not the usual treatment of the subject"
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    Lewis has some interesting things to say about the problem of pain, and what he says is not the same old story that you hear from other thinkers. Parts of his argument really struck me as quite satisfactory, and parts not...but if I read the written version and study it maybe I will have a better grasp on what Lewis has in mind. It is a very stimulating book to say the least. It will make you think!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Two-Penny Bar: Inspector Maigret, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Georges Simenon
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In this new translation of Simenon's twisted tale, a forgotten crime comes to light in the Parisian summer. The sunshine almost as thick as syrup in the quiet streets of the Left Bank...there are days like this, when ordinary life seems heightened, when the people walking down the street, the trams and cars all seem to exist in a fairy tale. A story told by a condemned man leads Maigret to a bar by the Seine.

    Doug says: "Not the best Maigret"
    "Not the best Maigret"
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    The story was a little hard to follow in the beginning. Toward the end it picked up and had a satisfactory conclusion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Luther's Theology of the Cross: Martin Luther's Theological Breakthrough

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alister E McGrath
    • Narrated By Dave Giorgio
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (4)

    This book presents the most detailed examination in English to date of Luther's theological breakthrough, together with a wealth of information concerning the theological development of the young Luther in its late medieval context.

    Jacobus says: "You need to know Latin to follow it"
    "Buy the hard copy..."
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    This audiobook is very hard to follow. You should buy the paper version if you want to read it because you will understand it far more by reading some parts over and over again. And there are foreign languages...especially Latin...used without translations. I love audiobooks and I love theology...but in this book, the two do not mix very well. And the final kicker...the author does not really talk about the subject of the title until the last chapter!!! All the rest is background history...lots of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world.

    geoff says: "comprehensive"
    "A very good review of near-death experiences"
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    How does a person born blind come back from a near-death experience and report having "seen" things....very curious....The best recommendation I can give this book is that after listening to it, I bought a paperback copy and read it the traditional way, and then pressed my friends into reading it. The arguments are very compelling if not convincing....Dr. Long has researched this phenomena since 1998....he has a lot of data that suggests that the NDE is not the result of a brain fooling a person. Well worth a look.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Dog: Inspector Maigret; Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Georges Simenon, Linda Asher (translator)
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Georges Simenon's gripping tale of small town suspicion and revenge, part of the new Maigret series. There was an exaggerated humility about her. Her cowed eyes, her way of gliding noiselessly about without bumping into things, of quivering nervously at the slightest word, were the very image of a scullery maid accustomed to hardship. And yet he sensed, beneath that image, glints of pride held firmly in check. She was anaemic. Her flat chest was not formed to rouse desire.

    Doug says: "Maigret, the great detective, WILL prevail..."
    "Maigret, the great detective, WILL prevail..."
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    The good and wise detective once again shows his talents as he solves a case involving betrayal that leads to murder...multiple murders. The yellow dog in the title seems always to be around when blood is spilled...but the dog did not do it...so what is his role? The book is easy to listen to and easy to follow. I listened while working out at the gym and had no trouble keeping up with the story line. And the story has a satisfying ending...with Maigret and his pipe and his wisdom once again on display. Oh, and there is some sex thrown in for those who like a little sex with their violence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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