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Brian

North Las Vegas, NV, United States

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  • 8 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 44 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • The Iliad

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Fagles (translator), Homer
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, Maria Tucci
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles, winner of the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. He maintains the drive and metric music of Homer’s poetry, and evokes the impact and nuance of the Iliad’s mesmerizing repeated phrases in what Peter Levi calls “an astonishing performance."

    Amazon Customer says: "Outstanding in every way"
    "Do not buy!"
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    Story
    What would have made The Iliad better?

    Better narrator


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting: good story line. Least interesting: narrator


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator kept trying to have different voices for the characters, but failed. He's start up initially with a unique sounding voice, but after a few lines he would lose it and then all the characters voices would blend together making it extra difficult to follow.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29405)
    Performance
    (22570)
    Story
    (22728)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Really good book."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Even though I am an adult, I find these books very entertaining. Better than the Harry Potter series. This book simply builds on the first one. Good action, intrigue, and some drama in there. Can't wait to listen to the third one!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (143)

    Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite book filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rome from the fall of Troy through Julius Caesar"
    "Only if you're a history major!"
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    What disappointed you about The Rise of Rome?

    I thought this book was very educational. That being said, it made it incredibly BORING!!! Only listen to if you're a history major. It was cool that I learned some things about Rome and the surrounding areas, but not worth it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (563)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "Standard good book"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I felt this was a standard good book, good read/listen. I have actually been to Mumbai and the slums so I feel that enhanced the listening experience. Good story though, hopefully it brings some attention to an often forgotten/overlooked demographic in India.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Steve Coll
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (113)

    Steve Coll investigates the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States, revealing the true extent of its power. ExxonMobil’s annual revenues are larger than the economic activity in the great majority of countries. In many of the countries where it conducts business, ExxonMobil’s sway over politics and security is greater than that of the United States embassy. In Washington, ExxonMobil spends more money lobbying Congress and the White House than almost any other corporation. Yet despite its outsized influence, it is a black box.

    Zak says: "Please no more accents!"
    "Untold history"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed listening to this perspective of the oil conglomerates. I found the parts about foreign policies and how they effected countries particularly informative. It was a bit on the long side for listening and I really had to space it out. Dry at times, but very educational.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enemies: A History of the FBI

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (157)

    We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history. This is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

    a says: "Good book, just not for me"
    "Very informative"
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    What did you like best about Enemies: A History of the FBI? What did you like least?

    The thing I liked best about this book was how thorough of a history it provided. It definitely debunked some myths that I thought previously to listening to it, it confirmed some things and it also had a lot of new information. What I liked least about it was it's length!! Holy cow, what a long book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Andy Cohen
    • Narrated By Andy Cohen
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (350)

    From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo's reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children - and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.

    Roberta says: "If you're depressed, listen to this book!!!"
    "Overall good listen"
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    What did you like best about Most Talkative? What did you like least?

    What I liked most about talkative was the performance. Andy Cohen did a really good job of keeping his book a light and easy listen. I also really enjoyed that he threw in extra material that was not in the book and even made special reference to his listening audience. What I liked the least was not knowing what he was talking about with respect to certain aspects of his life. I am not in the know about all the real house wives series and he goes on in detail about them for a good quarter of the book, so that kind of stunk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34655)
    Performance
    (25757)
    Story
    (26119)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Good listen"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Hunger Games again? Why?

    No, but I'm not really the re-reading/re-listenging type.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The girl from district 8. Because she was so stealth like and sneaking around.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Her voice took some getting used to, but overall she did a good job. Nice emphasis where needed.


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

    Not really. Fun, different kind of story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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