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Brian

North Las Vegas, NV, United States

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  • 14 reviews
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  • The Iliad

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Fagles (translator), Homer
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, Maria Tucci
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    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!"
    Overall
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    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
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6906)
    Performance
    (5272)
    Story
    (5354)

    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."
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter again? Why?

    Probably not, but that mainly has to do with the fact that I don't re-listen/re-read any books. At least I'm not old enough to be there yet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    Don't want to answer so that I don't give anything away. But I guess if I have to be vague the first battle Abe had with a vampire.


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

    Nope, sorry, can't compare


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions here


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (972)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Watch what you eat!!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, excellent insight in to the food industry. You'll definitely want to start paying attention to what you put in your body if you weren't doing so already.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Covering the details about how food companies manipulate these three main ingredients.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

    Can not remember


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

    No, but just because I'm busy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of God

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Samuel Shem
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and utterly human, The House of God is a mesmerizing and provocative journey that takes us into the lives of Roy Basch and five of his fellow interns at the most renowned teaching hospital in the country.

    JD says: "Essential for any medical resident"
    "Gets a lot of hype."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would, but only to doctor friends and I would try to manage their expectations.


    If you’ve listened to books by Samuel Shem before, how does this one compare?

    n/a


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Fats. Good humor, good advice to main character.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little surprised about the amount of sex in this book. Either I'm really boring or it was a different time in the 70s. If I tried to have sex with as many nurses as what goes on in this book I would have been fired with maybe a lawsuit. Different times....
    I don't know if it enhanced the story either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1978)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (955)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "What an adventure!"
    Overall
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    Where does The River of Doubt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the pack


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The River of Doubt?

    When the expedition finally got on the river.


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

    Not sure.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this audiobook, I've definitely heard/read better adventure books, but this one wasn't bad. I would recommend it to friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1826)
    Story
    (1827)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Informative about a not well known president"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Destiny of the Republic in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, entertaining, educational


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Garfield- unfortunately we just don't have leaders like him anymore. Unbelievably tough, measured and knew how to lead.


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Unfortunately not too memorable of a read, nothing bad, just not extra memorable.


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

    For me, being a physician I thought it was really interesting reading about the development of "germ" theory and how the physician that was caring for President Garfield did not prescribe to that theory.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (22381)
    Performance
    (9032)
    Story
    (9242)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Funny orientation to audible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Your First Listen to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Your First Listen?

    good humor, made me want to listen to the long version of this performance


    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Chevy Chase


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 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
    (30566)
    Performance
    (23627)
    Story
    (23811)

    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
    (183)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (157)

    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!"
    Overall
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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
    (721)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (628)

    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
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (159)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (122)

    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
    Performance
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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 1 people found this review helpful

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