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Brian

North Las Vegas, NV, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • The Iliad

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Fagles (translator), Homer
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi, Maria Tucci
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    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
    Performance
    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
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Denise Kiernan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (300)

    At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

    CBlox says: "Important story of this secret city"
    "Not too good"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story, more organized


    Would you ever listen to anything by Denise Kiernan again?

    Probably not


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Interest in an era past


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately it was not that captivating. The story was humbled and jumped all around making it difficult to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29998)
    Performance
    (23531)
    Story
    (23752)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Good conclusion"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Mockingjay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top third


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mockingjay?

    Spoiler alert: When they arrive at the capital and the scenes that follow


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

    Yes, on par with other performances


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

    When Primm died


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12570)
    Performance
    (10825)
    Story
    (10816)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "Great book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does American Sniper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top third


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have absolutely no basis for comparison, but I really appreciated the depiction of SEAL training and the war time descriptions. Truly an unbelievable experience.


    Which character – as performed by John Pruden – was your favorite?

    Chris


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

    No, but I don't think I've ever been able to do that, it definitely flew by without me realizing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (2060)
    Performance
    (1295)
    Story
    (1272)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Sparkly says: "Surprisingly tender."
    "Kitchen Confidential is better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Anthony Bourdain and/or Anthony Bourdain?

    Yes, already have


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

    Did not enjoy this one as much as Kitchen confidential. Very focused on the different players of the food industry, sometimes tough because I don't know them all.


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

    His familiar, distinct voice


    Could you see Medium Raw being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (7064)
    Performance
    (5416)
    Story
    (5498)

    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
    (1194)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1034)

    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
    (187)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (170)

    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.

    Brian says: "Gets a lot of hype."
    "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.

    1 of 1 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
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1075)

    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
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (2208)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1931)

    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.

    Mel says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Informative about a not well known president"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (23744)
    Performance
    (10055)
    Story
    (10269)

    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

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