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Don

Butte, MT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Fatal Strain: On the Trail of Avian Flu and the Coming Pandemic

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Alan Sipress
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When avian flu began spreading across Asia in the early 2000s, it reawakened fears that had lain dormant for nearly a century. During the outbreak's deadliest years, Alan Sipress chased the virus as it infiltrated remote jungle villages and teeming cities and saw its mysteries elude the world's top scientists. In The Fatal Strain, Sipress details how socioeconomic and political realities in Asia make it the perfect petri dish in which the fast-mutating strain can become easily communicable among humans.

    Don says: "Narrator comments"
    "Narrator comments"
    Overall

    One of the attributes of a good narrator is the ability to make believable different characters in a book by using different,unique voices. Mr. Wilson falls short on this ability. His voicing makes all individuals sound alike.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cop Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (485)

    Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

    Ronna says: "Women cops in bigoted 1974 Georgia"
    "Great structure!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Cop Town in three words, what would they be?

    Great fem/cop story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kate, naturally. Most of us have been there, new to a school, or a job, or a neighborhood,
    Kate showed great courage.


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

    The trash talk was done so well, and added so much.


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

    Almost did! Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1032)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Narrator makes the difference"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Revival again? Why?

    A bit too gruesome end, typically of King's novels, but a great story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes; the side effects always lurking in the back of the story became slowly the main cause of my "Readers Stress".


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

    No, but he did such a superb job changing from one character to another, that I will look for his name in future books.


    Who was the most memorable character of Revival and why?

    No doubt, the Reverend. His dramatic change after the death of his family made for a fascinating character.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sheltering Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Bowles
    • Narrated By Jennifer Connelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (220)

    The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of 20th-century literature, a novel of existential despair that examines the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness of the desert. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) gives masterful voice to this American classic.

    Melinda says: "A Teacup Full of Sand on the Highest Dune"
    "Depressilng!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Sheltering Sky better?

    Not ever being published


    What was most disappointing about Paul Bowles’s story?

    If I want to be this depressed in the future, I'll gamble away my savings.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Connelly – was your favorite?

    All three self-centered characters muddle about endlessly; so boring I almost dropped off to sleep while on my daily walk.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I could see.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In Defense of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1395)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (629)

    "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." These simple words go to the heart of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Humans used to know how to eat well, Pollan argues. But the balanced dietary lessons that were once passed down through generations have been confused, complicated, and distorted by food industry marketers, nutritional scientists, and journalists-all of whom have much to gain from our dietary confusion.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, but read The Omnivore's Dilemma first"
    "KISS Principle on what we eat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to In Defense of Food the most enjoyable?

    After reading countless diet books, this was a refreshing review of what food really is, and what it is not. I have cancer, and Scott's reminder that overeating not only increases division of normal cells, but also of cancer cells, really stopped me. I have lost 12 pounds already following the simple rules of this book.


    What other book might you compare In Defense of Food to and why?

    None that I can think of


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

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Mighty Scourge: Perspectives on the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James M. McPherson
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Battle Cry of Freedom and many other award-winning books, James M. McPherson is America's preeminent Civil War historian. Now, in this collection of provocative and illuminating essays, McPherson offers fresh insight into many of the most enduring questions about one of the defining moments in our nation's history.

    Roy says: "An Introduction to McPherson"
    "great condensed history-superior narrator!"
    Overall

    For a concise review of the Civil War, and several intriguing points of the war I had not considered, this book was great. I felt the narrator was superb!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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