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Ron

Lecanto, FL, USA

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  • Flush

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Michael Welch
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor, which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can't prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah's dad is stuck in the clink.

    Book reader says: "Adequate, but something's missing"
    "a fun read"
    Overall

    This was a great book to share with my nine-year-old during a family vacation.

    It had Haaisens wit but in a child friendly format. That there was a message important to any Floridian is just a bonus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Company Soldier: The Legendary Battles of a Sergeant from WW II's 'Band of Brothers'

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don Malarkey, Bob Welch
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Sgt. Don Malarkey takes us not only into the battles fought from Normandy to Germany, but into the heart and mind of a soldier who beat the odds to become an elite paratrooper and lost his best friend during the nightmarish engagement at Bastogne. Drafted in 1942, Malarkey arrived at Taccoa Camp in Georgia and was the one in six soldiers who earned their Eagle wings.

    Rex says: "Really Rounds out Band of Brothers"
    "best of the Easy Company stories"
    Overall

    Of all the memoirs by members of Easy Company from the Band of Brothers, this has been the best. It explores feelings in depth both from that time and looking back from the present. It admits the fear the man had and the postwar depression he suffered. Yes, it still has the battles and fighting, behind the scenes stories that make it exciting, but it offers much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flory: A Miraculous Story of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Flory A. Van Beek
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Like Anne Frank, Flory Van Beek was a young girl caught in the ruthless Nazi occupation of Holland. But Flory survived to recount her extraordinary story of persecution and survival. Flory and her husband, Felix, endured the sinking of a ship bound for safety in the New World, the increasing danger of the occupation, and finally a life in hiding. This inspiring account vividly captures the terror of the Holocaust while telling a poignant story of love and courage.

    D. Hurley says: "Inspiring Story"
    "a comfortable survival"
    Overall

    This is a fine book and a good memoir of a truly horrifying time in the authors life. I do not mean to take anything away from that and I'm hesitant to find any fault because of the circumstances. However in the context of the holocaust her story never really took me into the terror that it meant to be Jewish in Nazi occupied territory. She hid out with some families involved in the resistance movement and I could not help but wonder if their story would have been a better book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gene Roberts, Hank Klibanoff
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Drawing on private correspondence, notes from secret meetings, unpublished articles, and interviews, veteran journalists Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff go behind the headlines and datelines to show how a dedicated cadre of newsmen - first black reporters, then liberal Southern editors, then reporters and photographers from the national press and the broadcast media - revealed to a nation its most shameful shortcomings and propelled its citizens to act.

    Ron says: "A fascinating inside look at history"
    "A fascinating inside look at history"
    Overall

    Histories of the civil rights movement are abundant but this book focuses on those that wrote that history - the journalists.
    The book brings their efforts alive and awakens the reader to the struggles and dangers they faced in simply getting the truth out. Reporters from the black newspapers excluded because of their race; small town editors taking brave stands that could cost them advertising; Northern writers not understanding the culture. Publications that are now respected that can not but be ashamed at their past.
    All are included and all are worth your time.



    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Telex from Cuba: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Rachel Kushner
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Rachel Kushner's mother grew up in Cuba in the 1950s, in the United Fruit Company enclave where Telex from Cuba takes place. Calling on a rich trove of family letters, photos, meticulously kept journals, and historical research, Kushner sets free her brilliant imagination in this profoundly resonant story of a world that was paradise for a time and for a few.

    Magin La Grave says: "Nostalgic and great history"
    "great writing but pointless.."
    Overall

    Telex From Cuba is a confounding book; it has truly colorful and intriguing writing that I truly enjoyed. But throughout the book I was left wondering what exactly the plot was?
    As others have said there are some characters that add nothing to the story while others are really interesting. I was not bothered by the narration, though a little excitement would be nice at times.
    Yet without a plot-line, what is the point?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Voyage of the Devilfish

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael DiMercurio
    • Narrated By Gene Engene
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    A confrontation of nuclear submarines just 200 miles off the American coast is the scenario of this riveting novel by a former U.S. Navy submarine officer. At the center of the deadly conflict are two men on a mission: one wants to find his father's killer, while the other wants to destroy Glasnost and provoke a war. The ensuing underwater chases and battles build to a stunning showdown.

    Brodie says: "Make it believable"
    "worse.. narrator .. ever.."
    Overall

    The book was only a three star to start with but the narrator is just horrendous. It is like listening to a bad imitation of William Shatner doing a parody of his James Kirk character. About every third word is over emphasized and his character voices are just a bad joke.
    As for the book, it is highly predictable and rife with errors. I listened but never really enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (2192)
    Performance
    (953)
    Story
    (961)

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "fascinating but incomplete"
    Overall

    A fascinating tale of a young con man from a more trusting time. However the book ends abrubtly and you never find out the true ending to his adventures.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fidel Castro: A Spoken Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Fidel Castro, Ignacio Ramonet
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren, Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    For decades, people have tried to persuade the leader of the Cuban Revolution to tell his own life story. Ignacio Ramonet, the celebrated editor in chief of Le Monde diplomatique, has finally succeeded. For the first time, in a series of extensive and probing interviews, Fidel Castro describes his life from the 1950s to the present day.

    Roy says: "In His Own Words"
    "History, twisted to fit"
    Overall

    The early part of the book was most interesting as it covered Fidel Castro's childhood and pre-revolution life, an area I knew little about. As the book progresses from that point it get clear that this world leader has a huge amount of bitterness that builds as his story is told. Many of the facts are distorted and some things are just plain wrong. The interviewer is hardly a journalist and often sounds as if Castro is handing him the questions. It is a shame that Ramonet wasn't more probing and critical in his questioning akin to the Frost/Nixon interviews.
    Still it is interesting to hear Castro's own version of history and his dealings with the "Empire" to the north (the USA).
    I listened to this book immediately after finishing "Havana Nocturne." A book that dealt with Batista and the mob in Cuba. The books overlap and compliment each other in the history of Cuba during the revolution of the late 1950's.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The American Home Front: 1941-1942

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alistair Cooke
    • Narrated By John Byrne Cooke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    The American Home Front is a fascinating artifact, a sharp portrait that shows America changing from civilian pursuits to military engagement, from the production of consumer goods to materials of war. Filled with touching personal stories of the effects of war, from a Japanese family facing internment that tries to sell Cooke their car, to the unemployed relocating in hopes of jobs in a gunpowder factory, The American Home Front is the work of an experienced, talented journalist.

    Ron says: "one man's shallow view"
    "one man's shallow view"
    Overall

    This is strictly the authors observations while touring the United States shortly after the outbreak of World War 2. It is more scholarly than interesting. He never allows individuals to speak but rather drones on about what they meant to say. This is not oral history,it is observation and opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • FLAK

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Veitch
    • Narrated By Bolinda Publishing
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    A collection of vivid, unforgettable stories from RAAF veterans about their experiences of combat in World War II. It is also an account of the strange, sometimes obsessive journey of the author himself, as he explores a passion held since childhood. From bomber pilots to fighter aces, from rear gunners to bomb aimers, from stories of death and fear to tales of humor and comradeship, Michael has helped unearth the extraordinary stories of ordinary men living and fighting in extraordinary times.

    Marcia Y. says: "Wow!"
    "What? someone other than Americans flew in WW2?"
    Overall

    It was refreshing to hear stories that did not revolve around the USAAF bombers and crew. I'm not faulting them at all, i have nothing but admiration for them.

    But there were others in the fight and this is their story. It is a series of vignettes featuring airman from Austrailia and New Zealand. They have remarkable first-hand accounts of what they did to aide Britain in the European theater while their own homeland was under attack.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Intrepid: The Epic Story of America's Most Legendary Warship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Bill White, Robert Gandt
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Intrepid brings the history of the U.S.S. Intrepid to life in a stirring tribute complete with personal recollections of those who served on the ship and vivid descriptions of the deadly conflicts she endured. It is a story of the people who sailed in her, fought to keep her alive, and perished in her defense, a story which powerfully captures the human element in the history of American heroism.

    Luis says: "Ok read but needed more something..."
    "great story of a great ship"
    Overall

    The Intrepid was a great carrier with a glorious past and this book outlines it very well bringing it to life for the listener. My only complaint was at times I couldn't get past the feeling of listening to a cheerleader extolling the virtues of her team.
    The story of the Intrepid is the story of many warships and their brave crews. Allow yourself to understand and accept that as you read about one storied ship.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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