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Jerry

Austin, TX USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Professor and the Madman

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (751)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Jerry says: "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    "Perfect example of a quality audible book."
    Overall

    Simon Winchester presents us with an amazing story about a piece of history that I would have never considered interesting or significant. The accomplishment of the combined efforts of the two main characters Minor & Murray added to scores of other volunteers is one if not the greatest achievement in the history of the English language.

    The story is presented in a very logical yet unassuming manner, and maybe the perfect example of an audible book selection. The narrators voice is crisp, clear, and expressive.

    Listen, enjoy, and recommend to a friend.

    26 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2830)
    Performance
    (2396)
    Story
    (2405)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Absolutely amazing w/ equally amazing performance"
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    Where does The Winds of War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top Five of all time


    What other book might you compare The Winds of War to and why?

    I am really enjoying Ken Follett's Century trilogy, but this surpassed.


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

    I have not, but would rank him equal with Jon Lee


    Any additional comments?

    This is simply a must read. I switch between the kindle and audible copy (with some challenges) to enhance the experiences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Jeff Wooden
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    When Don't Know Much About History first appeared, it created a sensation. With humor, great stories, and a trademark conversational style, the audiobook brought Americans a fresh new take on history. Davis proved that Americans don't hate history - they just hate the dull textbook version they were force-fed in school.

    Tom says: "Great listen. Great information."
    "A good refresher"
    Overall

    This work presents History in a conversational format. While I was expecting the information to include more anequdotal pieces, the author addresses many of the simple questions about American history. This work dispells many of the Disney and storybook versions of history. Many of the other listeners have expressed their displeasure of a liberal slant to the book. I disagree. He is equally critical of both sides. If anything he gave a pass to the elder Bush by excluding the fact that Iraq invaded Kuwait only after the Bush administration told him in person that the US would not get involved in an Arab/Arab conflict.

    This is not the greatest historical work ever written, but it does a fine job of refreshing, reinforcing, and clarifying your current historical knowledge.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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