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Thomas

Oregon, Ohio, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (1262)
    Story
    (1268)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "Depressing, but the characters are memorable"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a very sad story, with very little that could be described as uplifting. While this book was probably a literary feat for its day, I found this story to be some sort of Socialist manifesto. The imagery was crisp, but I could not wait for this book to end.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The strength of the family's mother


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    He did a nice job with the voices and he added something to the life of the book that is not common for most readers.


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

    NO! - But Obama would . . .


    1 of 2 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
    (1927)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1673)

    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"
    "Interesting, but a little dry"
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    This is an interesting story, and the narration is well done, but portions of this book are a little dry.

    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
    (26319)
    Performance
    (20239)
    Story
    (20422)

    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....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "I am glad its over"
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    All things considered this was a good series, and an interesting look at Socialism and Communism, but by the time this book ended I was ready to part ways with the characters. The first book was by far the best, but the second and third books continued to entertain. In the end, all you can really ask of a book is that it entertains.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tom Mueller
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (139)

    For millennia, fresh olive oil has been a necessity - for food, medicine, beauty, and religion. Today's researchers continue to confirm the remarkable, life-giving properties of true extra-virgin, and "extra-virgin Italian" has become the highest standard of quality. But what if this symbol of purity has become deeply corrupt?

    dr says: "Well worth the listen - if you eat"
    "This is a book report on Olive Oil"
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    This is an informative book, and the anecdotes are interesting, but I have limited patience for rambling. After 3 hours, I still had no idea when the story was suppose to start. I rarely give up on a book, but I just could not give another minute to Extra Virginity. I would compare this story to the ramblings of a talkative seat-partner on a transatlantic flight. This would be a good coffee table book, but skip the audiobook . . .

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lolita

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1927)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1076)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

    Jim says: "An Absolutely Gorgeous Audible Experience"
    "Made me feel a little dirty"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lolita the most enjoyable?

    This is a dark story, and while it was artfully told, I went out of my way to make sure that no one could hear what was on my car radio. A bit on the sinister side . . . and Jeremy Irons was fantastic. He is a little hard to understand in the beginning, but he gets better.


    What other book might you compare Lolita to and why?

    I can not think of anything that is remotely like Lolita


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4598)
    Performance
    (2364)
    Story
    (2399)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "Inspired me to buy a pair of running shoes"
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    What made the experience of listening to Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen the most enjoyable?

    Im not a runner, but this book inspired me to buy new running shoes. You don't have to be a runner to enjoy this book. It gets a little dry in parts, but fight thru. It's a better than average boom over all.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very informative and it told an interesting story at the same time.


    What three words best describe Fred Sanders???s voice?

    Even, enjoyable a non factor


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    Nike is the devil


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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