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Joseph

Sykesville, MD, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 233 titles in library
  • 25 purchased in 2014
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  • The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes. One Goal. And Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    In the tradition of Seabiscuit, critically acclaimed author Neal Bascomb reaches back to the golden age of sport and crafts an utterly captivating narrative of what may be the most remarkable athletic feat of all time.

    Brent says: "Most inpirational!"
    "Compelling listen"
    Overall

    Learned many things about Bannister and Landy that I never knew. The author and narrator do a good job of keeping your interest. I would have to say one of the best books I have listened to this year. Right up there with Cinderella Man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10603)
    Performance
    (10089)
    Story
    (10106)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Burned through the recording in no time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

    Yes, there are some details that I'd like to listen to again. The story is pretty science heavy, so didn't get my head round some of the details the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mark Watney's snarky sense of humor made the recording a pleasure to listen to. He was a very intelligent and adaptable character, and wasn't afraid to lighten the mood with his hilarious quips.


    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Bray did an excellent job of characterizing the characters. It makes the recording almost sound like a radio play.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I definitely made me burst out laughing several times. A little predictable in some cases, but very funny none the less.


    Any additional comments?

    A quick read, and would be excellent on a long drive. I am actually sad it ended. I will have to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Don Felder, Wendy Holden
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    The Eagles are the bestselling, and arguably the tightest-lipped, American group ever. Now band member and guitarist Don Felder finally breaks the Eagles years of public silence to take fans behind the scenes. He shares every part of the bands wild ride, from the pressure-packed recording studios and trashed hotel rooms to the tension-filled courtrooms, and from the joy of writing powerful new songs to the magic of performing in huge arenas packed with roaring fans.

    Paul Schmitz says: "Don Felder is an interesting dude"
    "Gave me a whole new perspective on the Eagles"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book would be highly recommended for any Eagles fan.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the first person narrative. You actually felt like you knew Don after reading the book.


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

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    See a different perspective from a musician that lived, worked, and played with the Eagles.


    Any additional comments?

    I told my daughter another serious classic rock fan, that I'd never look or feel quite the same way about the Eagles. I still love their music, but feel, I sort of have a fly on the wall's point of view of some of the goings on. I know it is one participant's perspective, but very interesting all the same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By full cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (944)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (642)

    The Godfather is an extraordinary novel which has become a modern-day classic. Puzo pulls us inside the violent society of the Mafia and its gang wars. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power.

    Tim says: "Couldn't Disagree More..."
    "More like a radio play than a book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. The different voices for the characters in the book were a very nice surprise.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael Corelone of course. He was a very well rounded character.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Leigh Montville
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    He was one of the greatest figures of his generation, and arguably the greatest baseball hitter of all time. But what made Ted Williams a legend, and a lightning rod for controversy in life and in death? New York Times best-selling author Leigh Montville delivers an intimate, riveting account of this extraordinary life.

    Joseph says: "Very revealing"
    "Very revealing"
    Overall

    This book was well worth the time I invested. Having read about him in the fouth grade (about 35 year ago) I knew that he was great, arrogant, and very insecure. But this book taught me many things.

    For instance, I never knew that he had a brother or that he was half-Mexican. (He was the first real Latino Superstar of professional sports.) I also never plumbed the depth to which his son John Henry would go to turn a buck.

    If you can abide the extremely colorful languages (lots of ?F? bombs, and worse!), you will enjoy the book immensely.

    As reprehensible a character as he was, he was just a insecure man with near god-like talent in several areas. Two things you?ll remember from this book are: ?Get a good ball to hit.? And, ?There goes that greatest hitter that ever played the game?.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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