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Fritz

Leesburg, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 9 reviews
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  • Street Divas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By De'nesha Diamond
    • Narrated By Simi Howe, Shari Peele, Patricia Floyd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (90)

    The queen of the street lit genre, De’nesha Diamond pens tales about the toughest ride-or-die chicks ever to roam the streets of the Dirty South. In Street Divas, four powerful women vie for total control of the Memphis hood, and they aren’t about to let past loyalties get in their way. While Lucifer is hitting the streets to get her revenge for a deadly shooting, Essence is hitting the sheets - with her best friend’s man. And Yolanda knows her path to power lies with her baby’s hustler father, but Queen G Leshelle is dead set on keeping this game all to herself.

    Andra says: "The drama never stopped!"
    "IGNORANT!"
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    What disappointed you about Street Divas?

    I felt it was an ignorant piece of work that just detailed ultimate exaggeration of street violence and bad language!


    Would you ever listen to anything by De'nesha Diamond again?

    Never!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Cannot be saved!


    What character would you cut from Street Divas?

    The whole work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By David Brion Davis
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    In Inhuman Bondage, David Brion Davis sums up a lifetime of insight. He looks at slavery in the American South; the rise of the Cotton Kingdom; the daily life of slaves; the destructive internal long-distance slave trade; the sexual exploitation of slaves; the emergence of an African-American culture; and much more. A definitive history by a writer deeply immersed in the subject, Inhuman Bondage links together the profits of slavery, the pain of the enslaved, and the legacy of racism.

    Biggar Thomas says: "Very Useful Contribution"
    "LOSES FOCUS"
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No I would not. The book seems to be all over the place. It does not focus on a common theme. I found myself getting lost in multiple topics that were off point.


    What was most disappointing about David Brion Davis’s story?

    I did not understand Davis's digression to religion in regards to denominations and color.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Not sure.


    Do you think Inhuman Bondage needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. There was no real system.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not complete the book because it lost me and had no direction.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Blood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (446)

    As a police launch speeds across Miami's Biscayne Bay - with officer Nestor Camacho on board - Tom Wolfe is off and running. Here is a big, panoramic story of the new America, as told by our master chronicler of the way we live now. Based on the same sort of detailed, on-scene, high-energy reporting that powered Tom Wolfe's previous best-selling novels, Back to Blood is another brilliant, spot-on, scrupulous, and often hilarious reckoning with our times.

    Richard Delman says: "Too much. Too much. Too much. Too much. Too much."
    "STORY WAS NOT INTERESTING AND NARRATION WAS SUBPAR"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less predictable story line and the characters were not interesting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Wolfe again?

    Probably not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lou Diamond Phillips’s performances?

    Yes.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Back to Blood?

    Cannot think of a specific one right now because I listened to the book a few weeks ago.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3626)
    Performance
    (3176)
    Story
    (3192)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "EXCELLENT, KEPT ME WANTING TO LISTEN!"
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    Would you listen to Threat Vector again? Why?

    YES. The story was interesting and the characters were presented in a detailed way.


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

    Yes. I kept wondering what would happen next.


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayana Mathis
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Adam Lazarre-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (481)

    A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.

    Suzn F says: "Hattie and her Family Tragically Flawed"
    "COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER!"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the history of the characters, however the transition from one story to the next left alot to be unanswered. It took a minute to figure each new story was relative to one of the main characters descendants.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Better transitioning from one story to the next.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing


    Was The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0) worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15446)
    Performance
    (12763)
    Story
    (13402)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "OVERRATED!"
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    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    If it wasn't so predictable. There was a lot of hype about this book and once I read it everything was predictable and not original.


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    PREDICTABLE!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was annoying. The narrator did not capture the moods.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    None that I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hoover's FBI: The Inside Story by Hoover's Trusted Lieutenant

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Cartha D. DeLoach
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    As director of the FBI for over five decades, J. Edgar Hoover left a profound and lasting legacy on this most celebrated institution. Only the few who were part of Hoover's inner circle know the truth about his controversial years of authoritarian rule and the organization's inmost secrets.

    Mark says: "good FBI stories mixed with apology for hoover"
    "Didnt feel like this was the TRUE STORY!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would probably spend more time detailing the structure of the FBI from then to now opposed to how it was briefly generically explained about how hoover recruited agents.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was what I expected, so I had no real comment about it.


    What three words best describe Jeff Riggenbach’s performance?

    He told the story in a manner that matched all of the events. Good performance.


    Did Hoover's FBI inspire you to do anything?

    Maintain my professionalism.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Green River, Running Red

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (173)

    In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women. Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young women were and who they might have become.

    Parusski says: "Suspenseful and chilling"
    "The Title is a misnomer!"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really dont know who to recommend this to. Maybe someone interested in the lives of victims of serial killers.


    Has Green River, Running Red turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    This book discussed the biographies of the victims way too long. I almost forgot what I was listening to, because the book author spent too much time detailing the lives of each victim. This was not about the actual killer or what he did specifically and that is what I was looking for in this book.

    I thought this book would be more about the murders and how they occurred. I spent so much time listening to the victims bio's in the beginning, I could not stomach the thought of continuing to the end of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Colin Powell
    • Narrated By Colin Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (400)

    It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. At its heart are Powell's "Thirteen Rules" - such as "Get mad, then get over it" and "Share credit" - that introduce his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others. A natural storyteller, Powell offers warm and engaging parables with wise advice on succeeding in the workplace and beyond.

    Jean says: "Great Story Teller"
    "Very inspirational!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about It Worked for Me?

    The personal feel it gave. Colin Powell let you into his mind and his personal life. I literally stopped and jotted down notes prior to a job interview while listening to this recording.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It Worked for Me?

    Colin Powell went to two schools that I was very familiar with in New York. It solidafied his street cred :)


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

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he advised, get mad and get over it. Those were serious words of wisdom.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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