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Jim

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  • Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (168)

    Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean's story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, Winchester's narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring.

    Andy says: "a whale of a book"
    "Reads like a lecture"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Scholars


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Biography


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    This audio book sounded too much like some of the lectures I sat through back in my college days. Lots of great information but delivered in such a way as to make it uninteresting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Battle of Midway (Pivotal Moments in American History)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Craig L. Symonds
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (137)

    There are few moments in American history in which the course of events tipped so suddenly and so dramatically as at the Battle of Midway. At dawn of June 4, 1942, a rampaging Japanese navy ruled the Pacific. By sunset, their vaunted carrier force (the Kido Butai) had been sunk and their grip on the Pacific had been loosened forever. In this absolutely riveting account of a key moment in the history of World War II, one of America's leading naval historians, Craig L. Symonds, paints an unforgettable portrait of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice.

    Jeremy says: "A unique tale of tactical wars"
    "A text book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It reads too much like a text book. This is one of the greatest stories of the twentieth century reduced to facts, etc. This book is everything that turned me off about history before I discovered my love for it.


    What was most disappointing about Craig L. Symonds’s story?

    What story?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He did the best he could with what he had.


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

    No reaction except joy as it finally concluded.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Benjamin Franklin
    • Narrated By Adrian Cronauer
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    A great inventor, journalist, satirist, politician - a true Renaissance man - Benjamin Franklin perfectly embodied the traits we now treasure as "American."

    Prairie says: "I wish high school history was this interesting!"
    "The performance kills it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin?

    This is a fine book but is read like it is your most boring high school history teacher!
    The performance is so deadpan and dead I cannot rate the book well at all.


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

    Needs a new performance


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He just killed it with boredom


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

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (715)

    Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

    Brett says: "Funny as usual"
    "Funnier on TV"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Stephen Colbert and/or the narrators?

    No


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Colbert again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    I don't know.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    He is better for a few minutes on TV. After three hours it gets really old and is no longer funny.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Jesus I Never Knew

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Philip Yancey
    • Narrated By Bill Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Best selling author and respected journalist Philip Yancey takes a deeper look at the Christ of the Gospels. From the manger in Bethlehem to the cross in Jerusalem, Yancey reveals a complex character, a disturbing and exhilarating Jesus who aims to transform your life and faith radically. The Jesus I Never Knew is a piercingly honest interpretation of the life and character of Jesus of Nazareth by a writer unafraid to tackle Christianity's most difficult issues in order to enhance our perspective.

    R. Whitten says: "Makes you think"
    "boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The performance was like a boring college professor. Yuck. Find a better reader who could make the greatest story ever told sound like he is a little bit excited about it.


    What could Philip Yancey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He should have skipped this one.


    What didn’t you like about Bill Richards’s performance?

    monotone


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Warning! Don't listen while driving.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3767)
    Performance
    (3068)
    Story
    (3031)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "A John Grisham Let Down"
    Overall
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    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I am a huge John Grisham fan and have enjoyed all his books. This one was OK but it was certainly not the kind of story that I grown to expect. I am disappointed. Let me go find a biography or something to read that will keep me more engaged.


    Would you recommend The Litigators to your friends? Why or why not?

    John Grisham poorest effort is still better than most others. I wouldn't say don't read it. Just don't get your hopes up.


    Do you think The Litigators needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Let it die.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3080)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (879)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Interesting but not exciting"
    Overall

    I learned a great deal but it was far from an exciting read. It reads in a "just the facts" manner. One would think that a book on spies would have more intrigue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26713)
    Performance
    (13348)
    Story
    (13392)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Disappointing at the end"
    Overall

    The book was interesting and I liked the way the author chose to tell the story. However, when I spend hours listening to a book I want an ending. I like for at least some of the loose ends to be tied together. This book ended leaving me wondering if I had downloaded all of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mother Angelica's Private and Pithy Lessons from the Scriptures

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Raymond Arroyo
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    The founder of the world's largest religious media empire shares her beloved wit and down-to-earth spirituality in Mother Angelica's Private and Pithy Lessons from the Scriptures. Editor Raymond Arroyo draws on hundreds of never-before-released private lessons to present the renowned nun's definitive take on the Good Book. Angelica provides readers with guided meditations and probing personal questions, and unearths an often-overlooked practical spirituality.

    Jairo says: "Meditation at its best!!!"
    "Awful"
    Overall

    I listened for about an hour. It was an hour of pain and misery. What a waste of a credit!

    Geeze!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joshua Wolf Shenk
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    Drawing on a wealth of his own research and the work of other Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst crisis in the "coping strategies" he developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies.

    Scott says: "Lincoln was depressed - who knew?"
    "Well handled subject"
    Overall

    The author has handled this subject well. Overall however the book could stand some editing. The topic is covered too well and often redundantly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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