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J. Clarke

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  • Robert Altman: The Oral Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Robert Altman, Warren Beatty, Cher, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Robert Altman - visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man, Hollywood legend - comes roaring to life in this rollicking cinematic biography, told in a chorus of voices that can only be called Altmanesque.

    J. Clarke says: "Better Than The Book, With An All-Star Altman Cast"
    "Better Than The Book, With An All-Star Altman Cast"
    Overall

    The best audiobook I've listened to in a long time.

    When Robert Altman died a few years ago, it put into doubt the book that he and Mitchell Zuckoff had been working on. It's hard, however, to imagine how their collaboration could be better than this. Robert Altman's discussions of his movie career are included throughout, but the observations by the other narrators make this audiobook better than the book could be.

    Many participants in his movies are quoted at length. In many cases, the narration is done by the actors themselves. For example, Tim Robbins talks about the way he was hired for his starring role in the movie, The Player. Altman's wife, Kathryn, and several of their sons are the actual narrators for their sections. The result is a rich look at his life, as seen by Robert Altman and the people who knew him.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations behind the 2012 Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By David Wilcock
    • Narrated By David Wilcock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (289)

    A stunning synthesis of hidden science and lost prophecies, The Source Field Investigations exposes many great secrets: DNA transformation, consciousness science, wormholes, stargate travel, sacred geometry, ancient conspiracies, multidimensional time, the Maya calendar, and a stunning new model of galactic energy fields triggering mental, biological, and spiritual evolution.More than two million people have seen David Wilcock’s incredible tour of the 2012 prophecies in his Internet documentary, The 2012 Enigma.

    guidry says: "A masterfull read"
    "Could Have Been So Much Better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There's a lot of good information in this book, but it also has some problems which become evident to listeners who aren't David Wilcock fans.

    First, most authors should not record their audiobooks, they aren't professional narrators. David is good in radio interviews and his own presentations, but not here. He hurts his narration on every page with an I'm-excited-so-you-should-feel-excited inflection rise and a high-pitched top. A little emotion goes a long way, but Wilcock does this "excited emphasis" trick maybe a thousand times.

    Second, who edited the book? Lots of little problems, such as Wilcock's misuse of "alleged" and "allegedly." They don't mean whatever he wants. The result? On his acknowledgements section at the end, he cites the Law Of One material, "allegedly transmitted telepathically by very advanced extraterrestrials. " They were alleged but not convicted, I hope. Try "reportedly" or "claimed" or "reputedly." Alleged still has to do with a crime, not a creation.

    Third, it needed less David Wilcock "personality.". Over and over, Wilcock tells us he was "stunned" and "shocked" and "amazed" to discover something. It didn't amaze me to hear he was amazed. Wilcock wasn't doing a Graham Hancock or Linda Moulton Howe field investigation that yielded amazing results, he was telling us about something he read!

    Next, the book isn't an investigation so much as a survey of literature. The material covered is impressive in volume and often fascinating, but Wilcock is telling us what he read in other writers' books and website articles.

    For future books, Wilcock should be replaced by a professional narrator, and the books need a tight editing to keep the information on the page relevant to the overall themes of the book. Finally, I only got through the book by playing it at double-speed on the iPod. That made his 1001 excited emphatic moments sound less immature.

    I look forward to Wilcock's future books. He's worth reading and chases the truth.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James W. Douglass
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (117)

    At the height of the Cold War, JFK risked committing the greatest crime in human history: starting a nuclear war. Horrified by the specter of nuclear annihilation, Kennedy gradually turned away from his long-held Cold Warrior beliefs and toward a policy of lasting peace. But to the military and intelligence agencies in the United States, who were committed to winning the Cold War at any cost, Kennedy's change of heart was a direct threat to their power and influence.

    Peter says: "One Book EVERY AMERICAN Needs to Read"
    "Maybe The Best Book On The Subject"
    Overall

    Fifty years from now, only a few books about the JFK assassination will be remembered. One is Mark Lane's Rush To Judgment. Another is Crossfire, by Jim Marrs. Now we have maybe the best I've seen, JFK And The Unspeakable.

    James Douglass provides the context needed to understand why the assassins of JFK would take the monumental risk of killing a U.S. President, then running a cover-up for decades. President Kennedy entered office as a cold warrior, but then he turned away from the Cold War. His nuclear test ban treaty was just a taste of the changes JFK envisioned. He was already starting a Vietnam withdrawal and was having secret communications with the Soviet Union and Cuba. The military-industrial-intelligence complex was threatened by a second JFK term, they felt double-crossed, so they killed him. They plotted a public assassination because it would send a message to anybody else who was thinking about crossing them. One result of the assassination is our permanent state of war in 2011.

    Only a third of the book is about the assassination, but Douglass shows us enough. We see how the intelligence operative Lee Harvey Oswald was set up as the patsy. We observe the beginning of the cover-up. Douglass presents enough evidence to make his case, but he doesn't mire us in "assassination minutiae" which would disturb the clarity of his presentation.

    The narration is what I call "transparent." If you've ever seen a movie and never noticed the music, the music was having its effect without being conspicuous. The narration by Pete Larkin is not a "performance," it's a clean transmission of the book to the listener, well done.



    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Googled: The End of the World as We Know It

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ken Auletta
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    In Googled, esteemed media writer and critic Ken Auletta uses the story of Google's rise to explore the inner workings of the company and the future of the media at large. Although Google has often been secretive, this book is based on the most extensive cooperation ever granted a journalist, including access to closed-door meetings and interviews with founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, CEO Eric Schmidt, and some 150 present and former employees.

    Brian says: "Interesting, but Tedious"
    "Kept Me Googlued To The Earphones"
    Overall

    I used to visit the Google campus now and then, but my access was so limited, I felt like Ralphie pressing his nose to the department store window in Christmas Story. Googled does a good job taking the listener into the search/technology/media company. There are lots of narration inserts, but they aren't abrupt changes to the volume or cadence at all. Jim Bond narrates the book well, he keeps a good pace that lets the chapters flow well. Most people will learn a lot about Google with this book. The Google troika approach to management is surprising, but it gets the job done. I heard Ken Auletta on KQED's show, Forum, and got to hear him tell some of the stories read by Jim Bond. Probably nobody else will ever get the access to Google's leadership he had. How great it would be if somebody could do a book about Apple and have the same access, maybe Ken Auletta.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mark Harris
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    Here is the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Dolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde - and through them, the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood and America forever.

    Sharon says: "A good listen - A valuable book"
    "Excellent Book and Excellent Narration"
    Overall

    The fastest 17 hours I've heard. I only saw one of the movies Mark Harris writes about, The Graduate, but that didn't matter. Harris wrote so well about the other revolutionary movies, I was interested all the way. I hope Mark Harris picks another set of movies and writes about them. Also, Lloyd James did a first-rate job on the narration. Very easy on the ears.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare by Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man who Was Shakespeare

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mark Anderson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Actor William Shaksper of Stratford had little education, never left England, and apparently owned no books. How could he have written the great plays and poetry attributed to him? Journalist Mark Anderson's biography offers tantalizing proof that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, courtier, spendthrift, scholar, traveler, soldier, scoundrel, and writer, was the real "Shakespeare".

    Dan says: "Brings the period to life"
    "Shakespeare Exposed"
    Overall

    This is a brilliant discussion of the centuries-old mystery, who wrote the Shakespeare plays. Mark Anderson lays it out so well, the conclusion can't be denied.

    He is far from the first writer to realize Shakespeare from Stratford-on-Avon wasn't the real author, he credits them for their contributions. Mark's chronicle of the life of the Earl of Oxford enlivens the matter, we see how real events in his life found their way into the plays. He does such a good job, I'm left with a sense of loss, that the man who changed the English language and gave us so much would be forgotten. Edward De Vere died without the credit. There is also a sense of irritation. Many intelligent scholars and academicians, who should know better and act better, perpetuate the established view of Shakespeare. They're not the first people to continue a "cover-up", but they've made their money and careers by endorsing a fiction. At least they'll be forgotten.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Rosenthal
    • Narrated By Phil Rosenthal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    The creator and executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond dissects the art of comedy and the making of a sitcom classic. In television, where programs can premiere and disappear in the same week, Everybody Loves Raymond reigned as America's best-loved show for nine years with more than 17 million viewers. As the number-one sitcom, it received more than 70 Emmy nominations, including two wins for best comedy.

    Margaret Campbell says: "For Raymond Lovers"
    "Great Storytelling"
    Overall

    I've never seen an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, I gave away my television in 1990 before I moved to California. What irony, since tv shows come from here.

    Anyway, I bought this because it was about writing. I'm into the fourth hour, and I can't turn the iPod off. Phil is funny and honest and insightful and kind. This is the first five-star rating I've given an audiobook. It's brilliant and genuine. I just wish somebody had written a book about my favorite tv series, Cheers, and done what this writer has done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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