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Charlyn

master of music u of louisville retired church musician

laGrange, KY, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Andrew Nagorski
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Hitler’s rise to power, Germany’s march to the abyss, as seen through the eyes of Americans—diplomats, military, expats, visiting authors, Olympic athletes—who watched horrified and up close. By tapping a rich vein of personal testimonies, Hitlerland offers a gripping narrative full of surprising twists—and a startlingly fresh perspective on this heavily dissected era.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Interesting book"
    "I liked it; you might not"
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    Would you try another book from Andrew Nagorski and/or Robert Fass?

    yes
    The book is very (almost nauseatingly) detailed. If you're not into trivia, avoid this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the personal details of the main characters in the German journey, especially the Americans who were observers of "the rise and fall of the third reich." Much of it was not included in the Shirer book of that title.


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

    no


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

    no. he came, conquered, and died. that's all. thankfully.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1675)
    Performance
    (1547)
    Story
    (1556)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "too many characters in first person pov"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    listeners with better brains!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Particle physics for non-physicsists


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator is fine. Perhaps drawing obvious cues for the book's character changes?


    What character would you cut from Going Home?

    Perhaps one of Morgan's victims


    Any additional comments?

    My difficulty in following the plot arose from the contnual change of characters proviing their point of view without notifying the listener that a change is occurring.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Middle East: Facing the Realities (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Panel 2042

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Reza Aslan, Ilan Berman, Roxana Saberi
    • Narrated By Bruce Wallace
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

    Charlyn says: "oops, the panel is not discussing the topic listed"
    "oops, the panel is not discussing the topic listed"
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    Where does The Middle East: Facing the Realities (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    since this is not a book (it's a panel discussion), the questions are inapplicable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Middle East: Facing the Realities (2010): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books?

    inapplicable


    What does Bruce Wallace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    inapplicable


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

    I was sad that I wasn't going to hear Reza Aslan


    Any additional comments?

    I would really enjoy hearing the listed discussion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mote in God's Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By L J Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3982)
    Performance
    (2414)
    Story
    (2448)

    The Mote In God's Eye is their acknowledged masterpiece, an epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read".

    J. Rhoderick says: "A great read!"
    "plot not linear"
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    Would you try another book from Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and/or L J Ganser?

    At the end of the first download break, a character dies, who is unmentioned at the beginniing of audible's part 2. I listened to that first section several times and decided the plot was time traveling without me. too many holes in the plot line--I'm just not that smart. So many have remarked that htis was the best SF ever written. It had been too long since purchase to return it, but I was able to return, unlisted to, The Gripping Hand, a sequel.


    Has The Mote in God's Eye turned you off from other books in this genre?

    see above


    Would you be willing to try another one of L J Ganser’s performances?

    no--returned one I had purchased.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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