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John

Natick, MA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (183)

    Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

    Lawrence D. Clayton says: "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
    "Slow Story"
    Overall

    Reclaiming history is a long drawn out story written more like a law brief that a telling of actual events. The beginning of the story is fascinating and interesting. As the story goes on it feels as if the author was just trying to fill pages with redundant facts. This audio book was difficult to get thru.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Walter Kirn
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (135)

    In the summer of 1998, Walter Kirn - then an aspiring novelist struggling with impending fatherhood and a dissolving marriage - set out on a peculiar, fateful errand: to personally deliver a crippled hunting dog from his home in Montana to the New York apartment of one Clark Rockefeller, a secretive young banker and art collector who had adopted the dog over the Internet. Thus began a 15-year relationship that drew Kirn deep into the fun-house world of an outlandish, eccentric son of privilege who ultimately would be unmasked as a brazen serial impostor, child kidnapper, and brutal murderer.

    Sharon says: "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz - this one put me to sleep"
    "Whynning all the way!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narration, a better story, staying within topic of the story. Keeping with the main character as the villain instead of the incessant whining


    What could Walter Kirn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    kept on topic


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Bel Davies?

    Most anyone else


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

    Delve more into the earlier days which brought attention to the character.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • And Justice for Some

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Wendy Murphy
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When Wendy Murphy was a young prosecutor, she learned that the deck is stacked in favor of criminal defendants. Between their arrest and (potential) conviction, murderers, rapists, and drug dealers get more than a fair shake: they get an unfair advantage, often at the expense of their victims.

    Maude Lebowski says: "Pomp and Circumstance"
    "Whining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about And Justice for Some? What did you like least?

    nothing


    Would you ever listen to anything by Wendy Murphy again?

    no way. she is just plain miserable


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joyce Bean’s performances?

    yes her voice was pleasent enough


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no way


    Any additional comments?

    nothing to say

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blowback

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1469)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (904)

    Something sinister is brewing. A chilling video has already cast its ominous spell over the White House situation room. Now scientists connected to the top-secret Sword of Allah project are dropping dead. Seeking to unravel the enigma, U.S. anti-terrorist agent Scot Harvath reaches England just in time to rescue British paleopathologist Jillian Alcott from al-Qaeda's top assassin. This expert soon confirms Scott's worst fears and triggers an adrenaline-fueled rush for survival.

    John K Stratmann says: "Thrilling"
    "Another Great Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Blowback?

    The story was well written


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

    very much so


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

    Yes and he does a great job


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

    none to offer


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paradiso Files: On the Trail of Boston's Unknown Serial Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Timothy M. Burke
    • Narrated By Wyntner Woody
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    In this bold and suspenseful true-crime story, former homicide prosecutor Timothy M. Burke makes his case against one Leonard Paradiso. Lenny 'The Quahog' was convicted of assaulting one young woman and paroled after three years, but Burke believes that he was guilty of much more - that Paradiso was a serial killer who operated in the Boston area, and maybe farther afield, for nearly 15 years, assaulting countless young women and responsible for the deaths of as many as seven.

    ELIZABETH says: "Worst Narration EVER!"
    "The Narrator needs a new career"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Timothy M. Burke and/or Wyntner Woody?

    I would from Timothy Burke. The story was good and out together in a good order


    How could the performance have been better?

    Picked anyone else who has narrated something besides a text book before. His inflections to differant people was horrid!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward MacKenzie Jr., Phyllis Karas
    • Narrated By Matthias N Bossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    For decades the FBI let James ''Whitey'' Bulger get away with murder, allowing him continued control of his criminal enterprise in exchange for information. He went on the lam in 1995, after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, 2011 followed top-ranked Osama bin Laden on the FBI'''s Ten Most Wanted List, and then was captured in Santa Monica, California weeks after Bin Laden's demise.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mathias Bossi is the Boss! Wow!"
    "Typical Felon Moaning"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Edward MacKenzie Jr. and Phyllis Karas and/or Matthias N Bossi?

    absolutly not


    What was most disappointing about Edward MacKenzie Jr. and Phyllis Karas ’s story?

    The most disappointing is MacKenzie's lies and falsehoods. I guess that is what you get from a convicted rapeist


    Did Matthias N Bossi do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a very good job with the narration


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Street Soldier?

    the lies told about his jail time, the lies that he was not a rat, when he was.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3545)
    Performance
    (3174)
    Story
    (3202)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Just another headline grabber"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Mark Owen and Kevin Maurer and/or Holter Graham?

    the narrator was very good to a pretty poor story.


    Has No Easy Day turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration was very good.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No way!


    Any additional comments?

    none.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Mist

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (903)
    Story
    (912)

    Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning....

    Rene says: "Too much dialog, too little story"
    "REALLY!!!! You have to be kidding!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Red Mist better?

    If Patricia Cornwell had tried to finish the book. The ending was horrible, it was as if she was bored and just decided okay, enough I am done, end the book now.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    probably not. she has been showing little effort in the past two books


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Burton’s performances?

    yes I would


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it helped with the drive home from work


    Any additional comments?

    Patricia Cornwell please try next time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Honor: Honor Bound, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Michael Russotto
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (107)

    The characters introduced in the best-selling Honor Bound - Marine aviator Cletus Frade, Army demolitions expert Anthony Pelosi, and communications genius David Ettinger - encounter intrigue in Buenos Aires in April 1943.

    Lukeleval says: "Absolutely awful"
    "Huge disappointment"
    Overall

    Read the book, this is almost impossible to listen to. The narrator has ruined this book. His pronunciations are horrible, and inaccurate. He reads like a fifth grader. I would be embarrassed to have read a book professionally like this.

    W.E.B. Griffin is such an accomplished writer, it is sad to hear his book read like this.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert J. Mrazek
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    One of the great untold stories of World War II finally comes to light in this thrilling account of the members of Torpedo Squadron Eight and their heroic efforts in helping an outmatched U.S. fleet win critical victories at Midway and Guadalcanal. These 35 American men - many flying outmoded aircraft - changed the course of history, going on to become the war's most decorated naval air squadron, while suffering the heaviest losses in U.S. naval aviation history.

    Kismet says: "Excellent story well told"
    "Great Book about the forgotten"
    Overall

    This is an in depth book about men from across the country drawn together in time by forces beyond their control. The similarities between the beginning of World War II and present day are uncanny. Both groups went to war with what you had. This is a story of brave men who went up against odds far against them. This is a great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy Wars: Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tenent H Bagley
    • Narrated By Tenent H Bagley
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In this rapid-paced book, a former CIA chief of Soviet bloc counterintelligence breaks open the mysterious case of KGB officer Yuri Nosenko's 1964 defection to the United States. Still a highly controversial chapter in the history of Cold War espionage, the Nosenko affair has inspired debate for more than 40 years. Was Nosenko a bona fide defector with the real information about Lee Harvey Oswald's stay in Soviet Russia, or was he a KGB loyalist, engaged in a complex game of deception?

    John says: "Good Info, Bad Listen"
    "Good Info, Bad Listen"
    Overall

    This is one of the books that would be very interesting to read or if someone else would have narrated the book. The author has a very dry and monotone voice. This makes it difficult to listen to and to pay attention to. In comparison to other books about the CIA this is more about the author grandstanding and his memory as he remembers it. Too bad it is interesting information about a specific period of time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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