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DJ

Phoenix, MD, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Heroes: From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to Churchill and de Gaulle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    In this enlightening and entertaining work, Johnson presents heroism through examples in history. From Alexander to Joan of Arc and George Washington to Marilyn Monroe, here are men and women from every age and corner of the world who have inspired and transformed their cultures and the world itself.

    Kennet says: "Interesting, but deeply flawed"
    "Brittish-centric"
    Overall

    Sure, there are a handful of heros from Brittian - but what about the REST of the known world? Don't get this book unless you want to learn about a number of Brittish admirals and generals that are heros to only one small culture.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17604)
    Performance
    (15653)
    Story
    (15605)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Wished it would never end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've either read or listened to most of King's works because of his reputation. And every once in a while he knocks the ball out of the park with an outstanding story - which this one was. I think the choice of narrator was stellar! If you're on the fence about Stephen King, then this one is worth your time because its a "3-fer". Not only will you get to enjoy the story being told, but you ALSO get to recall the historical events and timing and relate them to your life, and you ALSO get to think about what you would do if you could change historical events. Awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34569)
    Performance
    (25685)
    Story
    (26044)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Constant Action"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is VERY well done and the reader had a great performance. The author does an outstanding job of keeping the suspense high, building to the next conflict and keeping the reader's interest chapter after chapter. It is very rare that I take my earbuds and ipod out to mow the lawn, but I just couldn't stop listening to this one!!!! Can't wait to hear the next two in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (374)

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "Good story - bad ending"
    Overall

    It's a shame . . . I absolutely LOVE Grisham stories - I usually can't put them down. However, this one's ending left a lot to be desired and kept the rating from being a 5.

    p.s. Coming from a professional background, I can say that much of what he said about that culture/environment is accurate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12683)
    Performance
    (5057)
    Story
    (5095)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Just gotta get this one"
    Overall

    I RARELY write a reveiw . . . but I just had to write one here. I'm not usually much of a Ken Follett fan . . . but this book was OUTSTANDING! Simply put - you GOTTA read this one. It is amazing how interesting the plot was for a story about a monk trying to build a church. There were times when I'd circle the block a time or two before pulling into the drive just so I could hear more! djv

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3321)
    Performance
    (1058)
    Story
    (1066)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Back to normal!"
    Overall

    I've stayed away from Stephen King for a while now because some of his stuff is just so far out there. But this one was a good story and wasn't really all that far out there! If you enjoy a good story that keeps you wanting to hear what happens next, this is one for you! djv

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Hackett Fischer
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (215)

    This New York Times best seller is a thrilling account of one of the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.

    William says: "Particularly Good Military History"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall

    Normally I read adventure/mystery fiction (ie Cussler's novels about Dirk Pitt and Dan Brown's Davinci Code) and I decided to jump out of my genre to try some history . . . . I got very lucky with this one because it was the best history story I've ever heard. D.H. Fischer tells the story so well that I felt like I was right there with George and his men! It was riveting and interesting and colorful and well thought out and overall an outstanding listen - and it was a history book! Mr. Fischer, please PLEASE give us something on Abraham Lincoln next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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