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That Ray Guy

SEATTLE, WA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 78 ratings
  • 169 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Bouton
    • Narrated By Jim Bouton

    When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries. Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four.

    Dennis Anderson says: "Author's reading provides new insight into classic"
    "Jim Bouton Speaks Truths"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I am NOT a sports fan - at times I can even be anti-sports, but this book is not a sports book. This is a true story told by the man who lived it (and took notes along the way).

    It is a story about people - the many types of people and how they act and interact with reality and the perceptions of their upbringings - and especially how people treat each other.

    Well thought out. Well written. Very well narrated.

    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Jim Bouton - just listen to the sample and you'll know.

    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Giving away my favorite scene would be giving away the best parts. You'll just have to trust me that there are enough favorites for everyone.

    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Enjoying life with dignity.

    Do you have any additional comments?

    Go ahead - it's a wonderful way to enjoy time with yourself and the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Paulo Coelho
    • Narrated By Jeremy Irons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

    Joanna says: "A quest for dreams come true"
    "My Favorite Fiction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Alchemist to be better than the print version?

    Yes, this is much better than print - an admitted rarity.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alchemist?

    Letting go of pre-conceptions with the faith that reality will be more fulfilling.

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


    Who was the most memorable character of The Alchemist and why?

    The Alchemist - his presence, even when not spoken of, was pervasive.

    Any additional comments?

    Fiction is not my forte. Factual matters trump the make believe, but not the dream. This is my favorite fiction and I have listened to it many times, each time taking away another bit of its reality. The words are powerful. The story complex and complete. But the performance is spectacular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fate of Human Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Doug Ordunio

    Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

    Doug says: "Compelling pre-history and emergent history"
    "Sixteen Lost Hours"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Any insomniac desperate for sleep without pharmaceutical assistance. Or perhaps an irritable person with multiple personality issues, interested in arguing with themselves.

    What could Jared Diamond have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Choose a theory and stick to it. Do not bother us with the fact that others have come to and published other conclusions. The continual self doubt of

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

    No. But he is an obviously well sounding, patient man with a natural talent for reading aloud. The two stars I gave this book are to be credited EXCLUSIVELY to Mr. Ordunio, NOT Mr. Diamond.

    What character would you cut from Guns, Germs and Steel?

    Please refer to the comment in the other categories of this review.

    Any additional comments?


    It took over sixteen very dry hours to find out that MAYBE when humans live in a four distinct seasonal area they will eventually get bored enough in winter to invent ways to have more free time in summer. Then, with that spare time and those newly invented things, they will invade other countries and take stuff they might not need so as to deprive others of it (by the way, THAT would have made a good book).

    OR the reasons might be one of the many other theories that are credited but then explained at great lengths. Any of these hypothesis may be the real reason guns were invented to better kill stuff, people developed strong immunities to most germs because of diverse life styles and finally, the discovery that super heating iron made it so strong as to be called steel, which made better guns for invading.

    I wish the author would have just chosen one theory and gone with it. We then could have discussed other ideas amongst ourselves. Instead, all the bases were covered in a blatant effort to make no mistakes. Tawdry, Jared.

    I must say the narrator did a wonderful job of hanging in there. So forcefully was his energy put into the project, that he alone is what kept me going.

    I do not ask for a credit or monitory refund. However, on my deathbed, if I’m not in too much discomfort, might my life be extended for this amount so that I can enjoy the silence that was taken from me by this peripatetic diatribe?

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful

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