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Phil

New River, AZ, USA

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  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2421)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1218)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "Ok"
    Overall

    The author reads the book really well, his accent really adds to the story, but boy is this a depressing book. Some of it I could relate to however - customs from my childhood, too.

    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
    (12403)
    Performance
    (4808)
    Story
    (4842)

    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....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "This book is a classic"
    Overall

    I am unable to say enough good things about this book!

    I first read it in paperback 15 - 16 years ago. Maybe the thing I like about it is the way its written & presented. There are no profane words in this book (the hallmark to me of a classic timeless book), unlike The Amber Room (another audiobook pop fiction on here, I mistakely downloaded).

    The story is intriguing (I won't go into the plot, as this is unecessary as its given in other places).

    A lot of it is a narrative (as you would be listening to a great storyteller in person), instead of the audiobook's male narrator struggling to become a woman's voice, or other such nonsense.

    It is about 70% narrative (reading in third person perspective), 30% the narrator has to do some other voices.

    This book actually will even teach you some things about this time period. I saw a Discovery channel presentation on this era, recently, 8/08 (had to watch it after hearing this book), and Ken Follett has followed factual history.

    I give this book an A+ (ditto A+ on World Without End).

    There is another book read by John Lee, Pompeii which is also very good. I give it a B+, only because it is much shorter than either ones of the aforementioned.

    If this is the type of book you are looking for (rather than a quick pop fiction read), this is timeless!

    I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Funny Cide

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Funny Cide Team, Sally Jenkins
    • Narrated By Jamey Sheridan
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    They had no business being there. They were up against million-dollar horses owned by patricians, oilmen, Arab sheiks, and Hollywood producers. They were 10 regular guys, and all they wanted was to win a race. Instead, they won the hearts of America.

    Frank says: "horse racing fan"
    "Good book!"
    Overall

    This is a heartwarming story about an underdog racehorse. The author thankfully stays away from much of the history of the owners (other than to introduce you to them), & concentrates on those who deal with the horse day to day.
    The story is about his training, races up to the Triple Crown. It ends there, which is why I only gave it 4 stars. I wish the book would have talked about what is still going on with the horse now. Readers of Seabiscuit will like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Woman's Guide to Football: How to Talk His Language: The Basics

    • ORIGINAL (43 mins)
    • By Paula Duffy
    • Narrated By Paula Duffy
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Hail Mary, Sports Widows! Get off the bench and into the game with a relationship kick off that will lead you straight into the end zone. In less than an hour, you can learn all the football basics you need to help you connect with your favorite guy.

    Phil says: "OK, But.."
    "OK, But.."
    Overall

    Well, its a lighthearted happy book. But, if you already know theres 4 downs, 10 yds to 4 downs, field goal, touchdown, referees wear black & white striped shirts & blow a whistle, a wide receiver catches passes (not runs it), punting, you don't need this book.

    Really really basic!

    Would be helpful only if you are from another country than USA (or planet).

    The book does not go into player positions, or any even simple strategies. I was looking to understand why players line up like they do (ie: offensive & defensive plays), because I cannot tell a shotgun lineup from a blitz lineup.

    I found a better book for learning football is "Football for Dummies".

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."
    "Riveting!!"
    Overall

    I found this book to be riveting from the beginning! It features different voices for each of the characters, which I found a good idea & makes it more lively, interesting & easier to follow the novel. It incorporates the use of appropriate themed sound(s) as well, in order to mark a new chapter, or a switch to a different scene as well - this also made it more interesting & easier to follow.
    When I first heard these features, it reminded me of the old radio shows that people used to listen to in the 1940s, 1950s - remember hearing about the War of the Worlds original radio show? Now I understand why those old radio shows were so popular.
    This book falls under the category "Historical Fiction" like the Da Vinci Code. However, the Da Vinci Code had more history in it, if that is important to you.
    Nevertheless, I found this book & its plot as good a "read" as the Da Vinci Code & couldn't put it down!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Samuel P. Huntington
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    For anyone interested in foreign affairs, this book will catalyze debate, and not only for Mr. Huntington's concluding scenario for World War III. He sees how this could happen if the U.S. mishandles an increasingly xenophobic and truculent China. Chinese assertiveness, Huntington argues, rises out of its felt grievances against a relatively weakening West. After China, the gravest challenge to the West is resurgent Islamic identity.

    Phil says: "Well written Treatise"
    "Well written Treatise"
    Overall

    It is long. It goes into the theories of cultural development based on religion, geographic issues, natural resources etc.

    This book is not for the faint of heart looking for an easy read on Saturday night. It will take you many nights of listening, but ask yourself, "How much do I want to know, am I tough enough to go with the detail this book can give you?"

    It is a college level course, I liked that about it, actually. I am tired of the easy namby pamby 7th grade reading level of the local papers/ internet newspapers which give only a fraction of information.

    It is written from a man who is basically half liberal-half conservative (altho he voted for Kerry - see NYT interview with him), but who has sane viewpoints/theories that a conservative will understand & appreciate, even if not agreeing with some of them.
    I am a conservative, but gives credit where credit is due.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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