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Gene

Washington , DC, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
    Overall
    (1988)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (471)

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
    "Painful listening to terrific storytelling"
    Overall

    I learned more about Lincoln, Garfield (who?) and McKinley than I ever imagined. The stories of the assassins themselves and their motives, backgrounds and post-shooting history was a step back into an Americana that possesses many surprising similarities to today's America.

    Unfortunately, listening to the narrator's voice was so painful for me. I slugged through it with only one break to hear what was coming next because I was on a plane; if I had several breaks, I would've been tempted at any time to not continue, just to avoid that voice! Lisa Simpson-esque, full of awkward starts and stops and pauses -- DEFINITELY listen to the sample first (I didn't).

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Six Months That Changed the World: The Treaty of Versailles and World War II [Portable Professor]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    • Narrated By Margaret MacMillan
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Between January and July 1919 delegates from all over the world converged on Paris to forge a lasting peace in the wake of World War I. Margaret MacMillan vividly portrays the historical events surrounding the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which laid the groundwork for an even more devastating conflict-World War II-by demanding punishing reparations from the defeated nation of Germany.

    Nancy says: "Illuminating"
    "Excellent recap of important history"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this series of lectures. The events of this gathering in Paris have so many impacts on geopolitics even in today's world, and the context is well incorporated. I had not supplemental materials other than the lectures -- was listening just for my own enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2679)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1255)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "Perfect for intelligent comedy!"
    Overall

    After many laughs in the first 10 minutes, I couldn't believe this book could contain 15 hours of worthwhile listening. Currently at hour 13, I can't believe the journey I have taken with J.F.C. and Biff -- experiencing wonders of the East and loving the bibilical references that have me chuckling every minute - sometimes several times a minute. As a semi-learned bibilcal scholar, I found the author's creativity to be brilliant! For example - did you know how chinese food became tradition on J.C.'s b-day? Or how bunnies became associated with bad J.C. days? Now you will.

    I'm very impressed Moore could put so many humorous references for such an epistle! Perfect for a long drive, or a whole weekend of cooking for Easter dinner! Best in a couple long segments rather than several smaller segments!

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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