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Nelson Mostow

Cleveland ohio | Member Since 2007

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  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (313)

    In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

    Suzn F says: "On the Road Adventure"
    "Pleasant rambling book with some good insights"
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    What did you like best about Travels with Charley in Search of America? What did you like least?

    First of all I should say that I drove around the country alone in a Van approximately 1970. I think this book was one of the reasons I did it. I was approximately 23 years old at the time. It was Just like he says in the book:

    you don't take the trip, the trip takes you.

    I have now reread it at the age of 66. At this time in my life it was pleasant, albeit somewhat rambling, containing some humor, some profound insights, some lighter insightful comments and some parts that made the book longer without adding value at least to me.


    Would you recommend Travels with Charley in Search of America to your friends? Why or why not?

    I think not. There is really no story to it. While some of the observations are interesting, his trip happened a long time ago and much seems dated. Having said this my number one piece of advice for young people who are single is to save up a little money and drive around the country, or at least out west (I live in Ohio) so they can have their own experience of this type. However, I am not sure a 23 year old today would read this book and get filled with desire to save a few bucks and drive their car alone around the country. Perhaps If I run into a recently retired friend who is hinting about doing something like this I can suggest he read this book.


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

    no


    Was Travels with Charley in Search of America worth the listening time?

    for me, yes. for the average reader, no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Joe Mazzello, Tom Hanks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (251)

    The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries.

    Richard says: "This is the second audio book of Sledge's work"
    "Painfully realistic description of War"
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    What did you love best about With the Old Breed?

    It was very realistic. He did not hold back at all in describing the horrors of what he went through or what he saw, felt, smelled, etc.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of With the Old Breed?

    The evolution of Sledge from fresh out of training to becoming one of the "Old Breed", that is an experienced combat veteran. This was not a moment, but rather a gradual process throughout the fighting of the two epic battles described in this book.


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

    I have not listened to other performances by this narrator but he did a fantastic job!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This is a very memorable book. The descriptions of what it was like to be on the battlefield for many gruesome days in the Pacific seemed authentic beyond dispute and gives one an appreciation of what sacrifices the men made who fought there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cannery Row

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Jerry Farden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (370)

    Published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is: both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Drawing on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, Steinbeck interweaves the stories of Doc, Henri, Mack and his boys, and the other characters in this world where only the fittest survive, to create a novel that is at once one of his most humorous and most poignant works.

    Jax says: "I disagree with Rob from Goodyear, AZ"
    "Expected more. Seemed dated."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The main character, Doc, did not come alive for me with the reader.


    What could John Steinbeck have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More character development. I expected more. It concerns Cannery Row, the part of town of Monterey California where many poor people lived. The story was from many years ago. The pace was rambling and slow, Steinbeck could have picked up the pace. The character development was lacking, the characters were shallow for the most part.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jerry Farden’s performances?

    not if I had a choice


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

    I think that at the time it was written it provided insight into a strata of life which many people were not aware of.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tandia

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (686)

    Tandia is a child of all Africa: half Indian, half African, beautiful and intelligent, she is only sixteen when she is first brutalized by the police. Her fear of the white man leads her to join the black resistance movement. With her in the fight for justice is the one white man Tandia can trust, the welterweight champion of the world, Peekay. Now he must fight their common enemy in order to save both their lives.

    Thomas Andrews says: "Thanks for this wonderful collaboration"
    "Tandia is actually a sequel to THE POWER OF ONE"
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    What did you like best about Tandia? What did you like least?

    Continuation of the action and themes of THE POWER OF ONE.Powerful and heroic characters. Some important themes concerning race relations in South Africa.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect of the story is the color of the many unique characters. Several present insights into race relations in South Africa and human nature in general which really carry the novel beyond a simple story.


    Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favorite?

    Many of the characters are unique and woven together into an interesting, at times exciting story. The performer, Humphrey Bower does an absolutely 5 star performance with all the characters, from English, to Indian, to several African tribes, to German, to Afrikaner, etc. As with THE POWER OF ONE, the central hero of the story is P.K. and his persona and the devotion and inspiration he commands of the Africans remains the central part of the story. I would not read Tandia without Reading The Power of One first.


    Did Tandia inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The reason that I do not rate this novel higher is mainly that it is a long sequel to a long original novel. If one is looking for a sequel to the Power of One, it great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suttree

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (218)

    No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

    Melinda says: "Glorious Flotsam & Jetsam on the River Styx"
    "Full of dark, ugly images"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. The reader was excellent. It was the constant detailed imagery which made me uncomfortable.


    Has Suttree turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am not sure what genre to put this book into. It if full of images of death, filth, ugliness. The protagonist, Suttree was mired in this. There was little humor and little to which the reader (listener) could relate.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Poe – was your favorite?

    Suttree was the only character who had any of his inner traits revealed. Any even this left me confused as to his inner drives and motivations.


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

    It gave a presumably somewhat accurate of what the very poor of Knoxville in the early 1950s lived like. In that sense, it was a learning experience. You really were immersed in the poverty of that city. At times focusing on the ugliness and filth of a city is of value. Most of us go around photographing or "focusing" our attention on the beautiful. McCarthy focused on and described in detail images of ugliness, filth, decay and death. Also, the writing style was at times very poetic. Many times I felt like I was listening to the Walt Whitman of the ghetto. Lots of invented words and phrases which sounded like some kind of modern poetry.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4452)
    Performance
    (2606)
    Story
    (2606)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "A troubling, disturbing, very believable book"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It may sound paradoxical but what I liked best was how disturbing the book is. So much about The Vietnam war was senseless, so much was driven by bad decisions made for personal politacal reasons and so much needless suffering occured due to these decisions. I felt as if I would reacted in a similar way to the protagonist of the story only I am quite sure I would have not been able to stand it.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    His style was quiet and reserved, which seemed to match the protagonist's personality well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way. It was much too painful to take in large doses. I listen in the car in 30 minute doses which gave me a chance to recover between listens.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a must read (listen) for anyone contemplating a career in the military and a strong argument against fighting wars in foreign countries trying to change other nation's cultures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (830)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Christopher says: "It's official, I'm an idiot"
    "Eye opening insights into human nature"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is a series of relatively brief myth busting type insights into human nature. First, what you might think is true. Then why what you think is intuitive is wrong along with how this has been proven. Finally some commentary on the observations.


    What three words best describe Don Hagen’s voice?

    Soft, droll, understated.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. Each chapter stands independently of the others. I listen to books in the car the separate chapters worked well for me, perhaps even better than a single long read since the gaps gave me a chance to reflect on the individual area discussed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2967)
    Performance
    (2262)
    Story
    (2272)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Maybe I shouldn't have ordered it"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Hard for me to say. Perhaps a pre teen or early teenager. It seemed too long for bedtime reading to a younger child and not deep enough for adult reading. I gave up on it after a few hours.


    Has Watership Down turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes. Clearly not in the class of books like Animal Farm or Lord of the Flies and way to long to read with an eye to scouting out books I could read to my grandchild in a few years.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    it was ok. I don't think reading it faster would have helped.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Just a sense that I did a bad job of picking the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fixer Upper

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Kay Andrews
    • Narrated By Isabel Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (232)

    After a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. She reluctantly accepts to refurbish Birdsong, the old family place in Guthrie, Georgia. But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol - pink dump. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

    Karen M. McGrady says: "Enjoyable Listening"
    "Weak story, poor character development."
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    What disappointed you about The Fixer Upper?

    Weak plot, poor character development, lots of unoriginal cliches. At best a light summer read for young women, but not too young because of some sexual innuendo. Definitely not for men. Lots of detail about clothes and furniture, but no artistic descriptions of anything.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Solomon's song by Bryce Courteney


    What aspect of Isabel Keating’s performance would you have changed?

    Performance was ok altho some of the character's accents were not consistent or believable.


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

    Improved my insight into women who judge other women by the clothes they wear.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Garden of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    A sensational best seller when it appeared in 1986, The Garden of Eden is the last uncompleted novel of Ernest Hemingway, which he worked on intermittently from 1946 until his death in 1961. Set on the Côte d'Azur in the 1920s, it is the story of a young American writer, David Bourne, his glamorous wife, Catherine, and the dangerous, erotic game they play when they fall in love with the same woman.

    Nelson Mostow says: "This Autobiograph novel reveals alot about Hemingw"
    "This Autobiograph novel reveals alot about Hemingw"
    Overall

    This is an autobiographical account of Hemingway in his earlier years. It was published posthumosly and given the revelations about his personal life I can see why he never published it during his lifetime. Alot is revealed about his sexual experiences but it is so subtle that it is easy to miss alot of it. He tells as a subplot some of his experiences in Aftrica Big Game hunting with his Father. I rate the book as 4 stars.

    The reader (Patrick Wilson) did a fantastic job of portraying the characters, which added to my enjoyment of this novel. I rate his reading of this novel as 5 stars.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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