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Mary

WI historian

Fond du Lac, WI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By James Cross Giblin
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When Cold War tension was at its height, Joseph ("call me Joe") McCarthy conducted an anti-Communist crusade endorsed by millions of Americans, despite his unfair and unconstitutional methods.

    Mary says: "Very Poor Reading"
    "Very Poor Reading"
    Overall

    The book is written simply and is not bad overall. The reading, however, is horrible. While mispronunciation of Wisconsin towns can be forgiven, the reader should have at least taken the time to find out how to pronounce some of the key individuals in the book. The reading of each letter in HUAC even after it is identified as an acronym is simply ignorance of both the definition of the word "acronym" and American history. There are many other examples of a near complete lack of preparation to read the book. I've never written a review for Audible before, but I just couldn't stop myself in this case. The author and publisher should be horrified by the reading of this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (382)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Bad reading of a good book"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Them: Adventures with Extremists the most enjoyable?

    The content was good, but the reading made listening to this audiobook painful


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The first hand accounts of extremists


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His accent was strange and his reading was stiff. The pronounciations were bizarre. Antisemite was pronounced Anti sea mite, which I have never heard before. When someone who the author was interviewing laughed, the author made a weird "ha ha" sound. It was like fingernails down a chalkboard. Producers should really dissuade authors from reading their own books.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The content is really good, but I almost stopped listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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