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Garshom L. Arkoff

Baseball Fan and Hawaiian Music Afficianado

SANTA ROSA, CA, United States

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  • Classic Christmas Stories: A Collection of Timeless Holiday Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By L. M. Montgomery, O. Henry, Willa Cather, and others
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart, Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross, and others
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Catch the holiday spirit with this magical collection of beloved Christmas tales. Christmas favorites from L.M. Montgomery, O. Henry, Willa Cather, Hans Christian Anderson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Bret Harte and Anthony Trollope are lovingly recorded and presented here in one enchanting volume.

    Garshom L. Arkoff says: "A bit of a mixed bag"
    "A bit of a mixed bag"
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    I was in the mood for some Christmas short stories so I picked up this book.

    I really liked some of them: "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" (Sherlock Holmes) are old favorites that I will never get tired of and anyone with a heart would love "Susie's letter from Santa" it is just beautiful.

    I had never heard "The Fir Tree" by Hans Christian Andersen and I really, really liked it. Bittersweet in true HCA style and amazingly memorable.

    I found the rest of the book (basically the second half) a bit dry, hum-drum and what is the point. "Christmas in Poganuc," "How Santa Claus Came to Simpson's Bar" and "Christmas at Thompson Hall" all seemed to drone on and on with little point (not that Christmas stories need to have a point) but they were just a bit boring.

    So, for $5 (member price) the first half is great. The second half... not really worth my time.


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  • Doug Bradley's Spinechillers, Volume Six: Classic Horror Short Stories

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe, Rudyard Kipling, John Milton Hayes, and others
    • Narrated By Doug Bradley, Robert Englund
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Welcome to Doug Bradley's Spinechillers, Volume Six, part of the world's largest collection of high-quality, classic horror audiobooks. Are you ready for our latest installment of enthralling horror masterpieces? Good, then we'll begin with Doug's well researched and passionate introduction to the authors and stories in this volume. This is closely followed by his literary majesty, Edgar Allen Poe, with the well known classic tale "The Pit and the Pendulum".

    Garshom L. Arkoff says: "Best Spinehiller Yet!"
    "Best Spinehiller Yet!"
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    I picked up Volume One right before Halloween, largely because I saw that he did a Lovecraft story in it and I was immediately enthralled.

    First of all, Doug Bradley is a gifted narrator, he does an amazing job and really keeps you glued to the storyline.

    What's more, Renegade Arts does a terrific job enhancing the story with mood music, sound effects and the like.

    What makes volume six superior to the others (in my opinion) are two things: The content and the guest narrator.

    It starts with "The Pit and the Pendulum" which is a classic in its own right (although not my favorite Poe story).

    The second story, "The Mark of the Beast" is remarkably well told, with an interesting story line that is interesting in and of itself but even more so if you take the time to listen to Bradley's introduction so you can understand it and put it in historical context.

    What really sold me were the third and fourth stories, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" and "The Rats in the Walls" as well as the guest narrator, Robert Englund (who narrates "An Occurrence."

    With regard to Englund, I was a bit skeptical because I like Bradley so much but I can tell you that the selection of Englund was perfect for this piece which is not only compelling but haunting and really makes you think. The plot and story are remarkably simple but the telling will leave you thinking about it for days. I will not spoil it for you but buy it and listen for yourself!

    As I alluded at the beginning of this review, I adore Lovecraft and "The Rats" is an absolute masterpiece. Lovecraft's mastery and use of language are enough to make this a first rate story. It is the kind worth listening to just to absorb his dense, masterful prose.

    Buy it, you will not be disappointed!

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  • Money and Banking: What Everyone Should Know

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Michael K. Salemi
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (84)

    Money and finance play a deeply fundamental role in your life. Now, let an expert professor lead you in a panoramic exploration of our monetary and financial systems, their inner workings, and their crucial role and presence in your world. As a guiding theme of these 36 content-rich lectures, you observe the ways in which economies require efficient and evolving financial institutions and markets to fulfill their potential.

    LongerILiveLessIKnow says: "Bank mysteries only somewhat less mysterious"
    "Informative and well presented"
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    I admit it, I am a bit of a geek when it comes to social studies, particularly history, politics and economics. I am absolutely fascinated with the ways that humans interact with each other. In fact, I have often thought about going back to school to study economics.

    Professor Salemi clearly understands the material, inside and out. What's more, he presents the material in a way which is not only clear but compelling and interesting. He is able to speak at a level which is accessible without being condescending.

    I listen to a lot of spoken material (I am in the middle of two other audiobooks now and I subscribe to several podcasts). I find myself rationing this one because I like it so much that I want to save it for a time when I can really enjoy it.

    My only critique (and the reason why I gave four stars for story) is that some of the material is very basic and information that I have known a long time. As I said, I am a bit of a geek with social studies. For me, it is a good review. If you are unfamiliar with money and banking, it is good that Professor Salemi outlines the basics.

    Two thumbs up!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, the Bill of Rights, and the Election that Saved a Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Chris DeRose
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In 1789, James Madison and James Monroe ran against each other for Congress-the only time that two future presidents have contested a congressional seat. But what was at stake, as author Chris DeRose reveals in Founding Rivals: Madison vs. Monroe, the Bill of Rights, and the Election That Saved a Nation, was more than personal ambition. This was a race that determined the future of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the very definition of the United States of America.

    Garshom L. Arkoff says: "A Must for Anyone Interested in the Constitution"
    "A Must for Anyone Interested in the Constitution"
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    I am a big US History buff and care deeply about US political history and history of the US Constitution & Bill of Rights.

    This book is written in a way that is approachable and interesting. The author gives the listener enough background and information to understand the players and issues without becoming dry. The account of the debates that went into creating the US Constitution are a must listen if you are a US history buff, a political junky or just someone who cares deeply about the Bill of Rights.

    Before I listened to this book, I knew a fair amount about the revolutionary generation and the formation of the fledgling United States but I knew almost nothing about the efforts and issues that went into transforming the US Government from the Articles of Confederation to the US Constitution.

    The only reason why I did not give the story five stars is that I felt like the early part of the book gives a lot of lead-up and background about the two main characters that, while potentially interesting, did not really help me better understand the issues and debates.

    Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1297)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1133)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "A well produced version of an all time classic"
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    A poignant story that rings true. Even though it is set in an American of the past Century, Steinbeck's words about the plight of the powerless remains gut-wrenching.

    The narrator does a nice job of telling the story and handles the voices very well.

    The only reason I did not give five stars for performance is that there is a short harmonica riff between chapters which gets really old after about three chapters.

    Well worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2269)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1112)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "Even better on audio, great first person narrative"
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    Any additional comments?

    Starship Troopers is one of my "desert island" books. I have read the paperback copy at least a half a dozen times. While I do not agree with Heinlein's politics, he raises some very interesting ideas.

    More importantly, the story is very well written and well crafted.

    The other reviewers who critiqued the reader missed the point. This story is told in the first person. The reader tells the story in a first person voice and that is very well acted.

    Two thumps up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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