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Ron L. Caldwell

New York, NY USA | Member Since 2016

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  • 63 reviews
  • 662 ratings
  • 937 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2018
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  • Read My Heart: A Love Story in England's Age of Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jane Dunn
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    When Sir William Temple (1628 - 1699) and Dorothy Osborne (1627 - 1695) began their passionate love affair, civil war was raging in Britain, and their families - parliamentarians and royalists, respectively - did everything to keep them apart. Yet the couple went on to enjoy a marriage and a sophisticated partnership unique in its times.

    Ron L. Caldwell says: "Repetitious"
    "Repetitious"
    Overall

    Did I say, 'repetitious'? Yikes. Two very compelling characters, but we hear so often in the book about how wonderful their letters were that I would rather have listened to them, without the ponderously, well, repetitious and half-digested drivel that passes as history. One wonders whether publishers employ copy editors anymore.

    Fine reader, though. Excellent diction, phrasing, and impeccable foreign pronunciation.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carlo Rovelli, Simon Carnell - translator, Erica Segre - translator
    • Narrated By Roy McMillan
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (581)

    What are time and space made of? Where does matter come from? And what exactly is reality? Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has spent his whole life exploring these questions and pushing the boundaries of what we know. Here he explains how our image of the world has changed over the last few dozen centuries.

    Kyle says: "Most compelling physics book in at least 10 years!"
    "Somewhat disappointing"
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    This is a well-written book, bit instead of a thorough account of quantum gravity, precious little of the text is devoted to that slippery subject. Instead, we get a rather prosaic history of physics from the ancient Greeks on. While that's interesting, it's well-trodden territory, and not why I bought the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly: Detective Sean Duffy, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (1392)
    Story
    (1392)

    Belfast, 1988. A man is found dead, killed with a bolt from a crossbow in front of his house. This is no hunting accident. But uncovering who is responsible for the murder will take Detective Sean Duffy down his most dangerous road yet, a road that leads to a lonely clearing on a high bog where three masked gunmen will force Duffy to dig his own grave. Hunted by forces unknown, threatened by Internal Affairs, and with his relationship on the rocks, Duffy will need all his wits to get out of this investigation in one piece.

    6catz says: "Nothing better than a Duffy tale!"
    "Excellent book in a great series"
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    This is a very well-written and entertaining book, with engaging characters and an interesting plot. I really like our hero, Sean Duffy, a Catholic officer in the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Northern Ireland. He's smart, witty, and fallible. The rest of the characters are engaging, too. These books are set in the 1980s, so they are blessedly devoid of technobabble. I would recommend listening to the whole series in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hear the Sirens in the Street: Detective Sean Duffy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2254)
    Performance
    (2069)
    Story
    (2058)

    A torso in a suitcase looks like an impossible case, but Sean Duffy isn’t easily deterred, especially when his floundering love life leaves him in need of a distraction. So with detective constables McCrabban and McBride, he goes to work identifying the victim. The torso turns out to be all that’s left of an American tourist who once served in the U.S. military. What was he doing in Northern Ireland in the midst of the 1982 Troubles?

    Ted says: "Hear "Cold Ground" First, Then Audlble This!"
    "Gritty and witty"
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    Sean Duffy is a wonderful, richly drawn character and these books in which he figures are marvelous. The author immerses us in a time long-past with references to music and the fundamental elements that make life in the early 1980s in Ulster so different from life now. The whole novel is saturated with sharp wit. Our hero is complex and his decisions not always pretty, which makes tagging along with him that much more interesting. He's in a constant moral quandary, for reasons you'll know right away. I have already bought three or four more books in the series, and look forward to many happy hours spent with Duffy and his estimable colleagues.

    AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Human Heart: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By William Boyd
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (391)

    Best-selling author William Boyd—the novelist who has been called a “master storyteller” ( Chicago Tribune) and “a gutsy writer who is good company to keep” ( Time)—here gives us his most entertaining, sly, and compelling novel to date. The novel evokes the tumult, events, and iconic faces of our time as it tells the story of Logan Mountstuart—writer, lover, and man of the world—through his intimate journals. It is the “riotous and disorganized reality” of Mountstuart’s 85 years in all their extraordinary, tragic, and humorous aspects.

    connie says: "very satisfying story-telling"
    "What a lovely book"
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    This book is pure pleasure. It follows the life of a fictional British writer through a partly non-fictional world. We hear about our main character, Logan Mountstuart, mostly through his journal entries, with a few asides. His life is by turns exotic, tragic, successful, penurious, and - occasionally - triumphant. It is an extraordinary life that one wishes had been true in all its complexity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jim Al-Khalili
    • Narrated By Hugh Kermode
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (272)

    From Schrodinger's cat to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, this book untangles the weirdness of the quantum world. Quantum mechanics underpins modern science and provides us with a blueprint for reality itself. And yet it has been said that if you're not shocked by it, you don't understand it. But is quantum physics really so unknowable? Is reality really so strange? And just how can cats be half alive and half dead at the same time?

    Michael says: "Run of the Mill QM Primer"
    "Repetitive"
    Overall
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    How many times and in how many different ways can a writer tell us that we can't picture the underlying concepts of quantum mechanics because they don't follow the rules of the macro world and of common sense? Our author manages to say that, again and again. Many other books do this as well and succinctly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speak Memory : An Autobiography Revisited

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Vladimir Nabokov
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (257)

    Speak, Memory, first published in 1951 as Conclusive Evidence and then assiduously revised in 1966, is an elegant and rich evocation of Nabokov’s life and times, even as it offers incisive insights into his major works, including Lolita, Pnin, Despair, The Gift, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, and The Luhzin Defense.

    meredith says: "this inspired me to read Nabokov's novels"
    "A master at work"
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    Nabokov gave us Lolita, a book I admire but don't absolutely love. To my taste, this memoir is without equal. The author's fascinating life effervesces in each perfectly crafted sentence.

    Stefan Rudnicki is a terrific narrator who reads like he's really thought about the words passing through his lips.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (8408)
    Performance
    (7046)
    Story
    (7034)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    Jonnie says: "Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes"
    "Impeccable scholarship..."
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    ...told by one who was there.

    This is a monumental work, but I haven't found an extra word. Very well-crafted and compelling. I'm sure there have been many discoveries that would alter some of the author's assertions, but this is an excellent primer if you're interested in what happened in Germany in the Nazi era.

    Grover Gardner delivers a meticulous performance which is a joy to hear.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Regeneration: The Regeneration Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Pat Barker
    • Narrated By Peter Firth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (200)

    In Craiglockhart war hospital, Dr William Rivers attempts to restore the sanity of officers from World War I. When Siegfried Sassoon publishes his declaration of protest against the war, the authorities decide to have him declared mentally defective and send him to Craiglockhart.

    Ms. says: "Insightful"
    "Still fascinating"
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    This, with the other books in the trilogy, is a masterpiece of storytelling. Barker has marshalled an encyclopedic knowledge of the WWI era and turned it into a nimble combination of compelling fact and brilliant fiction. The narration is superb, too. I can't recommend these books enough. They may just change your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens, Thomas Mallon (foreword)
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (355)

    A Nobel Peace Prize recipient beatified by the Catholic Church in 2003, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was celebrated by heads of state and adored by millions for her work on behalf of the poor. In his measured critique, Hitchens asks only that Mother Teresa's reputation be judged by her actions - not the other way around. With characteristic élan and rhetorical dexterity, Hitchens eviscerates the fawning cult of Teresa, recasting the Albanian missionary as a spurious, despotic, and megalomaniacal operative.

    Michael Friedman says: "Another View of our Saint"
    "A charlatan of the first order"
    Overall
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    The late Mr. Hitchens had Mother Teresa's number. "She wasn't a friend of the poor; she was friend of poverty." She raised tens of millions of dollars, yet neither created nor left behind anything tangible that would alleviate the suffering of the poor.

    She's about to be canonized, though the "miracles" attributed to her are specious. The first is positively fraudulent, as Monica Besra's physicians and husband can attest.

    Teresa of Calcutta, in life and in death, has been the cause of much suffering. That she continues to be lionized is the function of our culture's inability to reason clearly.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Joseph Campanella
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (166)

    What went wrong in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial? Former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi dares to lay bare the bungling he perceived in the case. Incriminating evidence was never presented and lapses in strategy left prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden at a disadvantage. These are just a few of the fatal errors that led to a victory for the defense.

    Leanne McClure says: "Narration is awful."
    "Astonishingly Good"
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    For anyone in the least bit interested in the Simpson criminal trial, this is a must-read. Bugliosi was an accomplished prosecutor in his early career and was able to dissect the work of all the lawyers in the Simpson case with clarity, efficiency, and great feeling. If he had been the prosecutor, I believe there would have been a conviction. I was sad to hear of Mr. Bugliosi's passing, but I look forward to reading more of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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