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David

Washington, DC, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Best Game Ever: Colts vs. Giants, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    On December 28, 1958, the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts met under the lights of Yankee Stadium for that season's NFL Championship game. Football was still greatly over-shadowed by the country's favored pastime - baseball - but the 1958 championship proved to be the turning point for pro football.

    On the field and roaming the sidelines were 17 future Hall of Famers, including Colts stars Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, and Gino Marchetti, and Giants greats Frank Gifford, Sam Huff, and assistant coaches Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry.

    The Best Game Ever is a brilliant portrait of how a single game changed the history of American sports.

    David says: "What about the other team?"
    "What about the other team?"
    Overall

    The more I listened, the more disappointed I was. It should have been subtitled "From the Colts' point-of-view" or "When Raymond met John". After listening to the description of the game, it's no surprise at the end to find that the author lived in Baltimore, knew the players, and that his sister got married at Art Donovan's place. It doesn't live up to the sports books of the author's hero, David Halberstam.
    The narrator needs pronunciation lessons on Marchetti, Tunnel, Katcavage. And Little Mo's first name was Dick, not Dale.
    It's cool that there are some tapes from the NBC broadcast used as part of the audio presentation. People around the country may have listened to that broadcast but the author says New Yorkers listened to NBC. They listened to the Giants' football network on WNEW Radio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1455)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Worst narration EVER"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Vince Flynn wrote a typically great book - and Ken Kilban just ruined it. It's bad enough that every character sounds alike - short-tempered, whiny and angry. Every reader of Flynn's books knows that's not how Mitch Rapp sounds. I should have read the reviews. Don't buy this recording - read the book in some other format, then try the next Vince Flynn book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moscow Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Assigned to examine a portentous tape sneaked out of Moscow by a mole, CIA Kremlinologist Charlie Stone finds himself in an espionage investigation of staggering complexity. As he hops among three continents, often the target of both the KGB and the CIA, Stone succeeds in vindicating his father, branded a traitor by McCarthy, while nosing out a plot by the head of the KGB to stage a violent coup during a Moscow summit that will end glasnost and set the world on its ear.

    Richard Delman says: "Chock-full of US-USSR history. Way too chock full."
    "A plot that keeps going"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a fairly lengthy book for a spy novel but it's got enough plot for the entire length. There's a lot going on with several plot lines that come together at the end. Job well done by the narrator who maintains a high level of excitement and emotion.

    This is the first Joseph Finder book I've heard and I'll be checking out more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Waugh
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    At the time of his death, Ulysses S. Grant was the most famous person in America, considered by most citizens to be equal in stature to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Yet today his monuments are rarely visited, his military reputation is overshadowed by that of Robert E. Lee, and his presidency is permanently mired at the bottom of historical rankings.

    Erik says: "Good Book, Weaker Audio"
    "A new perspective"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author presents a really interesting look at U.S. Grant. She disputes the modern view of Grant by emphasizing the great respect he was given during his lifetime and the rest of the 19th century. Her account of the writings of the recent historians is particularly helpful.

    The reader does an excellent job with the narration.

    Waugh spends an inordinate amount of time dwelling on the construction of the Grant memorial in New York and then winds it up. The book would have been better if she had continued her detailed narrative further into the 20th century to explain how historians' views of Grants evolved to the current time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trinity Six

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charles Cumming
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (89)

    The most closely-guarded secret of the Cold War is about to be exposed – the identity of a SIXTH member of the infamous Cambridge spy ring. And people are killing for it.... London, 1992. Late one night, Edward Crane, 76, is declared dead at a London hospital. An obituary describes him only as a 'resourceful career diplomat'. But Crane was much more than that – and the circumstances surrounding his death are far from what they seem. Fifteen years later, academic Sam Gaddis needs money.

    Ramon says: "Fun exciting intrigues perfectly narrated."
    "A bit disappointing"
    Overall

    This book was pretty good and it's on a subject that's a magnet for the spy groupies. But I can't give it the top rating because I expected more. I was looking forward to listening to it but it didn't live up to expectations. It wasn't great but it was worth the listen. The narration was fine.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Rommel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    Autumn 1942. Hitler's legions have swept across Europe; France has fallen; Churchill and the English stand isolated on their island. In North Africa, Rommel and his Panzers have routed the British Eighth Army and stand poised to overrun Egypt, Suez, and the oil fields of the Middle East.

    James says: "Killing Rommel"
    "Much Ado About Nothing"
    Overall

    I am baffled by all the glowing reviews. This book has an extremely long set-up for a mildly interesting payoff. Not much plot and very little character development. There are plenty of better books out there for you to spend your time on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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