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Charles

Salley, SC, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Last American Man

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Patricia Kalember
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    In 1977, at the age of 17, Conway left his family's comfortable suburban home to move to the Appalachian Mountains. For more than two decades he has lived there, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he has trapped, and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature.

    Elicka says: "Glad to Get to Know my Neighbor"
    "The Last American Egomaniac"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, unless my friend likes reading about guys that are hung up on themselves, cannot compromise in relationships and wonder why women leave him.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Too much glory for such a self absorbed person.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing


    Do you think The Last American Man needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Definitely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected a lot more from one that is supposedly following his dreams like a lot more peace and not so damn controlling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Harold Schechter
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Beekman Place, once one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, had a curious way of making it into the tabloids in the 1930s: SKYSCRAPER SLAYER, BEAUTY SLAIN IN BATHTUB read the headlines. On Easter Sunday in 1937, the discovery of a grisly triple homicide at Beekman Place would rock the neighborhood yet again - and enthrall the nation. The young man who committed these murders would come to be known in the annals of American crime as the Mad Sculptor.

    William R. Toddmancillas says: "The Mad Sculptor"
    "Great , interesting story!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Mad Sculptor?

    I was amazed at the mind of the Mad Sculptor, Bob Irwin and how it operated and managed to stay free and untouched for years.


    What other book might you compare The Mad Sculptor to and why?

    I really don't think a comparison is possible. This is a unique, stand alone novel.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?

    Bob Irwin, of course.


    If you could give The Mad Sculptor a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Totally Gone


    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Laney Salisbury, Aly Sujo
    • Narrated By Marty Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (145)

    Here is a tautly paced investigation of one the 20th century's most audacious art frauds, which generated hundreds of forgeries - many of them still hanging in prominent museums and private collections today. Provenance is the extraordinary narrative of one of the most far-reaching and elaborate deceptions in art history.

    Andy says: "reads like a thriller"
    "Very well researched! Extremely interesting!"
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    Would you listen to Provenance again? Why?

    Possibly. I usually only listen to each book once.


    What other book might you compare Provenance to and why?

    No comparison.


    What does Marty Peterson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narration. Brings the book to life.


    If you could give Provenance a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The World's Greatest Confidence Man


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enforcer: The Real Story of One of Australia’s Most Feared Outlaw Bikers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Caesar Campbell, Donna Campbell
    • Narrated By Dave Ferguson
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Among members of the outlaw motorcycle clubs, Caesar Campbell is a legend. Former sergeant-at-arms and chief enforcer for the Comancheros, Caesar became the founding member and sergeant-at-arms of the Australian chapter of the Bandidos. He epitomised bikie culture - unbeatable in a fight, brutal in the extreme, fearing no one and nothing, and loyal until death. This is Caesar's story, from his recruitment into the Comancheros, to the savage split within the club that led to the foundation of the Bandidos and the bloody massacre at Milperra that resulted from it.

    Ronnie says: "great book"
    "A little too unbelievable."
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    What would have made Enforcer better?

    Have it be a little more realistic.


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

    Nothing. Everything


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

    No


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

    None that I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    So many of the things the author says happened simply could not have happened. I think the author/s are into embellishing and BS'ing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Biker: Inside the Violent World of the Mexican Drug Cartels

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jerry Langton
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Ned "Crash" Aiken thought he had made a clean break. He had turned on his biker brothers in the Sons of Satan and entered the FBI's witness protection program, only to end up in a different kind of prison, one of mediocre work and cheap apartments. He then fell in with the Russian mob, learning their brutal code first-hand and fleeing their organization when the stakes got too high. Between the FBI, the Sons, and the Russians, there are a lot of people who want to get their hands on the innocent-looking ex-drug trafficker.

    Jason says: "Could not stop listening!!!"
    "Great story, great characters!"
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    Would you listen to Dead Biker again? Why?

    No. I seldom listen to books twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just about everything.


    What does Christian Rummel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Absolutely great narration.


    If you could give Dead Biker a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Unbelievable adventure.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved every bit of it from start to finish. The best audio book I have ever listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nick Offerman
    • Narrated By Nick Offerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (695)

    Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

    OpenMindedNotCredulous says: "On the need to acknowledge the role luck plays"
    "Total waste of time."
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    What would have made Paddle Your Own Canoe better?

    Never publish it in the first place.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Some type of fiction.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By not having one.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Paddle Your Own Canoe?

    I would have cut all of them then closed up shop and gone home.


    Any additional comments?

    Offerman comes across as an egotistical, sick and not very funny entertainer/storyteller. His idea of humor in the book is just plain weird. I really liked this guy (used to) as Ron Swanson in P & R but his book writing and nonfiction work leaves a ton to be desired. Never again will I even think of reading anything by him period!

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Swimming with Crocodiles: A True Story of Adventure and Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Will Chaffey
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Will Chaffey is 18 when he boards a plane in New York bound for Australia. Taking time off to work and travel, Will meets an enigmatic wanderer and herpetologist. Together they cross the inland desert to the tropical northwest coast, home to the saltwater crocodile, a known man-eater and a predator who has been hunting since the age of the dinosaurs. They devise a plan to explore the remote Prince Regent River, a trek so dangerous it had never been attempted by outsiders.

    Ryan says: "An easy, interesting listen..."
    "Survival, adventure, true grit and determination."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The best true adventure/survival story I have ever read.


    What other book might you compare Swimming with Crocodiles to and why?

    No comparisons.


    What about John Rubinstein’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He is one excellent narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Danger, excitement a true survival story against all odds in the wilds of Australia.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Canoeing with the Cree: A 2,250-mile voyage from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Eric Sevareid
    • Narrated By John Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    In 1930, two novice paddlers - Eric Sevareid and Walter C. Port - launched a secondhand 18-foot canvas canoe from the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling for an ambitious summer-long journey from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. Without benefit of radio, motor or good maps, the teenagers made their way over 2,250 miles of rivers, lakes, and difficult portages.

    Angela says: "Seems like an abridged version"
    "5 STARS all the way!!!"
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    If you could sum up Canoeing with the Cree in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, captivating and spell binding.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Canoeing with the Cree?

    Too many to ention.


    What does John Farrell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narrator. Great delivery along with sound effects. This narrator is great!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?


    Tale of true grit, adventure and survival.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mick Brown
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    Phil Spector, born in the Bronx in 1940, grew up an outsider despised by his peers. But he formed a band, and had a number-one hit with "To Know Him Is to Love Him". He quickly became the top producer of early rock and roll and the originator of such girl groups as the Ronettes. Hit followed hit, and for all of them he used a new recording style called the "wall of sound". But the reign of the boy-man who owned pop music was doomed, and Spector spiraled into paranoid isolation and peculiar behavior.

    Chris says: "Descent Into Madness"
    "three Fives!!!"
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    What did you love best about Tearing Down the Wall of Sound?

    Everything


    What other book might you compare Tearing Down the Wall of Sound to and why?

    There is no comparison as there is no other Phil Spector


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    His voice, his delivery


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

    I ould have but it was too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it!!! Listen to it! A great history of rock and roll along with an inside look at the industry!! Too awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6861)
    Performance
    (2672)
    Story
    (2681)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Poor textbook"
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    What disappointed you about A Short History of Nearly Everything?

    I expected something funny and entertaining from Bryson not this text book of boring facts.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing like this listen.


    What didn’t you like about Richard Matthews’s performance?

    It was okay just matter-of-fact like a college professor.


    What character would you cut from A Short History of Nearly Everything?

    Not a factor


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of time. There is nothing in this book you can't find on any internet basic science site.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3348)
    Performance
    (2373)
    Story
    (2377)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "One of the best!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Potato Factory?

    I loved all of the historical type narrative that made you feel you were back in the early to mid 1800s. The narration was excellent and the story kept your interest al the way through. The character development was great.


    What other book might you compare The Potato Factory to and why?

    There is no comparison.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    His command of accent and dialect. He is an excellent narrator.


    If you could rename The Potato Factory, what would you call it?

    Leave a Little Salt


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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