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Mark

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  • Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By P.J. O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (14)

    P.J. O'Rourke traces his development from hippie protester to conservative grouch to jaded humorist. Along the way, we are privy to his strange, twisted days as editor in chief of National Lampoon, as well as the in-depth looks at appropriate sports for middle-aged Republicans, namely those which can be engaged in with a smuggled Havana between the teeth - fly-fishing, bird hunting, deep-sea fishing, and of course, golf. Plus, you'll hear O'Rourke's take on the Virtues of Automobiles - because what good was oil doing sitting in the ground for millions of years? - and many other hilarious rants in this off-the-wall collection by America's premier political humorist.

    Gianluca says: "usual great PJ, but PATHETIC sound quality"
    "Good content, poor audio quality"
    Overall

    As a long-time fan, I was happy to see more titles form PJ, and while I enjoyed the content (yes, the hunting, fishing and automotive pieces are gems), the whole experience was marred a bit by the poor audio recording.

    MORE PJ!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Knights Templar: The Pocket Essential Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sean Martin
    • Narrated By James Jordan
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (9)

    The Knights Templar were the most powerful military religious order of the Middle Ages. Formed to protect pilgrims in the Holy Land, they participated in the Crusades and rapidly gained wealth, lands and influence and were answerable to none save the Pope himself. In addition to having a fearful military reputation, they were also Christendom's first bankers, and invented the modern banking system that is still in use today, and were also involved in exploration and engineering.

    Mark says: "Interesting topic spoiled by poor production."
    "Interesting topic spoiled by poor production."
    Overall

    What would have been an interesting overview of the history of the Knights Templar has been spoiled by poor production. Frequent mispronunciations and mistakes by the reader (an event during the Third Crusade was read to have happened in 1888 instead of 1188) are annoying. And the technical quality of the production, especially the editing, is so poor as to be distracting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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