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Francesca

Parma, Italy | Member Since 2003

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  • Elvis Presley: The Man, the Life, the Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pamela Clarke Keogh
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It was that voice, those eyes, that hair, the cars, the girls. Elvis Presley revolutionized American pop culture when, at age 21, he became a modern superstar. A Memphis Beau Brummel even before he found fame, Elvis had a personal style that, like his music, had an immediate impact on his audience that continues to influence us today.

    Jane says: "An odd take on a complex man"
    "Is Elvis just his clothes?"
    Overall

    I realize that writing the biography of the King must be very difficult, given the complexity and richness of his life, but I must say I was disappointed by this book. There’s a lot of information imbalance...a whole lot is said about Elvis’s childhood and early years, (actually very interesting), we get a huge amount of details on his clothes (kind of boring, almost as if his beauty and looks were all there was to the King of rock and roll), while other aspects of his life go almost unmentioned. Above all, the writer dismisses the last 2 years of his life in about 20 minutes reading. If you’re hoping to find possible explanations or opinions as to why Elvis changed so much, and headed toward self-destruction, you won’t find much in this book. The best the author can say about this is that in his last year of life, Elvis was not himself, and nobody knows why.....
    Some aspects are covered very nicely, like his childhood or his relationship to his Mom, but other important facts and people aren’t even mentioned, like his last girlfriend, singer Kathy Westmoreland (who was one of his closest friends), etc. His separation from Priscilla is also dismissed in a few sentences, as if it would have no big consequence on him or her... Lots is said about his promiscuous life, but the fact he was a gentleman, and many of his dates were actually only friends, is not even brought up, contrary to what I’ve read elsewhere.
    Elvis’s spiritual side does come across well, but the long and repetitive descriptions of his clothes are twice as prevalent in the book.

    One positive note: the reader is excellent!!

    It can be a pleasant reading but don’t expect it to be even close to exhaustive. The book is very relaxing, as the author never goes into details about the things that actually bothered Elvis at the end, contributing to his early tragic death, facts that are certainly very sad to hear for those of us who love him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rustlers of Pecos County

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Zane Grey
    • Narrated By Jim Gough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Texas. They took the most contrary bunch of frontiersmen, ranchers, farmers, cowpokes, shiftless no-accounts, shootists, rascals, and politicians, jumbled them together, and somehow formed a state. They called it Texas, but for defenseless women and children, it was hell.

    Francesca says: "A pleasant listen without suspense"
    "A pleasant listen without suspense"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Zane Grey can undoubtedly write...I like his way of telling the story, full of details of actions and characters' thoughts and feelings. A bit disappointing is the plot; the story unfolds smoothly, without any major surprising event. Except for one important revelation, actually not far from the beginning of the book, the rest is highly predictable. Characters are easy to figure out, and so is the story's course and ending. Certainly a pleasant, relaxing reading, but far from a masterpiece.
    I would have preferred a younger voice as the narrator of this story, which mainly involves young characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Braver Man

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Royal Wade Kimes
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Hawk Haynes ruled from his heart, but stayed alive by using his instincts. Hawk was on his way to start a new life in Texas when he runs into burned out wagons. He finds families slaughtered, the men killed, the women raped, and killed. Hawk Haynes had just introduced himself to Southwest Texas. Hawk had been deeded land just northwest of Rawlins for his services in taking care of Ted Rawlins and his wife until their death.

    Richard says: "Over the top"
    "Totally predictable"
    Overall

    All the stereotypes of the most predictable Western stories are there... Really boring to the extreme.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Trail to Follow: Texas Rangers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elmer Kelton
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    In Hard Trail to Follow, by seven-time Spur Award winner Elmer Kelton, young Texas Ranger Andy Pickard vows to track down the bank robber he thinks killed his friend and mentor. But as he traverses the rugged terrain, Andy's perplexed at the glowing reports of the felon's kindness and integrity.

    Francesca says: "A Western Masterpiece"
    "A Western Masterpiece"
    Overall

    A breathtaking chase with all the characters a great Western needs – outlaws, the brave lawmen, funny old men, a drunkard or 2, charming ladies – yet none of them is a stereotype. A thrilling story with a lot of action but also attention to the psychological and emotional side of characters, and an unpredictable plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kabloona: Among the Inuit

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Gontran de Poncins
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Kabloona is a true story of a journey into the North. This extraordinary classic has been variously acclaimed as one of the great books of adventure, travel, anthropology, and spiritual awakening.

    Filmguy says: "Fascinating Adventure"
    "Informative, thrilling, just great"
    Overall

    I was looking for something specificly about the life of Eskimos, and I was lucky to find this title. Just what I wanted: a thorough account of a Westerner's journey into the Arctic, a detailed description of the Eskimo way of life and way of thinking, by a man who lived for 15 months as one of them, not just as a traveler. Not 1 superfluous word. Everything is informative, enriching, and very clearly written. The book is never boring. I also found it to be spiritually enlightening; an insight into a different outlook on life. The author visited the Eskimos in 1938 but I'd guess life in these regions has not changed much.

    The narrator is also very good.

    Great book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Superheroes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lois Gresh, Robert Weinberg, introduction by Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    If the planet Krypton had a gravitational field strong enough to account for Superman's amazing strength, would it be possible to launch a rocket ship from the planet's surface? Could evolution actually produce X-Men? The Science of Superheroes takes a lighthearted but clearheaded look at the real science behind some of the greatest superhero comic books of all time.

    Shaquille says: "To much irrelvent information"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This book is a masterpiece. It is perfect for science lovers, comics freaks, or both! And if you aren't either of those, it will intrigue you just the same. The way these 2 fields are combined is a work of art. You learn about so many scientific phenomena - from the life of stars to the life of spiders, from cloning to the paradoxes of time travel - while enjoying the entertaining tales of our most favorites comics superheroes. The language used is simple and at the same time scientifically accurate. The authors are great scientists, which makes the book 100% reliable. The reading is also excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Edwin A. Abbott
    • Narrated By Patrick Frederic
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    One of the rare novels about math and philosophy with almost universal appeal, Flatland is simultaneously a brilliant parody of Victorian society and a fictional guide to the concepts of relativity and the multiple dimensions of space.

    Brian says: "Loved all the concepts of this book"
    "From math to philosophy"
    Overall

    The mathematical and physical concepts of this book carry an extraordinarily deep philosophical meaning: just as a Flatlander could never imagine what it's like to be 3-dimensional, we too may be unable to perceive a different dimension that is there - like perhaps the dimension spiritual beings live in. This gives me hope that there's much more to it than what we have on Earth, which is wonderful but mortal. I've enjoyed this story enormously, both as a nice funny tale and as an inspiration to cling to when I feel discouraged wondering if life has a meaning...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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