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Kitty's doorman

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Davis, CA USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Russell S. Bonds
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (290)

    On April 12, 1862—one year to the day after Confederate guns opened on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union spy named James J. Andrews and 19 infantry volunteers infiltrated Georgia and stole a steam engine called the General. Racing northward at speeds near 60 miles an hour, cutting telegraph lines, and destroying track along the way, Andrews planned to open East Tennessee to the Union army, cutting off men and materiel from the Confederate forces in Virginia.

    Arthur says: "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
    "Interesting story, but in need of an editor"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book could be considerably shortened - by at least a third, or even by half. It is filled with excruciating detail that begins to seem like historical filler. An abridged version in recommended.


    Has Stealing the General turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I have read and listened to many Civil War histories, including Shelby Foote's multi-volume work. This book was disappointing but not enough to turn me off from other histories about the Civil War.


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

    No, this is my first book that he narrated.


    Was Stealing the General worth the listening time?

    No - see my comments above


    Any additional comments?

    Bronson Pinchot is an excellent reader - good rhythm and intonation.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the King's Men

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Penn Warren
    • Narrated By Michael Emerson
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (352)

    The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

    Eric Berger says: "Marvelously written and read"
    "Timely American Classic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of All the King's Men to be better than the print version?

    Michael Emerson brings this wonderful book to life. While I don't think that one can judge an audible book against the print version, this book looses nothing in being read aloud. The reader conveys the many nuances that Robert Penn Warren wove into the narrative.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All the King's Men?

    While "All the Kings Men" is known as the fictional account of Huey Long, it is much, much more than that - and this version leaves no doubt about the many layers that can be found in the book.


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

    Michael Emerson is able to give us many voices that are necessary to the story - from the Jack's genteel mother and true father to Sugar-Boy, the stuttering gunman.


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

    20+ hours is too much for one sitting, but it is hard to turn off.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2579)
    Performance
    (2055)
    Story
    (2040)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    James says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "Elijah Wood brings Huck Finn to life"
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    Would you listen to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood again? Why?

    I was disappointed in an earlier audio version of Huckleberry Finn, but was happy that I gave this one a try. Wood is masterful in bringing humor and insight to a giant of American literature. I can't help thinking that Mark Twain wouldn't relish this modern way to deliver his great novel. And, how forever timely the novel is to the American experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Tooth

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (570)

    Winner of such prestigious honors as the Booker Prize and Whitbread Award, Ian McEwan is justifiably regarded as a modern master. Set in 1972, Sweet Tooth follows Cambridge student Serena Frome, whose intelligence and beauty land her a job with England's intelligence agency, MI5. In an attempt to monitor writers' politics, MI5 tasks Serena with infiltrating the literary circle of author Tom Healy. But soon matters of trust and identity subvert the operation.

    Susianna says: "Perfect Book for your Literary Sweet Tooth"
    "Thoroughly enjoyabe"
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    Would you listen to Sweet Tooth again? Why?

    Ian McEwan is always worth reading, and Juliet Stevenson is perfect - gets the tone just right. While not quite the same calibre as Atonement or Amsterdam, Sweet Tooth is full of wonderful prose.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story comes full circle at the end, back to the imagination of the writer.


    What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

    I really liked the note of innocence that her reading brings to Serena's story.


    Who was the most memorable character of Sweet Tooth and why?

    While Serena Frome is the pivotal character, she is propped up by others, especially Shirley and Tom. Max was the least successful character, and his not quite convincing role is the one weakness in an otherwise tight story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3547)
    Performance
    (3176)
    Story
    (3204)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "A very rewarding experience"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- It gives an authoritative, first person account of one of the major historical events of the last decade.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written, to the point.


    Which character – as performed by Holter Graham – was your favorite?

    "Mark Owen"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The conclusion's recognition of the many men and women who have and continue to serve the U.S. military - very often in obscurity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (663)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "Outstanding"
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    What did you love best about The Passage of Power?

    This is an excellent addition to Robert Caro’s magisterial biography of Lyndon Johnson. The combination of drama, character study and political detail makes this totally engrossing. I can’t wait for the next volume.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Passage of Power?

    While Caro’s account of the assassination has received considerable attention, I found that his description of Johnson’s consolidation of power afterwards to be equally, if not more, compelling. The account of his working Congress to pass the landmark civil rights bill and other social bills of the War on Poverty keeps the reader (listener) on the edge of his seat. The specter of Vietnam haunts the text.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mustering Congressional support to pass the civil rights bill.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both


    Any additional comments?

    Grover Gardner gets this one just right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (352)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "Not one of David McCullough's best"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I am usually a big fan of David McCullough, but this book didn't have his usual flare and sweep. It is overly stuffed with details that don't add to the main theme of social inequality and environmental irresponsibility. The reader's flat delivery doesn't help.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David McCullough? Why or why not?

    I have read and listened to a number of McCullough's books and know that he can deliver excellent popular history.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was hard to tell whether a different reader could have improved this text.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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