An interesting and unique view of Western expansion from the Native American Sauk Chief, Black Hawk. He seemed a fair and honest person whose tribe was lied to and displaced from their traditional lands at Rock River. He signed a treaty that wasn't explained to him that ceded the land on the East bank of the Mississippi to the whites - as he explains, he would never have "put the quill" to the paper if he had known what was written there. This autobiography gives us a glimpse into the culture and mindset of the early 19th Century Midwest Indians. Although I found the book fascinating, it did seem to list so many battles and skirmishes that they started to run together after awhile. I enjoyed his observations on his trip to Washington DC to see the president - going up the Ohio river (he called Wheeling a beautiful village!) and visiting the great cities of the Eastern seaboard. The narrator was OK, but for some reason, I felt his voice wasn't the best fit for the material. I would recommend this for anyone who is interested in early American history.
This enduring classic was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1919. The novel shows life in a small town in the early part of the 20th Century before and after the automobile made an impact and changed the status of the town's prominent families. The author portrays the decline of the big estates and the rise of a new aristocracy based on business acumen and not only inherited wealth. The main character, George Minafer, is not very likable, although by the end of the book, he is more sympathetic. His mother seems to me overprotective and indulgent toward George and this leads to his personality problems. Tarkington introduces humor, especially in the first part of the book, where the townfolk gossip about the Amberson family. This is a well written story with astute characterizations.
The narration by Geoffrey Blaisdell is excellent. I especially liked his tone and inflection when George exclaims: "riff-raff!".
James Thurber is one of my favorite authors and this is one of my favorite short stories. Henpecked Mr. Mitty is a character everyone can relate to - we all have our daydreams in which we are the hero or heroine and at times want to get away from reality. Ben Stiller brings out the humor in the story. Thanks Audible for this free download!
Excellent review of the Kennedy assassination with the actual ABC radio broadcasts of the time. Narrated professionally by Diane Sawyer. You really get the feeling of "being there". I especially liked the comments of Ike Pappas during the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by "an elderly man" (Ruby). He exclaims: "Holy Mackerel!" Other highlights are the interview with the surgeon in charge of trying to save JFK, the interview with Officer Tippet's wife, and the closing interview with Larry Sabato, author of the recent "The Kennedy Half Century". Thank you Audible and ABC for this free program! It brought back all the memories of that awful time.
A sweeping novel of Mid 20th Century India told with fantasy and humor. Rushdie is a brilliant writer who shows the history of India through the eyes of Salim, one of the children born on the stroke of midnight that heralded India's independence from Britain. This book is not an easy listen - one that you can listen to while doing other things. There are multiple characters and for someone not real familiar with Indian names, it is difficult to remember who everyone is, especially when you hear but not see the written names of people and places. I would recommend reading this instead of only listening to get the most out of the novel and if you are not familiar with post-independence Indian history, then you should check out some other sources. I have a cursory knowledge, but found myself not knowing who the author was referencing at times. I will probably get the book to read as this is a novel that can be read many times.
I liked the narrator very much, although I understand that he is using more a British than Indian accent. His voice was pleasant to listen to and his female voices were good.
Gaiman's enjoyable short story about a Texas backpacker in coastal England is a fun listen. There were many chuckles, although I think someone more familiar than me with H. P. Lovecraft would get more of the innuendos. I really liked Gaiman's narration as well and the excerpt of his new book also motivated me to buy the audiobook version of The Ocean At the End Of the Lane.
Good short audiobook mystery that had me guessing until near the end. I liked that the setting was a rare book store and the detective an ordinary guy. Will check out Pronzini's other novels. Sullivan's reading was very good - I heard the world-weariness in the first person narration of the detective.
This short interesting audiobook gives the listener an insight into how a musician prepares to record or perform a piece. Bliss tells how the act of recording is different from the act of performing. Bliss mentions two pianists who influenced him: Arthur Schnabel and Rudolph Serkin and explains how their playing of Beethoven's sonatas differ. The only drawback to the audiobook for me was the exclusion of any music to explain what Bliss was saying about certain Beethoven sonatas - unless the listener is a trained classical musician and/or very familiar with the mentioned sonatas, he or she would have a difficult time understanding Bliss' dissection of the music. This book did spur me to check out the pianists on youtube to get a flavor of their playing. And I will definitely see if my vast record collection contains any of the sonatas.
The narrator was easy to listen to and added to the enjoyment of the audiobook.
Since this book was about the idea of free and especially its use in the internet age, it was a free download from Audible. Of special interest to me was the history of free in business - the marketing of Jello and Gillette razors for instance - where the makers creatively promoted their products. When the author presented economic theories, my mind began to wander, but that was only a tiny part of the book. I learned how the internet has changed the concept of free and that the pre-internet ways of making a profit may not apply anymore. The author's reading of his work was enthusiastic and he spoke in a clear voice; I do think he could have spoken a bit slower as I sometimes wanted a second to digest the thought. All in all, this was an informative listen and I'm happy I downloaded it.
Wodehouse uses Mr, Mulliner as his storyteller in these short tales. Mulliner is a patron of the Angler's Rest pub and is always ready to tell his stories to those who will listen. His many relatives find themselves in lots of humorous, sticky situations. But never fear, everything always works out in the end! Perhaps not as funny as his Jeeves series, these stories are still lots of fun to listen to. I especially liked the three tales involving the Buck-You-Up-O tonic and the one about Mr. M.'s nephew James who finds himself living in his romance novelist aunt's cottage after her death. I found myself laughing out loud many times - in itself a great tonic to rival the Buck-You-Up-O!
Jonathan Cecil is an excellent narrator for these very British stories. I look forward to reading the next in the series - I marvel at Wodehouse's ingenuous use of the English language.
This first Harry Bosch novel is a winner. The mystery is complicated and involving and it had me guessing "whodunnit" through most of the book. I'm intrigued by the character of Harry and want to find out more about him - a good motivation for continuing to read more in the series. The book deals with Harry's Vietnam experience and ties his experiences there with his current (1992) time as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. I didn't know anything about the "tunnel rats" of the Vietnam War; I liked the way Connelly integrated this aspect of the war into his story. The narration by Dick Hill is excellent - he has the right timbre in his voice for the world-weary Harry and his voicing of the other characters is also very good.
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