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Bruce

Successfully against the odds I learnt life's path, rules and history by osmosis due to a modest yet real reading barrier. Now I can embrace history, classics and pulp with the spoken word. Thanks Audible

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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By John Chancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

    Ian C Robertson says: "Another look at Route 66"
    "Revisit humanity v self interest 1930's style"
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    Where does The Grapes of Wrath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten as it made me rethink the future of our capital system


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that the 1930's are being revisited and the same issues prevail
    religious ignorance, the xenophobic fear of immigrants, irrational fears about social groups, muddle headed self interested economic decisions, abuse by those in power and the struggling humanity and love shown by the down-trodden who die to survive the above.


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

    No


    Who was the most memorable character of The Grapes of Wrath and why?

    Ma's character builds through the book to become the one who holds the family unit together and must deal with all the demons and family differences.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Matthew Reilly
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (102)

    An old Soviet weapons installation in the Arctic has fallen into disrepair. Known as Dragon Island, the facility is home to a next-generation weapon with the potential to unleash a destructive force upon the world that was developed during the Cold War and subsequently forgotten. When a terrorist organisation known as the Army of Thieves takes control of the fortified island and activates the weapon, a small band of Marines and civilians is sent in to stop them.

    A User says: "Scarecrow equal to his best"
    "Top quality hard hitting action."
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    If you could sum up Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves in three words, what would they be?

    seat-edged geopolitical action.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    by never revealing the enemy each turn was a blind corner and each reaction was fast and furious.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Mangan – was your favorite?

    Scarecrow is the undoubted favourite


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

    it made me think that although the plot was fantastic it was close to a possibility in terms of the way countries behave and treat their friends and their enemies.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great writer, great series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Jim Donaldson
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction. Includes introduction and commentary by Mary Shelley. Required reading for any fan of science fiction and horror genres. A classic.

    Darwin8u says: "A Monster of Fiction"
    "Better than all the Movies"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Frankenstein to be better than the print version?

    The deep fear of The Monster builds as you realise theta human's are worse and in effect created him as themselves.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Victor meets the Monster in the Glacier and is entreated to listen to words which would otherwise melt granite hearts


    Did Jim Donaldson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I thought the Creature was the main weak link the other was the Narator who blended with Victor and was hard to differentiate


    Who was the most memorable character of Frankenstein and why?

    The Monster, I felt for him


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Brand Whitlock
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Brand Whitlock was an American attorney, author, elected official and diplomat in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He wrote this excellent little life of Lincoln but recognized that his book could serve only as an introduction to the great man's life when he wrote, "To compress between the covers of a little book like this the whole story of AbrahamLincoln, to present within such limitations a life so epical, a character so original and yet so universal, is obviously impossible."

    Bruce says: "America's first citizen: where example leads"
    "America's first citizen: where example leads"
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    What did you like best about Abraham Lincoln? What did you like least?

    The character of Lincoln builds and leaves you in awe of the mind.The delivery is very dry and choppy


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brand Whitlock? Why or why not?

    The book is about the person on the author hence not particularly


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Killavey?

    James Earl Jones


    Was Abraham Lincoln worth the listening time?

    Yes time well spent


    Any additional comments?

    The key speeches are included but there start and end is hard to pick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    Michael says: "Don't have expectations!"
    "Nobody is left out. Every family has their secrets"
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    Would you listen to The Casual Vacancy again? Why?

    I never listen to books a second time but i would go back to parts of this book as new circumstances need review.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Casual Vacancy?

    Confronting domestic violence and self abuse and trying to think like the victim Andrew Secvindar


    What about Tom Hollander’s performance did you like?

    Tim was very well rounded. Each character was believable


    Who was the most memorable character of The Casual Vacancy and why?

    Secvindar as her dyslexia and lack of self belief stemmed from parents too proud to recognise their daughter needed support not threats.


    Any additional comments?

    From fantasy (Hogworts / Lower Whinging) to reality, (Packford / Yarville) with the same naturally magical, literary skills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • End This Depression Now!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro, Paul Krugman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (183)

    The Great Recession that began in 2007 is now more than four years old - and counting. Some 24 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and at recent rates of job creation we won’t be back to normal levels of employment until late this decade. This is a tragedy. Do we have to accept it? "No!" is the resounding answer given by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman in this call to arms. We have seen this situation before and we know how to fix it; all we lack is the political will to take action.

    Michael says: "Listen to this before you vote!"
    "after all the dumb things you can get it right"
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    If you could sum up End This Depression Now! in three words, what would they be?

    an enlightened way


    What other book might you compare End This Depression Now! to and why?

    Charles darwin's Origin of the Species


    What does Rob Shapiro and Paul Krugman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Rob Shipiro input allows you to feel the emotion and desperation emphasis which the book alone can't deliver


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

    It made me rethink current populist economic dogma just like Origin of the Species on how man was created and to free myself from a self serving economic religion.


    Any additional comments?

    You must read this to understand the fundamental wrong headed ness of current ecomomic dogma

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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