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Michael

Orchard Park, New York, United States

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  • 6 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 75 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1498)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (898)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "It's Hemingway. It's Sutherland. It's only 2.5hrs."
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    While I appreciate Hemingway's keen ability to develop this character and evoke some powerful metaphors in such a short novel, I just tend to enjoy books that move along faster. I thought Donald Sutherland sounded a bit muffled and he was a bit too monotone for me, but I have to agree that I believe this is the style that the story called for.

    Still, if you are an avid audiobook reader, setting aside a couple of hours to hear a classic novel like this is certainly recommended. It's Hemingway. It's Donald Sutherland. It's 2.5 hours. Skip the game one weekend afternoon and listen to a classic story told by a classic actor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18653)
    Performance
    (16605)
    Story
    (16565)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "This "Constant Reader" was blown away"
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    I've read more Stephen King novels than I can count, but my next passion for reading is historical novels. So imagine my excitement to see historical fiction come from the mind of our era's greatest storyteller.

    The story itself is enthralling. Of course, the premise itself is thought provoking. But after King captures your imagination with that premise, he lures you into his story by adding a dose of personal redemption, a dash of the innocence of high school, a pinch of the nostalgia of a simpler time and....if you can believe it....a love story. Throw in some guns and knives, the potential of a very dark future, murder and the picture of the evil of a small town for which he paints like no other and you have what could be his best book yet.

    I go through 1-2 audiobooks per month during my commute and, without a doubt, Craig Wasson gives the best narration performance I've heard. He tells the story and IS George Amberson. He deftly adds dramatic flair and evokes your attachment to the main character without being overly dramatic. The best compliment I can give is that he is so convincing he becomes as important to the audiobook as the story itself. Just a wonderful job.

    My wife is not a King fan at all. Tales of the supernatural, worlds that have passed on, gore, good versus bad....these are topics that don't grab her. This book? It's the one King book I will nag her to no end to pick up and read....or sit back and listen to. Of all his books, this certainly has the broadest appeal.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By L. Jon Wertheim, Tobias Moskowitz
    • Narrated By Zach McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Drawing from Moskowitz's original research, as well as studies from fellow economists such as bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors look at: the influence home-field advantage has on the outcomes of games in all sports and why it exists; the surprising truth about the universally accepted axiom that defense wins championships; the subtle biases that umpires exhibit in calling balls and strikes in key situations; the unintended consequences of referees' tendencies in every sport to "swallow the whistle," and more.

    steve says: "9 out of 10 people will like this!"
    "A must for any avid sports fan!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Scorecasting the most enjoyable?

    I watch sports a lot! To get some analysis that makes a sports argument backed up by facts without the emotions makes for great sports bar argument fodder!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Scorecasting?

    The section around the source of home field advantage in the various sports. Great stuff!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The no call in the Giants-Pats Super Bowl versus Serena being called for a foot fault. Making that connection to drive home a much deeper point about officiating was memorable and showed that the bias of officials transcends multiple, very different sports.


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

    A thought provoking book. Not very emotional or moving to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get flash cards to summarize the arguments and bring them with me to a bar with my buddies. Great topics to debate and great insights to cause you to find other drivers behind the outcome of the sporting events of your life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2116)
    Performance
    (1161)
    Story
    (1166)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "Shallow, but funny and short."
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    It's nice to have a mindless laugh sometimes. Not much of a plot, but a light-hearted escape.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    In my opinion, it's not really applicable to this book. It's an experiential book that's good for some laughs.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The narrator did a nice job with the voices. You do get some feel for the author's feelings regarding the relationship with his father, but I did not walk away wanting to hear more about him or his life. I just enjoyed the sound bites when they came.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I thought the narrator did a nice job.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    It's short. It's funny. A great book if you're looking for a one-timer on a road trip - just don't listen with young kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (197)

    A New York Times best seller, Founding Brothers is an engrossing work of nonfiction from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph J. Ellis. It is a book that uncovers the substance behind many of our most cherished historical tales. Here are six fascinating, well-researched chapters involving such icons as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.

    Vernon says: "Remarkably moving book"
    "Loved it!"
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    If you could sum up Founding Brothers in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring. Eye-opening. Thought-provoking.


    What other book might you compare Founding Brothers to and why?

    1776


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

    He does a nice job of infecting his voice to emphasize parts of our country's history that in retrospect seem ironic or surprising. It's a nice feature of audiobooks that the narrator can use his/her voice to reflect the author's opinion in a way that can sway the reader.


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

    12 hrs is long so no. However, I have a 1 hr commute and there were times I stayed in the car for a bit to hear more.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a must read for any American history buff to understand the alliances and relationships that existed amongst men we group together as a singular group. If only our current legislators could work so hard at compromise and place the value of the larger country ahead of their own personal interests as was done so often in the late 1700's.

    The only other comment relates to how the slavery issue was passed on to a future generation in order to preserve our young nation. Could the later bloodshed have been avoided if addressed then? Would that debate have divided our young country? It's the one topic in the book that I walked away from with a great deal of mixed feelings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Antony Beevor
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Ryan says: "Wouldn't have minded unabridged version"
    "Great story!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    As with any book, the story is what matters and this piece of history is a great story.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I found myself feeling for the suffering soldiers on both sides while despising the genocidal tactics employed by both Hitler and Stalin against their enemies, civilians and even their own men. Their convenient physical detachment from the struggle makes the atrocities all that much worse.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Adding accounts of the people present and including excerpts from letters and journals added greatly to humanize the players.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I thought the narrator was fine. It's a challenging topic to convey various names, dates and geographies and allow the listener to retain it all. This is not an easy book to narrate. As with any book, if you engage with the story - and this is a great story - the narration style doesn't detract from what you take away.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    A great story in a 6 hr audiobook. I think the length was just right with the right level of detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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