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Bill

Love well written and well narrated books of any type.

Vancouver, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen Rebello
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Here is a gripping, behind-the-scenes look inside the classic suspense shocker Psycho - and the creative genius who revolutionized filmmaking. First released in June 1960, Psycho altered the landscape of horror films forever. But just as compelling as the movie itself is the story behind it. Stephen Rebello brings to life the creation of one of Hollywood’s most iconic films, from the story of Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to Hitchcock’s groundbreaking achievements in cinematography, sound, editing, and promotion.

    Molly says: ""Good Evening......"......soapy look at Hitchcock~"
    "Fascinating listen if you love movies!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alfred Hitchcock. You learn a lot about him and his quirky character in this title.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael Garcia – was your favorite?

    See the above answer.


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

    Yes, but too long to listen to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to watch Psycho again after listening to this entertaining title. I recommend this book with no reservations!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A False Spring

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pat Jordan
    • Narrated By Alan Robertson
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In A False Spring, Pat Jordan traces the falling star of his once-promising pitching career, illuminating along the way his equally difficult personal struggles and quest for maturity. When the reader meets Jordan, he is a hard-throwing pitcher with seemingly limitless potential, one of the first "bonus babies" for the Milwaukee Braves organization.

    Bill says: "A fabulous baseball memoir."
    "A fabulous baseball memoir."
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    What did you love best about A False Spring?

    I loved the maturing of the author through the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The truth of what becomes of most baseball prospects. It's not a pretty story.


    What about Alan Robertson’s performance did you like?

    He was perfect for the story.


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

    Too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a classic and should be listened to by every baseball fan. The story is great and the delivery is spot-on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michihiko Hachiya, MD
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The late Dr. Michihiko Hachiya was director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital when the world's first atomic bomb was dropped on the city. Though his responsibilities in the appalling chaos of a devastated city were awesome, he found time to record the story daily, with compassion and tenderness. Dr. Hachiya's compelling diary was originally published by the UNC Press in 1955, with the help of Dr. Warner Wells of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Gillian says: "So Many Horrors at Once"
    "A Grim Masterpiece."
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    What did you love best about Hiroshima Diary?

    It made me think of Hiroshima differently. I only knew the story from the American side. The is the story from the Japenese side. It's a horrific tale and I'm unsure about the morality of dropping the atom bomb. I enjoyed the splendid narration by Robertson Dean.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It told the truth of the event with superb narration.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    The good doctor who wrote the diary.


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

    No but it's still an emotional listen.


    Any additional comments?

    The horror, the horror!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Polizzotti
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Between the fitfully brilliant Bringing It All Back Home and the sprawling masterwork that is Blonde on Blonde, Highway 61 Revisited stands as the defining moment in both Dylan's career and the musical evolution of the mid 1960's. But beyond its place in history, Highway 61 works because of its enduring emotional appeal. Few songwriters before Dylan or since have combined so effectively the intensely personal with the spectacularly universal.

    Robert says: "Quote and close quote"
    "Literate and well-narrated."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (33 1/3 Series) to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is terrific. I cannot imagine the print version to be superior.


    What other book might you compare Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited (33 1/3 Series) to and why?

    Any of the other titles in the 33 1/3 series. This is a cut far above others in the series I have listened to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The information concerning the classic song "Like a Rolling Stone". No spoilers but the speculation concerning who the song is about is fascinating.


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

    I shed tears of joy at the quality of this magnum opus.


    Any additional comments?

    For a Dylan fan this was audio Nirvana. The book was stuffed with great inside information about each song.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remains of the Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (313)

    The Remains of the Day is a profoundly compelling portrait of the perfect English butler and of his fading, insular world in postwar England. At the end of his three decades of service at Darlington Hall, Stevens embarks on a country drive, during which he looks back over his career to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving "a great gentleman". But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness" and graver doubts about his own faith in the man he served.

    Dan Harlow says: "Duty, Honor, England"
    "Might be my favorite audiobook ever."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Remains of the Day to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print book but the audiobook is wonderful.


    What other book might you compare The Remains of the Day to and why?

    I am unable to think of a good comparison,


    Which character – as performed by Simon Prebble – was your favorite?

    The protagonist. He was a real person warts and all and best of all he was human. I identified with all of his actions.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Remains of the Day and why?

    The father of the protagonist. He was such a proud but hidebound man. There were scenes involving him that brought me to tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this several times and it never ages. Simon Prebble's narration was superb, as always,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Weekend

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Charles Jackson
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    It is 1936, and on the East Side of Manhattan, a would-be writer named Don Birnam decides to have a drink. And then another, and then another, until he's in the midst of what becomes a five-day binge. A classic tale of one man's struggle with alcoholism, this revolutionary novel remains Charles Jackson's best-known book - a daring autobiographical work that paved the way for contemporary addiction literature.

    Bill says: "What a terrific audiobook!"
    "What a terrific audiobook!"
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    If you could sum up The Lost Weekend in three words, what would they be?

    Realistic, frightening, and compassionate.


    What other book might you compare The Lost Weekend to and why?

    No comparisons come to mind. If The Days of Wine and Roses was available as an audiobook maybe that would provide a pale comparison. I consider this to be the greatest work ever written about an alcoholic.


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

    He nails it! He is the protagonist of the story. Flawlessly narrated.


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

    Yes, but too long and too intense for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I was so excited when I saw this book finally available as an audiobook and for once it did not disappoint in the least. It surpassed my expectations and I will listen again soon. Thanks to Audible for an impeccable production of this masterpiece. I enjoyed every minute of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2439)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1221)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "The devil is in the details."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of In Cold Blood to be better than the print version?

    No, but the audible book was terrific.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great writing, great narration, fascinating story.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Al Dewey.


    If you could give In Cold Blood a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The title is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this title multiple times and I always enjoy it. Scott Brick did a great job of narrating this chilling but wonderful audiobook. Five stars all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4187)
    Performance
    (2725)
    Story
    (2757)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
    "A horror story still applicable to modern times"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Simon Prebble's narration was impeccable and the storyline was scary enough to keep me listening.


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

    I will likely read more of Orwell's works. I read this in high school but had forgotten most of the plot. Simon Prebble's performance brought the book to life.


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

    Even though this was fiction the story felt true to life. The events could happen in any totalitarian regime.


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

    Nothing.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    This book is a bargain and I am happy I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trapped Under the Sea: One Engineering Marvel, Five Men, and a Disaster Ten Miles into the Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Neil Swidey
    • Narrated By David H. Lawrence XVII
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    A quarter-century ago, Boston had the dirtiest harbor in America....

    Miriam says: "An Engineer's Prospective"
    "This stinks"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I thought it would be a book like Shadow Divers. It isn't. The Amazon review compared it to The Perfect Storm. No comparison. A bunch of background crap about the divers is all it is. It's trite and poorly written.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No idea.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was barely adequate


    What character would you cut from Trapped Under the Sea?

    The author. Do not believe the reviews. This is a stinker.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this book. I have never written a negative review but this is so awful I had to warn people about it.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Sheehan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (64)

    Sheehan's tragic biography of John Paul Vann is also a sweeping history of America's seduction, entrapment and disillusionment in Vietnam.

    Kyle says: "Good inside view of the making of the Vietnam War"
    "Terrific audiobook!"
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    Would you listen to A Bright Shining Lie again? Why?

    Yes. Slow at first but eventually riveting history. If you want to understand the mess in Vietnam this book tells the story from it's beginning in the early 1960's to the deplorable ending.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Paul Vann.


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

    Yes. He does a fine job as usual but mispronounces many of the Vietnamese towns and words.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A Bright Shining Lie. After listening to the book you will understand the title has multiple meanings and fits the book perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil Sheehan put his soul into this book and the Pulitzer Prize this masterpiece won was deserved. It took him eighteen years to write the book and should be read by any American citizen with an interest in the Vietnam war.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brett Martin
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (206)

    In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows, first on premium-cable channels like HBO and then basic-cable networks like FX and AMC, dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating always-likable characters, plots that wrapped up neatly every episode, or subjects that were deemed safe and appropriate, shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, and more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality....

    Kali says: "Praise TV's third golden age!"
    "Terrific listen!"
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    What did you love best about Difficult Men?

    Inside information about my favorite TV shows. I enjoyed it immensely but if you aren't a fan of these shows then this probably is not a good choice for you.


    What other book might you compare Difficult Men to and why?

    Easy Riders and Raging Bulls or Pictures of a Revolution. These titles are thematically similar but about movies instead of TV. Both titles are available on Audible and recommended.


    What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

    Nothing special but well done.


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

    The fact that Stevie Van Zandt was the first choice to portray Tony Soprano.


    Any additional comments?

    Fascinating listen if you are a fan of the TV shows discussed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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