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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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  • D-Days in the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Gary Dikeos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Although most people associate the term D-day with the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, it is military code for the beginning of any offensive operation. In the Pacific theater during World War II there were more than one hundred D-days. The largest - and last - was the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, which brought together the biggest invasion fleet ever assembled, far larger than that engaged in the Normandy invasion.D-Days in the Pacific tells the epic story of the campaign waged by American forces to win back the Pacific islands from Japan.

    Bill says: "Terrific one volume history of the Pacific war."
    "Terrific one volume history of the Pacific war."
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    What made the experience of listening to D-Days in the Pacific the most enjoyable?

    Puts you in the middle of the action, as though you are in the boots of the soldiers. Personal anecdotes are relevant and uncensored.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of D-Days in the Pacific?

    Tarawa.


    Did Gary Dikeos do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Narration was not great.


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

    Some battle scenes were horrific.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent listen. Well written and riveting. Recommended as are the author's other titles available on Audio.

    7 of 7 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
    (50)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

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

    Benoibe says: "Wow! This is unbelievably good audiobook."
    "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 7 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
    (76)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    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 1 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
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (189)

    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
  • Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Gilbert King
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (159)

    Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. Despite death threats, the clan, and the urging of his associates, Marshall knew he had to defend "the Groveland Boys".

    Jean says: "the fight for civil rights"
    "Stunning history of the Jim Crow south. Essential"
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    Would you listen to Devil in the Grove again? Why?

    Yes! The book deservedly won the Pulitzer Prize and it was a riveting listen.


    What other book might you compare Devil in the Grove to and why?

    No book compares. The story was unbelievable. A combination of true crime and courtroom thriller.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Francis James – was your favorite?

    Thurgood Marshall.


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

    Too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    This book deserves to become a classic. It is riveting and proves that truth is stranger than fiction. The story will frighten you, anger you and make you ashamed at the cruel treatment of African Americans by law enforcement personnel.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (637)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "Good but not great"
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    Would you listen to The Silence of the Lambs again? Why?

    No.


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

    No. Same as the movie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    Who was the most memorable character of The Silence of the Lambs and why?

    Hanible


    Any additional comments?

    I do not love Frank Muller and there was an audible hiss in the background. I recommend the book but not highly.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    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.

    Bill says: "Fascinating listen if you love movies!"
    "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 3 people found this review helpful

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