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Pinkney

nyc, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1208)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (641)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "fraaaankley, Churlutte. Uh done give u damn"
    Overall

    This is a great book, but the reader, while for the most part okay, makes Robert E. Lee sound like a caricature of an affected, elderly southern decorator. Accents are not required for the characters in this book and it was an almost fatal mistake to have used them. I had tu quit list'nen 'bout thu tam ole Roburt E. Lee started talkin'... It was painful.... and so un necessary.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (1136)
    Story
    (1142)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "Excellent Reading"
    Overall

    I can not imagine a better reader for this book than Donna Tartt. I had neither read the book, nor seen either movie version and now I probably won't. Tartt's accent is unvarying throughout the reading and while affected and poorly done accents can ruin a reading, her's never varies and fits the style and time of the book and the voice of the woman telling the story. One of my favorite audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1760)
    Performance
    (1232)
    Story
    (1231)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "Impressive"
    Overall

    When you down load a five volume book you have to wonder how the reader is going to handle the material. Scott Brick pulled it off in great style, with no accents, affectations or gimmicks; he just let the events tell the story. The book is wonderful for students of American history, particularly the founding of the republic. Washington was such a big deal - seeming God-like - that his essence has almost been lost to us. It was fun to rediscover what made his so important to the founding of the United States. It was also useful to see the evolution of Washington's belief in the necessity of a strong Federal government.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Patrick Fraley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (178)

    One of the greatest treats in all world literature, this masterpiece from Mark Twain inspired a literary revolution. The novel offers both brilliant humor and tragedy as Huck and Jim explore the moral dilemmas of slavery and freedom. Huck, the narrator, is shrewd, ingenious, and literal; he reports on everything he sees, which allows the listener to experience the hypocrisy of "sivilization".

    Andrea says: "Terrific interpretion of an excellent story"
    "It's okay"
    Overall

    The reader doesn't do justice to the accents as written by Twain, but he is a pretty good reader once you get used to the idea that he isn't going to do them. It is, of course, a great book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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