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Joseph

SHERWOOD, WI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • In One Person: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By John Benjamin Hickey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (425)

    A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.

    Ella says: "Literary Porn"
    "Irving's WORST!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A very difficult book to relate to. I can't think of the minuscule audience it might appeal to but those may be my limitations. I tried. Put it down three times. Eventually finished it but there were no redeeming features for my efforts.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Irving again?

    Yes! I've enjoyed Irving a great deal over the years. This one relating to the difficulties transsexuals encounter in growing up, the difficulties faced in having sexual relations (over and over) all of this without relief was beyond my pail (pale?).


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

    He's a good reader.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I could find. I'm returning it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (674)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "Gates for President!"
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    What did you love best about Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War?

    Details how Gates wove his way through a political quagmire to achieve dignity for the American fighter, blasted through the bureaucracy to shorten times from injury to evacuation in Afghanistan, gained the respect of America's foes, recognized "enforced democracy" is no better than tyranny, taught by example talking softly, carrying a big stick to prepare the soil in which democracy could flourish realistically in time. Recognized real leaders, fired phony leaders, documented, preserved, and rewarded true acts of heroism,brought to the front burner timely treatment of wounded warriors and their families, fired incompetent stewards of military health care... Got more done than Presidents Bush and Obama without getting entangled in party politics. Great book!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14568)
    Performance
    (8973)
    Story
    (8843)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Audio conflicts"
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    What didn’t you like about Davina Porter’s performance?

    Combination being distant from the microphone along with thick accents and Scottish brogues made portions of the dialog even with headphones, Bose speakers, and iPad very difficult or impossible for me to understand. Trying to rewind short passages on an iPad is difficult for me. The problem is probably just me but 1/2 hour into the story I had no idea what I was listening to.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Bernadette Quigley
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (530)

    When the Lusitania sank, more than one 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans.

    Barbara says: "Nora at her best!"
    "Wonderfully written and read!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Three Fates to be better than the print version?

    At least as good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Fates?

    The correspondence between Jack and his father, witty and brilliantly vocalized.


    What about Bernadette Quigley’s performance did you like?

    Her masterful command of dialects, her ability to shape shift between a man and woman's voice, the ability to maintain the gist of the narrative through the dialect. Without having to hear the speaker identified I could know who was speaking. And sometimes with three persons in the room speaking animatedly, this had to be difficult to switch.


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

    Nope. I wanted it to last, and last, and last. Hated to come to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to pick up another just like it immediately. I liked Nora's Witness very much also but this one is the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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