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  • 30 reviews
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  • 111 titles in library
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  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (923)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "GardensWritingSlaveryPowerSexDeathRevolution"
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    This book is well written and the narrator does a good job. I have listened to a biography of John Adams, which I also enjoyed. This work helps to describe the pace and volatility of the American Revolution. The accounts of his gardens, library, art collections, written word, sportsmanship, contradictions, humanity, slave holding, desires, leadership, etc, etc, etc, are more than I expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2670)
    Performance
    (1968)
    Story
    (1976)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "I couldn't get enough of it."
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    The difficulties that these men had to endure were mind blowing. The accounts of the patience that they had, the food that they ate, the weather that they suffered through, and the determination that they possessed make this an almost addictive tale.

    I enjoyed this story so much that I picked up the book from the library and read it to my sons just a week after listening to the audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nelson Mandela
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (319)

    Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world.

    History says: "Surprisingly honest autobiography."
    "Inspirational and Moving"
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    Where does Long Walk to Freedom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audiobooks that I have listened to. This is also one of the best autobiographies that I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Long Walk to Freedom?

    What struck me is that Mandela received support from the enemies of the West during the Cold War.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Boatman – was your favorite?

    There were no significant character changes.


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

    The culmination of his life's work at the end had an impact on me.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that I listened to this book. I would buy the print version of it so that I can return to certain chapters in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crash and Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Artie Lange, Anthony Bozza
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (157)

    At a high point in his career, Artie Lange performed a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall-and he did it with a pocketful of heroin. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, addicted to heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs, he lashed out at everyone around him-from his cohosts on The Howard Stern Show to celebrity guests and even his longtime friends. Then came his legendary meltdown on-air, with 6 million people listening, after which Lange pulled himself together enough to go to a buddy's bachelor party in Amsterdam.

    Hillary says: "[Narrator Fail] Comic Genius+Depression+Drugs=Mess"
    "UUUUGGGGGHHHHHH"
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    Would you try another book from Artie Lange and Anthony Bozza and/or Sean Runnette?

    I have had enough. I listened to Too Fat To Fish. I don't feel like making myself depressed.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect is that Artie survived all of this stuff. The least interesting is that everything seemed predictable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

    It was not a good performance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would go see it.


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (638)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    JOHN says: "TEN STARS"
    "Engaging story... Fast paced"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bonfire of the Vanities to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. I saw the movie after listening to the book. As usual, the book is better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the intertwined lives of the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    I like Sherman McCoy's criminal attorney.


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

    I have no extreme reaction. However, it is highly enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to look up more Tom Wolfe books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3937)
    Performance
    (1853)
    Story
    (1866)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "I don't understand quantum physics"
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    Would you listen to Einstein again? Why?

    I would rather read it for my second time. There are some chapters that I don't need to review but I missed many of the concepts that were discussed about his work with physics.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Einstein?

    I liked getting a picture of his demeanor and personality.


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

    His voice is not boring. He kept my attention.


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

    His personal relationships remind me of Warren Buffet's.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Too Fat to Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Artie Lange
    • Narrated By Artie Lange
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (141)

    A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, as a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for: sports and comedy. Wild, shocking, and drop-dead hilarious, Too Fat to Fish is Artie Lange giving everything he's got to give. And like a true pro, the man never disappoints.

    John says: "great book, horrid readers"
    "Constant Train Wrecking"
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    If you could sum up Too Fat to Fish in three words, what would they be?

    Constant. Train. Wreck.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Artie is my favorite character. It's an autobiography.


    What about Artie Lange’s performance did you like?

    I wish that he would have finished reading the entire book himself.


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

    his dad's death


    Any additional comments?

    I got through it pretty quickly. I needed some popular culture after listening to Einstein's biography.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10994)
    Performance
    (6188)
    Story
    (6237)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "I want to buy the book now..."
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    If you could sum up Life of Pi in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling
    Deep
    Moving


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pi is my favorite. He his smart, cunning, strong, wise, and kind.


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

    I have not. This performance is good.


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

    I tried to listen to it in one sitting. I couldn't wait to finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to this book. I enjoyed the story and the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1256)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1047)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "Fantasy"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to this book was not a waste of time. It's considered a classic and I just listened to Around the World in 80 Days again. I don't think I'll listen to this one again though.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I think it's a mediocre ending. The story wraps up abruptly.


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

    I have not. I enjoyed his performance though.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did see an old version of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Idiot [Blackstone]

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (189)

    Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man."

    Tad says: "Intense and painfully sad"
    "Soap Opera"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Idiot [Blackstone] to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Idiot [Blackstone]?

    The money in the fire


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

    I have not.


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

    I didn't want to think that the guy was an idiot, but I think he ended up being just that.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Crime and Punishment better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2677)
    Performance
    (2150)
    Story
    (2134)

    A Signature Performance: Elijah Wood becomes the first narrator to bring a youthful voice and energy to the story, perhaps making it the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent.

    james d. thomas says: "Worthy "signature" premiere"
    "The Story Meanders Like The Mississippi River"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to a friend. The plot isn't revealed until almost the end of the book. It seems to have been rushed or thrown together.


    What other book might you compare Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood to and why?

    I might compare it to Don Quixote. They both give insight on daily life in their respective times.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Elijah Wood’s performances?

    I may try another one. However, his voice and inflection hardly changed from character to character.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I'll give this book another try in the future.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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