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Stephen C. Woolery

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Highland, Illinois | Member Since 2011

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  • 6 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 140 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (635)

    Arthur Conan Doyle never wasted time in getting his stories moving. His plots are always direct and refreshingly lucid, and the narrative has a velocity that sweeps you along right to the end. This was no doubt a large part of his immense worldwide success. Not surprisingly, each time he tried to end the series, his fans would howl in protest. But, as he says in the preface to his last collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, all good things must come to an end.

    T. says: "a list of what you'll find in Volume 3"
    "SH is timelesss!"
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    What did you love best about The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3?

    The performance of the pure literature of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and not an adaptation.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story accuracy and attention to the original words used by the author.


    Which character – as performed by Charlton Griffin – was your favorite?

    No real selection!


    If you could take any character from The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I am not sure if I would like to really meet Sherlock Holmes! He is a very arogant individual, but genuinely smart people ar e, generally, arrogany.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Star Ranger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Zane Grey
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    Zane Grey’s books shoot fast and straight from the hip, hitting readers dead center with thrilling action. His name has become synonymous with western adventure. Because of his killing speed with a revolver, Buck Duane has lived the lone-wolf life of an outlaw. Every day is a struggle against desperate men anxious to prove themselves—and a bigger struggle to hold onto his basic human decency. So when the Texas Rangers offer to deputize him for a dangerous undercover mission, Buck grabs it as his final chance for redemption.

    Teri-K says: "Old-fashioned Western Well Told"
    "Underwhelming"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have always been told that Zane Grey wrote the best westerns of this or anytime. I have read 3/4 of his books and listened to this one and am underwhelmed by the contrived and predicatble plots and story line. I have no problem with the telling of the story on this Audible book. In all honesty all westerns in this genre are predicatble- comboy rides into a hostile environment, always involving an attractive young woman, bad guys cause trouble for all the 'ggod guys' and the hero saves tha day, often single handedly.. I have read more than 20 of Louis La'More's books and most of them fall under the contrived and predictable comment.


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

    The story detail was not great, but okay.


    What about Ed Sala’s performance did you like?

    The telling of the story was good.


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

    Comparing a book to the same presentation in a movie is tough! A well written script and acceptable 'stars' can elevate a mediocre book to a good movie and sometimes to a great movie.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Frontiersmen: A Narrative

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Allan W. Eckert
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (277)

    The frontiersmen were a remarkable breed of men. They were often rough and illiterate, sometimes brutal and vicious, often seeking an escape in the wilderness of mid-America from crimes committed back east. In the beautiful but deadly country which would one day come to be known as West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, more often than not they left their bones to bleach beside forest paths or on the banks of the Ohio River.

    Whitney says: "A Masterpiece for History Novel Enthusiasts!"
    "Living History"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Frontiersmen the most enjoyable?

    The detail provided was/is great. I enjoyed the intricacies of the story, down to the melas and copnversations. This well researched story and delivery was very good....


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character Simon Kenton added continuity to the story and numerous characters.


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

    I am not sure...


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

    The story was very good and kept my interest all the way through. I particylarly enjoy historical fiction and non-fiction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2744)
    Performance
    (2320)
    Story
    (2324)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Great historical fiction!"
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    What did you love best about The Winds of War?

    The interwoven people and their own '6 degrees of separation'.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy historical and military related stories and this one brings the world of pre-WWII and on into the start of WWII events into perspective.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Pariseau – was your favorite?

    I liked the main character (Pug Henry).


    If you could rename The Winds of War, what would you call it?

    The existing title carries a good/informative sense of the story line. No change!!


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    Overall
    (3151)
    Performance
    (2108)
    Story
    (2144)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Classic story of life and love"
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    Would you listen to Gone with the Wind again? Why?

    I enjoy period classics and have seen GTW on video and the big screen several times. It brings the events of the Civil War and life during the war. Great historical novel!


    What other book might you compare Gone with the Wind to and why?

    There are few novels that truely have parity with GTW. It is a classic unto itself. I have read novels and stories about the Civl War eara, but they are not as sweeping as GTW. Great Book!!!!


    Who was the most memorable character of Gone with the Wind and why?

    She offered her own personal flavor to the reading. She conveyed the differen characters and events very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never 'read' GTW before and doubted if I would ever directly READ GTW, but listening to it was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12962)
    Performance
    (5314)
    Story
    (5359)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Greta period story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pillars of the Earth to be better than the print version?

    The Audible version offered some emphasis to the story line. Mood was conveyed and tension in the story came through pretty good. I did not read the text, but the spoken word, when done by a diligent reader, offers more in sight into the mood and story telling process.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It may be more difficult, but the change of readers from male to female, as the story is relating, would be interesting.


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

    N/A


    If you could take any character from The Pillars of the Earth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Aleana and her brother- they experienced the fall from power, the response to that fall and their ultimate rise back to their previous staion in life. They hold a more broad knowledge base of life in that time and from different staions in their world.


    Any additional comments?

    I like to listen to talking books. I enjoy reading, but I enjoy more the spoken word. I particualrly enjoy listening while I drive. I drove over the road for 1 year and greatly enjoyed the companionship of Sirius radio and taliing books that I rented fro places along the highway. I offered consolation on long over night trips. That how I got 'hooked' on listening to stories. Listening does not put me to sleep as does listening to music. I can concentrate on the driving requirements and keep involved in the story/plot of the talking books. I drive severaltimes a year to my daughter home (300 miles) and I always take at least two talking books and the newer cars have provisions to play the Audible books through my Kindle on the car radio. My wife has become an advocate of listent to talking books while we drive.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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