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Colvin

Louisville, KY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 12 reviews
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  • 121 titles in library
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  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tony Danza
    • Narrated By Tony Danza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (374)

    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

    Cheryl R Rowe says: "I may be a little biased, but ...."
    "Fantastic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tony Danza tells it like it is, I have spent 17 years in the classroom and Mr. Danza experiences and writes about almost every issue that teachers face in the classroom today and hits the nail on the head every time. Great read.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Caine
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (241)

    Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act. When he was in his late 50s, Michael Caine believed his Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was one of the most radical comebacks in film history.

    Kaye says: "A pleasure!"
    "Michael Caine tells his life story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Michael Caine gives his most personal and heartwarming performance yet as he tells his life story, and what a story it is. Rising out of poverty to become a beloved movie star who's life's work has touched millions. If you have enjoyed Mr. Caine's films and characters you will love his story and no one is more qualified to tell it than Michael himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    It's the spring of 1862. The Confederate Army in the West teeters on the brink of collapse following the catastrophic loss of Fort Donelson. Commanding general Albert Sidney Johnston is forced to pull up stakes, abandon the critical city of Nashville, and rally his troops in defense of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. Hot on Johnston's trail are two of the Union's best generals: the relentless Ulysses Grant, fresh off his career-making victory at Fort Donelson, and Don Carlos Buell.

    Kay says: "Favorite author"
    "Good enough but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A decent telling of the battle of Shiloh, obviously well researched. Jeff does a good job of filling his father's shoes, however there was a spark in Michael's work that just isn't present in Jeff's.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition): The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (2097)
    Story
    (2110)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Paint by the numbers"
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    Story

    Remember those paint by the numbers things when you were a kid, the ones where the scene was already drawn out for you and you had a little pot of paints to fill in the colors? That's what this novel reminds me of, the characters are pre-established, all we need to plug in a story and you have a novel. No real surprises here, also no real innovation. The story is weak and predictable, the characters we already know and know well so no real development there either. In the end I was just listening to get through it. The sound effects and narration voices are excellent and are the high point of the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24500)
    Performance
    (18601)
    Story
    (18761)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "OK... but disapointing"
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    Story

    In a word... letdown. The story plods along, rehashing and re-telling old stories until the last few chapters where things get interesting only to have the main characters enter a pointless struggle, then alot of tedious, boring fill in the blank storytelling. A weak ending to a decent trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27211)
    Performance
    (20609)
    Story
    (20721)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Lacking something that the original had"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Catching Fire to be better than the print version?

    An interesting follow up that definitly lacks something that the first book had. The trilogy is getting even darker and more violent.


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

    NA


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (10546)
    Performance
    (9096)
    Story
    (9058)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    It's a biography


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader comes off like he is reading to third graders, slow and deliberate with a bit of condescension in his inflection that will slowly drive you nuts.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hearts Touched by Fire: The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Harold Holzer
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett, Traber Burns, Robin Field, and others
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    In July 1883, just a few days after the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a group of editors at the Century magazine engaged in a lively argument: Which Civil War battle was the bloodiest battle of them all? One claimed it was Chickamauga, another Cold Harbor. The argument inspired a brainstorm: Why not let the magazine’s 125,000 readers in on the conversation by offering “a series of papers on some of the great battles of the war, to be written by officers in command on both sides.”

    jeffrey says: "The war as seen by the men who were there."
    "A Mixed Bag"
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    Would you try another book from Harold Holzer and/or the narrators?

    Being a compilation, this book is an uneven compilation at best. Some of the stories are excellent, well written first hand accounts of the major battles of the civil war while others are very tedious and dry stories that read like trooop reports and after action reviews.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Photography

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Susan Sontag
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (25)

    First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images, which are continually inserted between experience and reality. When anything can be photographed, and photography has destroyed the boundaries and definitions of art, a viewer can approach a photograph freely, with no expectations of discovering what it means. This collection of six lucid and invigorating essays, with the most famous being "In Plato's Cave", make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.

    Debbie says: "I'm Glad I Bought, Despite Some Negative Reviews"
    "Pompas art school babble"
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    Any additional comments?

    Typical holier than thou, pompas poser art school blather. I had to endure endless hours of self gratifying, self agrandizing lectures like this when I attended art school. These were delivered both professors who had never spent a day making art (or making a living from art either) in the real world, and student wanna bes (all of whom are today are gainfully employed as waiteresses, bag boys or art school professors). Pure and unadulterated BS!

    9 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9895)
    Performance
    (8533)
    Story
    (8551)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "Another George "rr" Martin dud"
    Overall

    A Song Of Ice and Fire started off with such wonderful possibilities, such rich and well developed characters and a highly detailed world that fired the imagination. The series slowly went downhill as Martin's fame grew, until he clearly hit a wall in "A Feast For Crows" which went nowhere as the story arc spiraled out of control. 5 books into the story, In "A Dance with Dragins" Martin still sees the necessity of introducing dozens of new characters and factions while leaving countless story arcs dangling undeveloped and unfinished, it's as he has lost control of the narrative and suffers from ADD, there have been so many new arcs and characters introduced that it becomes impossible to have any empathy whatsoever for the incoming characters, reading Martin becomes a chore, something to get through, a sort of drudgery, not unlike the tortured paths he sets his characters upon.

    The world he creates for us, once seemingly so rich and detailed has become a tedious and tiresome place. As I read this I can only trudge through it, wondering what has become of the characters that were once central to the story (while also wondering what has become of that central story) all the while watching an assemblly line of new characters and story arcs come along Martin's assembly line all the while not caring one whit about any of them. After two duds back to back , in half a heartbeat, I have decided to get off the George RR Martin bus, the remaining novels, should his lordship Martin choose to finish them, will not be purchased or read by me. I would rather be flayed alive than spend another couple of months listening to these tedious books.

    Roy Doltrice, with his shallow voicings (I swear I think he only has three characters voices in him) hasn't helped Martin's cause any at all.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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