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Thomas

Naples, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Manchester, Paul Reid
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (379)

    Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A worthy final volume in a great biography"
    "Thought the presentation was rather dull"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes...because I'm a Churchill fan


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Winston of course.


    Was The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3 worth the listening time?

    Again, yes because I was interested in the subject matter


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Colditz Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By P.R. Reid
    • Narrated By Tim Woodward
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Colditz - the dreaded POW camp was supposed to be impregnable. It was the German fortress from which there was no escape. It had been escape-proof in the 1914-18 war and was to be again in the Second World War, according to the Germans... This is the true story that has passed into legend: the story of the incredible courage and daredevil ingenuity of those who refused to admit defeat - those who burrowed, leapt and ran their way to freedom.

    lrbell says: "Tremendous narration and gripping true story"
    "Dull"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm a fan of WWII but this book was far from what I expected.


    Would you be willing to try another book from P.R. Reid? Why or why not?

    No.this book sounded like a dull Sgt Schultz and Col Klink, with the Germans sounding like idiots and I'm no fan of the Nazi's.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tim Woodward?

    Almost anyone would have been better


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Colditz Story?

    Description of all areas of Colditz was more than I could process


    Any additional comments?

    I gave up after two hours.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Delusion In Death: In Death, Book 35

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1656)
    Performance
    (1455)
    Story
    (1437)

    It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving. Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.

    Lisa says: "Robb, Dallas & Ericksen - what a Fantastic Combo"
    "Susan Ericksen narration? You've got to kidding."
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    Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

    I couldn't finish this one. it took three chapters to figure out who the characters were. I finally gave up after part one. really bad narrative. think you should give me a credit. using two or three voices may have made it worth listening too.


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. D. Robb? Why or why not?

    Don't know. Couldn't finish this one because the narration was horrible!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Ericksen’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Delusion In Death?

    All the fake Irish brouges


    Any additional comments?

    After all these years I think you owe me a credit for this tripe.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1803)
    Performance
    (1491)
    Story
    (1504)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Our Scary Future"
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    If you could sum up Boomerang in three words, what would they be?

    look out below


    What other book might you compare Boomerang to and why?

    other Michael Lewis books.


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

    He almost makes the disturbing issues comical. I laughed more than once.


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

    The Greek monks bribing government officials


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if we're a step ahead or a step behind Europe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War That Came Early: West and East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (57)

    In 1938, two men held history in their hands. One was Adolf Hitler. The other was British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, who, determined to avoid war at any cost, came to be known as "the great appeaser". But Harry Turtledove, the unrivaled master of alternate history, has launched a gripping saga that springboards from a different fateful act: What if Chamberlain had stood up to Hitler? How would the war have unfolded and changed our world?

    Theodore says: "Alternate history and elegant story-telling"
    "War that came early"
    Overall

    I gave up after about seven hours. It was hard to follow a story line when the switch from one group story line to another happened so often. I love most of his work but this one was too hard for me to handle. Part of the problem might be the sound quality which was not up to the standards I am accustomed to from your audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6862)
    Performance
    (3230)
    Story
    (3235)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "The Passage"
    Overall

    I thought it was weird and lost interest rather quickly.A waste of time and money.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful

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