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Michael

New Orleans, LA, United States | Listener Since 2009

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  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (414)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "Unafraid"
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    Story
    What did you love best about WAR?

    IT is told from a point of view that only few will ever see.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was impressed by the professionalism of the author and the care he seemed to have taken to both protect and tell the stories fo the men.


    What about Sebastian Junger’s performance did you like?

    It was refreshing to hear what he thought felt and experienced, He seemed honest in elplaining his bias and why


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    WAR the down and dirty you will not see on TV News.


    Any additional comments?

    THis book is not about the War it is about the Soldiers that have to fight the war. I highly encourage people who want to understand what it is like to go though that experience to read or listen to this book. I am a Veteran and I can relate to much of the emotions the men went through, although in a much suttler way. THESE MEN experienced pure hell, In the Two years I have spent in Iraq, exect for being mortored, I have only been engaged half a dozen times. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to go through that daily...THis book does a good job explaining it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1994)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1008)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Duuhhhh"
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    What did you like best about A Confederacy of Dunces? What did you like least?

    It seems like a genuine story...


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

    Its alot like Seinfield there is not an ending


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Barrett Whitener?

    Someone from the South. While I dought it would be possible for a New Orleanian to do the voices(because it would need subtitles) the narrator was so far off it was annoying for me. (Im from Louisiana)


    Did A Confederacy of Dunces inspire you to do anything?

    Eat a Lucky Dog


    Any additional comments?

    Eat a Lucky Dog!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2105)
    Performance
    (1834)
    Story
    (1835)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Interesting way to learn history"
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    If you could sum up Destiny of the Republic in three words, what would they be?

    Detailed Insiteful Dramatic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The glimpses into the everyday lives of the people at the time. Details of all walks of life.


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

    Extremely interesting in the way that the small details about Washington, the people, machines, and technology of the period. So vivid I thought I was watching the movie.


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

    Great!


    Any additional comments?

    Dont start if you have to stop. Interestingly there is very little political insight woven in. I appriciated the book, author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (650)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (486)

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "Great"
    Overall

    First book about the Great War I have found to be told from a neutral perspective. It inspired me to review the political motivations from the Northern and Southern viewpoints.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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