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D. R. King

Complex realist

Member Since 2012

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  • 83 titles in library
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  • Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (207)

    This magnificent novel is about the murder of a miserly, aged pawnbroker and her younger sister by a radical, destitute St. Petersburg student named Raskolnikov, and the emotional, mental, and physical effects that follow. It is a remarkable masterpiece about a man's turbulent inner life and his relationship to others and to society at large. Dostoevsky explored the human condition on many levels in this great piece, and among the main themes the novel explores is the rather strange theory that criminals have a spiritual need to be punished - that indeed they demand it.

    Marsha says: "Perfect narrator!"
    "Very dark psychological thriller."
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    If you could sum up Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, depressing, tense.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)?

    Listening to some of the interrogations would leave your palms sweaty.


    Did Charlton Griffin do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The female voices were a little annoying.


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

    The whole book is dark, dreary and depressing. This is not a happy, inspirational story.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a true classic... There is a reason people are still listing to this 150 years later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4123)
    Performance
    (2665)
    Story
    (2696)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Customer Bob says: "Great Book, With an Amazing Narrator"
    "An indictment of our politically correct world."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I really enjoyed the conversations this generated with my teenage children during a long road trip.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It did seem a little too slow placed.


    Any additional comments?

    An uncomfortable book for those who are not used to thinking for themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1981)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1146)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    Marv says: "a masterpiece!"
    "A simple but wonderful story."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    A wonderful tribute to the power of hard work, self-sacrifice and the meaning of true love. Rarely do you find yourself loving, hating, sympathetic to, disappointed in and admiring the same character in the same story.


    If you could rename The Good Earth, what would you call it?

    You wouldn't... It is the perfect title.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2872)
    Performance
    (2097)
    Story
    (2120)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Thought provoking and frighteningly prophetic."
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    What made the experience of listening to Brave New World the most enjoyable?

    By audiobooks standards this is a short book. The applicability of the story to today's media driven world is frightening at times.


    What other book might you compare Brave New World to and why?

    Far better than 1984 IMHO.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1239)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (687)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "Long but worth it!"
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    What did you love best about War and Peace?

    This is a history book, war story and love story all in one book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I wish women would narrate women's voices.


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

    I was totally surprised by how much I enjoyed the love story aspect/portions of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Most military officers will love this book. The first few hours are TOUGH as the dozen plus characters are introduced. Hang in there. Once you are hooked, YOU ARE HOOKED for 60+ hours.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (411)

    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."
    "Fascinating documentary like book on the Cold War"
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    Where does Command and Control rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the most interesting non-fiction audiobooks I've listened to thus far... Fast paced and never dull.


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

    We really lost, burnt, destroyed and screwed up THAT MANY nuclear warheads? Only by the grace of God did we not blow ourselves up by accident.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Krauthammer
    • Narrated By Charles Krauthammer, George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (478)

    A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

    Alan says: "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"
    "Great book, why did Krauthammer only read 1/2???"
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    What did you love best about Things That Matter?

    Krauthammer's text is incredible, and the half of the book that he personally narrates.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Things That Matter?

    His logic is so clear... Wonderful cross between a great story teller and a brilliant observer of the world.


    What aspect of Charles Krauthammer and George Newbern ’s performance would you have changed?

    Charles SHOULD HAVE READ THE ENTIRE BOOK. Charles Krauthammer's voice versus Newbern's is like fine scotch versus rot gut whiskey... Fine wine vs. sour juice. I was extremely disappointed when the story changed over from Krauthammer to Newbern. Did I mention Krauthammer has an incredible and soothing voice that is perfect for the audiobook format?


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

    The format makes the book fly by! The best of Krauthammer neatly packaged in one book, but for God's sake Mr. Krauthammer narrate the ENTIRE BOOK.


    15 of 18 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
    (10927)
    Performance
    (6123)
    Story
    (6172)

    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"
    "Outstanding audio book!"
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    If you could sum up Life of Pi in three words, what would they be?

    Adventurous, thought provoking


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

    The surprising and thought provoking conclusion.


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

    Accents.


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

    A story of physical and psychological survival.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost wish I would have read the book due to the intricate nature of the story, but then again I may have not had time to just sit and read it through (I listen to audiobooks while driving). Unless you are an excellent listener, you may miss some points or wish to be able to go back and reread select passages. Regardless, it is an incredible book and highly recommended regardless of the format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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