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Arnold Ziffle

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma U.S.A. | Member Since 2011

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  • The Supernaturals

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David L. Golemon
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (484)

    Seven years ago, Professor Gabriel Kennedy's investigation into paranormal activity at Summer Place ended in tragedy, and destroyed his career. Now, Kelly Delaphoy, the ambitious producer of a top-rated ghost-hunting television series, is determined to make Summer Place the centerpiece of an epic live broadcast on Halloween night. To ensure success, she needs help from the one man who has come face-to-face with the evil that dwells in Summer Place, a man still haunted by the ghosts of his own failure. Disgraced and alienated from the academic community, Kennedy wants nothing to do with it. But Summer Place has other plans....

    DebaDeb says: "Scary!!"
    "scary and suspensful despite silly ending"
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    First the Bad News: the ending/reveal of the story is pretty silly and out of left field. The plot and characters sometimes lapse into cliche.
    The Good News: In spite of these shortcomings, the story is largely enjoyable and engaging. (I'd probably have given 3 1/2 stars to the story if that were an option, but the goofy ending precludes a 4 star rating for me.) It has good suspense and some genuinely scary moments. The performance is solid and doesn't diminish. Deathless literature it is not, but it kept me entertained and that's what I was looking for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Moviegoer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Walker Percy
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    A winner of the National Book Award, The Moviegoer established Walker Percy as an insightful and grimly humorous storyteller. It is the tale of Binx Bolling, a small-time stockbroker who lives quietly in suburban New Orleans, pursuing an interest in the movies, affairs with his secretaries, and living out his days. But soon he finds himself on a "search" for something more important, some spiritual truth to anchor him.

    Melinda says: "The Moral Project"
    "Gem of a novel"
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    Set in New Orleans in the 1950's, Walker Percy's now mostly forgotten classic won the National Book Award in 1962 and depicts the erosion of the traditional South beneath the flood-tide of post-war American culture. The eponymous moviegoer/protagonist, Binx Bolling, an alienated young stockbroker, searches fruitlessly for meaning in his vapidly mundane existence. Throw in a little Cathlolic angst, a good dose of family conflict and it sounds like a recipe for some seriously dreary existentialism, but the tone of the book is light, almost playful in parts, and the narration gets it just right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume II: Alone, 1932-1940

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (275)

    This second volume in William Manchester's three-volume biography of Winston Churchill challenges the assumption that Churchill's finest hour was as a wartime leader. During the years 1932-1940, he was tested as few men are. Pursued by creditors (at one point he had to put up his home for sale), he remained solvent only by writing an extraordinary number of books and magazine articles.

    Andrew says: "Worth it"
    "A truly great biography with a truly great subject"
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    I read the book when it came out many years ago and remembered it fondly. I had forgotten though how truly superb it is. Epic and lush with its evocation of the Empire in the late Victorian era, it is also a superb portrait of the British political situation in the first three decades of the 20th century and a magisterial presentation of the coming of age of perhaps the last century's greatest figure. The narration is tremendous. Outstanding all the way around!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (685)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "An epic story of great humanity, brilliantly told"
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    Perhaps the best audio-book I have ever experienced. I'd have given it sixes across the board. The Warmth of Other Suns should be required reading for every American. The story of the Great Migration is presented magnificently: marvelously written and narrated. As a middle-aged white man who just missed the Jim Crow era in my state, I had been a bit wary of this book since it came out and won all those awards a few years ago. I don't enjoy being preached to, even when it's well-merited. Moreover, the subject is so vast, daunting and ultimately kind of a bummer. Ms. Wilkinson, however, does not preach. She simply tells her tale. And she tells it so well: a vibrant and sometimes thrilling triptych of immigrant’s stories, different in personality, time and geography, set against the six decade backdrop of the story of the Migration itself. I think it’s the most important work of American popular history in the last ten years. Ms. Miles’ narration is perfect. Well done in every way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (2516)
    Performance
    (1460)
    Story
    (1435)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Illuminating and accessible, if occassionally dry"
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    Have you heard the one about the Statistician Godfather? He makes you an offer you can’t understand.
    Probability is complicated stuff and generally boring enough to peel the paper off the walls. Yet it undeniably rules all of our everyday lives, perhaps more than we’d care to acknowledge sometimes. Prof. Mlodinow does an excellent job of making it accessible to us average Joes and as interesting as I've ever seen it presented.
    Mr. Pratt’s narration is solid, and, since it’s not a subject that lends itself to much more than that, I don’t mean to damn him with faint praise.
    The audible format is perhaps not the best way to experience The Drunkard’s Walk. Some of the explanation is quite involved and would probably bear some close reading and rereading, not easy when precision rewinding and re-rewinding is required. Still, it’s a very worthwhile book and this is a very painless way to read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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