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Ronnie

Liverpool, NY, United States

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  • 9 reviews
  • 52 ratings
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  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Guy Lawson, William Oldham
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (46)

    The Brotherhoods is the chilling chronicle of the shocking crimes of NYPD detectives Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito, notorious rogue cops convicted in April 2006 of the ultimate form of police corruption-shielding their acts behind their badges while they worked for the mob. Their crimes included participation in the murders of at least eight men, kidnapping, torture, and the betrayal of an entire generation of New York City detectives and federal agents

    Conrad says: "Blind Justice"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    This is a great companion to "Gaspipe confessions of a mafia boss". The author of that book presents a skewed and too kind picture of Anthony Casso. "The Brotherhoods", gives a more accurate picture. The 2 main characters are horrible human beings,but the story is a great listen. I just wish the narrator would pronounce Casso's name correctly. Drove me nuts! Get it,you won't be dissapointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wiseguy

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nicholas Pileggi
    • Narrated By Nicholas Pileggi
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    This is the true-crime bestseller that was the basis for Martin Scorsese’s film masterpiece GoodFellas, which brought to life the violence, the excess, the families, the wives and girlfriends, the drugs, the payoffs, the paybacks, the jail time, and the Feds... with Henry Hill’s crackling narration drawn straight out of Wiseguy and overseeing all the unforgettable action.

    Read it and experience the secret life inside the mob - from one who’s lived it. Now with an introduction by Martin Scorcese.

    Ronnie says: "ABRIDGED!"
    "ABRIDGED!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not get this unless you are a die hard fan of the story (as I am).


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a great story,because it's true.


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

    Pileggi does a decent job as the reader,but I don't think he was the best choice.


    Any additional comments?

    Beware of the "actors" playing various characters. They do a horrendous job! Accents way off,inflection bad,just awful casting. I look forward to an unabridged version with a professional narrator (actor) and appropriate casting if needed. I prefer one reader doing all the characters myself.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (1167)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (692)

    In this, their first adventure, Chet and Bernie investigate the disappearance of Madison, a teenage girl who may or may not have been kidnapped, but who has definitely gotten mixed up with some very unsavory characters.

    Maggie says: "Great entertainment!"
    "Great Fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Dog on It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the better listens I've had here. If you are a dog person,or just like dogs at all,you will enjoy this book. The more of a dog person you are,the better it is.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dog on It?

    When Chet was at the shelter,I was on the edge of my seat.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

    Chet is the star of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this, and you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Whale Warriors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    For two months, journalist Peter Heller rode aboard the vegan pirate ship Farley Mowat as it stalked its prey, a Japanese whaling fleet, through the storms and ice of Antarctica. The ship is black, flies under a jolly roger, and carries members of the Sea Shepherd Society, a radical environmental group who are willing to die to stop illegal whale hunting.

    Eric Taylor says: "A book everyone needs to read!"
    "Avoid This Reader!"
    Overall

    This is the second book I have listened to with this reader.I didn't realize it was him until it was too late. He has almost no inflection, and is as monotone as can be.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divorced from the Mob: My Journey From Organized Crime to Independent Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Andrea Giovino, Gary Brozek
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    From mob wife with blood on her hands to straight-arrow breadwinner for her four kids, a tale of transformation and empowerment from a woman whose life in organized crime makes Carmella Soprano look like June Cleaver.

    Victoria says: "A monument to the power of denial"
    "Leaves You Hanging"
    Overall

    A great story if you like mob stories which I do. At the end, she just stops, like there was a pot boiling on the stove or something. Maybe there's a sequel in the works? I want to hear the rest dammit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3643)
    Performance
    (1604)
    Story
    (1613)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Not For The Average Reader"
    Overall

    If you're not a scientist or otherwise very well educated, this is not for you. I had a very hard time making it all the way to the end of this book.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    In the years around 1870, the concept of building a great bridge to span the East River between the cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn required a vision and determination comparable to that which went into the building of the pyramids. Throughout the fourteen years of the bridge's construction, the odds against its successful completion seemed staggering. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives were lost, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion constantly threatened the project.

    Greg says: "Very Poorly Abridged"
    "Facsinating Stuff!"
    Overall

    Yes there is much talk of NYC politics, and it does go into painstaking detail at times. This is all part of the building of The Great East River Bridge. This is a story of great proprtions, and of engineering at a time when talk of such a bridge was akin to science fiction today. The Brooklyn Bridge still stands tall today, and is excellent shape after almost 125 years of service. If you're even thinking of listening to this one, i say do it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

    Sarah says: "Gripping despite the minutiae"
    "The Best!"
    Overall

    A great book and a great narrator. What more can you ask for? I only wish there were more of Melville's sea adventure books available as audio books.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By John Chatty
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Herman Melville's first novel is based on his experiences traveling through the South Sea islands. It tells of a man and his friend, Toby, who jump ship in the Marquesas Islands and end up in the valley of Typee, where they become the captives of the island's inhabitants, cannibals. Rather than eating them, however, their captors simply will not let them leave. Toby does escape, but the hero is left behind with a leg wound.

    Ronnie says: "Poor Audio Quality!"
    "Poor Audio Quality!"
    Overall

    This book has been transferred from cassette and it shows. The audio gets louder and lower, is warbly at times, and occasionally sentences are repeated (as if someone lost their place when transferring it). Still it is a great story, and Melville paints such beautiful pictures with his writing.I wish there was a better version, but until then, don't waste your time/money/credit on this edition. Try the unabridged "Moby Dick" as read by Adams Morgan instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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