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Blake

BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Anne Frank Remembered

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Miep Gies, Alison Leslie Gold
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    For more than two years, Miep Gies and her husband helped hide the Franks from the Nazis. Like thousands of unsung heroes of the Holocaust, they risked their lives each day to bring food, news, and emotional support to the victims. From her own remarkable childhood as a World War I refugee to the moment she places a small, red-orange, checkered diary -- Anne's legacy -- in Otto Frank's hands, Miep Gies remembers her days with simple honesty and shattering clarity.

    Deidre says: "Thank you Miep Gies"
    "Outstanding audiobook!"
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    This is a great audiobook about Anne Frank and the people who helped her and her family while in hiding. The narrator is also great. You will not be disappointed if you get this audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Dennis E. Showalter
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (117)

    While the Battle of Kursk has long captivated World War II aficionados, it has been unjustly overlooked by historians. Drawing on the masses of new information made available by the opening of the Russian military archives, Dennis E. Showalter at last corrects that error. This battle was the critical turning point on World War II's Eastern Front. In the aftermath of the Red Army's brutal repulse of the Germans at Stalingrad, the stakes could not have been higher.

    rich says: "Big Ups to Prof. Showalter and Audible"
    "Boring book!"
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    This book was very boring. It is just a long dissertation on tank movements. There is no character development. You do not learn anything about the men who did the fighting. You only learn about tank regiments and their movement.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nick Offerman
    • Narrated By Nick Offerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (644)

    Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

    OpenMindedNotCredulous says: "On the need to acknowledge the role luck plays"
    "Great Book!!!"
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    I really enjoyed listening to this book! Nick's stories and narration are outstanding. You will not regret buying this audio book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When the Game Was Ours

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Bird, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jackie MacMullan
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    From the moment these two players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most compelling rivalry in the NBA. These were the basketball epics of the 1980s - Celtics vs Lakers, East vs West, physical vs finesse, Old School vs Showtime, even white vs black. Each pushed the other to greatness - together Bird and Johnson collected eight NBA Championships and six MVP awards.

    Marvin says: "BIRD AND MAGIC"
    "When the NBA was fun to watch!"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I was in high school when Bird and Magic where in their prime. This book took me back to when the NBA was great intertainment! My only issue with the book is the narrator. His voice makes me tired. He just seems bored by the material. It didn't ruin the book for me but it didn't enhance it either. I am sure many people will not mind the narrator but I wish that they would have used someone else.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Not Taco Bell Material

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (802)

    Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

    Ron says: "Must have for any Adam Carolla Fan!"
    "Great Listen!!"
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    I really enjoyed Adams new audio book. It has a lot of great stories about his early life. If you like his podcast then buy the book today!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Who's Your Caddy?: Looping for the Great, Near Great, and Reprobates of Golf

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rick Reilly
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Rick Reilly has been a senior sports writer for Sports Illustrated for the past 17 years, and has been named "Sports Writer of The Year" seven times. Now, he pokes his nose into the world of golf. How does he do it? By caddying ("looping") for top players, celebrities, and some really bad run-of-the-mill golfers, Reilly gains insight into the minds of golfers, their winning or less-than-winning ways, and what they actually mutter when they're in the middle of play.

    Patrick says: "Absolutely Friggin' Hilarious!!!"
    "Very funny!"
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    I really enjoyed this audio book. The content and the narrator was awesome. I only wish it was longer. I listened to it twice.

    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
    (1931)
    Performance
    (1679)
    Story
    (1676)

    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"
    "Great audiobook!"
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    This is an outstanding book about the life and assination of President Garfield. The narrator is also very good. You will not be disappointed with this audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2057)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (539)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "The best adventure story ever told!"
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    This book is outstanding! It is one of the best WWII stories I have have ever heard. Please get this audiobook. You will not be disappointed. The narrator is also great. There is a bonus interview with the two main characters at the end of the book that you also must hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (10995)
    Performance
    (7008)
    Story
    (7039)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Great Book!"
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    This is another great book by Laura Hillenbrand! The story is almost to hard to believe. The things that Louis Zamperini and his fellow soldiers had to endure was really gut wrenching. The narration was also outstanding. Buy this book. You will not be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Evel: The High-Flying Life of Evel Knievel: American Showman, Daredevil, and Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Leigh Montville
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Evel Knievel was a high-flying daredevil, the father of extreme sports, the personification of excitement and danger and showmanship... and in the 1970s, Knievel represented a unique slice of American culture and patriotism. His jump over the fountains at Caesar's Palace led to a crash unlike anything ever seen on television, and his attempt to rocket over Snake River Canyon in Idaho was something only P. T. Barnum could have orchestrated.

    Blake says: "Evel"
    "Evel"
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    I enjoyed the book. The writing style was not great but I liked the story. I did have a small issue with the narration. The narrator pronounced the word motorcycle in an unusual way. It almost sounded like meutercycle. It would not have bothered me much except that the word was used many times. It just seems odd to me that the producers would not have corrected him. But it was not a big deal, just a little odd.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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