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John W. Aldis

jwaldis

Shepherdstown, WV | Member Since 2009

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  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (737)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "Don't "Clean Up" Hemingway"
    Overall

    Editing out the rough language from this book was annoying and unnecessary. I don't even undertand how it was legal!
    Selling me this edited audiobook without first telling me that somebody had "cleaned up" Hemingway's lively and realistic language was also unfair to me, your customer.

    104 of 117 people found this review helpful
  • Catching the Wolf of Wall Street: More Incredible True Stories of Fortunes, Schemes, Parties, and Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jordan Belfort
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    In this astounding account, Wall Street's notorious bad boy - and original million-dollar-a-month stock chopper - leads us through a drama worthy of The Sopranos, from his early rise to power to the FBI raid on his estate to the endless indictments at his arrest, to his deal with a bloodthirsty prosecutor to rat on his oldest friends and colleagues - while they were doing the same.

    Nxp says: "OK...if all you want is ice cream."
    "Being depraved does not make you a good person."
    Overall
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    What would have made Catching the Wolf of Wall Street better?

    Interesting subject.


    What could Jordan Belfort have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stop justifying his greed by telling us how worse he was in just about everything else in his life.


    Did Ray Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, actually.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Catching the Wolf of Wall Street?

    Just about all of it. How could something this raunchy be boring?


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Roger Kimball
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The architects of America's cultural revolution of the 1960s were Beat authors like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, and celebrated figures like Norman Mailer, Timothy Leary, Eldridge Cleaver, and Susan Sontag. In examining the lives and works of those who spoke for the 1960s, Roger Kimball conceives a series of cautionary tales, an annotated guidebook of wrong turns, dead-ends, and blind alleys.

    Suzanne says: "The Long March"
    "The Worst Book I've Read or Listened To"
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    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nobody but a bigot and a 14th Century monk can honestly enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Roger Kimball’s story?

    It is garbage.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None. OK. It was read well.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't finish it. This is such revisionist, reactionary trash that I am afraid I might end up taking some of it as serious scholarship. It isn't.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lierre Keith
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    We’ve been told that a vegetarian diet can feed the hungry, honor the animals, and save the planet. Lierre Keith believed in that plant-based diet and spent twenty years as a vegan. But in The Vegetarian Myth, she argues that we’ve been led astray - not by our longings for a just and sustainable world, but by our ignorance. e truth is that agriculture is a relentless assault against the planet, and more of the same won’t save us. In service to annual grains, humans have devastated prairies and forests, driven countless species extinct, altered the climate, and destroyed the topsoil - the basis of life itself....

    J. S. White says: "Interesting take on sustainability"
    "Anger at food"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Vegetarian Myth better?

    The author appears anxious to blame all her medical problems on her vegetarian diet since the life-long problems started six weeks after she started the diet. Her medical opinion makes no sense.


    Has The Vegetarian Myth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I'll be a LOT more careful choosing books like this.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too much anger boiling out of the text.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and annoyance that I had wasted my time/money on the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, don't buy this book.

    18 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    Overall
    (1124)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (554)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Barbara says: "Book: flawless. SKIP THE RECORDED INTRO!!"
    "This is a "chick flick" book."
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Betty Smith and/or Kate Burton?

    Don't know.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Betty Smith again?

    I doubt it.


    Did Kate Burton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yeah, she did a good job.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    It is probably terribly culturally important, etc., etc., but it remains a chick flick book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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