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Deep South

ratings
75
REVIEWS
56
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
9
HELPFUL VOTES
62

  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    David says: "Stop browsing and get this Book"
    "Unbelievable--really."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't mind fiction portrayed as non fiction.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    This is not a question related to Dear Leader.


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

    To my knowledge I haven't.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel this is a book BASED on fact. It's impossible to believe it all. It is poorly written. I hope the author is held to account for selling mostly-fiction as non fiction.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Somewhere Inside

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Laura Ling, Lisa Ling
    • Narrated By Laura Ling, Lisa Ling
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    On March 17, 2009, Laura Ling and her colleague Euna Lee were working on a documentary about North Korean defectors who were fleeing the desperate conditions in their homeland. While filming on the Chinese/North Korean border, they were chased down by North Korean soldiers who violently apprehended them. Laura and Euna were charged with trespassing and "hostile acts," and imprisoned by Kim Jong Il's notoriously secretive Communist state.

    Tim says: "Her Sister's Story"
    "We are wonderfully important , connected sisters!"
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    What would have made Somewhere Inside better?

    Sticking to the subject of the plight of North Korean refugees rather than self promoting.


    What could Laura Ling and Lisa Ling have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Stop talking about themselves!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


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

    Anger


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be titled " Somwhere inside the mind of two sisiters in love with themselves. "

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mysterious Island

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Berny Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (306)

    Based on the true story of Alexander Selkirk, who survived alone for almost five years on an uninhabited island off the coast of Chile, The Mysterious Island is considered by many to be Jules Verne’s masterpiece. “Wide-eyed mid-nineteenth-century humanistic optimism in a breezy, blissfully readable translation by Stump” (Kirkus Reviews), here is the enthralling tale of five men and a dog who land in a balloon on a faraway, fantastic island of bewildering goings-on and their struggle to survive....

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful novel, mediocre translation"
    "One of the most boring classics I've read."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. It definitely drags.


    Has The Mysterious Island turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Berny Clark?

    Depends on the book.


    Did The Mysterious Island inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Few classics move slower than this one for me. Narrator Benny Clark's portrayal of the various charcters was poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 23rd Psalm: A Holocaust Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By George Lucius Salton
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    In September, 1939, George Lucius Salton's boyhood in Tyczyn, Poland, was shattered by escalating violence and terror under German occupation. His father, a lawyer, was forbidden to work, but 11-year-old George dug potatoes, split wood, and resourcefully helped his family. They suffered hunger and deprivation, a forced march to the Rzeszow ghetto, then eternal separation when 14-year-old George and his brother were left behind to labor in work camps while their parents were deported in boxcars to die in Belzec. For the next three years, George slaved and barely survived in 10 concentration camps.

    LifetimeRoad says: "One of the best holocaust books I've read."
    "One of the best holocaust books I've read."
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    What made the experience of listening to The 23rd Psalm the most enjoyable?

    Personal account of suffering Jewish boy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 23rd Psalm?

    Eating human stew.


    What about Ken Kliban’s performance did you like?

    He seemed to capture the youth of George.


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

    It seemed bad news followed bad throughout till the end when he was rescued.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (957)
    Story
    (968)

    On May 13, 1945, 24 American servicemen and WACs boarded a transport plane for a sightseeing trip over “Shangri-La,” a beautiful and mysterious valley deep within the jungle-covered mountains of Dutch New Guinea. Unlike the peaceful Tibetan monks of James Hilton’s best-selling novel Lost Horizon, this Shangri-La was home to spear-carrying tribesmen, warriors rumored to be cannibals. But the pleasure tour became an unforgettable battle for survival when the plane crashed. Miraculously, three passengers pulled through.

    Janice says: "Facinating history"
    "Fluff"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone desperately bored.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Dull.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mitchell Zuckoff?

    Several. My favorite is Simon Prebble.


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

    Disgust.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so sick of a plethora of background information being used as filler for short stories! This story could have been told (with a better narrator as well ) in a much more concise and exciting way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Darlene Deibler Rose
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    This is the true story of a young American missionary woman's courage and triumph of faith in the jungles of New Guinea and her four years in a notorious Japanese prison camp. Never to see her husband again, she was forced to sign a confession to a crime she did not commit and face the executioner's sword, only to be miraculously spared.

    Kathy says: "Evidence Not Seen - powerful"
    "Great story!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Evidence Not Seen to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Spirit of love and forgiveness.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes but the narrator sounds like a smoker. Not good.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    More like this please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sovereignty of God

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By A. W. Pink
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    "Present day conditions," writes Pink, "call loudly for a new examination and new presentation of God's omnipotence, God's sufficiency, God's sovereignty. From every pulpit in the land it needs to be thundered forth that God still lives, that God still observes, that God still reigns. Faith is now in the crucible, it is being tested by fire, and there is no fixed and sufficient resting place for the heart and mind but in The Throne of God.

    Terry says: "A Classic !!!"
    "Masterpiece"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It magnifies God.


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

    The almighty God omnipotent


    Any additional comments?

    What can I say? To grasp God's power mentally is impossible- to fear and revere Him is duty.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Report from Nuremberg: The International War Crimes Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Harold Burson
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Richard McGonagle, Gabrielle De Cuir, and others
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    Audible brings to life through dramatic performance the 1945-1946 radio broadcast reports covering the greatest courtroom drama of the 20th century - the Nuremberg trials. The original broadcasts have been lost forever, but the verbatim text - written by Harold Burson, founding chairman of one of the world’s leading public relations firms, Burson Marsteller, who at the time was a reporter for the Armed Forces Network - has been newly interpreted by an ensemble of some of our fine actors.

    Peter says: "Now there was radio!"
    "Don't waste a credit"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only a ww2 war crimes fanatic.


    Would you recommend Report from Nuremberg to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Very little interesting info about the convicts.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Huge hype that turned out to be a lame book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (900)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Captivating"
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    Would you listen to Inside Scientology again? Why?

    No. I was ignorant about Scientology , now I'm not.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How desperate people are imprisoned by false teaching.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    Comfortable voice.


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

    Seduction of the beautiful.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that this is only the beginning to exposing this destructive cult. I'll be relieved when one day it crumbles into the dust.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4010)
    Performance
    (2977)
    Story
    (2980)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Post apocalyptic romanticism."
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    What did you like best about Alas, Babylon? What did you like least?

    You feel you actually are there with the characters as events unfold. There is an underlying optimism and absence of panic which I believe would dominate the emotions of people subjected to such a tragedy.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The isolation of Fort Repose. The romantic feelings of characters frequently referred to in the book.


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

    Can't describe it. He's good.


    Did Alas, Babylon inspire you to do anything?

    Be more careful in buying dystopian books. I really liked 1984 but not this.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get it if you want a gripping "can't put it down " read. It's so-so, that's all.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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