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Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 112 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014

  • Fire Shut Up in My Bones: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Charles M. Blow
    • Narrated By Charles M. Blow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A gorgeous, moving memoir of how one of America's most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past. New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow mines the compelling poetry of the out-of-time African-American Louisiana town where he grew up - a place where slavery's legacy was felt astonishingly close, reverberating in the elders' stories and in the near-constant wash of violence.

    kim says: "Well written and engaging… audio could be better"
    "Authors should NOT read their books."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it might have been had a professional read the book. It's a rare talent and generally authors don't have it. This is an example. It sounded like "pressured speech". Barbara Kingsolver, Simon Winchester, Alexander McCall-Smith and John Le Carre' can do it, but most authors should leave it to the professionals

    Would you be willing to try another book from Charles M. Blow? Why or why not?

    Definitely YES, if he did not read it.

    What didn’t you like about Charles M. Blow’s performance?

    The pace/cadence. Again, it seemed like "pressured speech. Way too slow and the sentences did not flow appropriately.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I don't think so. It might depend on the cast.

    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to over 900 books in the past several years and I've come to appreciate what a talent "performing" a book is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barack Obama: The Story

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Maraniss
    • Narrated By David Maraniss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a groundbreaking work based on hundreds of interviews, including with President Obama, and a trove of letters, journals, and other documents, one of our pre-eminent journalists presents a richly textured account of Barack Obama and the forces that shaped him. This book begins in Kansas and Kenya, decades before Obama was born, and ends as he prepares for a political life. The listener gains a deeper insight into the first black president of the United States, revealing as never before the arc of his history.

    Darwin8u says: "Solid Work @ Debunking Fairy-Tales & Dark Fantasms"
    "Better Read by a Professional"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Barack Obama to be better than the print version?

    Few writers should read their own books. Think Simon Winchester, Bill Bryson and Barbara Kingsolver as three that do an excellent job. David Maraniss' audio book would benefit greatly by allowing a professional to read his comphehensive, fascinating book. The research is unrelenting,the resultant information juxtaposed masterfully to reveal the interconnections between the President, his parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents. But Mr. Maraniss' voice is not suitable for such a task. Few voices are, so some things are best left to the professionals.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved reading about "Barry's" foibles at Occidental College. A typical undergraduate who found his direction and never looked back. He owes a lot to the "motley crew" who helped shape his world view.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As mentioned above, Mr. Marianiss' voice is not the best for undertaking such a read. It frequently trails off requiring a rewind. I think it's enough that he wrote this thorough, exhaustive and entertaining biography. Leave the rest to the professionals.

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

    Since the book is 20+ hours, listening to it in one sitting is pretty much impossible. It is worth every minute, however.

    Any additional comments?

    I do appreciate the research that went into this book. I do not recommend the audio version, but would most definitely recommend the print version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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