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Nicholas

Tampa, FL, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Evan Thomas
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    John Paul Jones is more than a great sea story. Jones is a character for the ages. John Adams called him the "most ambitious and intriguing officer in the American Navy." The renewed interest in the Founding Fathers reminds us of the great men who made this country, but John Paul Jones teaches us that it took fighters as well as thinkers, men driven by dreams of personal glory as well as high-minded principle to break free of the past and start a new world. Jones' spirit was classically American.

    Bruce says: "Swashbuckler or Saviour"
    "Great book... HORRIBLE narrator..."
    Overall

    I’m sure this book in the print version is wonderful, so I cast absolutely no dispersions on the author…

    BUT, whoever found the narrator should have made sure that their reader actually knew how to pronounce fairly commonplace nautical terms, in what is after all a nautical biography.

    An example: The “forecastle” should NEVER be pronounced “fore-castle”; it is pronounced, “Foc-sil”. I know, I know, it makes no sense when applied to normal, everyday speech; but this is not everyday speech, this is sailor-talk which has a vocabulary and pronunciation all its own.

    I have purchased well over 400 audio-books via this site, and have enjoyed the vast majority. This is the first time I have ever stopped listening to an audio-selection and deleted it from my file library. This mispronunciation of terms begins to grate almost immediately, and I warn any sailor or mariner who listens to this audio-book, it get’s so consuming that you might have to stop listening.

    So be warned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems (Unabridged)

    • NONE (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Glenn Beck
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (77)

    The world is a mess. It seems that everywhere listeners turn, there's another problem. What is needed now are solutions. If only there was a man who could simplify things, cut through the rhetoric, and fix everything. Then, if he was just able to put all of that insight into something that people could buy...in a store and online...man, that would great. Wait a minute!

    Sheila says: "Funny & Thought Provoking"
    "Admitted Twisted Freak..."
    Overall

    Admitted full disclosure; I’m a sick, twisted freak… but trying to be as unbiased as possible, I loved the audio-book, and having Glenn read his own words (which would probably wouldn’t have been as funny if done by anyone other than the author) made it highly enjoyable.

    If you like Glenn, you’ll love his book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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