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Joseph

Bellevue, WA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Drama: An Actor's Education

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Lithgow
    • Narrated By John Lithgow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (252)

    In this riveting and surprising personal history, John Lithgow shares a backstage view of his own struggle, crisis, and discovery, revealing the early life and career that took place out of the public eye. Above all Lithgow’s memoir is a tribute to his most important influence: his father, Arthur Lithgow, who, as an actor, director, producer, and great lover of Shakespeare, brought theater to John’s boyhood. From bedtime stories to Arthur’s illustrious productions, performance and storytelling were constant and cherished parts of family life.

    Diane Havens says: "Superb"
    "John Lithgow - The Actor as Storyteller"
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    I didn't care so much for the long recounting of his childhood. When he hits his professional stride, the story became more interesting. He's a good, but not great, writer but a great actor who brings the non-actor into the heart and purpose of drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (909)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (786)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Absolutely Stunning"
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    Maybe the best Audible purchase ever! Victor Hugo may be the greatest novelist to write in any language. Julie Rose's translation is a beautiful work of art. George Guidall couldn't have been better. The long essay sections on Waterloo, convents, slang and the Paris sewers were okay - DEFINITELY not a reason to avoid this moving, funny, riveting masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11388)
    Performance
    (9855)
    Story
    (9827)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "One of a Kind"
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    I loved Dylan Baker's narration of Grapes of Wrath. Not so much this one. Despite the nods towards Jobs' terrible interpersonal skills, the book still comes off as a bit too adulatory. However, for a story about a very unique and influential man who impacted so much of our day-to-day lives, it's a "5." He would have liked the karma of listening to the story on my IPhone. Very much appreciated Jobs' own words at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17703)
    Performance
    (15740)
    Story
    (15692)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Sweet Story"
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    Extremely clever. Worked the idea of time travel to a tee. King obviously is an experienced and gifted story teller. Very, VERY much enjoyed Wasson on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4543)
    Performance
    (3275)
    Story
    (3299)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Surprise Surprise! Liked this one a lot."
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    In the '70's I read and enjoyed The Stand and The Shining, but burned out on the ridiculously long books so stopped reading SK. Listened to and loved 11/22/63 so checked out the reviews and heard so many good things about Steven Weber I figured, "What the heck." Glad I did. Weber is a master reader. His acting background clearly helps. Weber makes this story come alive. I don't know if I would have read this book but loved listening to it. SK is really a master story teller. The story about the relationships between the main characters drew me in. Get it. Enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12725)
    Performance
    (5097)
    Story
    (5136)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Spectacular Performance"
    Overall

    When John Lee was finished with his incomparably beautiful reading of this book, I almost cried (seriously) at having to bid adieu to this magical world. Ken Follett is a wonderful story-teller and I'd say that if I could give this combination of story and narrator 10 stars, I would.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David S. Reynolds
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    The years from 1815 to 1848 were arguably the richest period in American life. In Waking Giant, award-winning historian David S. Reynolds illuminates the era's exciting political story alongside the fascinating social and cultural movements that influenced it. He casts fresh light on Andrew Jackson, who redefined the presidency, as well as John Quincy Adams and James K. Polk, who expanded the nation's territory and strengthened its position internationally.

    Tad Davis says: "Lucid narration"
    "Waking Giant"
    Overall

    Really an exceptional volume. Reynolds weaves together political and cultural history in one of the most enjoyable history books I have read (listened to) in years. You will set this book (your Ipod) down and marvel at how little we have changed in almost 200 years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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