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Charles Cyr

Underhill, VT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (210)

    The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, New York and Washington, learned how to manufacture it - until August 2007, when that confidence began to crumble. Ron Suskind here tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility".

    shari says: "another uneducated narrator"
    "Corruption and Greed"
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    What made the experience of listening to Confidence Men the most enjoyable?

    Very fascinating to have illuminated the intermingled workings of Washington and those greedy bastards on Wall Street. I thoroughly enjoyed this, even though it made my blood boil at times.It shows how Obama was subtly corralled by some in his cabinet, so they could save their banking friends from full blown popular disgrace....


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

    No. He did a fine job with this...


    If you could give Confidence Men a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I think "Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President" is very apropos.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Straight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Russo
    • Narrated By Sam Freed
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (177)

    Russo's protagonist is William Henry Devereaux, Jr., the reluctant chairman of the English department of a badly underfunded college in the Pennsylvania rust belt. In the course of a single week, Devereaux will have his nose mangled by an angry colleague, imagine his wife is having an affair with his dean, wonder if a curvaceous adjunct is trying to seduce him with peach pits, and threaten to execute a goose on local television.

    Jeffrey A. Sherman says: "Shockingly good"
    "Among The Best I've Ever Heard!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I already have!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Russo's ability to depict the humorous aspects of the ordinary lives of these small town academicians.


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

    A matter-of-fact reading that underscores and enhances the wry, witty, prose of Russo.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1394)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (806)

    George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!

    Dusty says: "If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last."
    ".... only some are more equal...."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It is a classic that everyone should read (or listen to). I'm glad I finally did.


    What other book might you compare Animal Farm to and why?

    Of course, Lord of the Flies and 1984, both of which deal with society and power. And how power inevitably manipulates the (usually largely dimmer-witted) followers in society, to the deliberate benefit of those in power.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Boxer. He represents the simpleminded but industrious masses which the authorities utilize to sustain power for themselves.


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

    Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of the Flies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By William Golding
    • Narrated By William Golding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (444)

    Marooned on a tropical island, alone in a world of uncharted possibilities, and devoid of adult supervision or rules, a group of British boys begins to forge a society with its own unique rules and rituals.

    Raisa says: "Great story - bad narration"
    "Boys will be boys..."
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    Another classic I'd never gotten around to reading. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Depicts well the genesis of the inevitable power struggles that have to occur in any manner of a developing civilization.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Classic Gold

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    This set contains three of George Carlin's classic albums from the 1970s in their entirety: FM & AM, Class Clown, and Occupation Foole.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Don't listen and drive"
    "Classic George"
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    What made the experience of listening to Classic Gold the most enjoyable?

    George Carlin's brilliant mind, his unique comic associative perspective and ability to eloquently relate to the audience, make him a pleasure to listen to. It was enjoyable to re-hear some of his classic works and, of course, I relished the ones I hadn't heard before.


    Would you be willing to try another book from George Carlin? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's light entertainment with George's comic brilliance.


    Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

    .


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3867)
    Performance
    (2428)
    Story
    (2460)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) says: "Come one, Come all into 1984!"
    "28 years later....."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I finally got to listen to one of the classics I'd always wanted to read. It was time well spent.
    It certainly makes one wonder about the motivations and methods of those in power, in any society. I'll take democracy over totalitarianism any day.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Can't change a classic.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was appropriate. British accent makes it euphonious.


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

    Probably not. Too dated...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5686)
    Performance
    (2304)
    Story
    (2335)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "What a bore!"
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    What would have made The Road better?

    Story was drawn out and the dialog was... not really enough to be called dialog.
    I couldn't wait for it to end...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cormac McCarthy again?

    Probably not


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Stechschulte’s performances?

    Not likely


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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