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Scott Free

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  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall—from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frank Brady
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (295)

    From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer’s, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his life—he began as a brilliant youngster, then became the pride of American chess, then took a sharp turn, struggling with paranoia and mental illness. But nobody truly understood him.

    Roy says: "A Trajedy"
    "Bias mars the fasinating story of Bobby Fischer"
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    What did you love best about Endgame?

    Endgame revealed the more public timeline and details of Fischer's life and that by itself was interesting. But, holes in the narrative called into question the objectivity and research depth of the author.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Frank Brady again?

    I was not too impressed with Brady. Where was the interview with Fischer's wife? What about Fischer's sister and brother in-law. For that, you will have to go to the internet.


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

    Ray Porter did fine, that wasn't the problem.


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

    no, but I did finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Fischer is a very public and controversial figure. His true story was not revealed in this biography, far from it. My brief additional research showed that Brady was carrying an agenda in this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Damrosch
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    One day in 1872, self-taught Assyriologist George Smith was sifting through a pile of clay tablets when he realized he was reading about "a flood, storm, a ship caught on a mountain, and a bird sent out in search of dry land". This is the riveting story of the discovery of the world's first literary epic, the "Epic of Gilgamesh".

    James M says: "interesting- but not for everyone"
    "Hidden history through the back door of academia"
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    Where does The Buried Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Damrosch does well by getting at details that introductory books fall far short of. The Epic of Gilgmesh and its rediscovery has huge implications for our understanding of history and religion. Having books of this depth keep me looking at the Audible selection and I hope to find more like this one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Buried Book?

    Damrosch brings out the complexity of archaeology and the politics behind it. In particular the fate of the Iraqi man who actually found the clay tablets with the epic on them.


    What about William Hughes’s performance did you like?

    The narration was solid and did not get in the way of the story at all.


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

    This book held my interest till the end.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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