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chris

las vegas, NV, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 53 reviews
  • 151 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Adam Beach
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Flight is the hilarious and tragic story of an orphaned Indian boy - "Zits" - who travels back and forth through time in a charged search for his true identity. With powerful, swift prose, Flight follows the troubled teenager as he learns that violence is not the answer.

    chris says: "Search ends"
    "Search ends"
    Overall

    I order somewhere around 30 audible titles a year. Every now and then I luckily stumble across a book like this. Within the first five minutes I knew I'd snagged a total winner. Amazing book. Well narrated. Everything.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1374)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (674)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    I've listened to this audiobook literally 50 times since I first bought it. The story, itself, is already amazing but they did a superb job on the audio. This book will show you what its like to be a real man instead of someone with a faux hawk who walks around a mall text-messaging and trying to hook up with cougar moms all day. Every boy should be forced to read this at age 21 and when he's done, should be punched in the face.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3435)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1166)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Yes"
    Overall

    I'm not going to ruin your journey into this book by telling you everything about it. It is better to venture in, the way that I did, by knowing nothing more than the author's name and the bird on the cover. This novel succeeded on so many levels for me. Having grown up in the DC area punk scene, I was impressed with the authenticity of certain indie and punk rock references in the book. One would not expect such from an Oprah book. To me, the writing here is absolutely flawless. It took a few hours for me to really get interested, but then the book just blossomed for me. Also, this is absolutely the best narration of any book ever. I would estimate that I'll probably read this book at least ten or more times in my lifetime. It was that well-wrriten.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joshua Wolf Shenk
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Drawing on a wealth of his own research and the work of other Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst crisis in the "coping strategies" he developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies.

    Scott says: "Lincoln was depressed - who knew?"
    "Hands down awesome"
    Overall

    I almost didn't buy this because the sample on here sounded a little shoddy. However, I am glad I bought it and would say the actual audio is superb. I enjoyed the narrator and the content of this book stunned me at every turn. It is a great book for anyone who has struggled through depression and asked themselves, 'is the answer to my problems in a pill, or in channeling my pain into something more powerful and meaningful'? It is for anyone who likes Lincoln and to learn about History. One of the best audio's I've ever listened to. I'm buying 5 in print editions for friends this Christmas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert L. O'Connell
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    For fans of Victor Davis Hanson, Donald Kagan, and Barry Strauss comes a rich, sweeping account of the most imitated---and vicious---battle in history.

    Douglas says: "Hannibal's Legacy"
    "enjoyed"
    Overall

    First off, the narrator is amazing. Especially for the subject matter of this book. Secondly, I enjoyed that the beginning of this book details a brief history of how man first started to hunt and gather and form tribes. I thought it was a good book and the only detractors were when the author paused to argue that some people believe differently than the view he was expressing. I understand this for the scholary who he probably felt would test his work, but for the layman reader I just wanted to hear the account straight-up, with no intrusion. Still a good book. Very detailed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By James McPherson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

    Brian says: "Incredible audio book"
    "volume1"
    Overall

    When you see 'Volume 1,' the first thing you ask yourself, am I really going to go the distance with this book and surrender how many 48+ hours it will take to complete all volumes? I've had hit or miss experiences with other civil war books and was pulled right into this one. For me, this is the one to have. Narration is perfect. Someone on here gave it a 1 star and said its from a northern point of view. I felt it was impartial. I give it 5 stars because I learned very much and the narration was top notch.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Sidney Poitier
    • Narrated By Sidney Poitier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (126)

    In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

    A User says: "bravo!!!"
    "snooze"
    Overall

    Oprah said to like this, so some people are going to like it already before they open the book. I am giving it three stars, because it has a very personal feel to the narration. I am not going to say this is a bad book, only that it was not for me. A few hours into it, I had to ask myself really why was I going to waste another few hours learning about an actor that will be forgotten in 20 years instead of reading about someone who made a bigger impact on history. Nothing against Portier, but two or three hours into it that's why I gave up. Almost anyone can sit back and tell you about their life, but I felt there were better stories out there. that's all. This is not a bad book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They Called Him Stonewall: A Life of Lieutenant General T. J. Jackson, C.S.A.

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Burke Davis
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    Stonewall Jackson was a military genius, at once peculiar and perfect, a fearless soldier in battle but a God-fearing man who hesitated to kill on Sunday. He broke the rules of war to win, and yet his tactics are studied in military academies the world over. Burke Davis brings the color, vivid characterization, and immediacy of the best fiction to this fascinating biography.

    Pamkf says: "A Great General"
    "Good precursor"
    Overall

    I don't think that many people I know would like this book, however it appeals to me as I attempt to tackle as much of the civil war understanding as I can. This book put me into the mindset of the men in action and shows the strategies they forged and the times they feared and hated the yankees. Their hope... such as when Stonewall constantly sent money back home for his wife to buy confederate bonds. This was a great way for me to learn enough about Stonewall to attempt other civil war books. I felt the narration was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (360)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Caveat"
    Overall

    There's always a caveat to audiobooks or books like this. They will enrich your knowledge so much, but are so voluminous that you must commit weeks or months to completing them. I did not know much about Alexander Hamilton before reading this, other than a vague sense that he was one of those white dudes who founded the country. This audio book blew me away with knowledge about all the struggles he and George and others went through to get this country started on the right foot and keep it there as long as they lived. Truly remarkable. I feel like if every American read this, maybe we wouldn't squabble so much over petty things and understand truly what a remarkable country this is and how tumultuous was its birth.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wealth, War, and Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Barton Biggs
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    In Wealth, War, and Wisdom, legendary Wall Street investor Barton Biggs reveals how the turning points of World War II intersected with market performance. Biggs will help the 21st-century investor comprehend our own perilous times as well as choose the best strategies for the modern market economy.

    morton says: "A Must For Every Serious Investor"
    "Ended up liking it"
    Overall

    Started into this very intrigued, but started to lose interest because I thought it was going to etch forward about WWII and contrast against stock movement every twenty minutes for the entire book. In the beginning it felt that way, but then went into overdrive with WWII information and was more sparing with the stock info. I went into the book wanting to know about the markets, but the WWII info was so gripping I wanted to know more about that. The book delivered and I was very pleased with how it was all put together. I am glad there was much more WWII than stock market info because otherwise you'd feel like the facts were there just to prove the initial thesis- that markets gauge people's sentiment, hope, and lack of hope during a war.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tobacco Road

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Erskine Caldwell
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Set during the Depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding Augusta, Georgia, Tobacco Road was first published in 1932. It is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most of their creditors have given up on them. Debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness, the Lesters are preoccupied by their hunger, sexual longings, and fear that they will one day descend to a lower rung on the social ladder than the black families who live near them.

    chris says: "No Grapes of Wrath"
    "No Grapes of Wrath"
    Overall

    Audible doesn't carry Grapes of Wrath at this point, but this book is a lesser-known, not as epic story of depression-era people living on a farm in Georgia. I thought the narration was great and it makes for a great short book. It lacked the seriousness of grapes of wrath, but was enjoyable not as a deep life-changing novel. I liked it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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