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Williamstown, MA, USA | Member Since 2006

  • 5 reviews
  • 107 ratings
  • 355 titles in library
  • 30 purchased in 2014

  • God Save the Mark: A Novel of Crime and Confusion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald E. Westlake
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What, you ask, is a Fred Fitch? Well, for one thing, Fred Fitch is the man with the most extensive collection of fake receipts, phony bills of sale, and counterfeit sweepstakes tickets in the Western hemisphere, and possibly in the entire world. For another thing, Fred Fitch may be the only New York City resident in the twentieth century to buy a money machine.

    Kelly Howard says: "somewhat strange book, hard to assign stars to"
    "Good fun"
    Where does God Save the Mark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. Bank Shot will always be my favorite, but God Save the Mark was also pretty great. Donald Westlake finds a way to make every crime worth laughing about.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of God Save the Mark?

    When Harry realized that someone had been shooting at him

    What about Oliver Wyman’s performance did you like?

    Great voices for each of the many characters

    If you could take any character from God Save the Mark out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Donald Westlake. I want to know where he gets his ideas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paradise City: A Joe Gunther Mystery, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Archer Mayor
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation are alerted to a string of unrelated burglaries across Vermont. Someone, in addition to flatscreens, computers, and stereos, has also been stealing antiques and jewelry. Meanwhile, in Boston, an elderly woman surprises some thieves in her Beacon Hill home and is viciously murdered. The Boston police find that not only is the loot similar to what's being stolen in Vermont, but it may have the same destination.

    Carol says: "The Names of the Streets are Real"
    "Solid member of the Vermont series"
    Would you listen to another book narrated by William Dufris?


    Any additional comments?

    The Vermont (and New England) detail gives them special interest for both residents and visitors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "A different view of a story we think we know"
    What did you love best about In the Garden of Beasts?

    the details of their lives in Berlin in the 30's

    What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Garden of Beasts?

    Memorably sad, when the ambassador is removed for his principled public stand against the Nazi excesses.

    What aspect of Stephen Hoye’s performance would you have changed?

    His intonation can be singsong at times. His voicing of the quotations is very good, but the singsong detracts somewhat from the narration ("singsong" may be the wrong word but that is the best I can come up with to describe the intonation of his sentences)

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

    See Nazi Berlin through the eyes of an American girl

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Part 2: March 4, 1861 - March 26, 1864

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ulysses S. Grant
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson

    Covering the pivotal years 1861-1864, General Ulysses S. Grant leads us in his own words from Fort Sumter to his appointment as commander of all the armies of the North. Grant remembers his experiences with the key players of the day, takes us onto the battlefields, and recounts the twists and turns of fate. Grant was a failed peacetime soldier, failed farmer, failed woodcutter, failed bill collector, and 38-year-old clerk in a harness store in the spring of 1861. By 1864, he was directing all the Union forces.

    Centaur1129 says: "A Must-Read for any history buff!"
    "Great book - Tough listen"

    This is justifiably praised as one of the classics of American literature and one of the best autobiographies ever written, but I found it impossible to listen to because it was so detailed in that I wanted to re-read certain sections and to have a map handy for frequent reference - both quite difficult in this format.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Highly overrated"

    After all of the glowing recommendations I had heard for this book, I expected something more than this naive fairy tale for adults. I enjoyed the picture that the book painted of life in the circus but the mostly one-dimensional characters and the many over-obvious plot devices made me distrust the one element of this disappointing book that I did enjoy. Read "Modoc" instead if you are interested in elephants and the circus

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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