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Betty

Lititz, PA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 172 titles in library
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  • Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jim Norton
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (102)

    Comedian Jim Norton is dirty...really dirty...the kind of dirty that makes The Aristocrats look like a knock-knock joke. Fortunately for him, his kind of dirty humor has earned him the distinction of being third microphone on the immensely popular Opie & Anthony syndicated radio show. In Happy Endings, Jim brings his raw, hilarious, and offensively honest comedy to Audible® listeners.

    christina onorio says: "Jim Uncensored"
    "Adolescent Humor"
    Overall

    Possibly a great book if you’re 13-years old --- an adolescent attempt at boorish humor that’s not funny. I gather that most of the materials were a rehash of his comedy club skits or TV stints. I’ve never been to a comedy club and after listening to a small part of this audio, I’m definitely not interested in going to one.
    I kept asking myself why did I spend money for this stupid audio? Save your money/credits.

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2249)
    Performance
    (1962)
    Story
    (1964)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Mel says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Unexpected Pleasure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I knew nothing about James Garfield or his assassin before starting the book. I was fascinated with the skillful unraveling of the story of McKinley and his deranged assassin Charles Guiteau.
    The author/reader did a splendid job of recreating the 1880’s in my mind and letting me reflect what life must have been like back then --- the historical information was invaluable.
    This is a must for anyone who is vaguely interested in American history.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (1057)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (384)

    John Grisham's first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

    Mark says: "Good Book - Not Typical Grisham"
    "Save Your Money"
    Overall

    I concur with those who were disappointed with The Innocent Man. What a letdown. I haven't read anything this dry since, well, never. Next time, I'll wait for the "customer reviews."

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fourth Horseman: One Man's Mission to Wage the Great War in America

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Koenig
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The Fourth Horseman tells the startling story of that mission, led by a brilliant but conflicted surgeon who became one of Germany's most daring spies and saboteurs during World War I - and who not only pioneered bio-warfare in his native land but also lead a last-ditch German effort to goad Mexico into invading the United States. It is a story of mysterious missions, divided loyalties, and a new and terrible kind of warfare.

    Betty says: "First Half Accolades"
    "First Half Accolades"
    Overall

    The first half of this audio was extremely interesting and very enjoyable although much of it was a concentration of background information of the family of the main character, Anton Dilger --- much time is spent relaying facts about how important horses were to the conduct of war, very fascinating indeed, and something I never realized.
    The historical backdrop went back to the Civil War. Getting to the activities of Anton Dilger and his involvement took quite a bit of time but time well spent.
    The importance of disrupting the shipment of horses from the U.S. to Britain and France was a priority for the German war effort. One of the first organized attempts at germ warfare was directed at infecting horses bound for Europe, compliment of Anton Dilger.
    The second half of the audio was very much less interesting than the first --- the details became draining to say the least. I found myself drifting off quite a few times and had to “rewind” to catch up with what had happened.
    Too bad one cannot just buy the first half because it was so captivating.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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