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Christopher

Dallas, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • War on the Waters: The Union and Confederate Navies, 1861–1865

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James M. McPherson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Although previously undervalued for their strategic impact because they represented only a small percentage of total forces, the Union and Confederate navies were crucial to the outcome of the Civil War. In War on the Waters, James M. McPherson has crafted an enlightening, at times harrowing, and ultimately thrilling account of the war’s naval campaigns and their military leaders. McPherson recounts how the Union navy’s blockade of the Confederate coast, leaky as a sieve in the war’s early months, became increasingly effective as it choked off vital imports and exports.

    Christopher says: "Mainly Union. Good Info. Enjoyable Reader."
    "Mainly Union. Good Info. Enjoyable Reader."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of War on the Waters to be better than the print version?

    I didnt read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed learning about how Lincoln and his admirals interacted. And how the evolution of the ships of war changed the landscape


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

    This is my first


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

    How technology & good Leadership won a war


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldnt get this book if the idea of a history book might seem boring to you. I knew nothing about the naval histories of the Civil War's belligerents outside of the Monitor and the Merrimac. So, most of the book was a learning experience for me. And, since history is one of my favorite subjects, it was an enjoyable experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III's Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Philippa Langley, Michael Jones
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    On 22 August 1485, Richard III was killed at Bosworth Field, the last king of England to die in battle. His victorious opponent, Henry Tudor (the future Henry VII), went on to found one of our most famous ruling dynasties. Richard's body was displayed in undignified fashion for two days in nearby Leicester and then hurriedly buried in the church of the Greyfriars. Fifty years later, at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, the king's grave was lost - its contents believed to be emptied into the river Soar - and Richard III's reputation buried under a mound of Tudor propaganda.

    yoderfamily01 says: "Should have been so much better!"
    "Process of discovery + a history lesson"
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    What did you love best about The King's Grave?

    The forensic investigation of Richard's battle wounds.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters


    What three words best describe Corrie James’s voice?

    Polite and professional. She is a fast narrator though. Sometimes her telling of history was rapid fire


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

    Discovering the Real Richard the III


    Any additional comments?

    The book is average. I'm a big history fan so I enjoyed learning about the intricacies of the history. I also enjoyed the analysis of Richard's body. But, I was expecting something else out of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Paterson
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    The Victorian era has dominated the popular imagination like no other period, but these myths and stories also give a very distorted view of the 19th century. The early Victorians were much stranger than we usually imagine, and their world would have felt very different from our own. It was only during the long reign of the Queen that a modern society emerged in unexpected ways.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brief, But Insightful"
    "Some parts were very interesting some parts droned"
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    What did you like best about A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain? What did you like least?

    There was lots of interesting information. Im interested in history in general and learned quite a bit about Victorian England


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Paterson before, how does this one compare?

    had no prior experience


    What three words best describe Mark Meadows’s performance?

    unobtrusive, steady, neither up nor down


    Was A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain worth the listening time?

    I would say so. There will be parts you kind of zone-out on, but the rest is worth while


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the book had been more in chronological order, but I'm satisfied with the time spent listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (338)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

    Rebecca Roztocil says: "Excellent Reading!"
    "I came here for Samuel L Jackson."
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    Where does A Rage in Harlem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't know that this book ranks all that high on the list of audiobooks Ive listened to, but its a solid piece of work


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Jackson's brother. He had the most depth and range.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    "The Blow" right at the beginning


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

    Everyone else seems to know not to trust a high yellow woman.


    Any additional comments?

    I got this book strictly because Samuel L Jackson was the narrator. Based on his performance, I would get any other book he narrated too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3047)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1062)

    In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

    FanB14 says: "Read on...Hilarity Ensues"
    "David Sedaris is always amusing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim the most enjoyable?

    I think the thing that made it the most enjoyable was that David read the book. There's something extra that comes through when a writer is the one reading his own material. Especially Sedaris, who is used to reading/speaking in front of crowds.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would pick David's younger brother. I think he was the best because of the huge chasm there is between he and David personality wise


    Which scene was your favorite?

    David's sleep over when the other neighborhood boys


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    If you like David Sedaris, get this. If you like lighthearted but smart story telling, get this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brett Martin
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (186)

    In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows, first on premium-cable channels like HBO and then basic-cable networks like FX and AMC, dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating always-likable characters, plots that wrapped up neatly every episode, or subjects that were deemed safe and appropriate, shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, and more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality....

    Kali says: "Praise TV's third golden age!"
    "Thoughtful Treatise & Interesting Behind the Scene"
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    If you could sum up Difficult Men in three words, what would they be?

    Modern Television Defined


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narrative inside HBO and FX and how it played out in TV shows they offered to the public


    Which character – as performed by Keith Szarabajka – was your favorite?

    No characters really


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

    Modern Television Defined


    Any additional comments?

    There's a lot of interesting information even if you're not a huge television fan. It's an interesting book if you're a fan of any of the modern anti-hero series of today.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (190)

    LIVE recordings of new, previously unreleased David Sedaris stories!

    e.good says: "Use your extra credit here."
    "Laughed the whole way through"
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    Would you listen to David Sedaris again? Why?

    I love David Sedaris. The first time I heard him he was describing his job as a Macys Santa Elf and I was hooked from there. He's an understated and engaging writer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I dont think I had a favorite character per se.


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

    Yes. And this one has been funnier than the others Ive read


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were plenty of times were I was laughing out loud


    Any additional comments?

    This is a really good collection of shorts. The only problem is. It's so short. I thought my app had malfunctioned when it ended an hour and change into the recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By David Simon
    • Narrated By Reed Diamond
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    A highly acclaimed journalistic masterpiece and true crime classic, Homicide illustrates a year in the life of the detectives of the Homicide Unit in the city of Baltimore. David Simon, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, spent 4 tears on the police beat before taking a leave of absence to write this book.

    Larry says: "As real as it gets"
    "The Wire sent me. TV better than the book? maybe."
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    Would you try another book from David Simon and/or Reed Diamond?

    I would get another book by David Simon based strictly off of his track record, but maybe not because of this particular title.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There wasnt really an ending per se. It's just a collection of short stories that all involve the same sets of characters, roughly


    What about Reed Diamond’s performance did you like?

    He was able to distinguish characters by voice affectations which was nice.


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

    I believe its been made into a tv mini series. So, maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is really light on suspense. It does give you a little more insight into the BPD and The Wire, but I wouldnt call it in depth, page turning, or particularly riveting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chuck Klosterman
    • Narrated By Chuck Klosterman
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (181)

    In I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman questions the very nature of how modern people understand the concept of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don't we see Batman the same way we see Bernhard Goetz? Who's more worthy of our vitriol - Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O.J. Simpson's second-worst decision? Masterfully blending cultural analysis with self-interrogation and limitless imagination, I Wear the Black Hat delivers perceptive observations on the complexity of the anti-hero.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "My Favorite Writer Falls a Little Short..."
    "An interesting book that is all over the place"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Wear the Black Hat to be better than the print version?

    I dont know. I didnt read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were no characters


    What about Chuck Klosterman’s performance did you like?

    His performance was really good. As it was his own writing, he was able to put the right amount of emotion and flow with it


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    There were a few. I liked the premise of the book and how it related to Nicolo Macchiavelli. The parts that made no sense, like his chronological list of bands that he hated and why, were funny but a bit nonsensical to me.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an entertaining book, but I'm not 100% sure why. Its one part philosophy and one part random story telling and funny commentary. I wish it were longer and Id read anything else he did as a result of this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (1240)
    Story
    (1245)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Without All Clear, this book sucks."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    removing a lot of pages. there was a lot that could have been deleted without losing any of the story or the development of characters


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    there is no ending. you have to read the second book to get an ending


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren and Connie Willis ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I like Katherine though. She did an admirable job.


    Do you think Blackout needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one. And without it, you are lost.


    Any additional comments?

    Connie Willis is probably my favorite modern author. But, I think this was her worst book. (along with blackout) This two book set was far too long. I don't see how the editors let so much filler go. Clearly, its a good book as it won both Hugo and Nebula awards. And there were times when I was on the edge of my seat per se, but all and all, it's not her best effort. And I've read nearly everything she's written

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1555)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1034)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rescued by the second half"
    "I love Connie Willis but...."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'd cut 100 pages out of the book and I'd make the characters stop reminding me of their plight every time someone asks them a question.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Connie Willis? Why or why not?

    Connie Willis is probably my favorite modern author. But, I think this was her worst book. (along with blackout) But yes, I would try her books again. She's entertained me quite a bit in her other novels.


    What does Katherine Kellgren and Connie Willis (introduction) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Katherine is a good narrator. I think she added to the story. The introduction added nothing, really.


    Do you think All Clear needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I think the subject has been covered


    Any additional comments?

    This two book set was far too long. I don't see how the editors let so much filler go. Clearly, its a good book as it won both Hugo and Nebula awards. And there were times when I was on the edge of my seat per se, but all and all, it's not her best effort. And I've read nearly everything she's written

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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