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Jeffrey

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  • Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Russell S. Bonds
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (260)

    On April 12, 1862—one year to the day after Confederate guns opened on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union spy named James J. Andrews and 19 infantry volunteers infiltrated Georgia and stole a steam engine called the General. Racing northward at speeds near 60 miles an hour, cutting telegraph lines, and destroying track along the way, Andrews planned to open East Tennessee to the Union army, cutting off men and materiel from the Confederate forces in Virginia.

    auther says: "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
    "Enough to make a Southerner root for the Yankees!"
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    Growing up outside of Atlanta and going to college in Northwest Georgia, of course I had heard about the Great Locomotive Chase and had even seen the General on school field trips to Kennesaw, but I knew very little about the chase itself and, as I found out, what I did know was largely false or inflated by myth. This was a very thorough and entertaining story about a very small chapter in Civil War history. Russell Bonds's research was meticulous and Bronson Pinchot's narration was gripping. I have to take a moment here to apologize to Mr. Pinchot because, while I knew I wasn't going to be listening to Balki or Serge narrate this book, I was a good 10 minutes in before I realized "Hey, this is actually Bronson Pinchot!" He did a fantastic job bringing the story to life and finding the subtle humor in some of the text with timely pregnant pauses and more ironic moments pointed out with conspiratorial undertones.

    As I said before, I knew very little of this story even though it happened practically right in my backyard in Georgia. As the story unfolded and the General plowed up through NW Georgia I could imagine my own drives up I-75 and thinking about all the landmarks that the General was passing and my own experiences going through that countryside. After the chase was over, I also felt the Union soldiers' pain as they were held prisoner and their anguish at losing their friends and not knowing what was going to happen to them next. Bonds' description of the Yankees eventual escape was so engrossing, I continued to listen to the book even once I got home as I do almost all of my audio book listening in the car going to and from work.

    In the early part of the book, Bonds points out significant landmarks in Atlanta and Marietta which pertain to the Great Locomotive Chase. I plan to buy a copy of this book so that I have it handy on my next trip home to Atlanta so I can visit these landmarks and hopefully pick up a little bit more knowledge of this intriguing moment of Civil War history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5890)
    Performance
    (5333)
    Story
    (5326)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Nice to catch up with the Brigances."
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    I thought John Grisham did an exceptional job with this "sequel" to "A Time to Kill". I listened to both books back to back because I had not read the first book in a few years and wanted to reacquaint myself with the characters. I might have been better served to re-read all the Ford County novels because Grisham brought nearly everyone back in some capacity except Carl Lee Hailey (though we do get an update on the family). This was a great story from start to finish with plenty of twists and turns and an emotionally gripping ending. Michael Beck had another stellar performance. He really has become the voice of Ford County for me. He captures many of the nuances of the Southern dialect and does an exceptional job of bringing each character their own unique qualities especially Harry Rex. I would highly recommend "Sycamore Row" to Grisham fans and newcomers alike and hope we can catch up with Jake and the gang circa 1990 soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War against alQaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ali H. Soufan, Freedman Daniel
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    On September 12, 2001, FBI Special Agent Ali H. Soufan was handed a secret file. Had he received it months earlier—when it was requested—the attacks on New York and Washington could have been prevented. During his time on the front lines, Soufan helped thwart plots around the world and elicited some of the most important confessions from terrorists in the war against alQaeda—without laying so much as a hand on them.

    michael says: "Terrorism, torture and the CIA"
    "Wonderful! Entertaining & Informative!"
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    Not only is the subject matter interesting and compelling, the artistry of the storytelling makes this one of the great books/audiobooks in Non-Fiction today. I could not recommend this book with any more adamant praise. Purchase it today!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Helaine Olen
    • Narrated By Lyn Landon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    For the past few decades, Americans have spent billions of dollars on personal finance products. As salaries have stagnated and companies have cut back on benefits, we've taken matters into our own hands, embracing the can-do attitude that if we're smart enough, we can overcome even daunting financial obstacles. But that's not true. In this meticulously reported and shocking audiobook, journalist and former financial columnist Helaine Olen goes behind the curtain of the personal finance industry to expose the myths, contradictions, and outright lies it has perpetuated.

    Johanna Turner says: "The dark side of my industry"
    "Narrator should verify pronunciations"
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    It took me about 5 references to Suze Orman as SOOZE instead of Suzy, before the mispronunciation began to grate on my nerves. I am surprised that this was wasn't caught before publishing. Sadly, Ms. Orman's name does happen to come up in a book about personal finance. However, it was a great story and written well, so I would definitely recommend the written version.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Playbook: Suit up. Score chicks. Be awesome.

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Barney Stinson, Matt Kuhn
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris, Barney Stinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Since the dawn of history man has searched for the answer to the most fundamental of questions: “Why am I here... not banging chicks?” The search is over. Now, with the help of The Playbook, you’ll be able to approach any beautiful woman, discover her innermost passion, and use that to trick her into sleeping with you. You’ll master more than 75 seduction techniques, developed by pickup guru and all-around good guy Barney Stinson, guaranteed to turn you into a bona fide ladies’ man.

    david says: "The Play: Audible Review Hookup."
    "A book of lists for the hardcore HIMYM fan."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Playbook the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoy when characters expand their beyond just their TV roles. Neal Patrick Harris did a great job portraying Barney Stinson in this book, as he has done for years on "How I Met Your Mother".


    Would you be willing to try another book from Barney Stinson and Matt Kuhn ? Why or why not?

    I would have to physically look at the book before doing another one of these. It was just a listing of all the plays in "The Playbook' and it got repetitive after a while.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Patrick Harris and Barney Stinson – was your favorite?

    Barney Stinson of course! NPH never broke character either, which I really enjoyed.


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

    I usually listen in 45 minute blocks during my commute and rarely listen to audiobooks outside the car.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, I wish I had a chance to glance at the physical book before buying the audiobook. It was an entertaining book and NPH did a great job, but the repetitiveness of the listing of the plays got stale near the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (700)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
    "Better and more informative than the movie."
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    Would you listen to Game Change again? Why?

    Absolutely. It was a well told story that game incredible insight into the 2008 Presidential Election. This is definitely one of those times when the movie doesn't do the book justice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Game Change?

    The opening of the book when Hillary loses Iowa and the utter shock in the Clinton camp. That really set the stage for the rest of the book.


    What about Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance did you like?

    Boutsikaris is the Rolls Royce of audiobook narrators. My wife had purchased the audiobook and was listening to it first. I walked in and said that was Dennis Boutsikaris doing the narration and it would be a good listen. She was shocked that I knew the narrator after only listening to a couple of sentences. I'm an audiobook veteran and I've never been disappointed with a Dennis Boutsikaris performance. He tells a great story and knows exactly the mood of the story and does a great job relating it.



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

    Very much so. It was a very informative story and I thought I knew all the back stories but I found out I knew basically nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've only seen the HBO movie Game Change, you owe it to yourself to read the entire book. Sarah Palin's story is only about 15-20% of the whole book and there is so much more to learn.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (1864)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (784)

    This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

    Frank says: "Choice of Narrators"
    "This series is why I joined Audible"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Master and Commander to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. In fact, I have never actually READ the Aubrey/Maturin series, but I have listened to it three times. I joined Audible.com because they had the series as read by Patrick Tull. He does such an incredible job bringing the books and the characters to life! If you watch the movie, you can almost tell that Russell Crowe had to have listened to the Patrick Tull performance because his delivery of Jack Aubrey is very similar to that of Tull's. This is, without a doubt, my favorite book series of all time and I'm thankful Audible had them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stephen Maturin. He is always unflappable and his sense of humor is insanely dry. It is great to watch his character develop over the series and, even though he has been at sea for many years, nothing nautical ever seems to stick and he continues to need to be hauled into the Surprize like a sack of wheat. His relationship with Diana Villers is one of the great on-again, off-again romances ever.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The taking of the Cacafuego by the Sophie. Patrick Tull truly brings the battle to life.


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

    There already is a film, but I would have to say:


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to Master and Commander. If you don't fall in love with the series immediately, then you should stick to reading non-fiction.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Playing for Pizza: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (116)

    Rick Dockery was the third-string quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. In a championship game, to the surprise and dismay of everyone, Rick actually got into the game and then provided what was arguably the worst single performance in the history of the NFL. Overnight, he became a national laughingstock and, of course, was immediately cut by the Browns and shunned by all other teams. But against enormous odds, Arnie finally locates another team that will have him: the mighty Panthers of Parma, Italy.

    David says: "Great Story, but..."
    "An unexpected pleasure"
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    Where does Playing for Pizza rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I first listened to this audiobook as a curiosity and it quickly became one of my favorite John Grisham books. It is a great story and it surprised me when I learned the audiobook time was less than 7 hours. It seems longer because it is such a good story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Playing for Pizza?

    The retelling of Rick Dockery's epic collapse in the AFC Championship Game and Dockery clandestine attack of the newspaper reporter on American soil.


    What about Christopher Evan Welch’s performance did you like?

    Welch does what I most enjoy, he acts out each character giving them their own personality and distinctiveness. He just doesn't do an Italian accent for an Italian character...he gives them some depth. I appreciate that. He even does a good job making the female characters seem credibly feminine.


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

    The final play of the championship game where Dockery got his clock cleaned. You just knew that might be the end for Dockery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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