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Gregory

4416 Clearbrook Place, Las Vegas, NV, 89103 | Member Since 2008

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  • My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nora Titone, Doris Kearns Goodwin (introduction and notes)
    • Narrated By John B. Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    My Thoughts Be Bloody, a sweeping family saga, revives an extraordinary figure whose name has been missing, until now, from the story of President Lincoln's death. Edwin Booth, John Wilkes's older brother by four years, was in his day the biggest star of the American stage. Without an account of Edwin Booth, author Nora Titone argues, the real story of Lincoln's assassin has never been told.

    Tad Davis says: "Wonderful!"
    "One comment, write more!!!"
    Overall

    I Saw Nora Titone on Charlie Rose introducing this book and got it immediately! It was obviously a work of love. This is a story that needed to be told and Nora Titone did her due diligence. Newspaper interviews with neighbors, letters between characters, you become a fly on the wall witnessing a truly Shakespearean tragedy. The list of characters is a veritable "who's who" of the era. Reading some of the reviews I must disagree with detractors. While facts are repeated, they are done so by arriving at a conclusion from a different path, adding dimension to a vividly drawn canvas. A "must read" for any one interested in American History and the Civil War. Worth every penny, worth every minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Old Soldiers Never Die: The Life of Douglas MacArthur

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Perret
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Always colorful, always controversial, Douglas MacArthur is one of the dominant characters in American military history. Perret's groundbreaking biography, unmatched in its candor, authority and insight, reveals for the first time a complete and accurate account of MacArthur's tumultuous career.

    Gregory says: "What I didn't know"
    "What I didn't know"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Old Soldiers Never Die to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, haven't read it. Didn't have to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The title character, Douglas MacArthur. FDR, Dwight Eisenhower,Harry Truman, Marshall, Chester Nimitz. A host of lesser known historic figures. All come alive in this story


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

    No, but I sure enjoyed this one. Mr. Riggenbach's tempo and tone were seemingly custom picked for this narrative. Great performance


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

    no, at 29 + hours it's a bit long for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    One day I was discussing history with a friend and we got on to the topic of MacArthur and soon realized that I knew really nothing about him. I was very fortunate to come across this book. It is very detailed and scrupulously researched. He takes on other biographers and takes no prisoners. For those who like American History, this is a must. Douglas MacArthur was a giant among his contemporaries. He was a major player in both world wars plus the Korean conflict. Geofffery Parret pulls no punches. He show's us the man, halo and horns. I understand he's written about JFK, I'm gonna have a listen to that next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9901)
    Performance
    (8972)
    Story
    (9048)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "one trick pony"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    same song, second verse


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    Robert Langdon racing to beat the bad guys, a little history, a little culture. For me got stale just about the end of Da Vinci code. It's formulaic authorship was good once. Three or four times at bat doesn't work for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (25075)
    Performance
    (18963)
    Story
    (19026)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Pleasent Suprise"
    Overall

    As a fan of Sean Bean, I got caught up in the HBO promos for this series. Knowing nothing of the genesis of the story. I understood it had something to do with a board game and was prepared to be disappointed. I was very surprised to be gobbled up whole by the characters and plots. Roy Dotrice as narrator is an excellent choice, setting the perfect tone and tempo for this novel. I try to limit my epic fantasy intake but this award winning story is worth every minute. I just hope the other books in the series doesn't start to ramble for word count like other books in this genre.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8960)
    Performance
    (3191)
    Story
    (3269)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "ONE TRICK PONY"
    Overall

    The Da Vinci code was a pretty good book but this is going back to the well at least one to many times. Are these guys paid by the word? Time to get a new idea. Recycling is good for plastic, not novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (472)

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    John says: "NOT CLANCY'S BEST"
    "Unbelievable"
    Overall

    It's hard to reconcile that this book was written by by the same author that wrote Patriot Games,The Hunt for Red October or take your pick of a number of fine novels that bear his name. The characters in this work seemed one dimensional and immature. The moral angst was contrived and revisited ad nauseum. In Tom Clancy's other novels it was like he pulled the curtains aside to reveal motives and machinations not guessed at by ordinary folks. This read like a soap opera script. John Ryan has been retired and the next generation just can't carry the ball. The fact that it took two credits should have been a warning that this was a swan song. I'll not be buying any new novels with his name on it unless I hear he's done a 180 on his current style. I was truly disappointed and wanted to blame the editor, publishing company, anybody but Tom Clancy whom I have enjoyed reading for over 20 years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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