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Robert

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  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4762)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1947)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "1776 Brings Period To Life"
    Overall

    I generally grab a book on tape for long driving trips
    to make the time slide by...historical books rarely fit
    the bill for long all night drives.

    McCoullough's book and narration proved the exception, I
    had a great time with the nearly 12 hours. He weaves 1st
    hand accounts deftly into a compelling story of the
    desperation of the 1st year of the revolutionary war.

    I must confess an interest in history, but even those not
    disposed to historical accounts will find his artful use
    of the characters own words to paint rich character portraits
    enjoyable. He has a keen eye for understated humor which
    I found particularly enjoyable.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Lords of Discipline

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (597)

    This powerful and breathtaking novel is the story of four cadets who have become bloodbrothers. Together they will encounter the hell of hazing and the rabid, raunchy and dangerously secretive atmosphere of an arrogant and proud military institute. They will experience the violence. The passion. The rage. The friendship. The loyalty. The betrayal. Together, they will brace themselves for the brutal transition to manhood... and one will not survive.

    P. J. Benyei says: "Amazing book superb narrator"
    "One Of My Greatest Audible Listens!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Lords of Discipline the most enjoyable?

    I have nearly 300 Audible titles in my library, and this one somehow got lost in the mix for over a year. When I finally spotted it, I couldn't for the life of me understand why I had made the purchase. The author's prologue at the beginning had me scratching my head as to how I could have made such a colossal mistake with a credit (in retrospect it would have worked better at the end...at least for me). Fifteen minutes into the book however, the author and the narrator had me hooked on one of my favorite audible rides of all time.

    The richness of his characters, enhanced by the talent of the narrator in giving voice to each, and Conroy's ability to describe people and things in ways that border on profound, had me rewinding the story time and again to listen and marvel (this has not happened in any other Audible book). I reflected to my wife as I completed this book, that Conroy had likely spoiled me, that I would not be as satisfied with any future Audible title because it simply wouldn't match the writing style.

    The author's experiences provide a depth of understanding of the time and place, and his descriptions of Charleston had me ready to make a detour. I would highly recommend you start this when you've got a really long trip or time to dedicate to the listen, because I simply did not want to stop.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (874)
    Story
    (880)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Perfect Pairing of Author and Narrator"
    Overall

    My first experience with this combination was Tin Roof Blowdown, which remains my absolute favorite audio book of all time (out of 100+). I have never been disappointed with this combo and this book is no exception. I love the writing style of Burke, and Patton is amazing. These books can keep me awake on any drive and have me pumping gas in a hurry to get back to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Peak: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1347)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (404)

    Swan Peak finds Detective Robicheaux far from his New Iberia roots, attempting to relax in the untouched wilderness of rural Montana. He, his wife, and his buddy Clete Purcell have retreated to stay at an old friend's ranch, hoping to spend their days fishing and enjoying their distance from the harsh, gritty landscape of Louisiana post-Katrina.

    Deborah says: "Christmas/Birthday in July"
    "The perfect marriage of author and narrator"
    Overall

    Will Patton and Burke make the best combination of all the 100+ audiobooks I have experienced. Although not in the same class as Tin Roof Blowdown, it still kept me awake through a cross country drive

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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