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Michael D. Stone

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greeneville Tn | Member Since 2010

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  • I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Livia Bitton-Jackson
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Imagine being a 13-year-old girl in love with boys, school, family - life itself. Then suddenly, in a matter of hours, your life is shattered by the arrival of a foreign army. This is the memoir of Elli Friedmann, who was 13 years old in March 1944, when the Nazis invaded Hungary. It describes her descent into the hell of Auschwitz, a concentration camp where, because of her golden braids, she was selected for work instead of extermination. In intimate, excruciating details she recounts what it was like.

    Jillian says: ""My God, My God""
    "READ THIS!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Insiders view of concentration camp life and trials


    What did you like best about this story?

    the thought processes of the main character Elli


    Which character – as performed by Christine Williams – was your favorite?

    Ellie


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

    so very much I cannot say


    Any additional comments?

    A very very good book on a very very sad sad story (with a positive ending!....) Everyone should read this book. The problem is US.... all of us.... not 'the Germans' it's us. This book, though not intentionally (I think) points that out. It is us not 'them' that brutalizes mankind.... which is why we ALL need a redeemer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Wapner
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Almost daily, headlines announce newly discovered links between cancers and their genetic causes. Science journalist Jessica Wapner vividly relates the backstory behind those headlines, reconstructing the crucial breakthroughs, explaining the science behind them, and giving due to the dozens of researchers, doctors, and patients whose curiosity and determination restored the promise of a future to the more than 50,000 people diagnosed each year with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).

    Michael D. Stone says: "GREAT story."
    "GREAT story."
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    If you could sum up The Philadelphia Chromosome in three words, what would they be?

    Encouraging wonderful story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr Brian Druker.... a TRUE modern day HERO!


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

    No


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

    anything that referred to Dr Drukers drive to see this all the way through


    Any additional comments?

    A REALLY good and important book. Inspirational. Criticism? a tad too repetetive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (792)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Very good.... not great"
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    Where does Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    mid pack


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power?

    cna't think of one in particular.


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

    No and Yes. I was moved to tears @ the mention of his loss of his daughter


    Any additional comments?

    I have read several books about Mr Jefferson. This was quite good, quite recommendable but not great, not epic. That Mr Jefferson was anti-federal anti monarchical goes without saying. This book, however, says it yet again. I am not sure it can be said too many times. I enjoyed this book and I DO recommend it. The narration was excellent. Not sure if it was Herrman or Meacham that was doing the majority of narration but I love that guys narration. Excellent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3573)
    Performance
    (2177)
    Story
    (2197)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Good book but author drank the Mongolian Kool-aid"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes..... with a warning.


    What did you like best about this story?

    An interesting compliation of information


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

    Nay... too long


    Any additional comments?

    Mr Weatherford drank the Mongolian Kool-aid. He, quite evidently was swept away with the lore of the Mongols. That is very evident in the telling, after the book, of his visit to Mongol lands and his mystical fascination with Ghengis and all things Mongolian. His premise that Ghengis Kahn and subsequent generationsof Kahns formed the basis of just about everything of value that the world has ever come to know and have is a rediculous stretch. He just got carried away with his premise and lost sight of reality. Much that is speculation is presented as fact. Much that clearly was presented as fact by Mongolian and others who 'chronicled' the times (surely under a LOT of pressure to put Ghengis and bands 'best foot forward') is presented as indisputable fact. His not too hidden agenda that all but the Mongols were fools and near or outright barbarians with little to offer the world but oppression is absurd. He has great respect for the Mongols 'blue sky' religion and presents, not too subtly, Christianity as stupid, oppressive and its followers as uninsightful and ignoble. Yet, in spite of all that, it really IS a good book. Readers are advised to just be sure to 'read between the lines' and form YOUR OWN conclusions....watch out for his conclusions. I recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (184)

    Post Captain is the second novel in Patrick O'Brian's beloved adventure series. In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack Aubrey, Royal Navy, taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes from France, from debtors' prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry straight into the mouth of a French-held-harbor.

    Joel says: "Good story, but better narrator available."
    "Read only part then quit..... BORING"
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    Would you try another book from Patrick O'Brian and/or Simon Vance?

    possibly


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Vance’s performances?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Post Captain?

    First one I have read. I just could not get past the first hour plus of listening. This might be a great book BUT the beginning was stiflingly boring. How could anything germane come out the prolonged discussion of some silly female characters who could not possibly contribute to an interesting story (that is IF it is in fact an otherwise 'interesting story'). I applogize to fans and the author for my 'review' as it is based upon only the beginning (and a bit more) of the book and, again, it was terribly boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kokoda

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Lewis FitzGerald
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

    Mark T Ryan says: "A Tribute to Fighting Australians"
    "Great men ...... great story..... not well told"
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    What would have made Kokoda better?

    Cut out 75% of the filler fluff.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kokoda?

    The strategy, comraderie, the never say "die", selfless, courageous nature and manner of these true hero's.


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

    Performance is very good.


    What character would you cut from Kokoda?

    Several. The characterizations of numerous characters does not add, only detracts from an otherwise great story


    Any additional comments?

    VERY hard to say negative things that might in some way detract from what great men have done. I give this book a big thumbs down. Yet I must clarify. The men about whom this book is written could not possibly get anything other than the biggest "thumbs up" that I could possibly muster. If I could somehow meet those guys today, I would bow in reverence..... and keep on bowing. Superheros ... to say the least. Yet this book poorly put together. The writer is quite good but there is a staggering amount of filler in this book. To make matters worse the filler is both boring and often redundant. The entire first half of the book could be shortned into one chapter.... MAX. The author should have been redirected to focus on the military build up, the stragies of the battle and the actual battles. Again, great men, perhaps the finest Australia has ever produced.... men whom we should be all awestruck by but the book is just not, overall, a good one. The author is capable and should re-write it under the guide of a much better editor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brazilian Adventure: A Quest into the Heart of the Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Peter Fleming
    • Narrated By William Gaminara
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In 1925 Colonel P. H. Fawcett embarked on a journey into a dangerous and largely unexplored region of Brazil in search of a fabled lost city and was never seen again. Journalist Peter Fleming's interest in Fawcett's disappearance led him to answer an advertisement to join an expedition to explore the rivers of Brazil with the aim of ascertaining the explorer's fate. Though Colonel Fawcett's disappearance remains a mystery to this day, Peter Fleming's wild adventure in the jungles of Brazil is recognized as one of the 20th century's best-loved travel classics.

    Michael D. Stone says: "BORING"
    "BORING"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    a REAL story


    Has Brazilian Adventure turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No way. This is a great genre


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration is quite good. Story is staggeringly boring


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brazilian Adventure?

    The entire first half of the book could be readily turned into one brief chapter. Boring minutia extraordinaire!


    Any additional comments?

    This should never have been put into a book. A short story, such as is found in National Geographic would have made slightly interesting reading. If you want adventure read "Into Africa" - THAT is a 'can't put it down' adventure book. This book was awful, just awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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