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Joseph

ROUND ROCK, TX, United States

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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5242)
    Performance
    (3209)
    Story
    (3222)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Socialism Bad, Capitalism Good"
    Overall

    These 4 words say it all, but somehow it took 1100+ pages and 63+ hours to say it. This book is considered a classic and I can understand why; it gets into the fundamental rights of humanity, it addresses many of the issues we're still facing today and its characters are well-defined and interesting. I really got into this audiobook, but having said that...it's painfully boring to listen to at times. There's a long-winded speech at the end that literally goes on and on for hours. Clearly Ayn Rand didn't like governmental control, but I had no idea she was also against editors. A third of this book could be cut...seriously...and it would not only reduce the endless preaching, but it would make the book as a whole more concise and fluid. On at least 10 occasions I said "OK I GET THE POINT!"

    The characters are interesting...I was very intrigued by the principles that guided them. I found it hard to believe that such successful businessmen and women would be so dramatic, philosophical and soap-opera-like while expressing their views, especially in such industries as metals and railroads. But the extreme idealism of their views was very insightful nonetheless.

    Towards the end of the book, I found myself saying "No...it really is ok to do a favor for a friend without a dime exchanged between us." Anyhow...I get the point; it's better to be free and the fruit of my labor is mine to sell. Perfect audiobook for the patient and audacious among you. Enjoy.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • New York: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (432)

    New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

    Chuck says: "Stunning"
    "Excellent audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of New York to be better than the print version?

    It's better in the sense that I'd probably never get around to reading an 860 page book, but it's nice to have the book also to see the cool maps of New York.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of New York?

    the fate of the wampum belt


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

    Hadn't heard Bramhall before....he did a great job...lots of different voices.


    Who was the most memorable character of New York and why?

    Dirk Van Dyke, as he felt so torn between his two lives.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a pleasure to listen to this audiobook....highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    In the years around 1870, the concept of building a great bridge to span the East River between the cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn required a vision and determination comparable to that which went into the building of the pyramids. Throughout the fourteen years of the bridge's construction, the odds against its successful completion seemed staggering. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives were lost, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion constantly threatened the project.

    Greg says: "Very Poorly Abridged"
    "DON'T ABRIDGE THE GREAT BRIDGE !"
    Overall

    Irony of ironies that you abridged the greatest book about the greatest bridge. Shortening a McCullough book is like rolling the credits on a classic movie when it's only halfway done.

    Hey Simon & Shuster...STOP ABRIDGING McCULLOUGH! He's one of the greatest historians of our era and you're chopping up his books. I can understand that you'd make an abridged version IF there's already an unabridged version. But the way I see it...you've already got one of the best narrators sitting there in front of a microphone. He's got the whole book and he's already reading it and so he's already deep into the spirit of the book. READ THE WHOLE BOOK!

    Up the price, charge two credits, whatever...just make it available. And while you're at it, make an unabridged version of Truman too. That's a 1120 page book and you condensed it to 5 hours?!? Seriously? It should be more like 50 hrs. Maybe I'll just sit down with that 50 pound book and make my own unabridged version of it.

    To give credit where it's due, you did release an unabridged version of Mornings on Horseback recently and that's much appreciated. What a priceless work of non-fiction it is. Having said that, get with the program. I'm not the first and I won't be the last to say all this. McCullough, Herrmann and Runger make any topic interesting.

    Regarding this version of The Great Bridge, it's nonetheless an excellent audiobook. It's a great story with great characters. Herrmann's narration is excellent as always. The female narrator breaks the fluidity of the storytelling and only reminds me that I'm not hearing the full story. However, what this version contains is a pleasure to learn. The Roeblings stopped at nothing, overcoming any and all obstacles to build this bridge. What's more fascinating than the steady progress of a man operating under intense pressure and setbacks. Great book...I recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3080)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (879)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Ugly War, Great Book"
    Overall

    I probably wouldn't have liked Charlie Wilson and Gust Avrakatos as professionals nor as men. I typically don't like the "end justifies the means" approach to solving problems, especially as we struggle and fight against the enemy that they armed. And perhaps I'm just an idealistic softy, but a vocal zeal to send Russian boys home in bodybags is not patriotic, but just a sad reality of an ugly war.

    Having said all that, this book is excellent and I was captivated by it. The narration is flawless. The research is deep and thorough. I learned so much about the Middle East, Russia, the Cold War, the contras, the CIA and the results of what happens when rules, cautiousness and consequences are disregarded by passionate men. This audio will get your attention right away, but beware of the vulgarity if bad words tend to offend you.

    I highly recommend this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (11002)
    Performance
    (7015)
    Story
    (7046)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Another 5 stars * * * * *"
    Overall

    I knew nothing of this story. All the time that it sat in my wishlist, I thought it was fictional. I got it because I'd hoped it would be easier to listen to than the 20+hr books of history that I usually listen to. I wasn't disappointed. I heard it all in 5 days...and I was surprised by how much history I learned by it, which I wasn't expecting. Nicolas Cage will be playing Louis in the upcoming movie of this book...I sure do hope they do it right. This audio is definitely worth your credit....one of the best I've ever listened to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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