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Arnold

toronto, ON, Canada

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  • White House Tapes: The President Calling

    • ORIGINAL (50 mins)
    • By American RadioWorks
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Three of America's most compelling presidents, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. They left behind thousands of secretly recorded conversations, from momentous to mundane. In this documentary project, American RadioWorks eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history.

    Brian says: "Good Concept But Very Little Content"
    "Behind The Scenes With The Presidents"
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    Fascinating to hear Kennedy and a two faced Mississippi governor talking about implementing a court order regarding segregation and how Kennedy worked him into a corner. Johnson gives a great life lesson on how to influence people. Nixon says unbelievable things, how did he forget it was all being recorded?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Baroness Orczy
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (915)
    Performance
    (729)
    Story
    (734)

    "Who is this man, this Scarlet Pimpernel?" Each day this question grew more pressing to the leaders of the French Revolution. Only this man and his band of followers threatened their total power. Only this maddeningly elusive figure defied the vast network of fanatics, informers, and secret agents that the Revolution spread out to catch its enemies.

    Jaime says: "Good read/good listen"
    "cheesy and dated"
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    I slogged through this because I figured the ending must be pretty good. But no.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Caitlin Doughty
    • Narrated By Caitlin Doughty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2867)
    Performance
    (2637)
    Story
    (2626)

    Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead).

    Ren says: "Ms. Frizzle Takes the School Bus to a Morgue"
    "fun, informative of death trivia"
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    the last third she tried bringing her personal life into the mix and it didn't work for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6287)
    Performance
    (5817)
    Story
    (5794)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Mel says: "Heavy Load"
    "Deleted this halfway through"
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    I really like stories about the Vietnam war and I love Cranston as narrator but this sucked. The only material I heard seemed off point and designed to shock. Eg, animal torture (twice!) and Mary Anne, a 17 year old high school girl turned green beret (sounds silly, it was). Can't you write about the experience of battle? Apparently no.

    The author's writing style was also trying: too much somberness, as if it was all a holy experience, and way too many run on sentences posing as detail. The Viet Cong hadn't even shown up by the time I quit! This was a nominee for a National Book Award? Please.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blott on the Landscape

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tom Sharpe
    • Narrated By David Suchet
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    When philandering Sir Giles Lynchwood decides it's time to wriggle free of his monumentally unattractive wife, Lady Maud, he knows divorce is out of the question. He can't leave her and keep her cash; a reversionary clause on her ancestral home, Handyman Hall, has taken care of that. Lady Maud, for her own special reasons, is also dying to see the back of Sir Giles.

    Linda says: "Sharpe at his best..."
    "So unrelentingly funny and creative"
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    Tom Sharpe's masterpiece and one of the top ten all time funny novels. The narrator is great too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rhesus Chart

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Stross
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (729)

    As a newly appointed junior manager within the Laundry - the clandestine organization responsible for protecting Britain against supernatural threats - Bob Howard is expected to show some initiative to help the agency battle the forces of darkness. But shining a light on things best left in the shadows is the last thing Bob wants to do - especially when those shadows hide an occult parasite spreading a deadly virus. Traders employed by a merchant bank in London are showing signs of infection.

    Ethan M. says: "The Laundry series returns to excellent form"
    "Stross best horror writer around today"
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    I love this writer, he brings a touch of humor and great characters then weaves a blood curdling plot around them that is creepy, very detailed and realistic, that leaves you with the heebie jeebies at the end. This is his best laundry files book, in my opinion. I replayed the last two hours as soon as I finished, a first for me. Ingenious, funny, horrifying. He's created his own genre. Brilliant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3206)
    Performance
    (2657)
    Story
    (2670)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "EEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!"
    "Great premise and great start"
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    but then he does these long flashbacks that slowed the momentum a lot. I skipped the last flashback and didn't even miss anything when we rejoined the present. Not sure if I would read another, definitely a mixed bag.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (197)

    This volume of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis is part of a larger collection, C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces. In addition to his many books, letters, and poems, C. S. Lewis wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on ethical issues and the nature of literature and storytelling. Within this audiobook is a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

    avoidthelloyd says: "Somewhat Interesting..."
    "Surprisingly misogynisitic"
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    Two of the stories are incomplete novels, but every story has at least one reference to how he dislikes modern women. One story had a friend visit, regrettably, with his fiancee. Lewis enters her mind and finds it vapid and second rate. Another story, men are sent to Mars, and a counsel back on Earth (made of women) decide men can't do without sex so they ask for volunteers. In this way a fat seventy year old whore and a woman professor of psychology are dropped off for the boys, who want nothing to do with them. Very odd collection, not sure if he was attempting humour or not. If you like Lewis of Narnia or Lewis the apologist, I would stay away from this. Narrator was very good.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Black Mischief

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Oxford-educated Emperor Seth succeeds to the throne of the African state of Azania, he has a tough job on his hands. His subjects are ill-informed and unruly, and corruption, double-dealing and bloodshed are rife. However, with the aid of Minister of Modernization Basil Seal, Seth plans to introduce his people to the civilized ways of the west. But will it be as simple as that? Evelyn Waugh’s heartless comic masterpiece satirises two cultures locked in a conflict that can end only in grotesque disaster.

    Arnold says: "As funny as Scoop, Waugh in his prime"
    "As funny as Scoop, Waugh in his prime"
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    Is there a funnier character than Basil Seal? Or a better comic narrator than Maloney? Pretty politically incorrect but I love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (6475)
    Performance
    (5013)
    Story
    (5038)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Gerald says: "Very Good Interpretation"
    "Harsh Mistress Is A Fun Light Read"
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    Heinlein makes an interesting plot around the idea that the moon is turned into a penal colony and then declares independence. Little of his speculative science (growing wheat on the moon? Electromagnetic slingshots for sending things to earth?) has worked out but he makes some good guesses about the future of computing considering this was written in the late 60's.
    Oh, by the way, the narrator fakes a russian accent, which is off putting but you do get used to it.

    The more interesting sub plot is about a computer that becomes self aware. This was the fun part that drew me in for the first third of the book. The rest of the story focuses heavily on the political circumstances they had to go through to be free and I found it trying to slog through, maybe because I was hoping for some emotional development that never materialized. The ending was good. Heinlein is a great concept guy and plotter so if that's your thing by all means get this audiobook

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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