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William

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Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Secret History of the World: As Laid Down by the Secret Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Booth
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    In this groundbreaking new work, Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling intellectual tour of our world's secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise - that everything we've been taught about our world's past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are true - Booth produces nothing short of an alternate history of the past 3,000 years.

    Robin says: "A unique perspective"
    "An entertaining romp through esoteric fiction"
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    What did you like best about The Secret History of the World? What did you like least?

    What I joy the most is it a great source to mine material if one is playing in a roleplaying game or writing a script and need crazy material.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Booth before, how does this one compare?

    No.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Lee?

    Yes I would. He did a very good job making some of the more farcical content of this book sound more serious and digestible. He added a conversational, tempting tone.


    Could you see The Secret History of the World being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see a History Channel special or mini series. I think there's just too much presented in this book. Slices could be pulled out and made into movies but there the book as a whole could not function as a movie.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    With Conan the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard created more than the greatest action hero of the twentieth century---he also launched a genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery. But Conan was not the first archetypal adventurer to spring from Howard's fertile imagination.

    Keith C. Parsels says: "Well Done"
    "Great Stories, poor narrator"
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    What did you like best about The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane? What did you like least?

    The biggest drawback and what made me stop after a while is that I just didn't like the narrator. The stories that I listened to were very good, they're by Howard after all.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    Howard is very masculine fiction and I felt that Beohmar just did give it the weight and feel of other compliations I've listened to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    The fateful quarter-century leading up to World War I was a time when the world of privilege still existed in Olympian luxury and the world of protest was heaving in its pain, its power, and its hate. The age was the climax of a century of the most accelerated rate of change in history, a cataclysmic shaping of destiny.

    Doug says: "Fascinating history"
    "A portrait of a gilded age"
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    What did you love best about The Proud Tower?

    The narrative is so engaging. So much ground is covered, so many names, places, movements and events are presented but they flow seamlessly together and never once are you overwhelmed.


    What about Nadia May’s performance did you like?

    It felt intimate. The tone and pacing was if an aunt or grandparent were talking to reading to you when you were a child (but never down to you by any stretch!). It was a flow of information that not at all a lecture.


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

    Hidden sight is of course 20/20. Attitudes, ideas and actions were at times shocking. The Dreifus Affair was insane by ever stretch of the imagination.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (407)

    Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities...there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars.... Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand...to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandalled feet.

    Flavius says: "Some Great Stories"
    "All that I never knew about Connan"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well obvious the titular character. There is so much more depth in the literary Conan than the film version. He is a far more clever and rational than what I grew up thinking. He a stratagist, thief, ruler, warrior and pirate.


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

    I have listened to Dies the Fire, one of several that McLaren has read that I enjoyed. The quality of the reading and voice acting was of the same high standards.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tropic of Serpents: Memoir by Lady Trent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Marie Brennan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Three years after her fateful journeys through the forbidding mountains of Vystrana, Mrs. Camherst defies family and convention to embark on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga, home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp wyrms of the tropics. The expedition is not an easy one....

    Philip says: "A romp in make believe world you believe there was"
    "More Dragons, More Danger, More Amazing writing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tropic of Serpents the most enjoyable?

    Excellent narration, is really what it comes down to. Kate Reading's voice acting was fantastic and gave each character a voice and life of it's own.


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

    As a history buff the touches of the Victorian in the book made me chuckle quite a few times as 'Victorian Modesty' ran smack into the practical side of jungle adventuring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marie Brennan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    You, dear listener, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart - no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon's presence, even for the briefest of moments - even at the risk of one's life - is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten….All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world's preeminent dragon naturalist.

    Bonnie says: "Kate Reading makes this audio book devine"
    "Dragons like you've never seen them."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It felt so natural and real. In the midst of the dangers and trials you were reminded the heroine was a naturalist at heart and the scientific observation and inquiries did not disappear in favor of action at moments of crisis.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The exploration of the ruins I would have to say. It was a moment of timelessness in a world of the fantastic. The heroine and reader both shared a glimpse into ancient eons.


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

    Oh very much so. I sank right into the book hated having to stop and start repeatedly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill: A SW: X-Wing Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Aaron Allston
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (202)

    Three decades have passed since Wraith Squadron carried out its last mission. Taking on the most dangerous and daring operations, the rogues and misfits of the elite X-Wing unit became legends of the Rebellion and the Second Galactic Civil War, before breaking up and going their separate ways. Now their singular skills are back in vital demand - for a tailor-made Wraith Squadron mission. A powerful general in the Galactic Alliance Army, once renowned for his valor, is suspected of participating in the infamous Lecersen Conspiracy, which nearly toppled the Alliance back into the merciless hands of the Empire.

    Joshua says: "The Wraiths Are Back"
    "The Wraiths are back!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Star Wars: X-Wing: Mercy Kill the most enjoyable?

    The music and sound effects really made a great addition to the book. Stuff like doors swooshing open, blast shots and wookie roars give it that little extra bump at drawing you in.


    What does Marc Thompson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Besides Face sounding like Captain Kirk? When I read I often don't associate voices with characters so he brought more life to the characters.


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

    The moment where Piggy realized that Scut had grown up admiring him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bloody White Baron: The Russian Nobleman Who Became the Last Khan of Mongolia

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By James Palmer
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In the history of the modern world, there have been few characters more sadistic, sinister, and deeply demented as Baron Ungern-Sternberg. An anti-Semitic fanatic with a penchant for Eastern mysticism and a hatred of communists, Baron Ungern-Sternberg took over Mongolia in 1920 with a ragtag force of White Russians, Siberians, Japanese, and native Mongolians.

    David says: "Truth is stranger than fiction"
    "Scratch History, watch it bleed weird"
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    Where does The Bloody White Baron rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say the top 75 percent. It's a book I recommend to others.


    What other book might you compare The Bloody White Baron to and why?

    I would compare it to - A Renegade History of the United States. They are both books that show you that history is not only not what you think it is but it's also weirder than fiction.


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

    I have listened to his reading of - The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans and the Battle for Europe. They were both very good offerings.


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

    No. I had some familiar with the subject matter so I was not in a rush to read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Concise Study of the Myths, Legends and Traditions of the Native American People: The Esoteric Traditions of the Indigenous People

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Henry Harrison Epps Jr.
    • Narrated By Ellery Truesdell
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    The mythologies of the indigenous peoples of North America comprise many bodies of traditional narratives associated with religion from a myth graphical perspective. Indigenous North American belief systems include many sacred narratives. Such spiritual stories are deeply based in Nature and are rich with the symbolism of seasons, weather, plants, animals, earth, water, sky, and fire. The principle of an all-embracing, universal and omniscient Great Spirit, a connection to the Earth, diverse creation narratives and collective memories of ancient ancestors are common.

    William says: "Informative but dry"
    "Informative but dry"
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    Would you try another book from Henry Harrison Epps Jr. and/or Ellery Truesdell?

    I would read a book but the reading did not do the text any favors.


    If you’ve listened to books by Henry Harrison Epps Jr. before, how does this one compare?

    I have not read a book by him before.


    What three words best describe Ellery Truesdell’s voice?

    Precise, clear, dry


    Could you see A Concise Study of the Myths, Legends and Traditions of the Native American People being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see a History Channel or Discovery special or short series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Southern Storm: Sherman's March to the Sea

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Noah Andre Trudeau
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Award-winning Civil War historian Noah Andre Trudeau has written a gripping, definitive new account that will stand as the last word on General William Tecumseh Sherman's epic march - a targeted strategy aimed to break not only the Confederate army but an entire society as well.

    William says: "Well Written and Well Narrated"
    "Well Written and Well Narrated"
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    Would you listen to Southern Storm again? Why?

    The book is detailed yet is easy to follow both in how it is written as well narrated. This is the abridged version. If they ever put it an unabridged version I would most definitely read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about the book is that it did not strike me as overly biased in a particular direction. The author did not come try to tear down or hold up Sherman as some paragon. Rather he was portrayed as a man who was willing to do what he felt was necessary but at the same time kept the rules of civility ever on his mind.


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

    To my knowledge I have not heard Eric Conger narrate before. It was


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

    Not particularly. I am familiar with history of Sherman's March. While there was plenty of new things I learned, there was nothing I would consider 'moving' in a dramatic sense.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like the double narration. The woman reading the diaries of the southern civilians felt odd to me. While there was consistent journal entries I felt they could have easily been handled by Mr. Conger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amy S. Greenberg
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    A Wicked War presents the definitive history of the 1846 war between the United States and Mexico - a conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs - the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States authority and narrative flair.

    Tad Davis says: "The politics of the Mexican war"
    "Pulling back the curtain on American History"
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    If you could sum up A Wicked War in three words, what would they be?

    Greed, Lies, Racism.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Shaffer – was your favorite?

    I do not thing there was a particular character that stood out. Rather she handled a range of different people and accents fairly well. At the beginning I was not sure I liked her handling of accents but as time wore on they seemed to come into their own and were quite enjoyable.


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

    No it is far too long for one sitting.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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