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Ed

Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume III, Red River to Appomattox

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Shelby Foote
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Ken Burns
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (331)

    In the third and last volume of this vivid history, Shelby Foote brings to a close the story of four years of turmoil and strife which altered American life forever. Here, told in rich narrative and as seen from both sides, are those climactic struggles, great and small, on and off the field of battle, which finally decided the fate of this nation.

    Tad Davis says: "Incredible"
    "Compelling History"
    Overall

    I am finishing the final volume of this wonderful history. I drive about an hour per day and more often than not, I regret the end of my journey because there is so much more story to listen to. Masterful work! My thanks to the author and narrator for a job very well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Bouton
    • Narrated By Jim Bouton
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (202)

    When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries. Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four.

    Dennis Anderson says: "Author's reading provides new insight into classic"
    "Wow, wonderful old memories rekindled!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I recommend this book, especially to baseball fans. I read this book when I was young in the early 70's, and now enjoying it once again with the perspective of time made it a wonderful treat to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    Normally, I don't care for an author reading their own material, but this book turns out to be the exception. Bouton does a mavelous job of narrating his own work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Lords of The Bow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    New York Times best-selling author Conn Iggulden's Genghis Khan novels are infused with action, adventure, and rich historical details further fleshing out the great warlord's world. Having risen from his tribal upbringing, Genghis now leads a horde of fellow countrymen on a mission of conquest throughout Asia. Escaping the Gobi Desert, he faces his greatest challenge, overtaking the empire of the Chin - a land protected by a massive, impenetrable wall.

    Diana B. says: "reader not nearly as good as 1st book"
    "Excellent story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Genghis Lords of The Bow the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Richard Ferrone, did an exceptional job. He is the narrator for the John Sanford "Prey" series, and as usual brought an excellent story to life with his voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author did a masterful job of weaving history and what "might have happened" into a spellbinding story.


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    Ferrone is very professional and his voice is alive and excited. He has the ability to bring the characters to life. Very well done.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (456)

    He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon.

    David says: "Move over Bernard Cornwell"
    "Compelling story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Strongly recommend


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author put flesh and bone on a massively important historical figure. He writes a compelling story.


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

    His narrative is alive, compassionate and easy to listen to.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Well written, well read - great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3772)
    Performance
    (3286)
    Story
    (3332)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Masterfully told story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Inheritance the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, Gerard Doyle, once again did a wonderful job of delivering the story. He is a true professional.


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

    I've only listened to the Eregon series. Mr. Doyle is, without question, one of the finest narrators I've ever listened to. I've been an Audible subscriber for almost 10 years now.


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

    The escape from chain bondage.


    Any additional comments?

    The author's mastery of the English language is a joy to listen to. He skillfully uses a wide range of English words, which simply enhance the story and make it richer. I am looking forward to his future efforts. This four book series was well worth the cost, and paid off in many hours of

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lonesome Dove

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Lee Horsley
    Overall
    (2821)
    Performance
    (1302)
    Story
    (1327)

    Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

    A. Wright says: "Inspired reading of a great book"
    "Throughly enjoyed this tale"
    Overall

    This is an excellent and well written tale of the old West. The naration is exceptional. Highly recommend this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17167)
    Performance
    (7400)
    Story
    (7426)

    Lisbeth Salander—the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels—lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority.

    B.J. says: "Perfect."
    "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest"
    Overall

    I walk a treadmill for a half an hour each morning. These three books have made the time just fly by. Larsson & Vance provided me with a masterful performance that caught my imagination and captured my attention like few other books have. Great works!!! Five stars for both author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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