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Charles L. Roberts

chasman

Salt Lake City | Member Since 2001

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  • 4 reviews
  • 48 ratings
  • 543 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (2653)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1430)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
    "A real page turner"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved this book. Be patient at the beginning, as the book is read by an old man from a child's perspective. Once you get used to this, it is a joy. I cried and laughed. Frank's accent makes this book absolutely priceless in audio format. Though I wasn't raised in poverty or with an alcoholic father, I was struck by how much I related to Frank's childhood experiences. His treatment of sex, religion, and the general anxieties that accompany adolescence really hit home with me. This has been one of my favorite books on Audible. Don't forget to get the sequel, 'Tis, as it is also excellent.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2733)
    Performance
    (1242)
    Story
    (1245)

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "I'm hooked!"
    Overall

    What's captivating about this book is not the detective work being done, but the insight into everyday life. The book is sprinkled with little jewels -- "the friends from our youth are the best of all." Despite its setting in another culture, this book reminds us that there is a common denominator to the human experience. I found the book enriching and can't wait to finish the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Cantor
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    Early in his career, A.J. Jacobs put his Ivy League education to work at Entertainment Weekly. He emerged five years later knowing which stars have fake boobs, which stars have toupees, which have both, and not much else. This realization led Jacobs on a life-changing quest: to read the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica, all 33,000 pages, all 44 million words.

    Steve James says: "What were they thinking?"
    "Very fun book"
    Overall

    After reading all the negative reviews, I have to weigh in in favor of this book. This book is more introspection on the life of Jacobs than an academic discussion of the encyclopedia (thankfully). Jacobs is not beyond poking fun at himself while he examines his own life in an uninhibited way. I thought the narration was great -- the occasional mispronunciations didn't bother me. Cantor's great accents more than made up for them.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    In a stunning follow-up to her number one best seller Slander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today's war on terrorism.

    Mark says: "A bizarre phenomenon"
    "Lots of ranting, little analysis"
    Overall

    I could only take about 30 minutes of this book before my gag reflex was too much to handle (and I consider myself fairly conservative). I found the book full of name calling (democrats are liars, unpatriotic, hate their country, communist sympathizers, etc.) with very little analysis explaining why the republican view was correct. The arguments that were presented were based on extreme circumstances that could have easily occurred in either party. If you are very conservative and believe strongly in a great, left-wing conspiracy, you'll love this book. In my experience, however, conspiracy theories are advanced when there's nothing left to argue.

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful

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