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Chuck

Conservative Musician. Not many of of out there.

fountain valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 13 reviews
  • 112 ratings
  • 272 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2014
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  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2385)
    Performance
    (1010)
    Story
    (1004)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Great listen"
    Overall

    A great listen. Very interesting insight into Martin's life and career. My only criticism is that I wish it had been longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (476)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "Maybe the best I've ever heard."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a story everyone knows. Yet the author was able to get me to seen in a new way - to put me in the middle of the battle. I was able to understand the thoughts and feelings of the combatants as if I was there. This is an amazing book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (821)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    Kimberly says: "The Jesus story in context"
    "Another home run from O'Reilly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't care for O'Reilly on TV. Too much interrupting. As an author and narrator, he's great. As with his other "Killing" books (Kennedy and Lincoln), the author was able to put me in the action. Great book and a solid performance.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (503)

    The first in a mesmerizing four-book original series, Prodigal Son is a brilliant re-imagining and updating of the classic Frankenstein story that only Dean Koontz could conceive. Two hundred years old, the "monster", Deucalion, is a monster no more. Literate and intelligent, he arrives in modern-day New Orleans, where he will join forces with a street-smart police detective and her partner on the trail of a macabre serial killer.

    John D. Grote says: "CSI -Transylvania"
    "Great but these five short books are really two."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story but these five short books should really ave been two longer books. Book one is the only one of the five that stands alone. Other than feeling a bit overcharged for the extra volumes, I enjoyed the series. Very entertaining and very creative. Too bad that Scott Brick couldn't have narrated all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coolidge

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amity Shlaes
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls, and history has remembered the decade in which he served as an extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes provides a fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president, showing that the mid-1920s was in fact a triumphant period that established our modern way of life: The nation electrified, Americans drove their first cars, and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus.

    Jean says: "Silent Cal"
    "My new favorite president"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great book about a president I knew virtually nothing about.Great story and a solid performance. I gained a great deal of respect and admiration for Coolidge. It's odd that he is not better known.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8313)
    Performance
    (4092)
    Story
    (4148)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "A classic that dosen't measure up to the hype."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps it's not fair to judge a book after decades of hype. It's hard not to expect too much. The story line was good; interesting and somewhat unpredictable. The performance was excellent. Dune was a solid read - just not one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16029)
    Performance
    (14187)
    Story
    (14134)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Great story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Of the 50 or so books I've listened to this was the best. I wish I could somehow erase it from my memory so that I could listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (199)

    The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, New York and Washington, learned how to manufacture it - until August 2007, when that confidence began to crumble. Ron Suskind here tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility".

    shari says: "another uneducated narrator"
    "Packed with information but seriously biased"
    Overall
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    I was looking for the story of government's dealings with the Wall street debacle of the last few years. Unfortunately, the author's bias ruined what could have been a fascinating story of greed and collusion. If you believe that Obama and the democrats can do no wrong, you will love this book. But if you are looking for an accounting of the actual events of 2007-2010 with the credit and blame falling where the events dictate - keep looking. Too bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (2978)
    Performance
    (2056)
    Story
    (2060)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "A must read for anyone interested in WWII history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Difficult to rate on a 5 star scale. I wanted to give it a 4.5.
    Massive and comprehensive. Filled with detail of little known events. The author's first-hand account of events is incredible. I was reluctant to get into such a long book but it was well worth it. The narrator turned in a masterful performance. My advice to anyone starting this would be to have some historical maps at hand. Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3550)
    Performance
    (3164)
    Story
    (3175)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Lots of backstory"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story. Very well written. If only Bill O'Reilly could pronounce CAVALRY. The word is used at least 100 times - each time pronounced CALvary. Too bad because it distracted me from a great story. I look forward to his next historical book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks...: And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (1162)
    Performance
    (639)
    Story
    (636)

    It's a sad and eerie harbinger of our times that the Oprah-watching, crystal-rubbing, Whole Foods-shopping moms and their whipped attorney husbands have taken the ability to reason away from the poor schlub who makes the Bloody Marys. What we used to settle with common sense or a fist, we now settle with hand sanitizer and lawyers. Adam Carolla has had enough of this insanity and he's here to help us get our collective balls back.

    Brett says: "Hilarious Book"
    "Unconventional. Straight shooter. Funny and raw"
    Overall
    Performance
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    After a slow start this book was very entertaining and completely unpredictable. I've never found Corolla's work very funny before - mostly on TV. This book changed my mind. Be careful, though. It's rough and raw....and FUNNY.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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