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Ambrose A. Dunn-meynell

NJ USA | Member Since 2014

  • 5 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 193 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Simon Jones, Christopher Cerf, Richard Dawkins, and others

    Rescued from his beloved Macintosh, The Salmon of Doubt provides us with the opportunity to linger and frolic one last time in the uniquely entertaining and richly informative mind of Douglas Adams. For the millions of readers who expressed their grief and shock at his untimely death, this is a treasure; his final book and our last chance to see new work from an acknowledged comic genius.

    Ambrose A. Dunn-meynell says: "enjoyable but not well described"
    "enjoyable but not well described"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it leaves you dangling. I had only known Adams for his novels and enjoyed seeing his other sides. The book loses a star for its inadequate description. It consists of an anthology of columns articles and notes by Adams with added eulogies. It includes a brief hitchhikers piece (Young Zaphod plays it safe, which I think was published before) and half of a Dirk Gently novel (i.e. the novel ends abruptly half way through). If you are looking for hitchhikers material (as the title implies) you may be disappointed, but finding myself a kindred spirit to Douglas I was happy with it.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "f you've come this far, you cannot stop"
    Where does A Dance with Dragons rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Keeps you interest, but not as good as the first 3

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance with Dragons?

    Lets face it you HAVE to find out what happened to Tyrione.

    Which character – as performed by Roy Dotrice – was your favorite?


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

    That would be a very long sitting

    Any additional comments?

    The review is a bit tepid because the novel is not as great as 1-3, but I still look forward to 6 and 7 (etc?). The shift in voices in 4 still confuses some, but overall , how can you possibly stop .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Big to Fail

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Andrew Ross Sorkin
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

    Laura says: "Surprisingly Revealing"
    "good for the serious listener"

    Having listened to the book whilst driving etc. i found it hard to keep up with. This is a massive work packed with details and seems too much for causal attention. I tend to agree with the reviewer who advised that print is better. If you want to devote your time to listening to this book you will find it a monumental work packed with insights.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert L. O'Connell
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For fans of Victor Davis Hanson, Donald Kagan, and Barry Strauss comes a rich, sweeping account of the most imitated---and vicious---battle in history.

    Douglas says: "Hannibal's Legacy"
    "Impressive record of the story of Cannae"

    An impressive book for fans of ancient roman history. The story covers the early wars between ancient Rome, through the defeat of Carthage by Scipio Africanus (the subsequent destruction of Carthage and exile and death of Hannibal is considered only briefly). As the title implies the fate of "the Ghosts of Cannae" - the Roman survivors of the battle- is well outlined. Overall the history is very well told. The principal criticism is one common to many military audiobooks - following the movements of battles without diagrams is next to impossible. The book also offers a plausible answer to a puzzling question: once the Romans at Cannae were surrounded and had no choice but fight to the death, why did they not kill a comparable number of Carthaginians?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lars Brownworth
    • Narrated By Lars Brownworth

    In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell - or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another 11 centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire's existence.

    Cinders says: "Just a delight for anyone interested in history !"
    "as good as the renown podast"

    Lars brownsworth has gained accolades for his podcast on the same subject. Both of these are oustanding and opened my eyes to an historical subject that was formerly unknown to me and many others. The downside is that fans of the podcast (who I suspect will be the major audiance) will find relatively little new in this book, so whilst I recommend either thoroughly, I cannot really recommend both.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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