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geffrey

KENT, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Hallucinations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Dan Woren, Oliver Sacks
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (199)

    Have you ever seen something that wasn't really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don't belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people.

    Alison says: "Sacks at his best, why couldn't he narrate?"
    "Quite an eyeful (for your ear)"
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    Like Malcolm Gladwell, Sacks rarely misses the bullseye when spinning a great anecdote, and when his sights are tightened on a topic as ripe (and as personally held dear) as this one -hallucinations- you have the makings of a minor masterpiece. Wryly reported and expertly narrated, here is an accounting both personal and academic that begs you to bed early to sneak in an extra chapter, and then later to gaze at your medicine cabinet with curious and longing eyes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller, Henry Steele Commanger
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought - and whose outcome was in greater doubt - than one might imagine. This is the war that Americans on the home front would have read about had they had access to previously censored testimony.

    Linda Lou says: "INCREDIBLE! WELL-RESEARCHED, COMPLETE & UNBIASED!"
    "Best written, best narrator"
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    Hands down among the best of 20+ related books on this topic I've read or listened to in the past decade. A generous, over-arching history of WWll, factoid-filled and fleshed out with choice, heartfelt recollections of the men and women who were there, in broad spectrum of their capacities. Wrapped up with the perfect ender.

    Excellent, excellent, excellent. And at 25hrs a prize and a half.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10742)
    Performance
    (9749)
    Story
    (9769)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A fun listen - at least until the 3/4 mark"
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    This tale began as just the type of page-turner I'd hoped it would be: The pace, setting and cast of characters seemed a choice fit as a thriller, and what kept me hooked was that I could NOT figure out where it all could possibly be going. An excellent narrator added to the mix.

    SEMI-SPOILER ALERT: Alas, about at the book's 3/4 mark, upon hearing the brief mention of "Lovecraft", elements began lining up in that more predictable direction, and while I don't discount that genre in and of itself, I suppose I'd hoped for a bit more, given the earlier intrique.

    Still very much worth the listen, just not one that may figure to be an enduring favorite of me personally.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1415)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (891)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    V. Sharol says: "Thought provoking and entertaining"
    "A genuine classic makes an engrossing listen"
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    Although not a complete stranger to the genre, this was a title new to me. Originally published in 1949, it will be soon obvious this is THE classic of its kind, one which laid the foundation for virtually every apocalyptic adventure tale that would follow, for another half-century and beyond.

    I especially enjoyed the first half, joining our "lone" survivor as he explored a road map of barren, vacant cities and deserted highways, and while a few aspects are agreeably dated, even unabashedly racist (not completely out of step given the man's rather inflated self-perceptions), the mass of this epic is an engrossing, often "scientific" depiction of an end of the world that still rings true even sixty-plus years later.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 20th Century Ghosts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (204)

    Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon on an afternoon in 1945...Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town.

    Kasey says: "Wonderful and recommended"
    "Soon to be deemed an All-Time Classic in the genre"
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    In 1978 Stephen King published "Night Shift", a hands-down classic collection of early short stories which has pretty much gone unequaled in the mainstream horror genre for the last 35 years - that is, at least until now. "20th Century Ghosts" pays homage to KIng's early talents with an often-subtle, but nonetheless knockout selection of the craft ranging from the ghastly to sweet-hearted to the outlandishly sublime. If this book isn't already being heralded as a new-found masterwork from a relatively new author, there is little doubt it soon will be. In this unabridged audiobook version, narrator Ledoux makes it an even bigger treat. This is grand treat to enjoy now and for years to come.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rather Outspoken: My Life in the News

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Rather, Digby Diehl (contributor)
    • Narrated By Dan Rather
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (134)

    Rather - who has won every prestigious journalism award in his distinguished career - discusses all the big stories from his decades of reporting. This very personal accounting includes (but is certainly not limited to) his dismissal from CBS, the Abu Ghraib story, the George W. Bush Air National Guard controversy, his coverage of the JFK assassination, the origin of "Hurricane Dan", as well as inside stories about all the top personalities Dan has either interviewed or worked with over his remarkable career.

    J. James-Long says: "Excellent first-hand exploration of media today"
    "An compelling, authoritative listen!"
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    I stumbled across this excellent audiobook - equal parts personal memoir and professional wake-up call to fellow U.S. journalists - entirely by chance and was hooked instantly just listening to the preview. Rather's telling of his life's work and travels here and abroad, are recalled in his trademark no-nonsense fashion, seasoned with just the kind of behind-the-scene anecdotes and details that keep you paying close attention, chapter after chapter. From covering the White House, to Vietnam, 9/11, Afghanistan and so many more, he shares the stories behind the stories, and in doing so paints a vivd self-portrait of a devoted journalist (and Texan) borne of an unflinching, old-fashioned patriotism as well as a confessed obsession to "get it right", in many cases no matter the consequences, personally or professionally.

    Just as importantly, Rather makes a strong case for how the last two-decades have dealt wicked blows to our free press, an institution he (rightfully) views as an integral part of our democratic process, and one in peril. His detailed recounting of his personal experiences with the Viacom-owned CBS contains revelations both stunning and sobering, and no doubt serve the perfect example of our need to preserve a press that is free of manipulation - and outright control - by a government which has strayed dangerously far from it's constitutional roots to become "... of the corporations, by the corporations, and for the corporations."

    This is an engrossing, and important, listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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