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Daniel

Chesapeake, VA 23322

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  • Heart of Darkness: A Signature Performance by Kenneth Branagh

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Joseph Conrad
    • Narrated By Kenneth Branagh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1387)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1135)

    A Signature Performance: Kenneth Branagh plays this like a campfire ghost story, told by a haunted, slightly insane Marlow.

    Harold says: "From Civilization into Darkness"
    "GREAT AUDIOBOOK!"
    Overall

    It is tempting to see Heart of Darkness as a masterfully constructed parable on human nature (witness Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola's film adaptation, in which the action was transposed to south-east Asia) but as historian Adam Hochschild has pointed out in King Leopold's Ghost, about the king's rape of the Congo, Conrad himself was quite clear that it was based on specific events he had witnessed, saying it was "experience… pushed a little (and only very little) beyond the actual facts of the case". Despite his protestations, this is undeniably an invaluable historical document offering a glimpse into the horrific human consequences of the imperial powers' scramble for Africa as much as it is a compelling tale.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2016)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (710)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Call it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although the Coen brothers did an outstanding job of making this book into a movie, you just have to read the book to get a sense of the depth of the characters...even Anton Chigurh.

    The movie just cannot capture the essence of Sheriff Ed Tom Bell who comes from a long line of lawmen. As the main protagonist the story really centers around how the sheriff relates the loss of innocence in his small Texas town. He relates how crime has become much more violent with the passage of time and the introduction of the drug trade.

    Tom Stechschulte does one of the best jobs of narration that I have heard in an audio book. Perhaps even better than George Guidall and Frank Muller. His voice captures exactly what I imagined the characters would sound like from a South Texas town.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Charles Frazier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    One of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain is a masterpiece that is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished America in all its savagery, solitude, and splendor.

    M. Dunn says: "Cold Mountain (Unabridged)"
    "Surprise Ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Great story depicting the lawlessness that occurred during the civil war. The author does an outstanding job of building the story up to it's final conclusion. As usual the movie does not do the book justice, read the book, you won't be sorry you did. However, you might find yourself dozing to the droning of Charles Frazier's voice.

    Frazier would have done well to stick to writing and leave the narration to Tom Stechschulte, George Guidall, Simon Vance or any other number of narrators who would have done a far greater job with the voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (592)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Band of Brothers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you like historical fiction, Bernard Cornwell's Agincourt is a must read. No WRITER understands the experience of the common soldier better than Bernard Cornwell. He's the Ernie Pyle of, oh, let's see- the Viking raids, Napoleonic wars, the Middle Ages, and the American War Between the States (or for my Southern friends- 'The War of Northern Aggression). In short, Cornwell gets it right; the pride, the rage, the pain, the loss and the soul sucking weariness in the aftermath of battle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Norman, Elizabeth Norman
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (827)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (425)

    For the first four months of 1942, U.S., Filipino, and Japanese soldiers fought what was America's first major land battle of World War II, the battle for the tiny Philippine peninsula of Bataan. It ended with the surrender of 76,000 Filipinos and Americans, the single largest defeat in American military history. The defeat, though, was only the beginning, as Michael and Elizabeth M. Norman make dramatically clear in this powerfully original book.

    Parusski says: "Riveting and heartbreaking"
    "Death March"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The best account of the Bataan Death March on audio that I have listened to and the narration is top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Listener's Bible: King James Version

    • UNABRIDGED (82 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fellowship for the Performing Arts
    • Narrated By Max McLean
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    Experience the majestic language of the King James Bible skillfully narrated through the powerful voice of Max McLean. The King James Bible (KJV) was written with oral interpretation in mind. When presented by a gifted narrator, the grandeur of its phrasing and the rich musicality of its rhythms resonate in the ear and mind of the listener.

    Mark says: "Good"
    "Inspiring!"
    Overall

    This is one of the best KJV audio bibles that I have listened to. Max McLean is great with clear, concise pronunciation of the “archaic language” used in this version of the bible.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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