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Joseph

Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

Somerset, Kentucky, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall and the Battle for the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Cliff Sloan, David McKean
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    The Great Decision tells the riveting story of Marshall and of the landmark court case, Marbury v. Madison, through which he empowered the Supreme Court and transformed the idea of the separation of powers into a working blueprint for our modern state.

    Tim says: "Brings to life the early days of the USA"
    "Just get it and Listen to It!"
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    For any American History buff, it is a must, A superb description of Marbury v Madison, the issues surrounding the same, and the personages involved. John Marshall towers in early American history, and I hardly knew him at at all. Long enough to learn something from, but short enough not to bog down, Well read. Get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (301)

    Historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman here brought to life again the people and events that led up to World War I. With attention to fascinating detail, and an intense knowledge of her subject and its characters, Ms. Tuchman reveals, for the first time, just how the war started, why, and why it could have been stopped but wasn't. A classic historical survey of a time and a people we all need to know more about, The Guns of August will not be forgotten.

    History says: "Best history on the origins of WWI"
    "Almost too well detailed"
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    I learned a significant amount about early 20th century world history, and just how asinine human behavior can be. Almost too much information, but still am very glad I listened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Pearl S. Buck
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1688)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (874)

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

    Marv says: "a masterpiece!"
    "This book is why I read"
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    All you ever need to know about human behavior, from starvation to hubris, is described so well and so intimately, that I defy you not to enjoy this book. One of my five all time favorite novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The March: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By E.L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By Joe Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (96)

    Almost hypnotic in its narrative drive, The March stunningly renders the countless lives swept up in the violence of a country at war with itself. The great march in E.L. Doctorow's hands becomes something more, a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times.

    Jim E says: "Uncivil War"
    "Doctorow and his style"
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    I love a good historical novel, and Doctorow is my favorite in this genre. Ragtime and The March both illustrate periods in American history that are much easier to feel and understand through his eyes. The reader was superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Reed Albergotti, Vanessa O'Connell
    • Narrated By Santino Fontana
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (136)

    The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports. Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his "mythic, perfect story" as "one big lie."

    Gabriel says: "Detailed and balanced account"
    "It is what it is."
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    Listening to Alex Rodriguez after 60 Minutes was over last pm made me remember this book all over again. Hubris and arrogance team to ruin a smart, uber talented man. I argued with my running partners for years about Armstrong and doping. This book makes the best case for the same that will ever be made. It is detailed and well told.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4696)
    Performance
    (4354)
    Story
    (4364)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "King's best in some time"
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    I have read and listened to Stephen King for 40 years. He is to me, along with John Irving, one of the authors whose work will be read 100 years from now. I had wondered about Dan Torrance for years...this novel makes him come alive all over again in a wonderful and redemptive way. Abra is his best new character in many, many years. Read and/ or listen to this novel. You will NOT be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hearts in Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (396)

    All the stories in this collection from Stephen King are related to the Vietnam War. King fans will recognize echoes of The Dark Tower series in the collection's first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." As the characters develop over the next four stories, King's version of the Vietnam War becomes one of his most frightening tales ever.

    Steve says: "Touching, Funny - Amazingly well written and read."
    "Simply Unbelieveable"
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    I have read and listened to King for years but somehow Hearts in Atlantis had escaped me. I listened almost straight through mesmerized by both the story and the incredible vocal performance by William Hurt. Mr. King I enjoyed, but I have never so completely enjoyed listening to anyone read a story like I did listening to Mr. Hurt. Please listen...it was one of the most enjoyable experiences with a book that I have had in sometime. To me, it is the definitive story of coming of age in the time of America in Vietnam...I know it may not be the most popular thought, but no author is as skilled at exposing the vagaries of the human heart as Mr. King is...thanks to Audible for this rare treat, and incredible pleasure,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3318)
    Performance
    (1953)
    Story
    (1971)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "You don't know what you don't know"
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    It is amazing how your view of history is shaped by the writers of books of history written from only a single perspective. Mr. Weatherford educated me in a thoughtful and entertaining way about the greatness of the Mongol civilization, and how different my perspective is now of the development of the Western World. Great men shape history, and Genghis and Kublai Khan certainly did that. Listen to the book. You will be enlightened.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3158)
    Performance
    (2761)
    Story
    (2773)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "The Master of the Modern Warfare Thriller"
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    I finished this listen just before Clancy's death. His passing took me back 30 years to The Hunt for Red October. What set him apart as an author was the depth of his research, and his respect for his reader, and his country. He will be missed. I thought Threat Vector the best I had listened to in the last decade. Listen. You will not be disappointed. The future of modern warfare could not be made clearer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (715)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "A Historian for the Ages"
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    No one teaches me more about what I feel I should know something about and do not than Mr.McCullough. From Adams to the rest of the Founding Fathers to Truman, I have been educated and entertained at every turn. This superb telling of a period and place in history that I simply was uninformed of is yet another example of a master at work. I was especially grateful to learn of the influence of Parisian medicine on the development of modern western medicine. Someone called him the American Herodotus. I simply would call him the consummate story teller and teacher. He loves his subject matter, and he loves his readers, and it always shows. I am grateful to Audible for allowing me access to so much that would be difficult for me to sit and read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "The Greatest Living American Author"
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    I feel truly blessed to have discovered the pleasure and wonder that is listening to Irving's novels. Perhaps no other author that I have listened to, save Dickens, who I believe Irving would wish to be compared to historically, weaves tales of human irony the way it really happens in human's lives. I view his presentation of Owen, and Johnny's love and respect for him, as one of the best developments of male friendship and love that I have ever listened to in fiction. Owens sense of predestination, foreshadowed the entire book, was still surprising to me in the way it occurred. His life, to me, is the way God uses us to help each other. If Irving is an atheist, he describes faith in God pretty well anyway. Read or listen to the book. As soon as I finish the review, I will buy the next one. You should too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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