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P. M. Morris


Canberra, Australia | Member Since 2005

  • 4 reviews
  • 159 ratings
  • 471 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014

  • The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan
    • Narrated By Dick Hill

    In 1944, the big top of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus in Hartford caught fire during the middle of an afternoon performance. Nine thousand people were inside. In seconds, the big top was burning out of control. The toll of the fire, and its circumstances, haunt Hartford to the present day. But it is the intense, detailed narrative - before, after, and especially during the panic under the burning tent - that will remain with listeners long after they finish this book.

    P. M. Morris says: "Harrowing and brilliantly detailed"
    "Harrowing and brilliantly detailed"

    As a non-American I knew nothing about the Circus Fire before listening to this book. I now consider myself better informed! :-) This is a masterful piece of investigation and storytelling. The tale spans 55 years and virtually no stone remained unturned by the author's clearly painstaking research. Special credit also to the narrator - he really helped to bring the era of the events alive to me. This is one of the very best Audible books I have listened to over the last three years. Be aware that it can be rather distressing in its attention to detail. The fire itself took just a few minutes but the description from many different perspectives alone took over two hours to read... Highly recommended!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Inside the Mind of BTK: The True Story Behind the Thirty-Year Hunt for the Notorious Wichita Serial Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Douglas, Johnny Dodd
    • Narrated By Jason Klav
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This incredible story shows how John Douglas tracked and participated in the hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history. For 31 years a man who called himself BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) terrorized the city of Wichita, Kansas, sexually assaulting and strangling a series of women, taunting the police with frequent communications, and bragging about his crimes to local newspapers and TV stations.

    Petersen says: "Book Spoiled by Narrator"
    "Enjoyable and disturbing"

    An excellent audio book. I am not going to dump on the poor besieged narrator - at least not in the way others have done. He actually added to my enjoyment of the book. His frequent mispronunciations allowed for the audio equivalent of bird spotting. There's one! There's another! Good fun amidst all the grueling horror of the tale.

    All in all though, I think I am glad to now be back OUT of the mind of BTK - what a total waste of air and food that thing was, and still is...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Galapagos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    Galapagos takes the listener back one million years to A.D. 1986. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Galapagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave, new, totally different human race. Kurt Vonnegut, America's master satirist, looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry - and all that is worth saving.

    thomas says: "The Last Great Vonnegut Novel"
    "A Timely Experience"

    In this year of Darwin celebrations, and a severe world economic downturn, this book makes some harrowing echoes. As another commented, you probably need to really like Vonnegut's work or you won't enjoy it. I do, and I did.

    He is my all-time favorite modern author, but until now I hadn't read 'Galapagos'. It has been on my shelf for at least 15 years unread. I can't explain why I hadn't gotten around to reading it, but I am certainly glad to have finally caught up.

    I must heartily commend the book's reader - his gentle unhurried tone matched Leon's narration flawlessly.

    An excellent audio book experience marred only by the absence of a way to present an 'asterisk'. Readers of the dead tree edition will know what I mean...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Excellent book - a great listen"

    I have to take issue with the many reviews condemning Hitchens for narrating his own book. Hitchens' style is so unique that any other reader would be quite inappropriate. I guess this is mostly a case of U.S. readers having difficulty with anything not familiar to their ears - pity. As a non-US listener I have no problem with most books performed with U.S. accents, but it is nice to have a little variety occasionally! Hitchens is, well, Hitchens and to have him read the book was the icing on the cake, at least for me. The book's message? Wonderfully over the top and worth every minute.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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