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Frederick

COLLEYVILLE, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1941)
    Performance
    (1014)
    Story
    (1027)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "Horrible story...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Well read, but horrible story.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    No.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    No.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Noting.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Horrible story, not funny, did not go anywhere.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2395)
    Performance
    (1107)
    Story
    (1122)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    William says: "What more can be said?"
    "So, so...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, interesting read.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Moby dick.


    What about Ethan Hawke’s performance did you like?

    Well done.


    Could you see Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting story, but there is no way this book should be considered one of the best novels of the last 100 years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3702)
    Performance
    (2272)
    Story
    (2303)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Jay Stone says: "Enduring Classic"
    "5's all the way...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up 1984 in three words, what would they be?

    You are watched!


    What other book might you compare 1984 to and why?

    No comparison depth of story is unique.


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, reading was outstanding.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Big brother is watching!


    Any additional comments?

    The book is moving especially when you compare the theme of controlling thought through manipulation of the English language to political correctness

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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