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Clifford

Penn Laird, VA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 B.C. - 1603 A.D.

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (58)

    A History of Britain poses questions that have universal timeless resonance. What makes or breaks a nation? To whom do you give your allegiance and why? Where do the roots of your community lie - in your hearth and home, your village or city, your tribe, your faith? And, finally, what is Britain? Also, listen to A History of Britain, Volume 2.

    Dennis says: "Accessible to the lay-person."
    "false advertising"
    Overall

    The sample is the author narrating the introduction. I was very disappointed when a stuffy gent took over the rest of the narration. The content, however, overcomes the boring narration.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1596)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (980)

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "Brutally honest."
    Overall

    A great listen from beginning to end. He doesn't leave out the ugly stuff. Since "reading" the book I have become a fan of his show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (196)

    The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army.

    Daniel says: "Good book, painful narration"
    "Not his best."
    Overall

    Krakauer is one of my favoite authors, but this is not his best work. The story of Pat Tilman is riveting and as usual, well researched, but the book devolves into a repetitively preachy "expose." I don't think anyone out there would still be to shocked to find out the Army tries to cover up it own mistakes. The narrator's tone is also annoying and dripping with an indignant air. I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it myself so I could skip over the syrup.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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