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Norm Donovan

Cupertino, CA USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Unmasking Stalin: A Speech that Changed the World

    • NONE (49 mins)
    • By American RadioWorks
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Rarely has one speech changed history so dramatically. In 1956, Nikita Khrushchev exposed and denounced the crimes of Joseph Stalin, stunning a nation and opening the door to a human rights movement in the USSR. With the assistance of Khrushchev's son, Sergei, producer Robert Rand explores that bold event and its consequences for the Soviet Union and the world.

    Norm Donovan says: "Too little on the speech"
    "Too little on the speech"
    Overall

    Very little on the actual content of the speech. Lots of reporters expressing their opinions on how important it was.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Brendan Vaughan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    You're driving on a deserted road when your car dies. Your cell phone isn't getting service. All you have on hand are a gum wrapper and a wire hanger. Or maybe you're living in a building without central air conditioning in July. You can't afford an AC; all you have access to are a fan and a bucket of water. In such times of desperation, many have called upon the symbol of all that is inventive, the hero who awed thousands with his cool, quick wit: "What would MacGyver do?" they ask.

    A User says: "Horrible!"
    "Nothing innovative"
    Overall

    Drain a pool by using a siphon? Getting ice for drinks from a restaurant without paying? Getting a big guy to hold your panicky boyfriend? Using a hanger to open a locked car? I have never seen MacGyver, but its got to be more interesting than these stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vacant Throne: Band of Four, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ed Greenwood
    • Narrated By Stuart Langston
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Aglirta is known as the Kingless Land. Once a prosperous and peaceful river valley, it has fallen into lawlessness, studded with feuding baronies engaged in a constant state of war. But the land is kingless no more, for the Sleeping King of legend, King Kelgrael, has been awakened by the efforts of The Band of Four.

    Gerri Bishop says: "Same ol' same ol'"
    "Lots of Gore with an occasional story"
    Overall

    The book seems like it was written by a video game developer. Lots of long horribly detailed battles, hundreds of detailed descriptions of people dying and oh yeah, occasionally a tiny little story, just enough to link the battles together.

    I am soooooo sick of mages that die, but then really don't die. Some of them have died gory deaths 3-4 times and this is only the second book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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