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Richard

Sacramento, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Homer, Stephen Mitchell (translator)
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (145)

    The power and the beauty of The Iliad resound again across 2,700 years in Stephen Mitchell's exciting new translation, as if the lifeblood of its heroes Achilles and Patroclus, Hector and Priam flowed in every word. And we are there with them amid the horror and ecstasy of war, carried along by a poetry that lifts even the most devastating human events into the realm of the beautiful.

    Darwin8u says: "Mitchell's Translation is Brilliant Poetry"
    "Returning to the classics: this was a great choice"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Iliad the most enjoyable?

    The music in the wording was enjoyable. As soon as I finished, I had to go immediately to the Odyssey.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I learned what Homer said and not what Hollywood’s distortions


    Which character – as performed by Alfred Molina – was your favorite?

    Achilles


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was exhilarating and heightened my imagination. I’m eager to find additional classics from the period.


    Any additional comments?

    It is kind of fun to revisit all the books I should have read in school.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crown Tower: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2433)
    Performance
    (2266)
    Story
    (2273)

    Michael J. Sullivan garnered critical raves and a massive readership for his Riyria Revelations series. The first book in his highly anticipated Riyria Chronicles series of prequels, The Crown Tower brings together warrior Hadrian Blackwater with thieving assassin Royce Melborn. The two form a less-than-friendly pairing, but the quest before them has a rare prize indeed, and if they can breach the supposedly impregnable walls of the Crown Tower, their names will be legend.

    Tango says: "Delicious Icing on a Terrific Cake"
    "Nice distraction"
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    Would you listen to The Crown Tower again? Why?

    I seldom go back to a book, but this may be on that short list.


    What other book might you compare The Crown Tower to and why?

    Pillars of the Earth


    What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

    All charades had a believable and recognizable voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was informative and make me snicker a time or to.


    Any additional comments?

    May consider at the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaker for the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8023)
    Performance
    (4503)
    Story
    (4554)

    In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

    Joe says: "The Enderverse"
    "It was an enjoyable excursion into understanding."
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    What did you love best about Speaker for the Dead?

    Willing to understand and accept the reality of an another intelligence


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andrew


    What does David Birney and Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There intonation a pacing.


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

    Journey to redemption


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1204)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "I had high expectation, but was disappointed."
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    What did you like best about Killing Jesus? What did you like least?

    Retelling of one of the worlds greatest stories.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There was the issue, there was nothing new or enlightening.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bill O'Reilly’s performances?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Depending on who wrote the screen play.


    Any additional comments?

    O'Reilly may be interesting at short burst, but for a whole boo, never again!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (830)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "A true Renaissance Man"
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    Would you listen to Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power again? Why?

    Down the road yes. There is still a lot of period books I need to read first.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Although I got a much better understanding of the man, the view of our emerging notion was not as clear as "Washington: A Life".


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (990)

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "A lot of fun, up ther with Hitchikers Guide..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, it is what it is. An intriguing story, with inventive twists and turns.


    Would you recommend Year Zero to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is fun and a pleasant change to some of the heavy hitters I have heard recently.


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

    No, but I have seen enjoyed him on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Articles in Wired and The New York Times Magazine.


    Could you see Year Zero being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Movie yes, a TV series would stretch the thin plot, but the characters are interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I took it on, it helped sooth the long commute.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1804)
    Performance
    (1061)
    Story
    (1039)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "Good incite, some parts we more rants then info"
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    Where does Medium Raw rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number two


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Just a content and approach issue. Some sections were memorable, but some were more suited to fast forward. Kitchen Confidential was more enjoyable.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It is intersting to have the narrator the author.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A good chuckle here and there. Must reactions we Aha. that makes sense!


    Any additional comments?

    It did provided incite into the industry and removed any idea I might have had about going into the business. His Take on the food networks and celebrity chefs was eye opening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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