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Patrick

Fairfield, California, 94534, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Edward Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate.

    D. Donohue says: "STUPENDOUS!"
    "Best Story of the Vanishing American Indian"
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    If you could sum up Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling Unforgettable Saddening


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher?

    Recounting of Custer's Last Stand. Did he watch from the hillside?


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

    None that I can recall. This performance was magnificent, though the author must be given credit for putting together such a compelling story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    too many to mention


    Any additional comments?

    We have romanticized our treatment of the American Indian for so long, that we believe we actually treated them fairly.
    It is refreshing to hear the history of Curtis and of his dedication to his mission to portray an accurate history of a people our government was willfully destroying, culturally, if not in fact.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5532)
    Performance
    (3483)
    Story
    (3508)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Required reading for anyone questiong our PC lives"
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    It is better than not reading the book, at all. Listening to the audio while reading along is best. There are points she makes that bare consideration. The pause button is important. This book is a feast to be slowly enjoyed and ruminated over.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her use of descriptive titles for the 'Looters', the 'Destroyers', the 'Parasites' is especially good for youthful readers. She makes clear who the good guys and who the bad guys are. "The mind is the fundamental source of wealth." And her comment that 'individuals should pursue life enhancing values'.


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

    No


    If you could rename Atlas Shrugged, what would you call it?

    Cautionary Tale to Modern Society


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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