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Richard Daniel

Fort Worth, TX USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Randall E. Stross
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    At the height of his fame Thomas Alva Edison was hailed as “the Napoleon of invention” and blazed in the public imagination as a virtual demigod. Newspapers proclaimed his genius in glowing personal profiles and quipped that “the doctor has been called” because the great man “has not invented anything since breakfast.” But Edison's greatest invention may have been his own celebrity.

    Elizabeth says: "Enlightening, but not compelling"
    "Fast paced account of Edison"
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    I got got interested in Edison when seeing the Menlo Park exhibit at the Henry Ford in Michigan. This is the first book that I've heard that covered his life and the impact he had on so many aspects of America.

    Grover Gardner is my favorite narrator. There are a few sections that I think can be condensed. This shows the failures as well as the successes of Edison and he managed to alter our lives.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes: The Heirloom Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (58 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (112)

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

    Santa Fe Painter says: "A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes"
    "Great voice for this book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Sherlock Holmes to be better than the print version?

    No, but that is almost impossible. Any reading is just a reading of a masterful work. There are many artists who recorded the various Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories. An there will be more, but Simon Vance is the best that I've encountered yet.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint is that this is one file. You won't be able to go to a specific book or short story. This is 58 hours in one file. This would have been much better as 9 works, each with chapters. Still, this is a good way to listen to all the books beginning to end.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    Award-winning author Stephen Greenblatt is one of the most influential literary thinkers in the world. An acclaimed interpreter of Shakespeare's works, his ideas have changed the way countless people approach the classics. Now Greenblatt's uniquely brilliant voice delivers a magnificent biography of the Bard himself.

    Oswald says: "Excellent"
    "Just as good the third time"
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    I've heard this three time now. The last time was after Anonymous came out because I couldn't see how anyone could think that Shakespeare wasn't Shakespeare. I still can't.

    This may be may favorite book on Shakespeare. This book covers how young Shakespeare became the Barb. The detail is amazing and the narration is outstanding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Halloween Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    On a Halloween night, eight boys are led on an incredible journey into the past by the mysterious “spirit” Moundshroud. Riding a dark autumn wind from ancient Egypt to the land of the Celtic druids, from Mexico to a cathedral in Paris, they will witness the haunting beginnings of the holiday called Halloween.

    Old Man Parker says: "The Ultimate Mystery History of Halloween!"
    "I've been waiting for this audiobook"
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    The story starts as a group start off trick-or-treating only to discover that one of their group is gone. I have read this short book several time, generally around Halloween. This isn't a life changing book, but is a good Halloween period yarn. I may be a little easier to follow as a book because of all of the characters, but the narration is excellent.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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