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  • Frank: The Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By James Kaplan
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the 20th century - infinitely charismatic, lionized, and notori­ous in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. As Bob Spitz did with the Beatles, Tina Brown for Diana, and Peter Guralnick for Elvis, James Kaplan goes behind the legend and hype to bring alive a force that changed popular culture in fundamental ways.

    Brad says: "Both fascinating and tedious"
    "Great book and great reader!"
    Overall

    After reading Kitty Kelley's scandalous Sinatra book, it was a pleasure listening to a book that was fair to Sinatra and that also fully recognized his musical genius. Kaplan pulls no punches and effectively manages to create a portrait of Sinatra that will be very hard to surpass. I strongly suggest listening to the early Sinatra in order to fully appreciate this book. Rob Shapiro was a true delight as a reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Iliad & The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lescault
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (290)

    Little is known about the Ancient Greek oral poet Homer, the supposed 8th century BC author of the world-read Iliad and his later masterpiece, The Odyssey. These classic epics provided the basis for Greek education and culture throughout the classical age and formed the backbone of humane education through the birth of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity.

    Sam says: "Worth the price, worth the time"
    "Lescault is a total bore."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Homer and/or John Lescault?

    There other versions of Homer's great epics on Audible that are all done by great narrators. I found this to be a stinker and I regret that the low price made me initially buy it.


    What didn’t you like about John Lescault’s performance?

    Everything: DULL.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Homer, Stephen Mitchell (translator)
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (151)

    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"
    "A great listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Iliad in three words, what would they be?

    While Mitchell's translation and the variation of the Illiad it is based on are rather controversial, it is surely a wonderful thing to listen to. The great actor, Alfred Molina, does a splendid job. A true pleasure to listen to. Mitchell's translation in contemporary English makes the text especially alive.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Ross
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    The Rest Is Noise takes the listener inside the labyrinth of modern music, from turn-of-the-century Vienna to downtown New York in the '60s and '70s. We meet the maverick personalities and follow the rise of mass culture on this sweeping tour of 20th-century history through its music.

    Paula says: "Learned so much!"
    "Completely engaging and comprehensive"
    Overall

    This book truly changed the way I understand 20th music and provided me with deep insights into the changing role of composition. The interconnection between music and society was examined in great depth. Ross really enhanced my appreciation and understanding of music that I had, at best a limited grasp of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Keith Richards
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley, Keith Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock-and-roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done. Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life....

    David says: "A rare insight into a rock legend"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    I would have read LIFE, but I am so happy that I did not. Listening to Richards, Depp, and Hurley was simply so engaging that I think this a case where listening beats reading. The book itself is of real substance. I think this is a autobiography at its best.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2041)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (633)

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "Great history, well narrated"
    Overall

    The book itself is simply great. Stefan Rudnicki's voices changes are fun as he takes on the entire cast of post-WW2 politicians, CIA chiefs, and spies. I would listen to the whole thing again.
    After listening to it, I know why Weiner won the Puilitzer for it. It is better than any spy novel. If you long suspected that the US is over its head when it comes to international relations, this book will help you understand why.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rome at War: Farms, Families, and Death in the Middle Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nathan Rosenstein
    • Narrated By Rene Ruiz
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Historians have long asserted that during and after the Hannibalic War, the Roman Republic's need to conscript men for long-term military service helped bring about the demise of Italy's small farms and that the misery of impoverished citizens then became fuel for the social and political conflagrations of the late republic. Nathan Rosenstein challenges this claim, showing how Rome reconciled the needs of war and agriculture throughout the middle republic.

    Nelson Alexander says: "Rome Under the Reign of the Quants"
    "Really interesting book, but the narrator...."
    Overall

    This is not an easy listen because it is a highly analytical history book. The book itself is quite interesting and an accomplished narrator could handle it well, but Rene Ruiz is a bore. Better to just read the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Management: Revised Edition

    • ABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter F. Drucker
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (95)

    The essential book on management from the man who invented the discipline. Now completely revised and updated for the first time.

    Networkoholic says: "Comprehensive - Maybe too Comprehensive"
    "Unlistenable"
    Overall

    What a mistake! I found the narration on this to be simply horrible. I frequently listen to highly complex texts on audio, so the material was not challenging, but the voices were. Find something else to listen to. I really love the quality of audible's narrators, but this beyond the pale.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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