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Dennis

United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 20 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 129 titles in library
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  • The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    The great Oglala Sioux chief Red Cloud was the only Plains Indian to defeat the United States Army in a war, forcing the American government to sue for peace in a conflict named for him. At the peak of their chief’s powers, the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States. But unlike Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, or Geronimo, the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured. Now, thanks to painstaking research by two award-winning authors, his incredible story can finally be told.

    Melinda says: "The Irresistable Force Paradox: Manifest Destiny"
    "excellent"
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    An excellent history of the Sioux peoples and its transformation as a nation from other native nations and then the jugernaut of US migration west. Red Cloud has slipped between the historical figures of the time (I had never heard of him) but really deserves a prominent spot in the history books. The story is told with compelling and interesting narrative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1908)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (864)

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "boring"
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    some authors can write history in a compelling and fascinating story, but this was more typical of the history I read in high school, with often quotations that did not add to the story and narratted in a likewise dull manner. timeline skips around from other characters in the period, which would normally add to the story but made me think "this sounds like the story I read on George Washington all over again". One would think early american history could be a facinating story but maybe it's just dull.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Failure: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Shteyngart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    After three acclaimed novels - The Russian Debutante's Handbook, Absurdistan, and Super Sad True Love Story - Gary Shteyngart turns to memoir in a candid, witty, deeply poignant account of his life so far.

    Shteyngart shares his American immigrant experience, moving back and forth through time and memory with self-deprecating humor, moving insights, and literary bravado. The result is a resonant story of family and belonging that feels epic and intimate and distinctly his own. Provocative, hilarious, and inventive, Little Failure reveals a deeper vein of emotion in Gary Shteyngart' s prose.

    HRD says: "I loved this book - funny, sad, all that nonsense"
    "did not do much for me"
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    I bought this on recommendation from Audible based on my liking of Sedaris, Rakoff, and Ronsen. I find these books best when the authors are the narrators. Ross' voice seemed to mimic what I would imagine the author to sound like, so I'm not sure if it was the narration or just the story itself that failed to captivate me. I just didn't find it that humorous and it was so boring that I couldn't even finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dangerous Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2456)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1170)

    In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

    Rebecca says: "Predictable Fun"
    "If you like Follett you'll like this too"
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    Follett's novels all seem formed from the same cookie cutter: good guys, bad guys, innocents and evil ones, and the good ones win in the end. Despite the predictability, I love the stories so well told. And this particular performance is amazing! Is it really Michael Page projecting all these voices? Light years ahead of the old books on tape I use to get.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (533)

    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Cynthia says: "Five Days in Hell/Years in Purgatory"
    "more interesting than I expected"
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    I kept putting this listen off because I really wasn't that interested in more about Katrina. But I was quickly drawn in to the well told and interesting account of this event during the storm. Fink has put together a well rounded picture of the people involved, how decisions came about, and the broader implications for our disaster recovery institutions and infrastructure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1960)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1145)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "Nova Science Now"
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    If you like Tyson on Nova Science Now, you'll enjoy this, but it's more or less the same thing. Would have been better if Tyson had narrated.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (2707)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1186)

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    David says: "Good, but be careful"
    "If you like the podcast, this is more of the same"
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    I like what these guys present, and it felt like an extended podcast, some of it I thought had heard in the podcast, but also other stuff, so not a rehash (or pre hash). Not an unworthy purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2348)
    Performance
    (2079)
    Story
    (2065)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Did not enjoy as much as his other books"
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    finished this book a couple months ago, and now can't even remember if I got to the end or not. It was more of a poetic story than his other books, and not so amenable to intermittent listenings, and hard to understand the narrators - I usually like narrators to have natural accents, but these were a bit too strong accented for me to follow. Just didn't catch my enthusiasm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undaunted Courage

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (426)

    In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and - by way of the Snake and the Columbia rivers - down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West. When they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.

    Christopher says: "Great detail about this historical event..."
    "Why don't they tell it like this in high school??"
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    Fascinating story on so many levels. I initially thought I might drop it, the beginning was a bit monotonous. But once the journey began, I was hooked. I liked how it gives you a glimpse into the complex nature of native america before too much european influence, i.e that young men out on hunting parties, acting like young men (stealing gear, challenging Lewis) could impact the american's view of all of native america - some tribes poor and non-confrontational, others, aggressive, and how british and french trading tilted the balance of power for native americans. It's also an amazing tale of men who were really ignorant of the geography, climate, natives, and medical conditions/treatments, managed to blunder through all this and succeed by sheer will and determination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2441)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1148)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    jc says: "Charming book with an excellent narrator"
    "This was a great break from my usual non-fiction"
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    very entertaining britishy humor with probably the best narration - perfect for this story - that I've heard in a long time. I can't imagine many people regretting this buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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