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  • America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Tim Meadows, Jordin Ruderman
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (746)
    Story
    (739)

    Book store nation, in the history of mankind there has never been a greater country than America. You could say we're the number one nation at being the best at greatness. But as perfect as America is in every single way, America is broken! And we can't exchange it because we're 236 years past the 30-day return window. Look around - we don't make anything anymore, we've mortgaged our future to China, and the Apologist-in-Chief goes on world tours just to bow before foreign leaders.

    Brett says: "Funny as usual"
    "I love Colbert Report, but..."
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    What could Stephen Colbert have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Add more substance. It seemed that most of this book was a rehash of stuff from his show, without presenting any new ideas. It's a very short book as it is, so fresh concepts would be appreciated. Also some of the sidebar "skits" were not at all interesting or clever and seemed especially juvenile, which made me want to fast forward through an already short book. .


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

    Probably not, but an equivalent would be to watch several episodes of the Colbert Report.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen Colbert is an entertaining performer, and could make almost any book enjoyable. However, the way he performed it was the best thing about the book -- the content does not really stand alone as a book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Down

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Simon Vance, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (256)

    In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times best-selling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line.

    Julia's aunt says: "Seems made for audio format"
    "One of my favorites!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I love Nick Hornby's books, and this is probably my favorite. The concept of the story is ridiculous -- strangers meeting at their simultaneous suicide attempts, and becoming friends -- but it really works!

    Hornby does a great job with character development, making the reader feel both sympathetic and unsympathetic toward this oddball cast of losers. It's a group whose members are completely dissimilar (wealthy, poor, older, younger, famous, unknown, love, unloved) with only one thing in common -- that they want to end their lives.

    The conversations between the characters are poignant and hilarious, following their own rules that they won't try to prevent each other from committing suicide. After all, it's awkward to make plans to meet in the future, if you're not sure whether you'll be alive.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read the paperback of this book, and just loved it. The audio version does not disappoint. The readers' accents are great (various British and American), although when first starting to listen, it takes quite a while to easily identify all of the different characters and recall their storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a clever book with a lot of heart. Who knew that a book about wanting to die could make a listener appreciate life?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Uprising: The Untold Story of America's Largest Slave Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Rasmussen
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    In January 1811, five hundred slaves dressed in military uniforms and armed with guns, cane knives, and axes rose up from the plantations around New Orleans and set out to conquer the city. Ethnically diverse, politically astute, and highly organized, this self-made army challenged not only the economic system of plantation agriculture but also American expansion. Their march represented the largest act of armed resistance against slavery in the history of the United States.

    Steve says: "Nice try, but ..."
    "Educational insight on a hidden historical event"
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    Any additional comments?

    This read was educational and academic (in a positive sense), about an event in American history that has largely been covered up or forgotten, ever since it occurred nearly 200 years ago. It was quite fascinating to learn about the reasons this slave revolt was not "reported" accurately at the time, and the political undercurrents that made these events remain a tiny footnote in the history of slavery and our nation. While difficult to hear some of the daily horrors of slave life, at times I found myself rooting for the rebels, especially those who had earlier been African warriors with deadly experience in warfare before being captured and brought to New Orleans area plantations. The author does a good job of placing the reader right there in time as events played out, including the genuine terror the plantation owners felt, and the seemingly impossible optimism that the slaves felt -- that they could successfully overthrow the landowners and gain freedom for themselves and their families.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3959)
    Performance
    (3341)
    Story
    (3327)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Very enjoyable read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an enjoyable Grisham read, perhaps less technical than some of his earlier books.


    What about J.D. Jackson’s performance did you like?

    The performer was very believeable and I'd be pleased to listen to more of his recordings.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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