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Dallas

Aurora, CO, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Gallant Lady: A Biography of the USS Archerfish

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Don Keith, Ken Henry
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    The Archerfish, a diesel powered Balao-class submarine crafted in the 1940s, won a unique, heroic place in military history and the memories of her crew members. Here is her story: from her assembly in New England and her dedication by Eleanor Roosevelt's personal secretary, to her service in World War II, where she broke the back of the Japanese Navy, and her critical role in the Cold War.

    Christopher says: "Pointless tales of meaningless anecdotes."
    "too boring"
    Overall

    I couldn't finish listening to this book. The reader was fine, but the writing was bland and insipid...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3330)
    Performance
    (1956)
    Story
    (1974)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "slow, uninteresting, boring"
    Overall

    I gave up after 3 hours of this tedious book. Not one character that was interesting, TOO MANY long boring character development sketches. The plot plods along and if it ever develops into anything I will never find out...

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Drew Gilpin Faust
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    During the Civil War, 620,000 soldiers lost their lives - equivalent to six million in today's population. This Republic of Suffering explores the impact of the enormous death toll from material, political, intellectual, and spiritual angles. Drew Gilpin Faust delineates the ways death changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation and describes how a deeply religious culture reconciled the slaughter with its belief in a benevolent God.

    D. Littman says: "a unique civil war perspective"
    "Schoolmarm narrator"
    Overall

    The book is well researched and interesting(and somewhat tedious if you are not "into" Civil War history) . The narrators treatment of letters and papers from the period is a problem however. She adopts a schoolmarm tone that is both dismissive of and condescending to the people that wrote the documents. I found that irritating.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Everything Is Illuminated

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Scott Shina
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (304)

    Jonathan is a Jewish college student searching Europe for the one person he believes can explain his roots. Alex, a lover of all things American and unsurpassed butcher of the English language, is his lovable Ukrainian guide. On their quixotic quest, the two young men look for Augustine, a woman who might have saved Jonathan's grandfather from the Nazis. As past and present merge, hysterically funny moments collide with great tragedy, and an unforgettable story of one family's extraordinary history unfolds.

    J. Kovler says: "What a brilliantly original work!"
    "Too boring"
    Overall

    This book starts slow and grinds to deadly. What humor there is relies completely on malapropisms. After two hours with NO sign of plot appearing, I gave up.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (211)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
    "Fall guy"
    Overall

    This book is fascinating and worth listening to. Unfortunately, it places all the blame for Enron on Andrew Fastow and portrays Kenneth Lay and Jeff Skilling as poor innocent children. if you read other sources (for example, the October 2002 Forbes Article "Andrew Fastow, Fall Guy" By Dan Ackman) it is clear that the problem with Enron was endemic and not just one bad apple. If you can stand more of the detail of the financial transaction involved, Enron's demise is more credibly portrayed in "Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron" by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. Eichenwald gives too many venal and greedy people free passes to be wholely credible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tyrannosaur Canyon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (1010)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (305)

    What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest U.S. known as Tyrannosaur Canyon?

    Peggy says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "cardboard cutouts"
    Overall

    The main characters ( Hero, protagonists, villains and bystanders) are all flat 2 dimensional, uninteresting and ultimately boring.. The story line drags on and on and on and on after a fairly fast start. I gave up on this after about 2 hours because I couldn't find ANYONE to root for in the book or any reaon to slog through more boring build-up to who knows what. Don't bother...

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sound and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dave Kindred
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Muhammed Ali and Howard Cosell, a legendary athlete and a television icon, were individually interesting, but together they were mesmerizing. They were profoundly different, young and old, black and white, a Muslim and a Jew, Ali barely literate, Cosell an editor of his university's law review. Yet they had in common forces that made them unforgettable: both were unprecedented performers who covered enormous insecurities by demanding, loudly and often, public acclaim.

    Steve says: "Great insight into Ali & Cosell"
    "Challenging"
    Overall

    A Wonderful dual biography! This book challenges the myths that have arisen surrounding both men.
    After reading it, I had a better appreciation of both of these individuals and a better understanding of the times in which they (and I) lived. It also makes you reflect on the contibutions both real and imagined of both Howard Cosell and Muhammed Ali. It is very listenable and engaging throughout.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The City, Not Long After

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pat Murphy
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The city is San Francisco. The not long after refers to a devastating worldwide plague that has wiped out most of the planet's population. The people who survive in San Francisco are mostly artists, hippies, and misfits who pull together a viable community and transform the city.

    Julie says: "Reminded me why I love sci-fi!"
    "slow..."
    Overall

    The narrator does a good job but after 30 minutes, I was bored with the plastic characters and slow pace of the book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    The Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air celebrates its 10th anniversary with a spectacular production of this classic tale. Meticulously adapted from the book by Washington Irving, Colonial was determined to stay true to the mood and flavor the story is famous for. Outstanding performances by the Colonial Radio Players, a rousing (and scary) music score by Jeffrey Gage, thousands of sound effects, and the terrifying final encounter with the Headless Horseman...

    Willie says: "10 Stars!!!!!!"
    "over long and hokey"
    Overall

    The music doesn't help but detracts from this. The Ichabod Crane character sounds like a first shot at acting by a schoolboy and the final encounter between Crane and the Horseman is frankly dull.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Criminalization of Christianity: Listen to This Before It Becomes Illegal!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Janet L. Folger
    • Narrated By Janet L. Folger
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    There is a war going on for the future of our country. Most people know that. What they may not know is that if Christians lose, the result won't merely be enduring public policy we disagree with, it will be a prison sentence for those who oppose it. We've all seen the attack coming. First the Supreme Court said kids can't pray in school. Then the Ten Commandments were ripped from the classrooms.

    Matt says: "She truthfully draws the line"
    "bull"
    Overall

    What absolute claptrap... The authors contention is so FAR from realistic as to be ludicrous. She cites instances where so-called Christians demand special treatment for their opinions and then are upset that the courts rightly point out Americas constitutional restrictions on establishing a state religion.

    36 of 74 people found this review helpful

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