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Stu

WASHINGTON, DC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1199)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "The Dangerous Expedition"
    Overall

    I found this story to be absolutely thrilling. This was back when there were still vast undiscovered spaces on Earth, and men sought glory and riches by exploring them. This story of Shackleton shows that throughout this tragic struggle against nature, he and his men kept their heads and did what was necessary to survive.
    The narration is fantastic. Alternating between the dire and gloomy description of the bleak terrain and bleaker prospects for survival, and then full of emotion when the crew is attacking any of the many, many challenges they faced along the way. I loved every bit of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1596)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (980)

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "Brilliant Autobiography"
    Overall

    This is an insanely funny and surprisingly introspective look into the life of Craig Ferguson. I have been a fan of his stuff for a while, so my viewpoint may be skewed, but I don't think you'll be disappointed by this book. From growing up in Scotland, to hitting rock-bottom as a drunk, to a successful career in show business, this book is a great story all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Study in Emerald

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (2275)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (752)

    A Study in Emerald draws listeners in through carefully revealed details as a consulting detective and his narrator friend solve the mystery of a murdered German noble. But with its subtle allusions and surprise ending, this mystery hints that the real fun in solving this case lies in imagining all the details that Gaiman doesn't reveal, and challenges listeners to be detectives themselves.

    M. D. Baines says: "Listen Well"
    "Interesting and Entertaining"
    Overall

    This listen is an enjoyable spin on the Sherlock Holmes theme, in a kind of alternate reality. It is quite entertaining, and Gaiman's narration is very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1813)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (839)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "The Narration Kills It."
    Overall

    I was extremely disappointed with the narration on this book, which is a shame because everyone I know who has read it says it is great, and I trust them. But I couldn't listen to this for more than an hour, I had to actually stop and switch to a different book. The narrator tries to speak in several different voices and accents, and does a very poor job with all of them. I'll have to read this one instead of listening to it. IMPORTANT: THIS 1 STAR REVIEW IS OF THE NARRATION, NOT OF THE QUALITY OF THE WRITING OR THE BOOK.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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