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Benjamin

History and Politics Professor at the American University of Iraq; lover of BBC Radio 4 comedies, Histories, and the occasional novel.

Roseville, MI, United States | Member Since 2011

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4039)
    Performance
    (2513)
    Story
    (2544)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Finally!"
    Overall

    This has been one of my print favorites for a decade, and I don't know why it has taken so long to get to audio, but it's finally here! A great, hilarious, even thought provoking journey through the End Days. If you like Mssrs. Gaiman or Pratchett's other works, or Monty Python, Douglas Adams or British humor in general, pick it up! You won't be sorry.

    27 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (2751)
    Performance
    (2446)
    Story
    (2477)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Not a Stiller fan, but loved this brief piece"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the printer version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?

    His way of escaping his nagging, non-comprehending wife


    What about Ben Stiller’s performance did you like?

    As I stated in my header, I'm not a big fan of his, but he did a fine job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It wasn't hard-very short story, but I loved it and so did my family!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Hidden Rivals That Ignited the Space Age

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Matthew Brzezinski
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (207)

    On October 4, 1957, a time of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet Union secretly launched the Earth's first artificial moon. No bigger than a basketball, the tiny satellite was powered by a car battery. Yet, for all its simplicity, Sputnik stunned the world.

    Thomas says: "awesome"
    "Well-researched & well-written! Great book!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a great title for space buffs (like me), for Cold war history buffs (like me, though I am a history professor so I guess I am more than a "buff") and even for World War II fans, as this story picks up at the close of that awful conflict. The writing is great-the opening scene, where the author slightly anthropomorphizes a V-2 rocket, is riveting! As a specialist in modern technological history, I have no major problems with the scholarship-but read this book because it's fun, and just learn stuff along the way! Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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