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Jim

BALLWIN, MO, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Jerusalem: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (153)

    Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today’s clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice - in heaven and on earth.

    Ethan M. says: "In-depth and gripping history of 3,000 years"
    "Comprehensive Look at Jerusalem"
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    Where does Jerusalem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very well performed and extremely interesting. The muslim periods were difficult for me to keep track of because the names all seemed so similar. However, it would rank it in the top 80% of audiobooks that I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was humor, scandal, and very interesting connections that were peppered all throughout the book. I felt like it was tied together very, very well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Buckle Up - This is a Long, Long Story


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2390)
    Performance
    (2137)
    Story
    (2141)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "If you are a Liberal, you will love it!"
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    What did you like best about Edge of Eternity? What did you like least?

    I liked that it wrapped up the trilogy in an interesting way, and I love how all of the story lines from the first book are continued--it's a fascinating way to write a book. However, the book was so completely liberal; that as a conservative, I was very disappointed. All of the conservative leaders were maligned and the liberal leaders were exalted as the heros. Almost every single couple in the book gets involved in an extramarital affair and ends up getting a divorce--at least have some variety in the choices that the characters make. Overall, I was disappointed in the values and the way that some of my heros were portrayed Ronald Reagan specifically.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something on economics probably. I need a break from fiction after this really, really long one.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    I liked the Russian and German characters that he did.


    Did Edge of Eternity inspire you to do anything?

    I am inspired to make sure that I encourage people to read more history so they are not swayed by a novel with a liberal agenda.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (475)

    One night, Peter Lake - orphan, master-mechanic, and master second-story man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between the middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. Because of a love that at first he cannot fully understand, Peter, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven "to stop time and bring back the dead".

    David says: "Great book and narrator - bad technical glitch"
    "Confusing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really liked Mark Helprin's "Freddy and Fredericka", so I was surprised that I didn't like this one at all. I could even finish it. The writing included so many oxymorons that it got to be joyfully agitating (see what I mean? It didn't make sense). Also, I could understand the plot. It was weird.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Helprin’s story?

    I couldn't understand what was happening. It seemed like it was happening at a real point in history, but then there were really weird fantasy aspects to the story that I didn't understand. I just didn't understand the premise of anything in the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did like a scene where Peter Lake first arrives in New York, and he encounters the man with the monkey.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freddy and Fredericka

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mark Helprin
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (97)

    Best-selling, critically acclaimed author Mark Helprin's work has drawn favorable comparisons to an elite group of literary legends, including James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Edgar Allan Poe, and Thomas Mann. Helprin's sheer comic brilliance shines in this ingenious farce.

    Chris says: "God save Craig-Vyvyan! I liked it."
    "So funny! I laughed like a crazy person!"
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    Where does Freddy and Fredericka rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say it's in the top 10.


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

    I would have liked to, but it is so well written that I could listen to it in bits and pieces and not feel like I was robbed of any of the experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zig Ziglar’s Leadership & Success Series

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Made for Success, Zig Ziglar
    • Narrated By Zig Ziglar
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (134)

    World renowned author and speaker Zig Ziglar teaches timeless principles of leadership that can help you become a strong leader in any vocation. Not only that, he helps listeners develop a deeper understanding of success by understanding principles of achieving success in life and business. His advice includes a nine step program that details how to develop a winning attitude to help you achieve optimal success.

    Warren says: "Some good stuff, but repetitive"
    "A Master Storyteller"
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    Would you listen to Zig Ziglar’s Leadership & Success Series again? Why?

    I love hearing Zig tell inspiring stories. I am a coach so there are even some that I like to remember and tell my players.


    What other book might you compare Zig Ziglar’s Leadership & Success Series to and why?

    7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey


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

    No, I liked listening to it periodically when I had the time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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