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Robert

Topeka, KS, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (287)

    The murder of Abraham Lincoln set off the greatest manhunt in American history, the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. From April 14 to April 26, 1865, the assassin led Union cavalry and detectives on a wild 12-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia, while the nation, still reeling from the just-ended Civil War, watched in horror and sadness.

    Elizabeth says: "Fascinating!"
    "Manhunt is a thrill of a ride"
    Overall

    James Swanson has not only meticulously researched the events surrounding the assassination of President Lincoln and Booth’s subsequent 12-day flee from Union authorities, but he presents a detailed account of one of the most intriguing stories in the annals of American history in a riveting novel-esque manner that kept me on the edge of my seat almost from the outset. The narration is flawless, as is the audio quality. Definitely recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Jasper Britton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    Treasure Island must be the most enthralling adventure book ever written. As we listen to the voice of Jim Hawkins telling his extraordinary tale, and later that of his companion Dr. Livesey, we are plunged into a world of pirates, buried treasure, mutiny, and deceit.

    Jason says: "Rousing tale"
    "Fantastic: Classic Theatre for Your Ears and Mind"
    Overall

    The story is of course a classic tale, and Jasper Britton delivers a masterful performance of this timeless classic. I sampled other versions, and there are several nice narrations out there, but I cannot imagine this intriguing, imaginative tale being delivered any better than Britton does here. He flows easily between the characters, painting vivid pictures and providing a delightful listening experience. Britton keeps the story moving at a good pace with joyful exuberance.

    I listened to this with my children, and we were riveted to the speakers with great anticipation. There may be theatrical versions and movies of this timeless classic which do the story some justice, but classics like this should be experienced as the author provided it, in its unabridged form, and this version is vivid, imagination-rich theatre for your ears and mind. Very Highly Recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV

    • UNABRIDGED (98 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
    Overall
    (1792)
    Performance
    (1123)
    Story
    (1126)

    This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

    Nancy says: "Majestic listening"
    "A bargain for one credit"
    Overall

    First, the good: This is a terrific bargain for a single credit. For readability, I have most recently relied either upon the NIV or New Living Translations, but I was pleased with the NKJV translation. It is accurate and easily understandable; this translation was suited perfectly for an Audio book. The readers were outstanding, and there was just enough dramatization, music and background effects to keep the stories moving without being annoying or overly-distracting. The sound quality was flawless.

    Now, the bad: As other reviewers have detailed, dividing the Bible into 17 tracks is puzzling. Finding any particular passage is laborious and frustrating.

    If you are seeking an Audio presentation of the Bible to listen to and experience a cover-to-cover read, you will find this production very much to your liking. If, on the other hand, you are looking for an Audio Bible to add to your library to listen to various individual scriptures, this format is not well suited for such an endeavor; other audio renditions may be more navigable for such a purpose.

    69 of 69 people found this review helpful
  • Tell No One

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive. But now a message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his wife know. "Non-stop action with plot twists galore," says best selling author Philip Margolin.

    Michael E says: "hard to put down, enjoyable"
    "A fun escape"
    Overall

    Tell No One is full of twists and turns (although I must agree with a previous reviewer that the ending was a bit odd). This is an entertaining listen. Coben keeps the story moving with enough intrigue to keep you listening, yet the story has just the right amount of technical detail and character development to draw the reader/listener in.

    Steven Weber is a good choice for the narration. His pace is good, and his voice is easy to listen to.

    If you are looking for a high-action mystery that is easy to listen to, enjoyable and will keep you guessing, then Tell No One is just what the Doctor ordered.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Booth

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Robertson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A powerful evocation of a dangerous, chaotic, and tragic time, Booth is the story of the most infamous assassination in our history, as well as a riveting portrait of an enigmatic figure who continues to haunt the American imagination. Narrated by the only surviving conspirator in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, Booth tells the story of John Surratt, a young man who falls under the spell of the charismatic and captivating John Wilkes Booth.

    Virginia says: "The best Audible purchase I've made in 2 years"
    "Booth is a Disappointment"
    Overall

    When I downloaded this, I thought I was downloading a historical account of John Surratt. Instead, what I discovered this to be is a Novel -- a fictional account of John Surratt reminiscing over his friendship with President Lincoln's assassin which wanders far from the actual truth.

    My two-star rating is more a low rating of Audible, as they fail to alert the listener that this is a work of fiction rather than a work of historical value. BUYER BEWARE!

    The character development is weak, although the storyline, as a Novel, is somewhat intriguing.

    Edward Herrmann is, as always, extremely good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10002)
    Performance
    (6077)
    Story
    (6106)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Unbroken is a must-listen!"
    Overall

    If Unbroken had been a work of Fiction, it would undoubtedly have been too fantastic a yarn to remain within the boundaries of imagination. Rather, Hillenbrand provides a vivid account of the real life story of Louis Zamperini. Hillenbrand masterfully weaves this harrowing tale of survival adrift a lifeboat in the shark-laden waters of the Pacific and in Japan’s most brutal World War II Prison Camps with a heart-tugging story of perseverance, forgiveness and the determination of the human spirit. Herrmann brilliantly delivers the story, lending his award-winning narration with perfect pitch and pace. Unbroken is a must listen for anyone facing adversity or unforgiveness. Highly recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (3915)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1606)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Fascinating tale of grief and forgiveness"
    Overall

    While I would offer a word of caution to readers regarding the author's questionable theology, as a work of fiction, The Shack is a splendid tale that will have you laughing and crying and confronting your own issues of grief and forgiveness. William P. Young has written this story from his heart, and I discovered some healing through listening to it.

    The New Age Theology offered in The Shack will undoubtedly stir some excitement amongst Biblical Scholars.

    I did find the story grindingly slow in the middle chapters, and some of the author's dialogue's and descriptions could have been eliminated, but the Narrator did an outstanding job of keeping the story moving.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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