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Verbtuoso

Chicago, IL United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 48 titles in library
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  • Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2570)
    Performance
    (1755)
    Story
    (1752)

    Pressed into service when World War II breaks out in the Pacific, the USS Walker---a Great-War vintage "four-stacker" destroyer---finds itself in full retreat from pursuit by Japanese battleships. Its captain, Lieutenant Commander Matthew Patrick Reddy, knows that he and his crew are in dire straits. In desperation, he heads Walker into a squall, hoping it will give them cover---and emerges somewhere else.

    neil says: "Entertaining and Well Narrated"
    "Masterful Story Narrated by a Master!"
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    What other book might you compare Into the Storm to and why?

    The vividness of the writing and narration can only be compared to watching a classic movie like Casablanca or the Sands of Iwo Jima.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    It's mind-boggling how Dufris can take a ship full of men and give vivid, fully-differentiated portrayals of each one. There is a reason he is one of the superstars of the audiobook world. He's a great actor with a naturalistic, human feel to his work. We get warmth to help us connect with the human side of daily life aboard ship and the energy to soar to heights of excitement during the thrilling battle scenes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are some great funny scenes, and sections that made me laugh. My strongest reaction was to the action scenes. The battles -- especially at the end -- were so gripping it was almost impossible to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a perfect match of a great story and a great narrator!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (239)

    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Read by History Channel host Edward Herrmann!

    Thomas says: "fantastic"
    "Heartfelt and masterful"
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    Do not think you will be listening to a dry and dusty book of ancient, dead history. McCullough's book and Herrman's narration style breathe so much life and import and interest into this fantastic book, it is simply not to be missed. Of its many joys, one of the signal high points is the astounding relationship between John and Abigail, brought to vivid life in this telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crusade: Destroyermen, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Taylor Anderson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1673)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1173)

    Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the USS Walker, have chosen sides in a war not of their making. They have allied with the Lemurians - a mammalian race whose peaceful existence is under attack from the warlike, reptilian Grik. The Lemurians are vastly outnumbered and ignorant of warfare, and even the guns and technology of Walker cannot turn the tide of battle.

    Laura says: "Woman's Perspective"
    "A simply masterful story, incredibly well-told"
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    This is a melding of history and sci-fi, yet it is done so incredibly well it feels absolutely real. of course, it helps that one of the masters of the audiobook world, William DuFris, is the narrator. He gives such a thorough impression of the characters, and the kind of variety necessary to tell this tale is mind-boggling. Yet, without calling attention to himself, Dufris lays out the story in an astounding fashion. This was just a dynamite audiobook, and I look forward to the next part of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Starling Project: An Audible Drama

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina, full cast
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (422)

    An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington - from London to Marseille to Prague - war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling - when he always seems one step ahead?

    Rick says: "WOW!"
    "Pulse-pounding Story Impeccably Presented!"
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    Would you listen to The Starling Project again? Why?

    Absolutely. These fully-fleshed character portrayals bear additional listens. Everyone is wonderful, and Molina is the stand-out center of the storm in this great book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely, especially after the twists and turns started occurring. You never know what will happen next, or to whom.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Two top scenes include an early heist scene involving grabbing computer hard drives and the scene with the hostages in the bank.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The extreme reaction I had was to LISTEN at every spare moment I could until I finished!


    Any additional comments?

    There is nothing as thrilling as a full-cast presentation done well, and these guys did a fantastic job! Astounding performances along with state-of-the-art, top-notch production values combined to make this a thrilling show! The "theater of the mind" is truly able to dive in and get involved. Highly recommended!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • True Stories: A Digital Short

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Vincent Zandri
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    "True Stories" is one of Vincent Zandri's most anthologized short stories. Based on the true story of Zandri having tackled and apprehended a car thief who was rampaging through his upstate New York neighborhood, this literary thriller begins with a 'seed of truth' around which grow invented circumstances - the result being a clever mesh of truth and creation.

    Verbtuoso says: "A Dark Tale Told Well"
    "A Dark Tale Told Well"
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    If you could sum up True Stories in three words, what would they be?

    Cathartic, moving, dark


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This story paints a detailed picture of lives filled with tragedy and loss. It's not necessarily for the faint of heart, but it's an important tale of what individuals go through during some of the most trying times humans can endure.


    What about Jim McCance’s performance did you like?

    McCance's voice is filled with exactly the right amount of grim acceptance and heartfelt emotion. We're in the hands of a real pro here. This important yet difficult story needed a narrator exactly like him. Brilliant performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I came close to tears a few times over this brief story.


    Any additional comments?

    Listeners should prepare themselves for a dark journey, but it's a journey well worth taking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Put More Time on Your Side: How to Manage Your Life in a Digital World

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jan Yager
    • Narrated By Ruth Kaufman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Finally, a book on time management for those who say they don’t have enough time to read a book on this crucial topic. Put more time on your Side is a quick read exploring the key skills of effective time managers, including short- and long-term goal setting, prioritizing, dealing with such common time wasters as procrastination, doing too much at once, perfectionism, and even jealousy.

    Verbtuoso says: "Excellent reading -- slow start-up"
    "Excellent reading -- slow start-up"
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    What did you like best about Put More Time on Your Side? What did you like least?

    Easy to understand, well presented by the extremely lucid narrator, who gave a very positive and easy-to-listen-to delivery of the material.


    What was most disappointing about Jan Yager’s story?

    Took too long to get to the tips and assistance. A "How-To" book shouldn't spend so much time on set-up and history.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to Put More Time on Your Side?

    People who need information from an experienced professional about self-organization


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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