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Milkman

Erasmus

Rochester, MN | Member Since 2008

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  • Nixon and Mao: The Week That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Margaret MacMillan brings her extraordinary gifts to two of the most important countries today, the United States and China, and one of the most significant moments in modern history: Richard Nixon's week in China in February 1972, which opened relations between America and China (closed since the communists came to power in 1949).

    Roy says: "Incisive"
    "Captures the ambiance & tone of the tine"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I learned from the book. It could have been streamlined a bit! I appreciate the author bringing out Nixon, kissinger & the State department.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Book has a weak ending. After cramming all that research, it could do with a fast forward to 21st century US China relationship to put the trip into context! More Of how china was changed by this visit would be nice!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Did Nixon and Mao inspire you to do anything?

    I ended up read a book on the Long March & on the Korean war - the coldest winter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee: Original Chinese Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert Van Gulik
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Ken says: "A different legal thriller"
    "A chinese sleuth in ancient china."
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    If you could sum up The Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee in three words, what would they be?

    Authentic, singular, exotic


    What did you like best about this story?

    Classic whodunit that keeps you guess! It satisfies the requisite who, why,
    & how!


    Have you listened to any of Norman Dietz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Entertained


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David Halberstam
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter changes that. Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures.

    Doug says: "Almost as good as The Best and the Brightest"
    "Must read for every american"
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    Would you listen to The Coldest Winter again? Why?

    Yes! Well written, fast paced & compelling


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Coldest Winter?

    MacArthur's sheer incompetence


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    Yes! How the nation that just won WWII was lead by egotistical has beens in an army lead by the in crowd than competence. Sounded like the British in WWI.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5872)
    Performance
    (5485)
    Story
    (5503)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Inspired fantasy story with strong characters"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steelheart the most enjoyable?

    First person POV of a precocious young man whose sensibilities go beyond the mundane. Gals, guns & galore a plenty in this novel.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steelheart?

    The bank scene, the weapons dealer, the motorcycle chase & the final denouement.


    Which character – as performed by Macleod Andrews – was your favorite?

    David, Cody


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    David in the deadend tunnel.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4789)
    Performance
    (4357)
    Story
    (4404)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "What an ending! George RR Martin take heed!"
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    If you could sum up A Memory of Light in three words, what would they be?

    Poetic perfection


    What did you like best about this story?

    A fitting closure to one of the longest epic fantasy novels in existence. Not even Tolkien could hold one's attention for this many books. Sanderson's voice fits Jordan's. Matt, Rand, Perrin & Egwain fulfilling their fates.


    What about Michael Kramer and Kate Reading ’s performance did you like?

    Excellent readers


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

    Please do not make a film of this series. It will ruin the printed pages.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (334)

    Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

    Ryan says: "Important themes, with blind spots"
    "Fire their editor"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Book repeats itself again & again. Authors need an editor to trim all that verbiage & trash those unnecessary sentences. A reader's digest condensed version should make this book readable.


    What could Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Learn to write more pithily.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    N/A


    Was Why Nations Fail worth the listening time?

    Don't bother


    Any additional comments?

    Came highly recommended but quite disappointing. Beats each point to death. Redundant reiteration of summary point to ad nauseam.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1294)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (530)

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "Ends with a glorious bang!"
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    Where does Ptolemy's Gate rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10% because of the strong character of the protagonists, coherent & novel system of magic, storyline & the delightful sarcasm & wit of the author. Very few modern fantasy writers know about Akhenaten & Ra. His ability to weave in these tidbits create a charming and coherent world view.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ptolemy's Gate?

    The final battle, Ptolemeus & Bartimaeus, the appearance of Lord Naldo


    What about Simon Jones’s performance did you like?

    Excellent portrayal. Perfect storyteller. His reading brings the listener into Stroud's world.


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

    Mostly smile and laugh!


    Any additional comments?

    A modern day children' classic

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crossroads of Twilight: Book Ten of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3729)
    Performance
    (2031)
    Story
    (2053)

    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time. Crossroads of Twilight is book ten of Robert Jordan's best selling Wheel of Time series.

    Robert Eric Koch says: "The Lowest Point of the Entire Series"
    "Tedious; Perrin as an uxorious teenager"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, because for fans of WOT, it has crucial elements in the storyline necessary to understand the whole series.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    almost did not make it


    Did Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes


    Could you see Crossroads of Twilight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The Rand Nynaeve cleansing of the taint was less of a denouement than I would anticipate. The Aes Sedai all felt it but nary a reaction from the Balck Tower.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fire Chronicle: The Books of Beginning, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Stephens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (194)

    It's been six months since Kate, Michael, and Emma confronted the Dire Magnus, but the trail to their long-missing parents remains cold. Then Michael and Emma find a man who saw them ten years ago - three days after they disappeared. He knows about a map of a distant land, a place shrouded in mystery that may lead them to their parents. Meanwhile, Kate's connection to the Book of Time is growing stronger and stronger, until a dangerous trick gets her stuck in the past, searching for a friend to help her. Only a perilous quest and a daring risk will help the children to harness the power of the Books of Beginning.

    Milkman says: "The second child ascendant"
    "The second child ascendant"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fire Chronicle the most enjoyable?

    Jim Dale's reading! Michael's growing maturity!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael & Emma


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Michael tricking the dragon


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Michael reviving his sister


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best children's books in many years. Better than Fablehaven, Maximum flight or Percy Jackson. My son is riveted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mirror Dance: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (549)

    The dwarfish, fetally damaged yet brilliant Miles Vorkosigan has more than his share of troubles. Having recently escaped an assassination plot whose tool was a brainwashed clone of himself, Miles has set the clone, Mark, free for a new chance at life. But when he decides to let his clone brother assume his secret identity and lead the Dendarii Free Mercenary on an unauthorized mission to liberate other clones from the outlaw planet of Jackson's Whole, things get really messy.

    Paul Mc Galey says: "Excellent book, but needs editing?"
    "Continued evolution of Vorkosigan clan"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mirror Dance the most enjoyable?

    Grover Gardner is a fine reader. Story moves fast even though I dreaded reading about Miles' death, the story is very compelling. Ms Bujold's characters grow and change. Excellent character development. Very consistent portrayal of main & side characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mirror Dance?

    Mark calling Corrine.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Miles waking up!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ivan mourning for Miles.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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