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A User

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  • The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Narrated By Joseph M. Marshall III
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (204)

    Most of the world remembers Crazy Horse as a peerless warrior who brought the U.S. Army to its knees at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a dutiful son and humble fighting man who, with valor, spirit, respect, and unparalleled leadership, fought for his people's land, livelihood, and honor. In this fascinating biography, Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.

    Brian says: "The Journey of Crazy Horse"
    "great"
    Overall

    All I want to add to what the other reviewers had to say is that this is the best narration of any book I have listened to and I have listened to a great many. His voice and pacing fit perfectly for this book. It would not be nearly so interesting or compelling without him. Its a fascinating book but the narration raises it to another level and brings home as no regular narrator could the true meaning of his words

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny Carson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry Bushkin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (260)

    From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In the ’70s and ’80s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.

    Pi says: "Not for the uninitiated"
    "Awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The narrator was speaking in a pseudo-wise guy voice which made listening hard. Then its also not really about the life of Johnny Carson, I learned nothing about his early life and his art, all you get are the worst sides of his life during the time he was working with the author. The fact that the author was a lawyer should have been a tipoff.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Lawrence in Arabia


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator who does not try to speak in a pseudo-wise guy voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Johnny Carson?

    Get another author who would write a real bio not character assassination and stories that make him seem more important than he was.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not about Johnny Carson as its more about the authors life with Johnny Carson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hannah Arendt
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (27)

    This classic, definitive account of totalitarianism traces the emergence of modern racism as an "ideological weapon for imperialism", beginning with the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in the 19th century and continuing through the New Imperialism period from 1884 to World War I.

    Roger says: "Vast and intricate analysis of horror"
    "Difficult to follow"
    Overall

    My review only applies to the audio version. Whatever the merits of the book itself. I found it very hard to follow as the mass of detail and the manner of writing was such that it was difficult to listen. For a work of this type you need to be able to go back and reread sentences and whole paragraphs. The narrator was good but the complexity of the subject matter was hard to keep up with. I found I had to stop and think about what was just said. I have listened to hundreds of audio books over the years and this was the most difficult book to listen to given the way the subject is presented and the not exactly clear presentation of it. Plus the fact that some of the material is dated particularly that on the Soviet Union and the characterization of Lenin.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Leni: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Steven Bach
    • Narrated By Henrietta Tiefenthaler
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Leni Riefenstahl, "Hitler's filmmaker", remains one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century. Susan Sontag, though one of her severest critics, said that Triumph of the Will and Olympia, Riefenstahl's most noted films, "may be the two greatest documentaries ever made". Others see her story as an object lesson about opportunism.

    A User says: "Good book bad narrator"
    "Good book bad narrator"
    Overall

    I liked the book but I had trouble with the narrator. I am not sure what type of accent she has or if she has any training for speaking but it seemed to me she was awful. I struggled to understand her in some places and she mispronounces many common english words. She detracts from the story. I am not sure what qualifications she brought to the job as at least as an english speaker she is lacking.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Writer's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Gay Talese
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    The inner workings of a writer's life, the interplay between experience and writing, are brilliantly recounted by a master of the art. Gay Talese now focuses on his own life, the zeal for the truth, the narrative edge, the sometimes startling precision, that won accolades for his journalism and best-sellerdom and acclaim for his revelatory books about The New York Times, the Mafia, the sex industry, and, focusing on his own family, the American immigrant experience.

    A User says: "A Pastiche"
    "A Pastiche"
    Overall

    I never read a book by Gay Talese before, so I thought this would be what the intro claimed. It had some of his life but also a lot of it seems to be unused stories and essays he never sold, combined into a pastiche. I would avoid this unless your a real fan of his writing. It contains more, much more, about the Bobbits, John and Lauraina than you ever want to know as well as more about the NYC restaurant business.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves, and the American Revolution

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Simon Schama
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    With powerfully vivid storytelling, often in the voices of the slaves themselves and the white abolitionists who became their emancipators and protectors, Schama details the odyssey of the escaped blacks through the fires of war and the terror of potential recapture at the war's end, into inhospitable Nova Scotia, where thousands who had served the Crown were betrayed and, in a little-known hegira of the slave epic, sent across the broad, stormy ocean to Sierra Leone.

    A User says: "Outstanding book"
    "Outstanding book"
    Overall

    This is an outstanding book to listen to. It has high production values, in that the sound quality is good and the author, who also narrates, does an outstanding job. As for the book itself it touches on for me unknown and interesting incidents in American history as well as the fate of black loyalists who emigrate to Canada and then to Sierra Leone.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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