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jim holt

Christian, attorney and lover of the pursuit of excellence in sports, the arts, and life.

cordova, tn United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Light in August

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1478)
    Performance
    (976)
    Story
    (973)

    An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

    FanB14 says: "Perseverance in Face of Cruelty"
    "Memory Believes Before Knowing Remembers"
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    If you could sum up Light in August in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging Southern Story


    What other book might you compare Light in August to and why?

    the old testament


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the right tone and everything else


    Who was the most memorable character of Light in August and why?

    Joe Christmas


    Any additional comments?

    This was a far better experience than I expected. I thought it would be too dense and difficult to be enjoyable. Perhaps I am just at a point in my life where I can appreciate a work of this quality and depth.
    The read by Will Patton was simply amazing and confirms in my mind that he is the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4234)
    Performance
    (1958)
    Story
    (1970)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Strange Fascination Fascinating Me"
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    What did you love best about The Devil in the White City?

    Another great contribution to the living history genre. Of course the macbre tale of Dr. H.H. Holmes, charmer, swindler & polite serial killer was strange and fascinating, but so was what was occurring at this time in architecture, technology and America. What stood out the most about Holmes is his ability to endear himself to most all his victims promising them extraordinary things right before he murdered them, most of them meeting their fate without even knowing what a monster he was.


    What other book might you compare The Devil in the White City to and why?

    In Cold Blood and In the Garden of Beasts


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The detective putting together seemingly unconnected bits of information on Holmes.


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

    "I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that i was a murderer, no more than a poet can help the inspiration to sing."


    Any additional comments?

    It should be made into a movie. However i would imagine that recreation of the Chicago World's Fair would be quite expensive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Last Strike

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tony La Russa
    • Narrated By Tony La Russa, Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    After 33 seasons managing in Major League Baseball, Tony La Russa thought he had seen it all - that is, until the 2011 Cardinals. Down ten and a half games with little more than a month to play, the Cardinals had long been ruled out as serious postseason contenders. Yet in the face of those steep odds, this team mounted one of the most dramatic and impressive comebacks in baseball history, making the playoffs on the night of the final game of the season and going on to win the World Series despite being down to their last strike - twice.

    Mark says: "Insight to the 2011 Cards Magical Season and More"
    "Good stuff!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of One Last Strike to be better than the print version?

    No


    What did you like best about this story?

    Insights into baseball and building a winning team.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


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

    One Last Strike


    Any additional comments?

    While a very good baseball book, it also offers valuable insights into leadership and an appreciation of how every individual can play an important role in the sucess of any team, organization or business. The fact that it involved colorful characters from Yadi, Albert, Carp and Freeze; plus that it told the story of the greatest baseball season in the history of baseball (well, at least from a Cardinal perspective), made it extremely enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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