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James E. Snitker

Philomont, VA United States | Listener Since 2004

  • 6 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 99 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Fascinating Story Well Read"

    This history reads like a novel. It will keep you sitting in the driveway with the motor running, or riding past your exit on the subway, just to keep listening. I had not heard of this Roosevelt expedition before - great investigative and storytelling work by a first time author. NYT and Washington Post just named this book among the top nonfiction books for 2005! P.S. I have NOT been paid for this indorsement - I'm a fan a great history told well, and this book is GREAT!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Unbalanced Adulation"

    Maybe an unabridged read would be better; maybe the book is better. I hope so. This abridged audio version is disappointing and I think not a balanced account of Lincoln, and offers nothing new about his life and times. Since I respect and admire Ms. Goodwin, I choose to blame the editor. This version portrays Lincoln as one who never made an error, never said a wrong word, always had terrific insight and wisdom, and everything worked out just the way he planned it. The celebrated depression often written about elsewhere is never mentioned. I had to keep checking the title to ensure I was hearing about Lincoln and not Jesus Christ. I loved the author's previous work on FD and Eleanor Roosevelt, but this one sounds like a gushing letter from a teenage girl with a heart throb crush. Sorry I can't rate it higher - I expected more and was disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dean and Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jerry Lewis, James Kaplan
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of a 50-year friendship, from the springtime, 1945 afternoon when the two vibrant young performers destined to conquer the world together met on Broadway and 54th Street, to their tragic final encounter in the 1990s, when Lewis and his wife ran into Dean Martin, a broken and haunted old man.

    James E. Snitker says: "You've got to listen to this!"
    "You've got to listen to this!"

    This is one of the 3 best audio books I've ever listened to - gripping, entertaining, and full of memories. If you've ever seen a Martin/Lewis movie, or remember either of the stars on TV or film, or even just watched the MDA fundraiser - you'll laugh out loud and sometimes tear up listening to this 50-year love story by Jerry Lewis. The narrator Stephen Hoye is phenomenal - his mimicry of Jerry's Jersey and "jerk" voicing, plus Dean Martin's soft mid-western/Italian, makes you feel like they are sitting right beside you. Hoye is so perfect in the reading I came back to Audible to look him up - I was convinced that Mr. Lewis must have picked the reader from the professional acting community, but Hoye has numerous books to his credit and I intend to seek out his readings (which I've never felt compelled to do before). The pacing is superb - there are no boring parts - you're engaged every minute. Mostly, this audiobook is a walk down memory lane - not only Dean and Jerry, but Sinatra and the Rat Pack, June Allyson, Marilyn Monroe, and many many more. Mr. Lewis seems to hold nothing back - including his own addiction to prescription painkillers, the tragedy of his son Gary and Dean Martin's son Dino, divorces, the acrimony of the act breaking up, the tearful reunions years later. Mr. Lewis is painfully honest, yet forgiving and compassionate in describing himself and all the others - giving us an open, often hilarious and sometimes teary behind-the scenes of two of the greatest names in comedy entertainment of our time. If you are younger than 40, you may not recognize many of the names, but that is a minor matter - you'll love this read anyway. Buy this audiobook. (I note there is an abridged version, but don't know why and haven't heard it. The unabridged is just over 8 hours to about 5 for the abridged. Get this one.)

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Marketplace Money, 1-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (51 mins)
    • By Kai Ryssdal
    • Narrated By Kai Ryssdal

    Each week on Marketplace Money, host Kai Ryssdal looks at the week's major national and international stories that will impact the average listener's wallet. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    James E. Snitker says: "Save Your Money"
    "Save Your Money"

    I really wish this program were better - Audible needs to offer what Sound Money promises - but this isn't it. The program seems to be oriented to those who know nothing (what's better-whole life or term?) and in each issue of the 1 month subscription I purchased, offered absolutely wrong information. In one, the interviewee insisted, over the protestation of the host, that investors had to buy government bonds through financial advisors, and "expect to pay a fee" (buy government bonds at, no fee). In the latest issue, the interviewee from Rolling Stone insists that those who own iPOD can only hear music purchsed from Apple, and are "locking yourselves in" to only hearing Apple-purchsed music - false again, Apple plays the ubiquitous MP3 format, and converts WMA files as well. Then...there is the music - blaring and distorted, 20 decibles above the voice track, like a late-night infomertial. If you listen to audible while exercising, you can't listen to this, as you will constantly grab for the volume control to protect your hearing. Audible needs a GOOD investment periodical, but this one is not it - save your money.

    46 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • C-SPAN Booknotes, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (1 hr)

    C-SPAN's Booknotes has been called "one of the most literate hours on television." Listen as host Brian Lamb interviews the world's foremost authors of nonfiction about their books and their personal interest in the subject matter. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Robert Hatmaker says: "Brian Lamb the best"
    "If you must pick 1 Periodical - make it Booknotes"

    In-depth, insightful, direct and fast paced hour-long interviews with authors of history, political science, biography, and adventure. Thanks to Booknotes I've discovered great books (Shadow Divers, The Pentagon's New Map, Grant and Twain, many others) that I would have missed. Brian Lamb is the best interviewer on television today, and I believe this to be the best periodical offered by Audible - but don't take just my word for it. Don Imus (on MSNBC 9/27/2004) said "I am a disciple of Brian Lamb." Purchase this one by the year - you won't want to miss an interview.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Suspenseful, heartening and encouraging"

    This is one of the top 2-3 audio books I have enjoyed - ever. On a level with "Into Thin Air" or "The Perfect Storm". The story plays out like a suspense novel - and speaks to everything that is great and unique in being a man on a mission of discovery and purpose. I found myself walking to Borders in the evening, listening on my iPod, to view the book's pictures while I listened - and bought a copy to send to my son. Pritchard's narration is flawless. Download the unabridged version - don't miss a word.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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