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I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.

Cottonwood Heights, Utah United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Scott
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    The War Below is a dramatic account of extraordinary heroism, ingenuity, and perseverance—and the vital role American submarines played in winning the Pacific War. Focusing on the unique stories of the submarines Silversides, Drum, and Tang—and the men who skippered and crewed them—James Scott takes readers beneath the waves to experience the thrill of a direct hit on a merchant ship and the terror of depth charge attacks.

    Ryan says: "Unique. Engaging. Worth your credit."
    "Three submarines to be remembered"
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    Would you listen to The War Below again? Why?

    Yes, it is a very well done history of what happened in the Pacific under the water.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The War Below?

    How prisoners of war where treated by the Japanese during World War II. It made my blood boil. There are other histories that go into it more but this covers it well.


    Which character – as performed by Donald Corren – was your favorite?

    All captains where done well


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

    Yes, as I have said above, the treatment of US prisoners of war by Japan.


    Any additional comments?

    This brought a human side to the brave men in our submarine service during World War II. You learn about the sub commanders and their performance. It was a good read done well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (582)
    Story
    (586)

    Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

    Shelli Bell says: "Brillliant but not lighthearted"
    "Very Disappointed"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was so disappointed in this book. It turns out to be a sad commentery of the people Mr. Garrison is writing about in Lake Wobegon. It is dark and not funny.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, I have 7 books to choose from.


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

    It is nice to hear him read it and music interludes are nice but the story is not at all what I expected and was very disappointed.


    What character would you cut from Pontoon?

    I would cut many of them. They all have alcohol problems with not very happy lives. I did not expect that. If I wanted that, I would have chosen another book or just read the newspaper.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, people get old. They find out that life is not what they hoped. Bad things happen to good people as well as bad. I always thought that Lake Wobegon was a little above that. Most of the characters have either alcohol and more alcohol problems, religious problems, or family and people problems, and some had all three. The book is dark, not funny, and reminds me more of a reality show. I waited to long to read it. By a couple of days I was too late to return it. If you expect a happy, funny look at people from Lake Wobegon, this is not the book for you. I do not understand what some other reviewers found that was so funny. I found it overall a sad commentary .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (706)

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "The Real Life of Tim Conway"
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    If you could sum up What's So Funny? in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Honest, Educational


    What other book might you compare What's So Funny? to and why?

    None


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

    No, I believe this is Tim's only one.


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

    I learned a great deal about Tim Conway. I have always liked him and his work. For example, I always thought he was a regular on the Carol Burnett Show. I wanted to continue to listen to the book even though I did not have the time. I found the time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you ever had an interest in Tim Conway, read the book. You will not be disappointed. He gave us a glimpse into who he is and where he came from with no agenda. I saw myself in several of the things he mentioned and it turned out the same way. Thank You Tim for doing the book and the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (292)

    This monumental book tells the enthralling story of one of the greatest accomplishments in our nation's history, the building of what was then the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge rose out of the expansive era following the Civil War, when Americans believed all things were possible.

    Tim says: "An Historian and not a Novelist"
    "David McCullough really knows how to write a book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone that has any interest in history and the Brooklyn Bridge.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Washington Roebling was my favorite character. Taking over for his Dad, and being in his shadow and to do what he and his wife did was amazing.


    What about Nelson Runger’s performance did you like?

    Nelson Runger did a very good job of narration. David McCullough is a fine narrator and I think Nelson did him proud.


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

    How detailed it was and the history that was brought into the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Five star book and narration from me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (822)

    Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

    John M says: "Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this."
    "What to know what Winston really thought?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book to people who wanted to know about WWII and England's having to fight it alone.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Second World War?

    For me, the memorable moments where the parts when Churchill had to figure out what to do next to save the country.


    What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

    I really like his voice. It reminded me of Winston Churchill.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    As for wanting to listen to it in one sitting, it would be a long sit for that. I can tell you that I found addition times to hear it. For me, it was very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    As for additional comments, this was a great book. I hated to see it end. I did not know that it was part of a series. Boy I am glad it is. I am off to the next book and the book after that. I found the book very interesting and informative. It has my recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10443)
    Performance
    (9385)
    Story
    (9392)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Great Book and a Great Performance"
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    Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have read almost all of John Grisham's books. This is one of his best.


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

    The book kept me very interested. I got to know the characters and appreciate where each was coming from.


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

    Michael Beck did an outstanding job reading the story. His variety of voices were just great. Thank You Mr. Beck for a job very well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I never have time to listen to a book in one sitting. But this is a book that I found time to listen too as often as I could. I just wanted more.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a story to tell. It was "real" and represented the time and places the way things where without being judgmental. I recommend this to anyone. Thank You Mr. Grisham for writing the book and Mr. Beck for doing it justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queene's Christmas: An Elizabeth I Mystery, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Karen Harper
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    An old English Yule has never been merrier or more mysterious. A New Year's celebration has never looked more joyous but been so potentially deadly. Fearing the 12 Days of Christmas of 1564 may be the last for her ailing, elderly friend, Lady Kat Ashley, Queen Elizabeth decrees a nostalgic, old-fashioned holiday. Delicious dishes for the table, holly and ivy, caroling, wassailing, mumming, and a Lord of Misrule to oversee it all are in the recipe for the revels. But one of the queen's kitchen staff is found as dead as the ornate peacock he was preparing for the feast.

    Ronna says: "Mystery filled with Elizabethan traditions !"
    "I was a good book, not great."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Queene's Christmas in three words, what would they be?

    A Christmas read. I enjoyed the book but I enjoyed my other Christmas read better.


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

    The plot kept me interested but not on the edge of my seat.


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

    Katherine is a good reader. She did a fine job.


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

    I had no extreme reaction to the book. It was just a good Christmas read, and that was enough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2314)
    Performance
    (2042)
    Story
    (2033)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Great Christmas Mystery"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like mysteries and want to add a touch of Christmas to it then this is your book.


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

    The plot is an interesting one. It starts you out as a Christmas story and builds from there. It gives you a real touch of old England and what it is to have a title and some money.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    As for my favorite scene, well I really enjoyed hearing about the food they where eating and the Christmas customs that where followed at that time. The ending was very good. I just enjoyed the whole book.


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

    The books is just a good listen. It is frank, interesting, and moves along.


    Any additional comments?

    My last comment would be that thanks to the author for writing it and thanks to the narrator for doing such a great job reading it to me. Loved the different character voices she used. Made my Christmas much better as I listen to it a couple of weeks before Christmas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1679)
    Performance
    (1508)
    Story
    (1496)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "More than what I thought"
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    Would you listen to One Summer again? Why?

    Yes, because it has more history than I thought.


    What other book might you compare One Summer to and why?

    Have no idea.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Bryson – was your favorite?

    There was no character. Mr. Bryson did a fine job of telling the history.


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

    When I started the book I really didn't have any idea what I was getting here. It is very rich in history.


    Any additional comments?

    You just don't get a history of one year. You get much more. One mistake though, Brigham Young University is in Provo, Utah not Salt Lake City. That is the home of the University of Utah.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1296)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1184)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Untold Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Higher Call the most enjoyable?

    What an interesting book about an untold event in WW II. I gained further insight into what went on in the skies over Britain and Germany and the unwritten code of Honor that many pilots followed during that war. A very good read that was a pleasure to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Higher Call?

    German respect for other fliers.


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job of telling the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No not really. It is a book about a real event and one that you want to plause and think about.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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