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Larry Graber

Memphis, TN | Member Since 2012

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  • Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Kluger
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Salk became a cultural hero and icon for a whole generation. Now, at the fiftieth anniversary of the first national vaccination program, and as humanity is tantalizingly close to eradicating polio worldwide, comes this unforgettable chronicle. Salk's work was an unparalleled achievement, and it makes for a magnificent listen.

    Tim says: "Excellent book"
    "Wonderful story about Dr. Salk and his vaccine"
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    Where does Splendid Solution rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very close to the top. I've read lots of good books, fiction and nonfiction. This was a remarkable story...well written and an enjoyable listen. Highly recommended.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Splendid Solution?

    The description of the press conference when the field study results of the vaccine were released to the public.


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

    He makes the characters come alive. Something not possible when reading.


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

    I read the book whenever I had a chance...in the car, working out in the gym, and at bedtime. One helluva a great book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (1696)
    Story
    (1694)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "History repeats itself but few notice"
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    Where does In the Garden of Beasts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to all kinds of books, fiction and nonfiction. Frequently tell my wife that the non-fictions I listen to are crazier than the fiction books. Garden of Beasts is no exception. I knew very little about pre WWII Germany and how the U.S. viewed the Nazi regime before war broke out. I learned a lot of history. I can't say I "enjoyed" the read, but I was sucked into it. I would highly recommend it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2232)
    Performance
    (1857)
    Story
    (1882)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Another great Badacci novel"
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    Where does The Forgotten rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top as far as fiction is concerned. I've read some great non-fictions too i.e.Unbroken, The Secret Race. Forgotten uses real places and events but cleverly disguises it in a rather unlikely story. Suspending disbelief was no problem since everyone knew it was fiction.


    What other book might you compare The Forgotten to and why?

    The Innocent; anther Baldacci book. Same kind of fast pace, not sure who to trust, kind of story.


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    They were fabulous. I liked the way they could both imitate several kinds of characters all at the same time.


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

    No. It's hard for me to react that way to fiction.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3970)
    Performance
    (3351)
    Story
    (3337)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "Another great Grishan novel"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

    Being a snitch for the FBI can sometimes but not always be dangerous to your health. I learned a lot about the government's witness protection program. I hope I never have to rely on it.


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

    The plot moved along at a nice pace. I knew twists and turns were coming, and I enjoyed them when they arrived.


    Have you listened to any of J.D. Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure if I have listened to him before. I thought he was good.


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

    Learn how prisoners got rich with the help of the U.S, government.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NYPD Red

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini, Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (681)

    It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert - and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

    Ann M. Lambert says: "one of the best, if not the best audio books ever"
    "Serial Killer Scares the Crap out of NYC"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend NYPD Red if the reader enjoys reading about the misfortunes of others. Serial killer stories are compelling but not altogether believable. It was a fairly short book with a lot of action. It certainly kept my interest.


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

    The plot involving the police trying to find the killer was quite engaging. I liked how the voices changed from killer to detective.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini and Jay Snyder – was your favorite?

    I thought they both did admirable jobs. They spoke very fast which was not altogether enjoyable.


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

    No, I've read better books. I liked the book but it was fairly forgettable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (469)

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "Primer for Understanding Civil War"
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    If you could sum up 1861: The Civil War Awakening in three words, what would they be?

    Slavery Sucks...how is it possible to sum up that book in 3 words!?


    What other book might you compare 1861: The Civil War Awakening to and why?

    Don't know. Haven't learned about the Civil War since I was in grade school in the 19th century


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

    Great readers like Mr. Davis brings the story alive. If you just read it, the material might get a little dry.


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

    There were several. The standoff at Fort Sumter was pretty bizarre. It might have started the war when it all seemed a little silly. I also enjoyed reading about President Lincoln. Can't wait to see the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Generally, I liked the book because I wanted to better understand American History in that era. I never realized how slavery was such a big deal back then...especially viewing it in 21st century lens. Slavery was simply despicable and was somehow allowed to continue in the slave states. It's hard to reconcile All Men are Created Equal in the Declaration of Independence while the author of this document owned (and fornicated with) slaves. Go figure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17657)
    Performance
    (15701)
    Story
    (15653)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "It's the journey not the destination"
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    Great story. The characters were quite believable...almost real. It was easy to get into the flow of the book from the start.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved Sadie. If there's a gal like her out there and she's married, then her husband is one lucky guy.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Loved the diner owner's character voice. Is it Al? Forgot his name. Anyway, loved that guy.


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

    Be careful what you wish for b/c it might come true.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a long book, but well worth the time investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Langewiesche
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York when a flock of Canada Geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. The plane's pilot, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, managed to glide it to a safe landing in the Hudson River. It was an instant media sensation---the "Miracle on the Hudson"---and Captain Sully was the hero. But how much of the success of this dramatic landing can actually be credited to the genius of the pilot?

    Roy says: "Great Abridgement"
    "Truth stranger than fiction"
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    Would you listen to Fly by Wire again? Why?

    No, because I already heard it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What went through the pilots mind in the 2 minutes that he lost power before he ditched it in the Hudson.


    What about David Drummond’s performance did you like?

    Pleasant to listen to.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I love to learn how things unfold behind the scenes. I am not a pilot, but I learned a lot about what it is like being a pilot and how they respond to emergencies. I also learned a lot about the "fly by wire" planes that we all fly as passengers. I truly enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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