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innkeeper215

New Bern, NC | Member Since 2005

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  • Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dave Mustaine, Joe Layden
    • Narrated By Tom Wayland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (108)

    James Hetfield, with whom many years ago Mustaine founded a band known as Metallica, once observed, with some incredulity, that Mustaine must have been born with a horseshoe up his ass. That's how lucky he's been, how fortunate he is to be pulling breath after so many close calls. And Hetfield is right. Mustaine has been lucky. He has been blessed. But here's the thing about having a horseshoe lodged in your rectum: It also hurts like hell. And you never forget it's there.

    Steven says: "Hello Me, Meet The Real Me"
    "Heavy Metal Fan's Wet Dream!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Mustaine to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dave Mustaine, of course. That one is obvious.


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

    I have not listened to others, but this one is very good.


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

    Welcome to a Head Banger's Memoir.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Swanson takes us to the sixth-floor Texas Book Depository window to look through Oswald's rifle sights, re-creates the last hours of the doomed assassin, and the day of national mourning for the president that followed, culminating in a funeral that united the country. Combining extensive research with his unparalleled storytelling abilities, Swanson turns the events of one of the darkest days of the twentieth century into a pulse-pounding thriller that will remain the definitive account of the assassination for years to come.

    Avid Reader says: "Another Swanson Home Run!"
    "Another Swanson Home Run!"
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    Where does End of Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    James Swanson is one of the best writers of history ever. Audible only offers the abridged version of Manhunt, his book about the Lincoln conspiracy and aftermath. I enjoyed the abridged version so much that I purchased the book and read the entire work. Like Manhunt, End of Days was perfect and methodical in analyzing the Kennedy assassination. I learned so much about it, some even in the minutest details Swanson includes. Swanson is a gifted writer and teacher.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Swanson's methodical attention to details to make the recording a perfect work.


    What about Richard Thomas’s performance did you like?

    It was very good. Nothing in particular stood out, but his voice kept me interested in listening throughout the entire book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Face the Music: A Life Exposed

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paul Stanley
    • Narrated By Paul Stanley
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    In Face the Music, Paul Stanley - the co-founder and famous "Starchild" frontman of KISS - reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize. Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army.

    Zachary K. Brown says: "A Book That Every KISS Fan Need Experience"
    "A Must For Any Kiss Fan!!! Loved This One!!!"
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    What did you love best about Face the Music?

    The frankness and honesty to show his imperfections.


    What other book might you compare Face the Music to and why?

    Scar Tissue by Anthony Keidas or The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx.


    What about Paul Stanley’s performance did you like?

    He had a phenomenal voice that strengthened the honesty in his story. Many times when authors narrate their own book, the performance is so bad that it ruins the book (i.e. Cold Mountain) . Paul's was perfect and made the book fantastic.


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

    Sex, Sex, and Rock and Roll. And More Sex


    Any additional comments?

    If you love either rock bios in general or Kiss, this one's for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: World War l: The Great War and the World It Made

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By John Ramsden
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (143)

    "The Great War", as it was known at the time, was also said to be the "war to end all wars." It seized all of Europe and much of the rest of the world in its grip of death and destruction. The first truly modern war, it changed how war and peace would be conducted throughout the remainder of the 20th century and even to the present.

    IRP says: "Excellent & Interesting Course"
    "My worst audible.com listen by far!"
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    What would have made The Modern Scholar better?

    The narrator seemed to ramble and ramble on and on in a very dry tone. I believe he is knowledgeable, but he just didn't deliver the material in a clear way so that the listener actually learned.


    What was most disappointing about John Ramsden’s story?

    His presentation made it difficult to learn.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He stuttered quite a bit throughout the course and it was apparent that there were many points at which there was splice and second or third take.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed. I love learning and am sad to say that I have so little knowledge about World War I. I truly wanted to learn more about the war. I logged on and took a "final exam" that is on the Modern Scholar website. I only got a 57% on the final. In other academic type activities, I usually score over 90.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to complain and get something in return, but I wish I could have this credit back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (11058)
    Performance
    (7068)
    Story
    (7100)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Fascinating Survival Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is an uplifting story of an American hero.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    Describing how he made it through the Japanese POW camp.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    Louis Zamperini, of course.


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

    War is Hell?


    Any additional comments?

    Very good read. The first part of the book was a bit draggy, but it got interesting when it got to the war part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10067)
    Performance
    (9369)
    Story
    (9372)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "An Original Masterpiece."
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    Would you listen to Ready Player One again? Why?

    Yes, there were times when my mind wandered away from the story. I would gain a greater appreciation with a second listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    I liked it when the main character solved a puzzle on his first try, then met another player signing on who had tried to solve it many times, but failed. He then tries to trick her into thinking this was his first time and he failed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many


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

    Yes, but I couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    Just a truly original story that is bright and fresh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Narrated By Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (425)

    Before Gabrielle Hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty fierce, hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Above all she sought family, particularly the thrill and the magnificence of the one from her childhood that, in her adult years, eluded her. Hamilton’s ease and comfort in a kitchen were instilled in her at an early age when her parents hosted grand parties, often for more than one hundred friends and neighbors.

    Melinda says: "A Little Prickly--But Yummy"
    "One of the Best Chef Memoirs ever!"
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    If you could sum up Blood, Bones & Butter in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Engaging, and Honest


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood, Bones & Butter?

    Chef Hamilton opened her life and told her story....the good, the bad, and the ugly. I appreciate the honesty that she shows in describing her life.


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

    Her inflections when telling stories make the book more interested and those don't translate to the printed word.


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

    Yes, but I couldn't


    Any additional comments?

    I wish other chefs like David Burke, Wiley DuFresne, and Thomas Keller would write similar books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mara Leveritt
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    “Free the West Memphis Three!” - maybe you’ve heard the phrase, but do you know why their story is so alarming? Do you know the facts? The guilty verdicts handed out to three Arkansas teens in a horrific capital murder case were popular in their home state - even upheld on appeal. But after two HBO documentaries called attention to the witch-hunt atmosphere at the trials, artists and other supporters raised concerns about the accompanying lack of evidence.

    Chris says: "Humane Manevolence"
    "Fantastic Book!!!"
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    What did you love best about Devil’s Knot?

    The flow of the book presented the case from beginning to end in a cogent and logical progression.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very in depth and detailed. I don't know what could have made it better.


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    Jesse Miskelley


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

    When Jesse told his attorney that he didn't know why people kept saying that he worshiped "Satin" [sic] Poor Jesse, borderline retarded, didn't even know what "Satan" was although he was being accused of being a devil worshiper. How poetic.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a fantastic book and performance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brother One Cell: An American Coming of Age in South Korea's Prisons

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Cullen Thomas
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    At age 23, Cullen Thomas was, like most middle-class kids his age, looking for something meaningful and exciting to do before settling into the 9-to-5 routine. Possessed of a youthful, romantic view of the world, he set off for adventure in Asia and a job teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. But he got more than he ever bargained for when an ill-advised stunt led to a drugsmuggling arrest and a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

    Kathleen says: "this book could not be better"
    "Interesting, but draggy in spots"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Brother One Cell to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The beginning and the end of the book were interesting. The middle part was a little slow. I would have liked to hear more about what the prison life was like which is a bit glossed over.


    What three words best describe Dan Woren’s performance?

    Interesting, adequate, and fine.


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

    How a young man's error cost him 3 1/2 years of his life.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book and am also interested in The Aquariums of Pyongyang.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    Overall
    (3745)
    Performance
    (3337)
    Story
    (3349)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "What will he write about the Kennedy Assasination?"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Unless you want to listen to a highly fictionalized account of the Lincoln assassination, it's not for anyone.


    Has Killing Lincoln turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill O'Reilly?

    Morgan Freeman


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was well written and well thought out, but there are just too many false statements in the book to be taken seriously as a historical account.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to see how O'Reilly butchers the Kennedy Assasination!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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