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Charles

Fremont, CA, United States

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  • The Castle in the Forest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Norman Mailer
    • Narrated By Harris Yulin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (30)

    In his first major work of fiction in more than a decade, Norman Mailer offers what may be his consummate literary endeavor: he has set out to explore the evil of Adolf Hitler. The narrator, a mysterious SS man who is later revealed to be an exceptional presence, takes the young Adolf from birth through his adolescence. En route, reavealing portraits are offered of Hitler's father and mother, sisters, and brothers.

    Peter Mangiaracina says: "Compelling"
    "Pure DRECK!! Should be ZERO stars!"
    Overall

    Here is a letter I just wrote to Audible:
    I want my CREDIT back!!!
    I bought this book thinking it was a legitimate historical novel. It turns out it is a FANTASY! The "narrator," who is purported to be an SS officer, turns out to be a minon of SATAN, not just metaphorically but a real honest-to-God (no pun) agent of THE devil! Normal Mailer must have been going SENILE when he wrote this piece of dreck! Introducing an agent of Satan as being the reason for the monster that was Adolf Hitler is a COP-OUT and seems to falsely mitigate the true, very human, HORROR that was the man (not a "Rosemary's baby") and those who did his work. I want this piece of literary dung flushed out of my library, I assure you I'll be deleting it from my computer, and I want my credit BACK!!

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Rising Tide: A Novel of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (138)

    A modern master of the historical novel, Jeff Shaara has painted brilliant depictions of the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, and World War I. Now he embarks upon his most ambitious epic, a trilogy about the military conflict that defined the 20th century. The Rising Tide begins a staggering work of fiction bound to be a new generation's most poignant chronicle of World War II.

    C. McCoy says: "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
    ""PUNCH!!" The Jeff Shaara Drinking Game(??)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Rising Tide in three words, what would they be?

    OUTSTANDING war story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rising Tide?

    Jump into Sicily.


    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    He is excellent at doing various voices, especially at subtle nuance between people you would figure (or know) had similar voices.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Rising Tide and why?

    Jesse Adams


    Any additional comments?

    Ok, I LOVE this series of books but Mr. Shaara seems to be in love with the word "punch" and all words derived therefrom. ("Punched," "punching," etc.) I propose a drinking game wherein you take a shot every time you hear "punch" in any form. It occurs to me though that, depending on how long you listen, you could end up in the E.R.!! So, as an alternative for those (like me) who listen for HOURS, just take ONE GULP of beer. You'll STILL get smashed!!! :>)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Caesar

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Michael York
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    It is 54 B.C. Gaius Julius Caesar is sweeping through Gaul. While his victories in the name of Rome are epic, the conservative leaders of the Republic are not pleased -- they are terrified. Where will the boundless ambition of Rome's most brilliant soldier stop? He must be destroyed before he can overthrow the government and install himself as Dictator.

    Charles says: "Not "Abridged" but "BUTCHERED!""
    "Not "Abridged" but "BUTCHERED!""
    Overall

    This is the first and LAST "abridged" book I'll ever buy from Audible. Having read the original several times I can tell you that this butchered (there is no other suitable word FOR it) edition is a TRAVESTY! This should be an 18 hour book, not 6 hours! The first thing they did was excise Caesar's entire Gallic campaign! That's FIVE YEARS people! Colleen managed to turn the contents of Caesar's Commentaries (a complex document I have read dozens of times) into a wonderful, understandable, easy-to-follow adventure story that is interwoven with the Roman political machinations occurring simultaneously. One example of this abomination: The many pages dedicated to the magnificient story of the siege of Alesia, perhaps one of the *greatest sieges in military history*, ends up being TWO WORDS; "Vercingetorix surrendered!" Several other extensive historical events during the campaign are similarly dismissed with a couple of words or not even mentioned at ALL! What is left is a boring, truncated version of the politics occurring in Italy until Caesar finally crosses the Rubicon. I am wondering if Colleen McCullough had any say in this abridgement. I hope to God not, otherwise, I shall think much less of her from now on. Why does Audible even HAVE abridged books anyway!? When you see "abridged," think "censored, "cut to pieces," some jerk's idea of what's worth keeping and what is not! If you even CONSIDER an abriged book from Audible, you may as well just go out and buy a COMIC BOOK and save yourself some money! SHAME of you Audible! No, I will not be asking for my credit back; I wear the big boy pants, I rolled the dice and came up craps...my fault. I WILL however be suspending my account for awhile, perhaps a LONG while and see what Audible comes up with in the future. Again, SHAME!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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