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Victor

Apple Valley, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1004)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Excellent writer, story and narration"
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    What did you love best about Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power?

    This book was far more honest and realistic then I anticipated. The truth and clarity is outstanding. I have learned many fascinating details not to mention a great deal of guidance which I believe can be extracted from this book. If there were ever a time to read a book on Jefferson, it would be in these modern times. It was fascinating to learn what went on inside this mans head. I feel small knowing his immense mental power and craft. I cannot see such a mind fashioned as he was, and as were so many of his contemporaries coming to pass in these ages. Are we ever to know another great mind such as Jefferson again? Listen to this book I never once shut it off for any other reason then I had to. I promise, it is absolutely engulfing and frankly, one of the most interesting books I've bought in a long time.

    Edward Hermann was the perfect narrator. It truly is a top of the line book and Edward Hermann makes it incredibly pleasant to listen to for hours at a time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jefferson no doubt


    What about Edward Herrmann and Jon Meacham ’s performance did you like?

    This is one of the best Narrators of our time. No doubt on historical topics as he is the man for the History Channel.


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

    Thomas Jefferson, the man America needed then and now.


    Any additional comments?

    A democratic Republic is not a spectators sport, it requires participation all the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of Bass Tillman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Cotton Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    President of the Western Writers of America, Cotton Smith is critically lauded for his resurrection of the classic Western. A bit long in the tooth, Bass Tillman has given up the guns and gone respectable. But then his son and daughter-in-law are murdered in cold blood, and he swears on their graves he will bring their killers to justice.

    Victor says: "Great book, very entertaining and well performed"
    "Great book, very entertaining and well performed"
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    Excellent stray and outstanding performance by Henry Strozier. Strozier really shines, he does amazing Scottish And German characters. While he does these characters he jumps in and out of multiple American characters which I realized was very difficult but his outstanding artistry makes it seem easy. The book was superb and the narration was exactly what was needed to bring it to life. The protagonist has many things to sort out while the plot builds and the details and mystery that unfold builds as the book goes on. Bass Tillman gives the listener insight into his mind, while unraveling the mystery and developing a terrific ending

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Incidents Among the Savages

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    The year was 1803. It was a time when the West was not only frontier, it was the undiscovered country. It was the time of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, before the trains of Prairie Schooners and settlers, before cowboys or cattle drives, before Colonel Colt and the six-shooter, and nearly a three quarters of a century before George Armstrong Custer and his men were killed at Little Big Horn. It was a time when the western fur trade was new, and only the first of the mountain men had left the Mississippi behind on their journey into the wilderness.

    Victor says: "Engrossing and brilliantly written"
    "Engrossing and brilliantly written"
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    The performance was exactly as expected, outstanding. Lewis was superb and did relate the joy, sadness, anger and sorrow with only what a brilliant narrator could do. He is actually an excellent actor as well as a writer. The story was well done and the details were superb, very well done so that as to paint exacting pictures. The characters in the story fit perfectly as do the time line and the details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ogallala Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Once again, Marshal Marion Daniels calls on Ruben Beeler for help in righting a terrible wrong. Cecil Man-Bear, one of Marion's old friends, has been crippled, his wife killed, and his daughter stolen by a half-breed. Marion and Ruben take to a trail that leads them far into the Sioux reservation of the Dakota Territory in pursuit of a man called Kills-Many and his band of renegades.

    Etienne says: "Deeper than it seems... onto something grand"
    "Excellent trail story, great performance"
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    Once again, Lewis hits it out of the ball park with a great story and some good emotion woven in and out of the story. Lewis takes you far up into the Indian country and shares some real historic scenarios that one could expect at that time. The performance Lewis gives is as expected, excellent and well read with plenty of character feel in his voice. Great book in the trail series and looking forward to more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    When old money and older entitlement invade Missouri, Ruben Beeler is dispatched by the Federal Marshals Service to investigate complaints from small farmers and ranchers that a wealthy Englishman is taking over an entire county. Rube leaves his wife and their baby at home, and enters into a conflict where might is right, and Sir Merrit Treadstone is prepared to do whatever is necessary to establish the Calico Cattle Company and his new American kingdom.

    Dale says: "Profoundly hilarious"
    "Great story, Superb performance"
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    Highly recommend if you like great cowboy stories. Lewis writes with excellent detail and delivers his works himself as a seasoned actor. When a good writer has the talent to deliver his works in a performance, that usually works out really well as he knows all the details of the characters and delivers an excellent performance. Not many authors are good readers but Lewis actually is outstanding at both.

    The story gives the listener a picture of the westward life and the lexicon used is authentic with great attention to details that paint a really great picture throught the the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nodaway Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Comfortable in his new life in Deer Run, young Ruben Beeler is called away by Marshal Marion Daniels to help in an investigation of murder and mutilation north of St. Joe. That begins a search for killers and leads the men northward into unfamiliar territory, pitting them against a family of outlaws who have ruled Nodaway County since before the Civil War.

    Joe Swann says: "As good as it gets"
    "Teeeerific"
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    Just what I expected. Another great piece of work from David Lewis. Not only does he tie the story together from Deer Run but he adds some excellent emotion to the list of great work. His performance for the list of characters was really great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deer Run Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David R. Lewis
    • Narrated By David R. Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    The year was 1881, an' young Ruben Beeler was makin' his way along near the Missouri River, findin' work when he could an' livin' the only life he knew. When he come on ol' Arliss Hyatt, beat to hell an' near shot to death, Rube done what he could for him. He didn't know that act of kindness was gonna wind up changin' his whole life, but it did.

    Tim Goff says: "Good guys win"
    "Very enjoyable, excellent performance"
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    Great story. Refreshing to go back to a simpler time where people are real and words were different yet full of meaning. Yarn for yours or see'd for seen etc, the Missouri draw and folksy ways about the characters brings a real feeling of Americana to the story. There is no confusing tough from good and bad. David uses an amazing assortment of voice and dictate to create his characters personalities. Great story, moments of genuine emotion. Highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (403)

    This, the first in the series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging.

    Lisa says: "Surprised that I loved it!"
    "Excellent book"
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    Outstanding descriptions throughout the book. Simon Vance was brilliant. Highly recommend if you like adventure from the past on the seas

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nomi Prins
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Nomi Prins ushers us into the intimate world of exclusive clubs, vacation spots, and Ivy League universities that binds presidents and financiers. She unravels the multi-generational blood, intermarriage, and protégé relationships that have confined national influence to a privileged cluster of people. This unprecedented history of American power illuminates how financiers have retained their authoritative position through history, swaying presidents regardless of party affiliation.

    PHIL says: "Good big-picture view, not spoiled by the biases"
    "You better like history about the elite and rich"
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    Shew! I made it through. Good God I thought I would collapse from listening to these guys telling their own stories via the documented notes and diaries Nomi used. She does a thorough job but it took a while to make it through 100 years of obscene banksterism and collusion between the government and banks. If you don't know this stuff then you need to hear this. If you're like me and know the topic well it's a bit trying to hear but still has good parts.
    In the end, prepare yourself for a major collapse of the economic system as we know it. Thank you to big to fail.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (1826)
    Story
    (1806)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheese"
    "WOW, he proves this is not your grandmas wheat."
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    Where does Wheat Belly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent Science to back his works.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The diversity of the effects wheat has on our bodies. His works are superbly spelled out so you completely understand. He uses some good humor as well. Not at all dry, great book. Loved it.


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

    He is a great reader. He has good all around reader qualities. He does hard to digest material well. Legal, political and this book which is medical. All well delivered without feeling like you're watching paint dry.


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

    I gave it space, I also re listened to some chapters as there are points that are technical but not complicated.


    Any additional comments?

    After this book. I eat NOTHING wheat at all. Nor have the rest of our family. All seeing improvements. Great recipes in the download. That alone is worth the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1139)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "A journey into your mind!"
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    If you could sum up Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry in three words, what would they be?

    The writer paints the picture in exquisite detail. You will see all of it and follow the narrators caricature wonderfully


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All were great!


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

    Yes, he is superb. I picked the book in great part due to his narration.


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

    I was wanting to listen to the whole book marathon but made it a point to divide it up as necessary. Great listen, you will not want to stop if you like mental adventure. The science was superb.


    Any additional comments?

    Great classic writer, great narrator, excellent material. Not dated in the least. FAR FAR better then the modern day movies. No wonder they keep trying to create this story in film. Just not as good as the read (Listen)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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