I'm pretty sure that I've seen all or nearly all of the programs on TV channels like the History Channel that profile "Top Ten'" firearms, warplanes and the like.
Chis Kyle's American Gun takes this idea one important step further and carefully considers the impact the each of his "Top Ten" guns played at critical points in the development of the United States.
This book is methodically researched as is evident with Kyle's accurate and detailed description of the infamous OK Corral shootout. However, what makes American Gun special is the way in which Kyle humanizes the characters that surround the American Guns he speaks about.
By doing this Kyle elevates American Gun far beyond a simple "Top Ten" list and leads the listener through an informative look at the role firearms, their designers and users played in the History of the United States.
As with American Sniper, John Pruden's narration works perfectly.
The Whites is a masterful high wire act by a world class writer.
Price / Brandt is incredibly gifted in his presentation of dialogue and scenes, but it is this skill and literally showmanship that nearly steals the book away from its central themes and characters. Very nearly.
What the listener receives is a wonderful aural banquet of images and descriptions.
This being said, The Whites is not a perfect audiobook as I occasionally got distracted by the narrator's off tempo inflections and pacing. Eventually, this seemed to melt away, overpowered by the book itself.
Part police procedural, part morality play, this book evokes the best of authors such as Cormac McCarthy and Truman Capote but is far more accessible.
I loved it!
I am a fan of the ZA genre, but I find that most ZA books follow a very similar
format. Something like bad ass ex-military guys try to survive through skill and guile while helping other survivors along the way...or...unlikely anti hero emerges and summons his inner McGyver, etc...
The story line(s) of the Arisen Omnibus trilogy is somewhat more sophisticated as it carefully intertwines several personal narratives within a broader survival story.
I clearly see that a Book 4 will be necessary to tie-up all the lose ends that the first three books leave behind.
So the story is worth 3 stars. The brilliant narration by RC Bray is worth at least an additional two stars! Simply put, Bray's narration elevates Arisen from good to exceptional.
Bray's narration of the Martian was very good, but I think Arisen is even more of a showcase for his talent.
Arisen Omnibus is one of those rare audiobooks that grabbed me immediately and never disappointed.
Well worth you time and credit!
I really enjoyed this audio book.
Lindsay Faye also does an admirable job of extending the Sherlock Holmes narrative as well as expanding on things such as the relationship between Holmes and Inspector Lestrade.
Simon Vance delivers a perfectly nuanced narration that pulls the entire audiobook together in great fashion.
Simply put, this is a great listen !
Angel Crawford and the Zombie Tribe are back in the fourth WTZ installment from Diana Rowland.
I am always cautious when a book series begins to stretch past two or even three novels as plot lines usually begin to lose credibility and character development often stalls.
Fortunately for WTZ fans this is not the case with Groove! If anything, Rowland deepens her development of Angel and the main characters from the first three books and introduces us to a few interesting new ones.
As before, driving Groove is Allison McLemore's outstanding narration. At this point in the WTZ series McLemore IS Angel Crawford.
Although Groove does a good job of bringing a listener new to the WTZ series up to speed regarding important previous events, I would really recommend that any listener new to the WTZ series begin with the series' first book, "My Life as a White Trash Zombie", to get a good background on Angel and the locals in St. Edwards Parish.
The WTZ series continues to be really fresh take on Zombies in modern life and Groove is a great addition the Diana Rowland's series.
I am a big Cormac McCarthy fan so I decided to give this audiobook a try.
This audiobook is a narrated screenplay, not a narrated novel or short story.
The format and tempo of the content is different. Once you settle into following the dialogue and script notes this is a very good listen.
I want to mention that I found the screenplay narration far more enjoyable than the recent movie. The movie is a jumbled mess of characters and lacks the nuance that was needed to make the film truly effective.
Like all of McCarthy's books The Counselor is rich in dialogue as it probes the darker corners of the human condition.
The movie version of The Counselor an over-acted mess. This screenplay will give you an idea of what might have been.
I really loved this audio book. This was my fourth Scalzi audiobook, and by far his best.
What set's Old Man's War apart from most science fiction is the way in which Scalzi creates a complete universe of characters and consequences, so well integrated that you do not find yourself even wondering if you are suspending your disbelief. You are simply fully drawn into the story.
If I were to point a listener to one audiobook by John Scalzi this would be it.
William Dufris's narration is absolutely pitch perfect and seamless, which only adds to the enjoyment of listening to this audiobook.
Well worth your time and credit!
This is a classic Jules Verne story brought to brilliant life through Tim Curry's narration.
Any minor criticisms I might have with the story line of "Journey" are completely swept aside by the wonderful pitch-perfect narration of Tim Curry. As others have mentioned, it's like settling down in a large leather chair in Verne's study as he reads to you.
I can almost smell the cigars and brandy! Fantastic.
I was somewhat disappointed in the content of this audiobook. It's like a never-ending story of a dysfunctional family. CSN / CSNY get together and make great music...do tons of drugs, fight and go their separate ways only to come back together to repeat the cycle over again...
Don't get me wrong, there are some real gems on information such as how the Hollies got their name as well as some great anecdotes such as how "Just A Song Before I Go" was written, but overall this bio is just not in the same league as those by Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend for example.
Not sure I'd recommend this.
I have been wanting to try one of the "Great Courses" lecture series for some time. I had a little working knowledge of the Big History concepts so I decided to use a credit on this audio course.
Initially I was a little concerned about whether or not these lectures would hold my attention for nearly 25 hours that would be required for the entire course. This concern turned out to be totally unfounded as I was completely taken in by the end of the very first 30 minute lecture!
The scope of the material is vast and wondrous: From the Big Bang to our present technology driven civilization. Throughout the entire series of lectures David Christian moves just fast enough to instill excitement, always reviewing the material every few lectures and previewing what's to come.
Because these lectures are only about 30 minutes in length they offer nice sized info-bites for the listener to digest. You can have as much or a little Big History as you want in nicely packaged increments. In fact, I think that the organization of the lectures in these easily digested increments is one of the more impressive elements of this audiobook as a whole.
The narration is also absolutely first rate. Christian is a practiced speaker and this really shows in his wonderful delivery.
If I have any criticism to offer it is on just two points:
First, these lectures were obviously recorded in a studio environment so I don't see why Great Courses saw the need to dub in the same applause sound track at the end of each lecture. It's distraction and not necessary. Likewise the trumpet fanfare that precedes each lecture is completely unnecessary and artificial.
My second criticism is aimed at the tact that I felt that Christian gets a little too "preachy" when discussing his ideas surrounding global warming. This is limited to only elements of one or two lectures but I did think that it marred an otherwise completely politically neutral outlook.
On balance these are very very minor points of criticism. This is a masterwork that is matched with a flawless delivery and format and well wort one credit!
Although "Tune In" is only the first volume of Mark Lewishon's three volume Beatles biography it stands alone as the best of all the "Rock Bios" I have read or listened to!
Lewishon carefully takes the listener through the history of all the key players in the early formative period, most especially Brian Epstein and George Martin along with the cast of music personalities, promoters, club owners and family members that surrounded John, Paul, George, Ringo, Pete and Stu.
The research is exhaustive; so much so that the casual fan may feel overwhelmed. For true fans, however, Tune In is a treasure trove of connected dots. From their Hamburg days to the formation of the Beatles Fan Club and their first mention in the Mersey Beat, it's all here to be devoured. The detail that Lewishon brings to Tune In only adds to the texture of the Beatles' story.
Adding to the wonderful narrative of Tune In is Clive Mantle's brilliant narration which brings to life all the verbatim dialogue.
I had great fortune to see the Beatles' final performance at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966. It was my first rock concert. listening to Tune In I now am beginning to understand how the Fab Four made the trek from Liverpool to the world's stage.
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