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Robert

Chapel Hill, NC, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Lust for Life

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Irving Stone
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    Lust for Life is Irving Stone's biographical novel about the life of the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. Largely based on the letters Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo, the novel details the artist's difficult life, as well as describing the origins of many of his famous paintings, such as The Potato Eaters, Sunflowers, and others.

    Jean says: "Great story"
    "Interesting portrayal of complex man"
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    Would you try another book from Irving Stone and/or Steve West?

    I read "Agony and the Ecstasy" and loved it: more thorough, detailed, accesible and revealing of Michaelangelo's character, work and times. This, comparatively, is less so and thus a bit disappointing.

    Steve West is one of your 2 or 3 best narrators. I wish he did more "literary" books.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (746)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "a brilliant book"
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    Any additional comments?

    Impossible to discover absolute truth and identity. Lapidary prose, meaningful but highly nuanced; ending is impressionistic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seating Arrangements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maggie Shipstead
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (107)

    Winn Van Meter is heading for his family's retreat on the pristine New England island of Waskeke. Normally a haven of calm, for the next three days this sanctuary will be overrun by tipsy revelers as Winn prepares for the marriage of his daughter Daphne to the affable young scion Greyson Duff. Winn's wife, Biddy, has planned the wedding with military precision, but arrangements are sideswept by a storm of salacious misbehavior and intractable lust: Daphne's sister, Livia, who has recently had her heart broken by Teddy Fenn.

    Annie M. says: "A Great Authorial Debut"
    "Trite, predictable, over the top PC"
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    Would you try another book from Maggie Shipstead and/or Arthur Morey?

    Disliked the book, love Arthur Morey


    Would you recommend Seating Arrangements to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The headline says it all; even Arthur Morey (whom I love) couldn't salvage this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mellon: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Cannadine
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    A landmark work from one of the preeminent historians of our time: the first published biography of Andrew W. Mellon, the American colossus who bestrode the worlds of industry, government, and philanthropy, leaving his transformative stamp on each. Following a boyhood in 19th-century Pittsburgh, during which he learned from his Scotch-Irish immigrant father the lessons of self-sufficiency and wealth accumulation, Andrew Mellon overcame painful shyness to become one of America's greatest financiers.

    IRP says: "Fascinating and Detailed Biography"
    "Fascinating life"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely


    What does John H. Mayer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A great reader. Good inflection, soothing voice; one of your best


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    An extraordinarily and unexpectedly interesting biography of an important but little known or understood man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Churchill

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roy Jenkins
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (189)

    In this magisterial book, Roy Jenkins' unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level government experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.

    Karen says: "Best of British Political Soap Opera"
    "Unexpectedly boring"
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    Was Churchill worth the listening time?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to believe that anyone could make a life of Churchill boring, but Jenkins has managed

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Titian: The Last Days

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Hudson
    • Narrated By Napoleon Ryan
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Toward the end of his long life, Tiziano Vecelli - known to the world ever since as Titian (circa 1488-1576) - was at work on a number of paintings that he kept in his studio, never quite completing them, as though wanting to endlessly postpone the moment of closure. Produced with his fingers as much as with the brush, Titian’s last paintings are imbued with a unique rawness and immediacy without precedent in the history of Western art.

    Jean says: "A trip to Venice"
    "Unexpectedly scholarly and accessible at once"
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    Have you listened to any of Napoleon Ryan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    One of your best narrators. Hard to do on what is essentially non-fiction, but he has a style and verve that enlighten the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (250)

    No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

    BB says: "A rich and entertaining history"
    "Brilliant, reads like a novel"
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    What does Nelson Runger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading is lively, engergetic and engaging. He reads history like a novel. Very entertaining as are all his books.


    Any additional comments?

    Goodwin (as always) is an entertaining, yet fully informed historian. This book is as close to "un-put-downable" as a biography/history book is likely to get. Her abilty to grasp the interesting coupled with the important is equaled by few.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    A vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime from acclaimed historian Max Hastings, Winston's War captures the full range of Churchills endlessly fascinating character. At once brilliant and infuriating, self-important and courageous, Hastings' Churchill comes brashly to life as never before.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "A Definitive History of Winston's War"
    "Insightful, fascinating, deeply researched"
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    Where does Winston's War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks in my personal top 10 history books. Hastings' writing is deeply researched but presented personally with his own interpretations.


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

    Yes, he's one of my favorite readers. His dialogue in other books is great. While he has less opportunity for dialogue in a narrative history, he makes the book come alive nevertheless.


    Any additional comments?

    A+ book and narration

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (528)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "Magisterial biography"
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    Where does American Prometheus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A great book; excellent personal portrait, long on legal, shorter than hoped on science; fleshes out a complex, complicated man and his times. One the best biographies I've read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eisenhower in War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jean Edward Smith
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (246)

    Author of the best-seller FDR, Jean Edward Smith is a master of the presidential biography. Setting his sights on Dwight D. Eisenhower, Smith delivers a rich account of Eisenhower’s life using previously untapped primary sources. From the military service in WWII that launched his career to the shrewd political decisions that kept America out of wars with the Soviet Union and China, Smith reveals a man who never faltered in his dedication to serving America, whether in times of war or peace.

    Keith Storrs says: "Great book to get to know Ike"
    "Fascinating depiction"
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    Where does Eisenhower in War and Peace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Extremely revealing esp. to those of us who know only a little of this period of our history.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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