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Bruce M. Anderson

Houston, Texas United States | Member Since 2005

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13282)
    Performance
    (5711)
    Story
    (5783)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "I just loved this book"
    Overall

    What a story teller. The transposition between the old man and the story of his youth in the circus was just perfect.

    I recommend this to anyone who loves good story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By John Mack Faragher
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    In the first and most reliable biography of Daniel Boone in more than 50 years, award-winning historian Faragher brilliantly portrays America's famous frontier hero while illuminating the American hero-making process itself. Drawing from popular narrative, the public record, scraps of documentation from Boone's own hand, and a treasure trove of reminiscences gathered by nineteenth-century antiquarians, Faragher uses the methods of new social history to create a portrait of the man and the times he helped shape.

    James P Carter says: "Excellent book for history readers"
    "This guy was just not very interesting"
    Overall

    I have read a lot of interesting history books and this was not one of them. Not an issue with the author or reader. It was old Daniel himself who was the problem. Here is the bottom line.. He was a frontier back woodsman who was a very good hunter and blazed trails where others had gone before. He sired lots of kids and left his wife for months and years at time to go hunting and trapping.. There is some lore here and there and that's it. Most of the narrative is simply mundane. I am sure he thought he led a interesting life but to hear about it was not that interesting. He did have a good publicist though. Someone wrote about his exploits and he became popular, not here, but in England. Others picked up on it and more and more tall tales were told, some by him. And that's it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of the Summer Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By S. C. Gwynne
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (673)

    Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker.

    John says: "Quannah Parker"
    "Hiistory the Way It Should Be Written"
    Overall

    This is just a superb book. The narration and structure of the story were just terrific. I would recommend to anyone who has an interest in early 19th century American history..

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gone for Soldiers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jeff Shaara
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    In vivid, brilliant fiction that illuminates the dark psychology of soldiers, Jeff Shaara brings to life the familiar characters, stunning triumphs, and soul-crushing defeats of the fascinating, long-forgotten Mexican-American War.

    Henry F. Ward says: "History through the eyes of individuals"
    "Audio file corrupted"
    Overall

    Listen to about 5 hours and it stopped. Not further audio available. The file was 17 hours long, which is twice as long as audible sections. It should be in multiple parts. Got a credit for this, however I would like to see the book download fixed so I could finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10024)
    Performance
    (4942)
    Story
    (4973)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "A Long Boring Slog"
    Overall

    I slogged through this monstrosity of a sloppily written book until the disappointing ending. King writes for himself, not the reader. He ruined what could have been a good premise. Multiple events don't move the plot forward. He is definitely does not write a "tight" plot. King has not gotten into the internet age and the ease of communications and therefore the plot is just not plausible This is a long and boring book. The reader was just plain annoying. It is my first and last Stephen King book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Simple Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1862)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (675)

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. But they will need to team up again to stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

    R.E. Vazquez says: "not Baldacci's best"
    "Really Bad"
    Overall

    This was a very poor effort, fill with banalities and cliches. It was a crashing bore. The reader was particularly annoying. I certainly will never listen to a book from him again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shalimar the Clown

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Aasif Mandvi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (99)

    When Maximilian Ophuls is murdered outside his daughter's home by his Kashmiri Muslim driver, it appears to be a political killing. Ophuls is the former U.S. ambassador to India and America's leading figure in counter-terrorism. But there is much more to Ophuls and his assassin, a mysterious man calling himself "Shalimar the Clown", than meets the eye. One woman is at the center of their shared history, a history of betrayal and deception.

    Barry says: "Incredible"
    "Slow Plot"
    Overall

    I am in a third of the way into this and am about to give up. I have just not gotten into the characters and all of the background history. Keeping the characters straight is difficult. There is almost no dialog and the plot is very slow paced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken for You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephanie Kallos
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world.

    Barbara says: "Wonderful story of mending and redemption"
    "Highly Recommended"
    Overall

    Reader is excellent. She almost acts out the story. Compelling story that kept my interest throughout.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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