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Gary

Washington, DC, United States

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  • An Unquiet Mind

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kay Redfield Jamison
    • Narrated By Kay Redfield Jamison
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.

    A User says: "Loved this book"
    "Interesting story"
    Overall

    Tough subject but an interesting story. Not for everyone though. Likely best for those whose interest run in this area.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ragnarok: The End of the Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By A. S. Byatt
    • Narrated By Harriet Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    As the bombs of the Blitz rain down on Britain, one young girl is evacuated to the countryside. She is struggling to make sense of her new life, whose dark, war-ravaged days feel very removed from the peace and love being preached in church and at school. Then she is given a copy of Asgard and the Gods - a book of ancient Norse myths - and her inner and outer worlds are transformed. She feels an instant kinship with these vivid, beautiful, terrifying tales of the end of the gods - they seem far more real, far more familiar during these precarious days.

    Gary says: "What a great listen!"
    "What a great listen!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ragnarok to be better than the print version?

    Both were excellent. The language is very rich. I enjoyed going back and forth between the two versions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the way Byatt incorporated her growing up with the myths into the book. This added a whole new dimension that I wasn't expecting.


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

    Walter was a new reader for me. Where has she been hiding? She was great. I just bought her version of Mansfield Park. I wish she had a bigger list of books. I hope to hear much more from her. She added tremendously to this audio.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2598)
    Performance
    (1432)
    Story
    (1425)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "What a nice surprise"
    Overall

    I picked this one up on a whim and ended up loving it! Some of the musical arcana was a bit much but what a great portrayal of the dawn of a new musical epoch. The book had too many readers - at least three. I disliked transitioning between the readers but I must say I liked each after a ten minute adjustment period. Don't let this stop from you listening it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rob Gifford
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (157)

    National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

    Roberta says: "An Outstanding Book on China"
    "Excellent book read by my favorite reader"
    Overall

    I haven't read/heard a good travel book in some time but this is a total winner. I gained a lot of insights into China. Simon Vance provides just the right tone to the reading. Highly recommended for anyone prepping for a China trip. You won't be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Centurion

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.

    Lindsay says: "Enjoy the story and forget the politics"
    "Great narrator, excellent story"
    Overall

    This book was excellent. IT is more or less a diary of a soldier ten years into the future after a flu pandemic and the global aftermath. The breakdown of civilization in much of the world etc. I got it on a whim and had no idea what to expect. The narrator matched up perfectly with this interesting and unfortunately plausible vision of the future. The writer has a point of view to be sure, but I don't think it would get in the way of anyone's enjoying the book. I am going to check out more works by this author, previously unknown to me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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