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Richard Boyle

Medford Long Island | Member Since 2009

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  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7453)
    Performance
    (4663)
    Story
    (4629)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    Kathy says: "Hurry up! I want them all!"
    "Clare and Jamie cross the pond"
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    What did you love best about Voyager?

    Action of the high seas with pirates


    What did you like best about this story?

    life in the Caribbean


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

    yes the first book were better, but this was good too


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

    would be nice, but it is too long


    Any additional comments?

    I don’t think the book was historically accurate, but it was good to listen too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8806)
    Performance
    (5474)
    Story
    (5498)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Daniel says: "Finally! The unabridged version is here!"
    "Jamie and Clara continue their adventure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only if they have listen to the first book


    What did you like best about this story?

    Clara's daughter learning and beleaving her mother's story


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Clara


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

    an HBO or Showtime series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14752)
    Performance
    (9138)
    Story
    (9010)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "18th Century Scotland"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is a fine mixture of Science Fiction, History and action, so anyone interested in any one of those would love to listen to this book.


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Clare interesting how she gets into and out of trouble..


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

    Maybe an HBO or Showtime television series is more like it.


    Any additional comments?

    Time travel is interesting even if it is improbable, but the idea the stone megaliths are time portals is very interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Beloved World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sonia Sotomayor
    • Narrated By Rita Moreno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (440)

    The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

    Jean says: "Overcoming proverty via education"
    "Memoir of Sonia Sotomayor"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to My Beloved World the most enjoyable?

    Sonia's over coming a rough childhood.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sonia of course, the honest way she told her story.


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

    this was a great reading.


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

    That would be great.


    Any additional comments?

    Sonia show kids from humble beginning can still become great people of the world.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4598)
    Performance
    (3863)
    Story
    (3872)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "Winter of the World by Ken Follett"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Winter of the World to be better than the print version?

    I first read the e-version then listen to the audio version and enjoyed both, I like reading the e-version so that you go back a lot more easily, but the audio you can hear how to names are pronounced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter of the World?

    There were many good moment in the story one was when Daisy discovered that Lloyd came home and she finally told him that she loved him.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    He did a good job of changing voices, but when reading the story I didn’t think the Daisy sounded like the way he made her sound.


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

    Maybe a series of movies.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1277)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Drift is informative book on why we go to War"
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    If you could sum up Drift in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, inspiring, maddening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite characters are the people that fight for peace, trying to change the culture of our Nation


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

    only on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Drift confirmed some of what I had thought before about the military and our “leaders” both Republicans and Democrats, but I didn’t realize just how bad our government has become.


    Any additional comments?

    We have to change the culture of the American people who make hero of warriors who take lives and the peacemakers who save lives (peacemakers= Police, Firefighters, Doctors, and the Coastguard)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (410)

    President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring economic growth, energy, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and financial responsibility, and offering a plan to get us "back in the future business".

    Christine A. Haimann says: "Great and it all makes sense"
    "Clinton's make a good case for our country"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is important for everyone to get as many points of view as possible to make an informed voting decisions


    If you’ve listened to books by Bill Clinton before, how does this one compare?

    Different subjects


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

    Bill is always a good talker


    Was Back to Work worth the listening time?

    about right


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alistair Maydon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Published in 1854, the story describes class conflict in Victorian England and serves as a powerful critique of the social injustices that plagued the Industrial Revolution. Charles Dickens (1812 - 9 June 1870) is arguably the greatest novelist England ever produced. His innate comic genius and shrewd depictions of Victorian life - along with his memorable characters - have made him beloved by readers the world over.

    Hazel says: "mediocre story brilliantly read"
    "Hard Times not hard to understand."
    Overall

    I found it as interesting as the other Dickens stories and well read

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By James Earl Jones, Harris Yulin, Kurt Vonnegut
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    In February 2003, a remarkable event took place at the 92nd Street Y in New York, a celebration of the millionth copy sold of Howard Zinn's great A People's History of the United States. Zinn drew on the words of Americans, some famous, some little known, across the range of American history. These words were read by distinguished people in the arts: Alice Walker, Alfre Woodard, Kurt Vonnegut, James Earl Jones, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei, Harris Yulin, Andre Gregory, and others.

    Richard Boyle says: "I always find Howard Zinn books very interesting"
    "I always find Howard Zinn books very interesting"
    Overall

    Children in our schools should be learning about history from one of Howard Zinn's books. They are always very informative and this book is no exception, its the only way to learn the real History of the real American People.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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