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TomD

Listener Since 2002

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  • The Brothers Karamazov

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky (translated by Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky)
    • Narrated By Debra Winger
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    TomD says: "Disapointing"
    "Disapointing"
    Overall

    This is a great book. However, it does not lend itself to an abridged version. Sure, you get the plot, but miss out on all the interesting philosophical sections. Debra Winger narrates the book. Her voice is rather monotonal and this book, a somewhat dark Russian novel filled with mostly male characters, really does not lend itself well to a female narrator. I truly wish an unabridge version was available, with the same narrator that does the unabridged version of Crime and Punishment (available from Audible). I downloaded Crime and Punishment just after listening to Brothers Karamazov and it was much more satisfying (from the standpoint of narrators voice and unabridged).

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lance Armstrong, Sally Jenkins
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    People around the world have found inspiration in the story of Lance Armstrong - a world-class athlete nearly struck down in his prime, who fought back to win the world's most grueling test of cycling, the Tour de France. It's Not About the Bike is the amazing story of Armstrong's journey from inauspicious beginnings, through triumph, tragedy, transformation, and transcendence.

    Brenda says: "Inspirational"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    I had no idea how serious Mr. Armstrong's cancer was. I had heard the "cancer survivor" title mentioned here and there on ESPN or the like, but until i 'read' this book, I had no idea. I was touched and amazed by Mr. Armstrong's story and have a great respect for him. It is truly an inspirational story and I would recommend it to anyone. I only wish this version was unabridged.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Turn at the Bully Pulpit

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Greta Van Susteren
    • Narrated By Greta Van Susteren
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Welcome to the bully pulpit where opinions fly but common sense rules. Here's where you'll find straight talk about the most pressing issues of the day, all delivered in the trademark commonsense style of one of America's most popular and admired television news anchors. Always resisting the political label that attempts to place people in one ideological camp or another, Greta Van Susteren speaks from the mind and the heart, not as a liberal or a conservative, but as a sensible citizen.

    TomD says: "Enlightening"
    "Enlightening"
    Overall

    I have to admit that I didnt care for the author when she was at CNN and frankly didnt watch her much on FOX News either. I felt that she was liberal and thus, did not appeal to me. However, upon 'reading' this book, I have decided that I was wrong (and too quick) to judge her. In fact, I have begun to watch her program on Fox and find that I definately view her in a different light. I would definately recommend this book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (2133)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (909)

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This book is awesome. I recommend that one listens to this unabridged book BEFORE seeing the movie (if you see it at all). The movie is so time constrained that it looses much of the charm and appeal that the story has to offer. The narrator does a wonderful job of bringing Mr. Abagnale to life. You would not regret downloading this novel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D-Day

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Stephen E. Ambrose
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Focusing on the 24 hours of June 6, 1944 - D-Day brings to life the stories of the men and women who made history - from top Allied and Axis strategic commanders to the citizen soldiers whose heroic initiative saved the day.

    TomD says: "Great Lead into Band of Brothers"
    "Great Lead into Band of Brothers"
    Overall

    If you plan to listen to Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, then i recommend listening to D-Day first. The reason for this is because D-Day is a good overview of the build up and execution of Overlord from a leadership perspective (on both the American and German sides, but mostly American). After listening to this book, you will have a good feel for what the plan is and how it was executed. Then, when listening to one story about a specific group of men, as with Band of Brothers, it will be easier to follow having already listened to D-Day. At least, it was for me. Also, I like Ambrose's 'GI accent', it adds to the atmosphere of the book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2515)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (225)

    People learn to work for money...but never to have money work for them. That's what Robert Kiyosaki says in this guide about what rich dads tell their children that poor dads do not. Browse all Rich Dad titles.

    TomD says: "Good starter"
    "Good starter"
    Overall

    I disagree with these other one star reviews. I suppose it would be disappointing to someone looking for a specific plan that outlines step-by-step what to do to become rich. The problem with that philosopy is there is no step-by-step plan to become rich. They are missing the whole point of this book. The idea is that you need to expand your thinking and come up with your OWN ideas, your OWN plans. If you are looking for a book that 'does the work for you', then dont buy this. If you are looking for a way to expand your mind and excersize your imagination, then this book is a good start. The reason is that the ideas expressed in this book are not typical, as i see it anyhow. I am not a finacial expert by any stretch of the imagination, and i found that this book really opened my eyes to a different way of thinking with regard to finances. I believe that this was the goal of the book and, as the child in the book did, once you look at the world in a different way, you begin to see opportunities that otherwised would have eluded you. Think of this book more like a philosophy book than a 'get rich quick' book. Because no where in this book does Mr. Kiyosaki claim that his philosophies will get you rich in a hurry.

    220 of 230 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (567)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "Nicely Done"
    Overall

    This is a very good audio book. The narrator fits the novel and does well to retain your interest. He does a good job of distinguishing each character by changing his voice slightly. Definately worth getting, if you can deal with a 25 hour novel.

    67 of 70 people found this review helpful

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