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Kilibreaux

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  • To Hell and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Audie Murphy
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Audie Murphy was a desperately poor eighteen-year-old orphan when he joined the Army, nineteen when he first saw a buddy die from an enemy bullet and an enemy die from one of his own. By VE day, he had killed at least 240 Germans, had single-handedly destroyed a German tank in one battle and held off six tanks in another, and had become the most decorated soldier in American history, winning every medal his country offered, including the Congressional Medal of Honor.

    charles says: "Great book by one of the true American heroes"
    "Outstanding is an Understatement"
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    What made the experience of listening to To Hell and Back the most enjoyable?

    The fact that is is the biography of a true American hero.


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

    Have not listened to Tom Parker before but the narration was quite good including the accents. I've seen the movie a dozen times and never realized that Murphy's principle friend was Irish but having heard this book it made him somehow more "valid."


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It would be hard to speak in terms of "extreme" reactions to this book simply because it covers a subject few ever experienced. Also it seems Murphy himself insisted on keeping the book more low-key rather than typical post-modern sensationalism to garner audience reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    In the movie one could easily grasp the significance of Audie Murphy's actions thanks to photographic impact, but listening to the book seem to lack some of that - again I understand Murphy did not want his story told as being principally about HIM, and more is the pity because he truly deserves such a telling.We live in a world where people who have done nothing beyond being born with a certain name are considered celebrities with their every action reported upon by a overly-dramatic, profit-driven media, yet, Audie Murphy truly EARNED a place in American history, and perhaps it's time Hollyweired revisted his story with a more dramatic retelling that focuses more on him than the entire period.

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  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Naomi Klein
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (201)

    In her ground-breaking reporting, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism". Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment": losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers.

    Nika says: "You can't be neutral..."
    "ON POINT!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shock Doctrine to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version, but the audio version was disturbing enough!


    What other book might you compare The Shock Doctrine to and why?

    Not a book so much as a Documentary by Michael Moore; "Capitalism, A Love Story."


    What about Jennifer Wiltsie’s performance did you like?

    Excellent performance!


    If you could give The Shock Doctrine a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "How To Destroy Civilization!"


    Any additional comments?

    The Shock Doctrine is disturbing...because by now we can SEE the truth of it! Sadly most Americans will NOT see the truth staring them in the face.

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  • Blood, Money, and Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K.

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Barr McClellan
    • Narrated By Barr McClellan
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    The plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy has been shrouded in secrecy and deceit, leading most Americans to doubt the veracity of the Warren Commission's findings. Now, after forty years, Barr McClellan exposes the secret, high-level conspiracy in Texas that led to Kennedy's death and L.B.J.'s succession as President.

    Karen says: "An Informative, Intriguing...Excrutiating listen"
    "I LIKE the Premise!"
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    Would you listen to Blood, Money, and Power again? Why?

    Yes - it was an interesting concept.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is founded on a fundemental aspect of crime investigation - follow the MOTIVE and the MONEY.LBJ was on his way OFF the national stage as VP to a dynamic Kennedy and had Kennedy lived to serve two terms, LBJ would have been nothing more important than yesterday's skid-marked shorts.J. Edgar Hoover is another one who had ample motive....he went from having his hat handed to him by the Kennedy's to being named Director for Life....that's a VERY telling point!The Military Industrial Complex benefitted by the billions - of dollars. LBJ insured that U.S. involvement in Vietnam went UP which equates directly with government (taxpayer) dollars forked over to weapons manufacturers.There are simply too many "coincidences" following the "rub-out" of JFK to ignore. SOMEBODY in power benefitted...there was no other motive for his killing.Oswald is the portrait of the classic CIA recruit...young, impressionable, disaffected with the status quo...seeking to effect change and eager to BE that change. The whole chain of events unfolding are "textbook" assassination protocol....in fact, taken right from the pages of Alexander Dumas' "The Three Musketeers"! A young zealot with a righteous cause, an inside connected mobster ordered to "take one for the team" and snuff him out, and a Vice President who has a KNOWN RECORD of having engaged in felonious acts to gain office....and if HE didn't, his "handlers" did! An FBI Director who could ONLY gain from John and Bobby being toast...Obviously this story has a LOT to think about.


    Which character – as performed by Barr McClellan – was your favorite?

    Can't remember...there are so many.


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

    No, it was all quite intriguing.


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  • JFK: The Smoking Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Colin McLaren
    • Narrated By Grant Cartwright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    On November 22, 1963, the 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and his wife Jackie were taking part in a presidential motorcade through Dallas. Thousands lined the streets cheering; others hung out of windows to catch a glimpse of the much-loved First Lady and President. Suddenly, the unthinkable happened. Three shots rang out. In front of the world, John F. Kennedy was fatally wounded. Lee Harvey Oswald was caught. But did he pull the trigger? Who really killed JFK?

    James says: "Complete Trash"
    "Great Premise Not Sure it Rocks!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of JFK: The Smoking Gun to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version, but the audio version is very good and very well narrated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the expectation was the best part...that we're all about to learn something genuinely NEW in the JFK assassination.


    What does Grant Cartwright bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration allows the book to play out like a cinema on the screen of one's mind. The basis of great narration is that one forgets they are being "told" the story...this is great narration.


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

    Yes indeed it was!


    Any additional comments?

    I really LIKE the premise for this book, and in light of recent Secret Service scandals it certainly seems plausible. The evidence about minute bullet fragments seen on X-ray in the President's brain was quite convincing, though I'm not prepared to accept Oswald as a truly lone, unbacked, non-affiliated "gunman" as the author suggests. At at time when virtually nobody was granted permission to move to the USSR - Oswald was. At a time when virtually nobody was granted permission to come from the USSR to the USA, Oswald was - and this AFTER supposedly renouncing his citizenship. Plus he got to bring his Russian bride?!If anything I'm more prepared to believe it was indeed a conspiracy to murder the CIC, but the Secret Service performed as unwitting accomplices! Certainly a great many "players" at that time had motive to want JFK dead. Equally certain, NO organized "hit" is going to put all the eggs in a single basket....As long as the government and willing "shills" are around to "poo-poo" allegations of conspiracy, and in light of the fact that virtually everyone with firsthand knowledge was either murdered or has died, the American public is virtually assured the Kennedy assassination will remain as mysterious in the future as it was after the lame-O Warren commission published a shoddy compilation of unconnected facts and events without ever once attempted to present a codified picture of what it all added up too. So, I like the book...like the premise, not sure it's THE premise, but considering how bumbling and incompetent the current Secret Service has been revealed to be...the notion of an incompetent boob snatching the trigger on an AR-15 is certainly worth consideration!

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  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7529)
    Performance
    (6942)
    Story
    (6946)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "It's the NARRATOR!"
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    What did you love best about Mr. Mercedes?

    The narration. Will Patton was born to voice characters...his audiobook performances underscore the greatness of his acting. The Story was good, but I know it would not have been so entrancing had I been reading the book rather than listening to one of the greatest "voices" ever!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr. Mercedes?

    When the "Det Ret's" girlfriend got blown up in his car.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    "Visualization" beyond what normally experiences by silent reading, and easily on par or better than the "best" of audible's other narrators. I'd rate Will Patton right alongside Stephan Rudnicki as one of the all-time great narrators!


    Who was the most memorable character of Mr. Mercedes and why?

    The Det Ret of course, because he is the principal...the "hero" as it were. The "villian" is a truly despicable individual with no saving grace, no "humanity."


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King is one of the few authors too have stood the test of time. Sure he's written some books that didn't make the connection to the reader, but by an large he paints a full portrait in words and anything he writes IS worth reading, or a listen. Pairing his work up with the astounding talent of Will Patton results in a complete package that draws the listener in deep. I've been a fan of Will Patton's since I saw his performance in the movie "No Way Out" - the man is supremely talented! If Will Patton chose to narrate "Mary Had a Little Lamb" I wager it would become a hit!

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  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7815)
    Performance
    (7214)
    Story
    (7233)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC PERFORMANCE!"
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    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Will Patton, Narrator!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will Patton...oh wait, he's not a character in the book, but his narration brings them ALIVE! It's hard to choose a favorite when the narrator is so good at making each and every character, and each and every aspect of the story vibrant!


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    The guy is fantastic! Everyone who knows his acting already knows that if HE is in a movie, it's going to be GREAT! The same with his voicing skill with reading...the man is genuinely talented in everything he does.


    If you could take any character from Doctor Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Will Patton! Because he IS the characters in this book!


    Any additional comments?

    The scene where Dan awakens after a drunken night of debauchery with "Deena" is absolutely hilarious with Will Patton's narrative skill! Will Patton's vocal inflections animate each word had me laughing to hard at the mental picture of this booze-hound trying to come to life after a drunken binge...I KNOW the book is a "horror" novel, and in those sections, Will Patton's narration brings THAT alive as well, but in that one passage I was laughing so hard I almost had to pull over and seek oxygen!

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  • They Saw It Happen: Eyewitness Accounts from Ancient Greece to Hiroshima

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Compiled by Matthew Lewin
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith, Teresa Gallagher, Tom George
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Here are more than 60 eyewitness accounts of notable historical events beginning with the Spartans at Thermopylae in 480 BC through to and including the Bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Hear of the Black Death of the 1340s, the 1666 Great Fire of London, the Boston Tea Party in 1773, the 1793 Execution of Louis XVI, the Death of Vice Admiral Nelson during the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, and the American Civil War (1861-1865).

    Kilibreaux says: "A Bit Slow"
    "A Bit Slow"
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    What did you like best about They Saw It Happen? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the "rest of the story-esque" information about significant events in history.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration tended to be a bit drab.


    Could you see They Saw It Happen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really if only because it is composed of many rather small vignettes of history...but I suppose on a History channel venue it might garner a lot of interest. I'd watch it.


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  • Cat's Cradle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (503)

    Cat's Cradle is Kurt Vonnegut's satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet's ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist; a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer; and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat's Cradle is one of this century's most important works...and Vonnegut at his very best.

    Robert says: "KV at his best."
    "Totally Bizarre!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who hasn't read Vonnegut should probably START with this book. It's filled with humor and he sort of warped perception of society we today take as "normal," but at the time this was written was certainly outside the norm.


    What other book might you compare Cat's Cradle to and why?

    I cannot compare it to ANY book I've ever read...totally unique.


    What does Tony Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tony Roberts' narration is excellent. I read where other reviewers rated it poorly which makes no sense because I thought it was part of what made the story to good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Several points in this book are hilarious and will have anyone bursting with laughter. there are points that would normally be saddening, but due to the overall tenor of the story the "sad" scenes aren't really a negative. Vonnegut's characters are so weird that when anything happens to them one can't really be disappointed because one feels they had it coming...even typing that makes me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a VERY unique, one-of-a-kind novella that deserves reading today even more than it did when it was first published. The story is quite short and the narrator makes the listener want to keep listening. I normally listen when driving but with this book I found myself wanting to leave earlier than normal and drive slower than normal just so I could have more time with the book.

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  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19585)
    Performance
    (17426)
    Story
    (17386)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Excellent Telling!"
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    The narrator - Craig Wasson is OUTSTANDING in his ability to create different character voices! The story is typical Stephen King which means good, but that goes without saying. For those who think all King writes is "horror" be warned this is not that kind of novel. I love to see Craig Wasson go back and narrate ALL of King's work because he truly makes the listening something to eagerly look forward too!


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    To me the Stand and The Tommyknockers are very similar in that neither was particularly "horrific" (nor intended that way I suspect), but contained a LOT of detail and character development.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where Jake and Sade are on that final mission to stop Oswald is absolutely filled with suspense yet also encompasses events which one cannot help but find amusing - if not hilarious.


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

    Yes...I even held my iPhone as I stood outside watering my lawn so I could keep going....this is hard to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    I would encourage anyone on the fence based on other reviews to do as I did and take the plunge. Stephen King has NEVER written a disappointing book and this one is superb!

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