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Kilibreaux

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Madera, California | Member Since 2011

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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
    (610)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (321)

    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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  • To Hell and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Audie Murphy
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    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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  • 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
    (34)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    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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  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16029)
    Performance
    (14187)
    Story
    (14134)

    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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