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Ron

Ocotillo, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize, renowned historian Margaret MacMillan's best-selling Paris 1919 is the story of six remarkable months that changed the world. At the close of WWI, between January and July of 1919, delegates from around the world converged on Paris under the auspices of peace. New countries were created, old empires were dissolved, and for six months, Paris was the center of the world.

    Larry says: "History repeats itself."
    "Informative and entertaining"
    Overall

    This is an outstanding book that probes the depths of the US, UK and French leaders and their thinking in 1919. It is informative as well as entertaining in the humanistic portrayals of participants in the 1919 peace conference. The best read book I've heard especially given I am hearing deficient.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amped: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Wilson
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (368)

    In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

    D says: "No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen"
    "Well worth reading"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Amped to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read this in print version.


    Any additional comments?

    While I wasn't terribly impressed with the story per se, I find that Daniel Wilson's portrayal of how the masses can be manipulated to be quite relevant to what is happening in our society today in terms of fear mongering by elitist and money powered groups. History is replete with examples of what happens in this story. Regrettably, such history is yet again repeating in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tragic Muse

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Nicholas Dormer leaves his marriage and his career in Parliament to become a painter of portraits. Miriam Rooth, an actress and the "tragic muse" of the title, encourages him. Peter Sherringham, a suave diplomat, and Gabriel Nash, a philosopher, also play major roles in this classic novel, which is set in London and Paris.

    John says: "A James Masterpiece"
    "HORRIBLE SOUND!"
    Overall

    I could only stand to listen to 3-4 minutes of this. The sound and/or reader is horrible! Sounds like a cross between Elmer Fudd and Donald Duck talking under water. DONT BUY THIS BOOK!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio Masterpiece

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jonathan Harr
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    An Italian village on a hilltop near the Adriatic coast, a decaying palazzo facing the sea, and in the basement, cobwebbed and dusty, lit by a single bulb, an archive unknown to scholars. Here, a young graduate student from Rome, Francesca Cappelletti, makes a discovery that inspires a search for a work of art of incalculable value, a painting lost for almost two centuries.

    Jeremiah says: "an incredible and complex story unfolds seamlessly"
    "Informative & enjoyable"
    Overall

    If you are interested in the plastic arts and/or art history, you will likely find this book interesting and maybe even exciting, as I did. For the latter, the book gets 4-stars. Otherwise, you will likely find it boring, not worth the read/listen and the book would get a 1-2 stars.

    This book is not a cliff-hanger like Dan Brown's "DaVinci Code" or others of that ilk. Rather, it is a true story about the minutia of art and art history - teasing out the provenance of an art work from a myriad of subtle sources. I learned a lot from the book even if that was not its objective. The author does go overboard in trying to develop characters who are basically boring people in boring occupations. But, he tried.

    Campbell Scott is a droning reader who adds little life to the reading.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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