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Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 7 reviews
  • 109 ratings
  • 232 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By H. W. Crocker III
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace

    Get ready for a rousing rebel yell as best-selling author H. W. Crocker III charges through bunkers and battlefields in The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War. Crocker busts myths and shatters stereotypes as he profiles eminent and colorful military generals, revealing little-known truths, like why Robert E. Lee had a higher regard for African-Americans than Lincoln did.

    Vincent says: "The American Civil War Made Simple"
    "Mind altering"

    This book re-wired my brain. The author's open sympathy for the confederate cause is backed by rational arguments and historic facts that the public schools in the north didn't impart to me. Crocker is fair to the Northern heros, too, giving credit where it's due.

    The narration is excellent, couldn't turn it off.

    15 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Rage of the Fallen: The Last Apprentice, #8

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thomas Ward has served as the Spook's apprentice for three years. He has battled boggarts, witches, demons, and even the devil himself. Tom has enemies: The Fiend stalks him, waiting for a moment of weakness. The terrifying Morrigan, goddess of witches, warned him never to step foot on her homeland, Ireland.

    Donna says: "Be Warned!"
    "Is this the end of a good series?"

    Well, a new author but he's got the style & characters down pretty well -- I would never have suspected.

    But: elsewhere on Audible I noticed "The Spook's Destiny," which according to the sample audio is the same book as "Rage of the Fallen" but without the credit to the coauthor. The really bad news is that it has a NEW NARRATOR (no longer Christopher Evan Welch). If Welch is not the reader, then count me out.

    But thanks for a good run of eight or so books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge of the Witch: The Last Apprentice, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch

    Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?

    Suzanne says: "One Spooky book"
    "The best Apprentice"

    I enjoyed the entire series but none more than "The Revenge of the Witch." (The others are sequels.) "Revenge" has the cleverest plot and the most emotion; a real warmth about it. While all may not agree with me on that, most will agree that this book is the one to read first. It opens the series and introduces the main characters, gradually letting you get to discover their mysteries along with Thomas; especially the Spook, Alice, and mam. Great fun, and you don't have to be 13...

    Marvelous performance by the narrator.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael Gruber
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare

    They call him Lump. Ugly, misshapen, more goblin than human child, abandoned as an infant and taken in by a witch, he is nursed by a bear, tutored by a djinn; his only playmates are the creatures of the forest, whose language he learns to speak.

    Pat Waara says: "A great story for the whole family"
    "My all-time favorite audible fiction"

    I've been hesitant to write a review of "The Witch's Boy" for fear of not doing it justice. What the heck, my superlatives, for what they're worth: This is a great book, a beautiful book, and I believe that one day it will be considered an important book. The story is engrossing, at once fantastic and believable. Believable partly because one wants it to be true, and partly because the tale is so elegantly, poignantly, wittily told. But mostly, it's believable because of Michael Gruber's vividly human personalities who drive the story.

    I love this book.

    Denis O'Hare makes the book better than even it is. His voices are humorous & creative (I -- like the rest of us around here -- am picky about readers). Here the term "performer" is most suitable. His accent and reading of Bagordax's lines alone is worth the listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Supreme Court endorses terrorists' rights, flag burning, and importing foreign law. Is that in the Constitution? You're right: it's not. But these days the Constitution is no restraint on our out-of-control Supreme Court. The Court imperiously strikes down laws and imposes new ones purely on its own arbitrary whims. Even though liberals like John Kerry are repeatedly defeated at the polls, the majority on the allegedly "conservative" Supreme Court reflects their views and wields absolute power.

    Jay Kuykendall says: "Recommended reading."
    "Author- 5 stars, Narrator- 1 star"

    Great book by Levin and a learning experience for me that I am grateful for.

    However, I'm through with Jeff Riggenbach and I will not listen to him again. It's a shame for me since he narrates so many titles that interest me.

    He mispronounces Mark Levin's name. Even worse, he mispronounces David Souter's last name. How can you read a book about the Supreme Court and not be aware of the current justice's?

    I had long suspected that this reader really doesn't know what he is reading; that he merely pronounces sounds (meaningless-to-him) with dramatic enthusiasm. This ignorance of David Souter makes the case. No more Riggenbach for me.

    Blackstone: please send Mr. Riggenbach to another section of your library -- give him material that he can understand.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By David Horowitz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The son of proudly Communist parents, David Horowitz became a major figure in the 1960s New Left. He is by no means the only intellectual and activist to have moved from the Left to the Right in recent decades, but few have done so while maintaining such a high profile and outspoken style. His book therefore becomes not only an important and fascinating memoir of the 1960s but also a devastating analysis of the legacy of that time.

    Jada Robitaille says: "Remarkable story, Wonderful narrator."
    "Horowitz steps forward with the truth"

    Radical Son is a courageous and truthful self-examination. The confession part is fascinating, but the reader also gets a broad history of the radical movement and, within it, one radical's harrowing journey from belief to apostasy.

    It IS entertaining, thoroughly. We get nasty inside dirt on leaders & criminals he got close to: Huey Newton, Eldridge Cleaver, Abbie Hoffman and others. He explains how his former friend, Tom Hayden, had direct ties to Viet Cong leaders, how a Soviet spy once awkwardly bribed him, and the heartbreaking story of his friend who was tortured & murdered by her employer, the Black Panthers, after he had recommended her for the job.

    After growing up watching the hippie revolution told on TV and in Time Magazine, and eventually seeing the 60s radicals advance to positions of highest powers on Earth, I now get to learn the unguarded truth from someone who was inside the movement.

    I am grateful to David Horowitz for telling us his story (he has suffered for betraying the Left).

    I love the narration by Jonathon Marosz(?). Expressive and sturdy but never "too much" -- so you don't tire of him. I listened through twice.

    (Jeff Riggenbach, who narrates the other version of this title, I find intolerable.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Annie Wauters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A young Puritan woman gives birth to an illegitimate child in 17th-century New England and must endure public condemnation and the burden of a terrible secret.

    Carol A. Rupkalvis says: "Review of The Scarlet Letter"
    "How not to read a book"

    Annie Wauters, the reader, over-dramatizes events and over-characterizes voices. Must she lower her voice to a grating rasp to depict Roger Chillingsworth, or raise it to a squeeky falsetto for Pearl? A tiresome listen.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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