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Timothy

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  • Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Hampton Sides
    • Narrated By Hampton Sides
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (208)

    On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man - whose real name was James Earl Ray -drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace's racist presidential campaign. With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel.

    E. L. Robertson says: "Who Knew"
    "A nightmarish year"
    Overall

    1968 was like an ongoing nightmare. Vietnam, assassinations, LBJ's decision to withdraw from the Democratic nomination process, riots in Chicago; there weren't a lot of slow news days. It may seem odd to say, but I don't think that the true horror and sinister aspect of Martin's assassination has ever been effectively documented. So many terrible things happened that year that the details of this story were lost.This book changes all that Hampton Sides has brilliantly captured the paranoia of the period where this gentle and visionary man was persecuted, stalked and murdered.
    This is a great book on many levels. For me, it's a reminder of how much we all lost. This was a good man.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone: The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hunter S. Thompson
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (141)

    “Buy the ticket, take the ride,” was a favorite slogan of Hunter S. Thompson, and it pretty much defined both his work and his life. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the roller-coaster of a career at the magazine that was his literary home.

    Shaun says: "Buy the ticket...this is a great compilation."
    "Brilliant reading"
    Overall
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    Story

    If they give awards to the readers of audiobooks, Phil Gigante deserves one for this. This comprehensive collection of HST's work for Rolling Stone could be a bit ponderous with a less talented reader.Thompson's quirky brilliance and humour are beautifully captured in this presentation. It's a shame we don't have political commentary like this anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dick Couch
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    The 75th Ranger Regiment is a unique and distinct culture among the American military establishment. They stand alone, even among our other Special Operations forces, as the most active brigade-sized force in the current Global War on Terrorism. Since 9/11, the Regiment has been the only continuously engaged unit in the Army, and has had 40 percent of its number deployed in harm's way for the last decade. Their mission is unique. Rangers do not patrol, they don't train allied forces, nor do they engage in routine counterinsurgency duties. They have a single-mission focus.

    J. Pratt says: "Great in-depth history...not overly entertaining"
    "A Great Script For A Recruiting Film"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was very disappointed by this book. It has the tone and style of an Army recruiting film that might be shown to high school kids. I don't intend this to be a criticism of the Rangers rather, it's a comment on a style of writing that belongs in a Valentine's Day card.


    What could Dick Couch have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Start over again.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Sua Sponte?

    The preface and introduction are nothing more than cheerleading.


    Any additional comments?

    The Unforgiving Minute is a more engaging and thoughtful book on the same subject.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Producer: John Hammond and the Soul of American Music

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dunstan Prial
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The son of a Vanderbilt heiress, John Hammond listened to jazz records with his parents’ servants, went to Harlem as a teenager, and became a regular in clubs where very few white faces ever appeared. Taking a little family money, Hammond went across racial lines in pre-World War II America and came back with recordings of some of the greatest jazz musicians in history. By age twenty-two, he had convinced Benny Goodman to integrate his band and made his first big discovery: Billie Holiday.

    Timothy says: "The Straw That Stirred The Drink"
    "The Straw That Stirred The Drink"
    Overall

    For anyone interested in the development of American music in the 20th century, this book is essential reading. John Hammond was a big-hearted, opinionated and fearless advocate for musicians and for the civil rights movement. What this book makes very clear is that Hammond was in the business for the music and the musicians, not for personal gain. Mind you, as a direct descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt he had the resources to make that choice. The portraits of some of Hammond's discoveries, Billie Holliday, Bennie Goodman and Bruce Springsteen, are excellent. One negative; there's some awkward audio editing on the recording. Not a big issue though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2597)
    Performance
    (1431)
    Story
    (1424)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "What a surprise!"
    Overall

    I'm really stunned at how good this book is. It shouldn't be a surprise that Keith Richard is such a great story teller; after all that's what songwriting is. His portrayal of growing up in post war London is vivid and visceral; Dickens in a ducktail hair-do. In spite of his hair raising lifestyle he comes off as a bright, perceptive and very funny guy. Not for the faint of heart, this is a fabulous, adult -sized slice of life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Through Black Spruce

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joseph Boyden
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Joseph Boyden's first novel, Three Day Road, was a Today Show Book Club selection. Through Black Spruce is the exceptional follow-up to his acclaimed debut. Cree bush pilot Will Bird lies comatose in a hospital, while his wayward niece Annie arrives to sit in silent vigil by his side. Slowly their stories reveal two people previously separated by great distances, beaten and broken, and searching for some sense of where they belong in the world.

    Ruth says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "A writer to watch"
    Overall

    This is a really fine book. Having read Boyden's previous book, Three Day Road, I wondered how the narrator would handle the "Cree English' dialogue that makes Boyden's writing so authentic. He got it right, in my opinion.
    Both of his books have changed, forever, my understanding of the impact of European settlement on First Nation's people, without feeling that I was being preached to. Joseph Boyden is one talented writer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Taylor Branch
    • Narrated By Joe Morton, CCH Pounder
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    This audio adaptation focuses primarily on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the key moments that defined his rise to the forefront of the civil rights movement. From Rosa Parks' monumental arrest in Montgomery to King's imprisonment in Birmingham and his triumphant march on Washington, Taylor Branch provides an unsurpassed portrait of King's rise to greatness.

    Darcy says: "Amazing account of King & Civil Rights Movement"
    "A geat series"
    Overall

    I agree with the previous reviewer. Great book lousy sound.
    I've listened to the Taylor Branch trilogy about King and regard it as the most balanced telling of one of America's most important stories. I was inspired by the courage of so many, mostly unknown, people. Black, white, old, young, Jewish, Christian etc. etc. I'm not an American and I'm not a person of color, but the story of the US civil rights movement and the capacity of the USA to grow and change, makes me glad to have you guys as neighbours.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Award-winning author Stephen Greenblatt is one of the most influential literary thinkers in the world. An acclaimed interpreter of Shakespeare's works, his ideas have changed the way countless people approach the classics. Now Greenblatt's uniquely brilliant voice delivers a magnificent biography of the Bard himself.

    Oswald says: "Excellent"
    "For Fans of History and Language"
    Overall

    I took a chance on this book because, in spite of studying three or four of his plays in high school, I knew almost nothing about Shakespeare or his world. The author's depiction of the social, political and cultural landscape of Elizabethan England may be highly speculative as other reviewers have noted, but I found it interesting and credible. The notion that 15th century political elites were paranoid about the entertaiment industry shows that some things never change. It's easy to picture Shakespeare walking the fine line between political correctness and wicked satire.
    The book is beautifully written and read. It's a little deep in places but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James Carroll
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    This landmark, myth-shattering work chronicles the most powerful institution in America, the people who created it, and the pathologies it has spawned. Carroll proves a controversial thesis: The Pentagon has, since its founding, operated beyond the control of any force in government or society. It is the biggest, loosest cannon in American history, and no institution has changed this country more.

    Graham says: "A Great Book"
    "Powerful and Fascinating"
    Overall

    James Carroll will make a lot of people uncomfortable with this book. His portrait of the Pentagon is not flattering. However, the scope of the story is wide, thorough and told from a unique perspective; that of a boy growing up in a military family that was intimately connected to America's military establishment. Carroll's portrait of Curtis Lemay is revealing and surprisingly sympathetic. To me, this is one of the strengths of the book; the Pentagon is shown as a collection of people, torn by myriad forces and loyalties. As a Canadian, I've always been curious about the enormous impact that mandatory military service has had on many generations of Americans. Despite my liberal leanings and a mistrust of things military, I've always been impressed by the fierce loyalty that our American friends display towards their troops. This book beautifully describes the military culture, warts and all. You could build an American history course around this book.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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