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out of this world | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 338 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This volume is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. For the fourth time, the Army of the Potomac (now under the control of Burnside) attempts to take Richmond, resulting in the bloodbath at Fredericksburg. Then Joe Hooker tries again, only to be repulsed at Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson turns his flank, a bitter victory for the South, paid for by the death of Lee's foremost lieutenant.

    Christopher Morton says: "The Best of the Three Volumes"
    "An exhaustive look at our most defining moment"

    Mr. Foote delivers the second of three volumes here, and spares no
    detail. I've studied the Civil War off an on since I was a child, and
    have discovered through this series that I know nothing.
    Aside from being minutely informative, this series is also entertaining,
    as any 60-hour audiobook should be. There is plenty of colorful turn
    of phrase here, and a lot of the wit of Lincoln, and others, is entirely
    new to me.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joe Perry, David Ritz
    • Narrated By Joe Perry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Rocks, Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock-gods on stage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll.

    dan says: "Aerosmith Fan"
    "inspiring, illuminating story"

    full of the ups and downs not only of his own life, but the lives of his bandmates (where appropriate, this didin't strike me as a tell-all so much as a confessional) and the music business in general, this story was engaging from start to finish.

    some minor editing blips along the way, but hey, welcome to the world of recording arts and sciences.

    nicely done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Areas of My Expertise

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Hodgman
    • Narrated By John Hodgman

    In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true.

    Margot says: "Wow!"
    "Funny, but not quite funny enough"

    This book is often funny, and sometimes hilarious. However, it didn't stand up to a listen of any more than about 10 minutes at a time, due to a combination of the sheer weirdness of some of the essays and Hodgman's overly deadpan delivery.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • My Father's Secret War: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lucinda Franks
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean

    In this moving and compelling memoir about parent and child, father and daughter, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lucinda Franks discovers that the remote, nearly impassive man she grew up with had in fact been a daring spy behind enemy lines in World War II. Sworn to secrecy, he began revealing details of his wartime activities only in the last years of his life, as he became afflicted with Alzheimer's. His exploits revealed a man of remarkable bravado.

    Sara says: "A Sad Story"
    "5 stars for the story..."

    ... but 2 stars for the narration, which pretty much kills the story.
    The story line was compelling to me, from the interest point of a daughter who comes to find out that her father's military career was as quietly intense as hers was celebrated.
    At least, that's what I got out of part 1. Sorry to say, that I couldn't bear to listen to the narration any further than that. I found the narrator's attempts at characterization too distracting to continue listening further.
    I will most likely buy the hard copy of the book, to continue the story.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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