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Don

Wonewoc, WI, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Across Atlantic Ice: The Origin of America's Clovis Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bruce A. Bruce A. Bradley, Denis J. Stanford
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Who were the first humans to inhabit North America? According to the now familiar story, mammal hunters entered the continent some 12,000 years ago via a land bridge that spanned the Bering Sea. The presence of these early New World people was established by distinctive stone tools belonging to the Clovis culture. But are the Clovis tools Asian in origin? Drawing from original archaeological analysis, paleoclimatic research, and genetic studies, noted archaeologists Dennis J. Stanford and Bruce A. Bradley challenge the old narrative.

    Stephen says: "Ice Cold story"
    "unlistenable"
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    this is the worst narration i have ever heard
    impossible to listen to
    no inflection
    or rater the same inflection for every sentence
    i want to demand my money back
    horrible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (376)

    Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

    Alain says: "The Reader !"
    "gangs of new york"
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    Performance
    Story

    An absolutely brilliant performance of an absurdly compelling story. Even Carly Simon couldn't bring this human foible to light any better. Makes you wonder what would any verdict be "in foro conscientiae" (epilog).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2989)
    Performance
    (2055)
    Story
    (2054)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "fatal flaw"
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    Performance
    Story

    Excellent story, good performance, compelling writing. Too bad the extremely poor recording ruins it all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cardturner: A Novel About a King, a Queen, and a Joker

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louis Sachar
    • Narrated By Louis Sachar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him to hook up with his best friend. He has no money and no job. His parents insist that he drive his great-uncle Lester to his bridge club four times a week and be his cardturner—whatever that means. Alton’s uncle is old, blind, very sick, and very rich.

    CRISTY says: "Definitely worth the time.."
    "psyche"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to this book traveling to a bridge tournament so it was appropriate.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The bridge hands were authentic and enjoyable. The fantasy part was a little - well, fantastic. The final tournament was not believable, it needed a better deception premise.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was ok but had its share of mispronunciations and misplaced accents. The fog horn warnings of technical passages were annoying.


    Was The Cardturner worth the listening time?

    If you are a tournament bridge player give it a listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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