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Denis

Glen Ridge, NJ, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • True History of the Kelly Gang

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Gianfranco Negroponte
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (81)

    Ned Kelly's name resonates in Australia the same way the name Jesse James does in America. Was he a crusading folk hero or murderous horse thief and bank robber? Who was the real Ned Kelly? As the impoverished son of an Irish convict, Kelly was cheated, lied to, and abused by the English. Committed to fighting back against oppression, Kelly and his gang of outlaws eluded police for nearly two years.

    Margaret says: "Brilliant and Poetic"
    "Great book, Great narrator"
    Overall

    The book is lively, amusing and interesting. The narrator is the best I've heard. His reading captures the book's diverse characters in a clear and distinctive manner without seeming actorish.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Chaplin and His Times

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kenneth S. Lynn
    • Narrated By Adams Morgan
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Author Lynn delves into Chaplin's childhood and family, his often controversial relationships with four wives and a slew of mistresses, and his associations with British music-hall impresario Fred Karno and silent-screen star and pal Douglas Fairbanks. He addresses Chaplin's political influences and convictions, and brings a keen, critical intelligence to the meaning of the films, illuminating Chaplin's elusive genius.

    Denis says: "Flawed by bias"
    "Flawed by bias"
    Overall

    This book may be worthwhile because the subject is so interesting, and there is no other biography available at Audible.com. It is flawed (as other reviews point out,) by the author's extreme right-wing bias and apparent dislike for his subject. Chaplin's politics were na?ve and sentimental and like a lot of people on the left at the time he refused to see the evil of the Soviet Union. His biographer on the other hand refuses to see the evil of McCarthyism. The author's done his research; the facts of Chaplin's life are in the book. The narrator is good. But to enjoy the book - if you're not Rush Limbaugh, you'll have to do a lot a filtering to neutralize the writer's bias. Chaplin deserves better.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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