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  • The Master Butcher's Singing Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Louise Erdrich
    • Narrated By Louise Erdrich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What happens when a trained killer discovers, in the aftermath of war, that his true vocation is love? Having survived the killing fields of World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel returns home to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend, killed in action.

    Larry says: "Erdrich's"

    Louise Erdrich is a crafter of wonderful stories of the northern prairie. Her often quirky characters meander through sometimes bizarre plotscapes following trails of finely created prose toward a rich reading experience. The Master Butcher's Singing Club is, in my view, her finest book. It is doubly fortunate that Audible is offering the book unabridged AND that it is read by the author herself, in her very fine voice. The combination of drama and poetry, comedy and pathos, is just right, and I am pleased to have access to this novel, at last, through my account.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Iraq Study Group Report

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Iraq Study Group
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After nine months of examining and analyzing U.S. military involvement in Iraq, the bi-partisan Iraq Study Group issued this report on Dec. 6, 2006. The report calls the situation in Iraq "grave and deteriorating" and says, "There is no path that can guarantee success, but the prospects can be improved".

    William says: "Sound advice, but too much"
    "Governmental Affairs"

    Audible does the public a notable service in making these major public hearings and events (the political conventions, 9/11 hearings, Supreme Court arguments, and now the Iraq Study Group Report) available for free download. It is unfortunate that the government should invest so much time, resources, and work hours into creating objective reports like this one, only to ignore or abandon the findings when they challenge the political worldview of the party in power. But thanks, Audible, for allowing me to refresh my memory on these important public records whenever I find myself wondering what could have been.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Teacher Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt

    Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs, and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.

    Mark says: "Fun, quick, well done!"
    "A Teacher on Teacher Man"

    Many of the professional practices and personal behaviors described in this book will startle a new teacher or a non-teacher, but it was a different time and such things happened. The honesty is, all said and done, refreshingly authentic. Much of the material in this book is recycled from 'Tis, but the author only had one life to live, and he wasn't writing fiction. That it is read by the author, as were Angela's Ashes and 'Tis, earns this book a five-star rating. Mr. McCourt's voice is as smooth as a good Irish whisky. I will listen to this audiobook many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 2004 Vice Presidential Debate: Cheney vs. Edwards (10/5/04)

    • NONE (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Dick Cheney, John Edwards

    The Vice Presidential debate between Republican incumbent Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic challenger Senator John Edwards took place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 5, 2004. It was open to all topics and PBS's Gwen Ifill moderated.

    W Michael says: "Great bonus content"
    "Edwards Triumphant"

    Edwards showed mastery skills in debate. When Cheney did say something of substance, it turned out to be false or distorted. Cheney finally resorted to an ad hominem attack on Edwards' record in the Senate, so Edwards blew Cheney's legs off by returning the favor. You would have had to have been asleep during this debate to think that Cheney scored any points at all--he was so underprepared on the issues. At least twice, maybe three times, Cheney simply had nothing to say in response and forfeited his talking time. Edwards, on the other hand, knew his material, conducted himself well, and won the debate hands-down. Both candidates kept their tone civil but hackles were rising at the table. When Edwards pointed out that Cheney had voted against a Martin Luther King holiday and a resolution to free Nelson Mandela, and Cheney couldn't respond, I nearly choked to death from laughing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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