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Peter

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  • Johnny Got His Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dalton Trumbo
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (81)

    This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered - not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives. This is no ordinary novel. This is the story of a young American soldier terribly maimed in World War I - he "survives" armless, legless, and faceless, but with his mind intact.

    Carollynn7 says: "READ THE INTRODUCTION LAST"
    "In A Category of Its Own"
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    Would you listen to Johnny Got His Gun again? Why?

    Yes- - - the oration is as excellent as the written work. Every single page brings some poignant reason why life and the living are important and how absolutely obscene is war. Dalton Trumbo's genius and courage are benchmarks for any author or script-writer who even dreams of composing a story that deals with the consequences of war. Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun" is, in a serious way, equivalent in impact to "Catch 22" from Joseph Heller. Anyone who claims to be human should dedicate the minimal time needed to experience the stark, rich and artful portrayal of the human aberration called "war" and the ultimate ugly result it can create. In an era where politics have become so polarized and laden with jargon, "Johnny Got His Gun" is a book, which can withstand any pro-war propaganda and end up demonstrating that most wars are fought at the sole expense of the man (and now some women) who are where the lead meets flesh. A more significant work of literature is yet to be written. The question is; "Written by whom and about what?"


    What did you like best about this story?

    The vividness of the wording and the pictures that came to mind, making it feel real.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Irrelevant


    If you could take any character from Johnny Got His Gun out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dumb question. Joe Bonham was being fed through a gastro-tube.
    I am not good enough in Morse Code to communicate with Joe.
    Sorry to be sarcastic but the question is irrelevant for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    R E A D (Listen to) T H I S B O O K.
    It will transform your life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (254)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Jean says: "The fight for the middle class"
    "The First Woman President of the United States"
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    Where does A Fighting Chance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Fighting Chance?

    Senator Warren's flexibility in moving around and how the family managed to stay together in situations where many families would fragment or become bitter with one another.


    What does Elizabeth Warren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The intonation of her voice embraces the vocabulary and brings truth to the words most people in politics shake out of a campaign can with only hints of well rehearsed faux-sincerity in their tone.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. I like to reflect on what I have heard and thus avoid blurring the important facts and events into a contextual experience only.


    Any additional comments?

    I am convinced that Elizabeth Warren is the real thing and have, for about two years felt that she is not in the position of influence in the Senate as only 1-voice in 100. Her campaign for president of this nation will bring to the forefront many of the issues and character aspects of other candidates, which may well create a surge of support from both sides of the ridiculous polarity that has so tragically divided this nation for the past two decades.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5574)
    Performance
    (2205)
    Story
    (2233)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Chilling, yet Touching"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes: It is one of the post apocalyptic stories, which actually features humanity over violence and gore. Yes there is ample conflict in the story but in the main, it deals with adjustments in the lives of the characters, which gives one a feel for what could be.
    Worthy as an audio-book. The movie is just as good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The son; because he retains his youth despite crushing influences, which could have destroyed or jaded him to life. He exhibits a healthy balance from the influence from his mother, while he learns the hard life of being a man in an unforgiving world laden with challenges and surprises.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No; don't know.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Road and why?

    Same as "favorite character" and same reasons.


    Any additional comments?

    Well done. I will read more from this author, without a doubt

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Essays in Humanism

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Albert Einstein
    • Narrated By David Rockefeller, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Nuclear proliferation, Zionism, and the global economy are just a few of the insightful and surprisingly prescient topics scientist Albert Einstein discusses in this volume of collected essays from between 1931 and 1950. Written with a clear voice and a thoughtful perspective on the effects of science, economics, and politics in daily life, Einstein’s writings provide an intriguing view inside the mind of a genius addressing the philosophical challenges of the Depression, the Second World War, and more.

    Matthew Bucklin says: "Incredible to hear Eistein's thoughts on the World"
    "Way More Politics than Humanism"
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    What disappointed you about Essays in Humanism?

    I anticipated far more of the inner human in Einstein than what sounded like a scripted (maybe ghost-written) oft-repeated marketing piece for 1-world government. Such a concept might end up what the world needs. However I did not detect a depth of thought in the structure that convinces me that Einstein knew political science and the predispositions of mankind well enough to be an authority. I'd surely trust him in a dissertation on mathematics or physics.

    If the group of essays were, in fact Einstein's own words they were over-simplistic and bereft of safe-guards for human liberty. The narrator has a long list of achievements, affiliations and attributes, not all of which filter down to a person who I'd want crafting an omnipotent, armed entity, which called the shots for the entire planet. In fairness, most of the essays were written without a crystal ball that made visible today's economic, political and human circumstances. Despite my enjoying the English language and a good vocabulary, I found the text to often stumble over itself, seemingly in an effort to sound erudite, more-so than to deliver the content.

    His commentary on fellow scientists and scholars was, in contrast, interesting.

    I might recommend this to a sociology student or a grad student in political science as a work that might reveal thought processes and philosophical persuasion techniques I have not studied. On the whole, the book was almost a waste of time and was surely a disappointment.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The sound of a discussion to get credit from Audible for a book I regret experiencing (about 75%)


    How could the performance have been better?

    Difficult to say. I found it lacked any references to modern circumstances and how the world has evolved after the essays were written. I think the reader had excellent tonality and diction.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It demonstrated how even complex minds can use simplistic reasoning as a basis of establishing levels of control over others. This need not be considered as sinister but more of a validation of the saying; "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."


    Any additional comments?

    Variety is the spice of life and some spices don't suit some palates. Chalk one up for not so good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jeff Greenfield
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    Based on memoirs, histories, oral histories, fresh reporting, and his own knowledge of the players, the audiobook looked at the tiny hinges of history - and the extraordinary changes that would have resulted if they had gone another way. Now he presents his most compelling narrative of all about the historical event that has riveted us for fifty years. What if Kennedy were not killed that fateful day? What would the 1964 campaign have looked like? Would changes have been made to the ticket?

    Peter says: "Great imagination but abuse of history"
    "Great imagination but abuse of history"
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    What did you love best about If Kennedy Lived?

    The blending of actual orations and writings and with speculative imagination.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jeff Greenfield? Why or why not?

    Maybe--if he did not perpetuate long-discredited and fabricated (Warren Commission) lies.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    It flowed okay. Nothing soectacular


    If you could give If Kennedy Lived a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Stuck in ancient mud, reaching for newness


    Any additional comments?

    The perpetuation of the lies from the Warren Commission is abominable. For Greenfield to use Posner's clumsy and selective regurgitation of the Warren Commission as a main reference, is an unreal disservice. As astute as he was in other areas, it is overy carelessness tonhave totally ignored the supremely well-documented works by Mark Lane, Harold Weissberg, Sylvia Meagher, Josiah Thompson, Howard Lifton, James Douglass, Abrahm Bolden, Jean Hill, JAMES TAGUE and others who, through their own witness accounts (unfettered by the likes of Arlen Specter) or through freedom of information lawsuits, have revealed and proven the conspiracy and its supporting evidence as did the House Select Committee on Assassinations nearly 30-years ago. Also, JFK was subverted by his own ambassador to Vietnam--Henry Cabott Lodge, who was responsible for the murders of the Diem brothers. Greenfield's work on the "future" was stellar. BUT he put a new ciat of whitewash on history, which is irresponsible (at best) and dastardly, at worst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3191)
    Performance
    (2253)
    Story
    (2262)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Haunting Reminder"
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    If you could sum up The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in three words, what would they be?

    People Don't Change


    What did you like best about this story?

    The matter of fact way it was written and narrated meant that it never dragged. It was very interesting, when it was not terrifying.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Never dry; always worthy of my attention.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It can happen here


    Any additional comments?

    While the book was a good historical documentary, it was also a clear reminder that we are all human and all are prone to the temptations of wealth, the toxicity of power and the fickle fate of the tyrant. 2013 is a very good time to read this book and to look for how the nature of mankind always tends to show-up in our lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (656)

    In 1937, Ernest Hemingway traveled to Spain to cover the civil war there for the North American Newspaper Alliance. Three years later he completed the greatest novel to emerge from "the good fight", For Whom the Bell Tolls.

    A User says: "The Mountains of Spain"
    "Hemingway remains timeless"
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    If you could sum up For Whom the Bell Tolls in three words, what would they be?

    Plot and character development done with spice and heart; bringing reality in to the home via sound.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The portrayal of human emotions and how complex relationships can be for people who are in situations, which require thinking, not just action.


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    All were good; no favorite


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt the ending was lacking in some way but "they" don't all end with the white-hats getting the girls and living happily everafter.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I read it and my feelings about the idiocy of war are more solid than ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By James S. Hirsch
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game. He began as a teenager in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball's bold expansion to California. He was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades. Now, James Hirsch reveals the man behind the player.

    Peter says: "Mays Still Hits The Ball Out of the Park"
    "Mays Still Hits The Ball Out of the Park"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The book did a very good job of giving a broad spectrum view of a simple, hard working man, who overcame much, remained very humble and did a lot of good for humanity, even to this day at age 80


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Willie Mays?

    His caring for Johnny Roseboro durning a brawl between the Giants and Dodgers showed the depth of his character and his humanness.


    What does Adam Grupper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought old memories back to life as if they were actually happening anew.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hearing of Mays' care for his ailing wife, who has now, just recently, passed away.


    Any additional comments?

    All baseball fans deserve to learn about Willie Mays and to see how he contributed in a very different way than "Number 21" in bringing the black athlete up in society in general.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Time for War: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Savage
    • Narrated By Peter Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    A Chinook helicopter carrying a squad of Navy Seals suddenly plummets to earth in Afghanistan. A car driven by FBI agents tailing a suspicious vehicle is mysteriously rendered immobile in San Francisco. The body of a Chinese agent is found floating miles from the Golden Gate Bridge after being fed to sharks. In A Time for War, the U.S. is under secret attack and only Jack Hatfield, a popular television host hounded from his position by left-wing forces in the media for speaking the truth, suspects the danger of this lethal conspiracy.

    T. says: "Only Savage Can Do It"
    "A Dud"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Barely; the narrator made everything sound "vanilla" and there was little excitement, despite some poignant moments. The characters were poorly and incompletely developed and Savages' repeated introduction of dogs in the story added nothing constructive. Savage should stick to political and economic commentary. His novel stinks. His minimal knowledge of martial arts, sharks and inter-personal violence was obvious and detracted from my becoming absorbed into the story.


    Has A Time for War turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't know.


    What about Peter Larkin’s performance did you like?

    Very little. His voice was limp and intonation was of a reader, not a relator of a plot.


    Do you think A Time for War needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe China does pose a threat to the United States in a military sense and Savage's book does not relate the why's very well or how we could avert having China's military modernization be less of a danger to our people.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (2179)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1053)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "Discipline, Reality, Work, Fate"
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    What did you love best about On Writing?

    Getting to know Stephen King as a human, rather than by the content of his novels


    What did you like best about this story?

    King's frank and direct approach. Some of what he said was not good news but I took it at face value and was grateful he was so forthcoming.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    The sincerity and care of it. He truly wants to improve the craft and made it clear that he wishes all writers to be effective and successful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story about his injury and the struggles he went through with the beautiful help of his devoted wife.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone wishing to be a successful writer had better either read this book and take it to heart or be lucky enough to be one in ten million writers, who has natural ability that will carry them over the brutal truths and requirements that block most authors from attaining greatness merely by putting letters together in a stream.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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