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Ted

Mystic, CT

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  • Sea of Glory: America's Voyage of Discovery, The U.S. Exploring Expedition 1838-1842

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In 1838, the U.S. government launched the largest discovery voyage the Western world had ever seen; six sailing vessels and 346 men bound for the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Four years later, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, or Ex. Ex. as it was known, returned with an astounding array of accomplishments and discoveries: 87,000 miles logged, 280 Pacific islands surveyed, 4,000 zoological specimens collected, including 2,000 new species, and the discovery of the continent of Antarctica.

    Ted says: "A Muddled Mess"
    "A Muddled Mess"
    Overall

    The exposition was a pretty muddled mess -- while I'm sure Philbrick has recorded it well -- it isn't much fun to read about it. I much prefered and enjoyed Philbrick's "Mayflower" and "Essex".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lifeboat: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Rogan
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband, Henry, across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found.

    Amazon Customer says: "Lord of the Flies on the Water"
    "Realistic and Riveting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The events in the lifeboat struck me as completely realistic and authentic, yet the setting was so unusual that it was riveting to see what would happen next. The narrator's voice was perfect. Her tone and inflection enhanced the literary writing and seemed right out of 1915. The interplay between big ideas and the small irritations of the lifeboat experience were nicely woven. This is a good yarn and requires a little thinking to get the most out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (281)

    On the first Sunday in December 1941, an armada of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and devastated the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Six months later, in a sea fight north of the tiny atoll of Midway, four Japanese aircraft carriers were sent into the abyss. Pacific Crucible tells the epic tale of these first searing months of the Pacific war, when the U.S. Navy shook off the worst defeat in American military history and seized the strategic initiative.

    BB says: "Superb narrative history"
    "US Navy At Its Best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ian Toll does superb work with this history. The story of the U.S. Navy in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to Midway is remarkable. These six months may be the Navy's best. Toll expertly weaves in back story and context, just when you want it. Toll's analysis of the facts struck me as completely authentic. And Grover Gardner does his consistently great narration on this book as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1518)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (498)

    The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

    Suzn F says: "Terrific Book"
    "You can feel it"
    Overall

    Turow has the cop and court language captured perfectly. His depictions of angles and attitudes is right on. Turow does the old forbidden fruit story and the eventual heartache with realistic emotions. The ending didn't have the pop that Presumed Innocent does -- but this one keeps the trip to end riveting all the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1787)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (799)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Steven Petersen says: "My favorite audio book"
    "What a character"
    Overall

    The personal side of Richard Feynman is very unexpected for a brilliant physicist, he was fun, almost goofy, and open about it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2109)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (795)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "As good as the movie"
    Overall

    Excellent listen. Narator does a good job with many different voices. The movie was good, and turns out it followed the book very closely. That's a tribute to how well McCarthy can paint a picture. Like the movie, the violence is disturbing, but that's integral to what the book is about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5147)
    Performance
    (1844)
    Story
    (1833)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Good for awhile"
    Overall

    The first three quarters of the book held my interest. There was a believable level of super-natural things going on. The characters were interesting. Then as the final climax began to build my interest began to wane. It seemed too much and I left disappointed. I was hoping for something more like "The Green Mile".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2641)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1242)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Very Good"
    Overall

    Interesting and intelligent insights from the mind of Steve Martin. His own voice is sincere and engaging to listen to. His look back on his stand-up period is objective. When I watched him when I was a college student, I just thought he was funny. His book shows there was interesting stuff going on under the surface that I didn't see. This is a serious look and although it has funny moments that made me laugh it is more than that. Steve takes you along through the world of stand-up from the performer's side with a realism and credibility that makes it interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • That Old Ace in the Hole

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In That Old Ace in the Hole, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Annie Proulx has written an exhilarating story brimming with language, history, landscape, music, and love. The novel, Proulx's fourth, is told through the eyes of Bob Dollar, a young Denver man trying to make good in a bad world.

    Ted says: "Vidid and Quirky"
    "Vidid and Quirky"
    Overall

    Vivid portrait of the Texas panhandle with quirky and yet very engaging characters. I liked learning some history and geography along with the good yarn. This is one of those books where it is very easy to put yourself in the place of the protagonist and enjoy the ride. Narrator does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (343)

    Considered by some to be the world's greatest novel, Anna Karenina contains two plots: the tragedy of Madame Karenina, in love with a man who is not her husband; and the story of Konstantine Levin, a sensitive man whose personal philosophy is Tolstoy's reason for writing about him.

    D. Littman says: "A classic, classically read"
    "Russian"
    Overall

    A classic that I always wanted to read -- and probably would never have gotten to if it wasn't for Audible. The central love story has similarities to "Gone with the Wind". It is long, but enjoyable. I liked the occasional philosophical discourses. The narrator does a great job.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • American Pastoral

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Ron Silver
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (324)

    Philip Roth presents a vivid portrait of an innocent man being swept away by a current of conflict and violence in his own backyard - a story that is as much about loving America as it is hating it. Seymour "Swede" Levov, a legendary high school athlete, a devoted family man, a hard worker, and the prosperous heir of his father's Newark glove factory comes of age in thriving, triumphant postwar America. But everything he loves is lost when the country begins to run amok in the turbulent 1960s. Not even a most private, well-intentioned citizen, it seems, gets to sidestep the sweep of history. American Pastoral is the story of a fortunate American's rise and fall ... a strong, confident man, a master of social equilibrium, overwhelmed by the forces of social disorder. For the Swede is not allowed to stay forever blissful living out life in rural Old Rimrock in his 170 year-old stone farmhouse with his pretty wife (his college sweetheart and Miss New Jersey of 1949) and his lively albeit precocious daughter, the apple of his eye ... that is until she grows up to become a revolutionary terrorist.

    Thomas says: "A Masterpiece"
    "Fascinating and Insightful"
    Overall

    Roth caught the essence of American cultural history over the last century and also the central dynamics of family psychology -- a particularly insightful look at the difference between the surface and the inside of people. It has a Jewish coloring -- but is not a Jewish book. Ron Silver does an absolutely great job with Jewish inflection and self-reflection. I found myself frequently telling others about the ideas and insights in this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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