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Adam I Am

Japan | Member Since 2012

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  • 112 titles in library
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  • I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kirk Douglas
    • Narrated By Michael Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Now, more than 50 years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama behind the making of the legendary gladiator film. Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at 95, looks back candidly—and often with self-effacing humor—at his audacious decision to give public credit to Trumbo, thus effectively ending the notorious Hollywood blacklist.

    kym says: "Great personal account"
    "Kirk Douglas — A Mench and a Rebel"
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    This book recounts how powerful the Right was in 1960 (and it still is, of course) in America. The story of the the making of Spartacus is very interesting. And the story of Spartacus itself is especially relevant today. And the book is well read by Michael Douglas.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5071)
    Performance
    (3041)
    Story
    (3041)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "Strange Narration"
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    What struck me most about THE BLACK ECHO's audio version was the narration. Nobody, NOBODY, in 1990's Los Angeles talks in the way the characters in the story talk. The young perps are all Leo Gorcey "Bowery Boys," the protagonist is "Sam Spade," and the rest are all exaggerated 1930's or 1940's movie characters.

    The book itself tends in the same direction. Passages about anchovies on pizza. Give me a break. It's tired cliche after tired cliche after tired cliche.

    The author knows his 1990's streets and geography of Los Angeles but he (narrator, too) DOESN'T know the people of 1990's Los Angeles at all.

    But, it's "listenable" and, like an episode of Mannix, it easily holds your attention to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Far From the Madding Crowd

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Thomas Hardy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In a remote corner of early Victorian England, where traditional practices remain untouched by time, Bathsheba Everdene stands out as a beacon of feminine independence and self-reliance. However, when confronted with three suitors, among them the dashing Captain Troy, she shows a reckless capriciousness which threatens the stability of the whole community.

    Mark says: "Well worth listening to"
    "First Class Narration — Super Irritating Music"
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    I only listened to this book to hear a good read by Mr. Jason, but the music kept intruding itself on the story and at times the music was over the narration itself.

    Excellent Hardy novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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