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Denville, NJ USA | Member Since 2014

  • 6 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 214 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "Interesting & Specific"
    What did you love best about 1861: The Civil War Awakening?

    I loved the way that the author takes a snapshot of 1861, giving you not only the history, but the mood and tone of this tumultuous year.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Well, I think most people know how 1861 ends... or begins.

    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    It is read very well, and dramatically.

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

    No, its way too long for one sitting. You would be worn out if you did.

    Any additional comments?

    For the serious historian, this is not really eye opening. But the very specific and unique stories told are interesting. I was most interested in the James Garfield piece. It made me want to read up on this guy. It seemed like an out of place story, but it was great anyway.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bob Mould
    • Narrated By Bob Mould
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bob Mould stormed into America's punk rock scene in 1979, when clubs across the country were filling with kids dressed in black leather and torn denim, packing in to see bands like the Ramones, Black Flag, and the Dead Kennedys. Hardcore punk was a riot of jackhammer rhythms, blistering tempos, and bottomless aggression. And at its center, a new band out of Minnesota called Hüsker Dü was bashing out songs and touring the country on no money, driven by the inspiration of guitarist and vocalist Bob Mould. Their music roused a generation.

    Rob says: "Terrifically honest, a real and engaging story"
    "Became an obsession."

    I like books about musicians and music. Although I wasn't fully knowledgable of his music, I became intrigued by his story. The book took a lot of twists and turns that I didn't expect. Very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    pixychild says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
    "Eye opening and interesting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Under the Banner of Heaven to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    By going back and forth between the history of the Mormon faith and the murder, you get a true understanding of the events.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last stand of Joseph Smith.

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

    I was moved by the coldness by which the murders were committed. Blind faith is scary.

    Any additional comments?

    Beautifully read.

    0 of 0 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

    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"
    "Really good"

    I have so much respect for this man after having read (listened to) this book. When anyone works as hard as he did, you have to admire them. This is not a guy who fell into his career, he is someone who worked and worked to get to where he is. And, he reads it which is very entertaining. I highly recommend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • I Am the New Black

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tracy Morgan
    • Narrated By Tracy Morgan

    With brutal honesty and his trademark take-no-prisoners humor, Tracy tells the story of his rise to fame, with all its highs and its many lows - from the very public battles with alcohol and diabetes that threatened both his career and his life to the private and poignant end of his 20-year marriage. In his singularly warped and brilliant way, he muses on family, love, sex, race, politics, ambition, and what it takes to bring the funny.

    Billy says: "I cant believe it was THIS dull"
    "I cant believe it was THIS dull"

    I love Tracy Morgan. I find him to be REALLY funny and I have been a fan of his for a while. Which is why I was so disappointed with this book. Its really boring and not funny. It more like an acceptance speech than a book. He keeps thanking all of the people in his life that he admires. Over and Over again.
    I would have loved to hear more stories, especially how he became a comedian...
    I actually couldnt wait for it to end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Henry W. Thomas
    • Narrated By Ian Esmo

    To many, Walter Johnson is the greatest pitcher of all time. He was a star second to none from the dawn of the game's modern era through the "Golden Age of Sports" of the Roaring Twenties. The playing career of "The Big Train", as the sportswriters called him, spanned the era of such greats as Cy Young, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Lou Gehrig, and Al Simmons. Johnson knew every President from William Howard Taft to Franklin Roosevelt, and was friends with the likes of Will Rogers and Douglas Fairbanks.

    David says: "Greatest Pitcher of All Time?"

    I found this book VERY interesting. Not your typical bio of a person who had a rough life and fought his way through trouble, etc... But a story about a regular guy, with irregular talent who found motivation in his pride. How hard this man worked his entire life, is more than inspiring.
    But, this book is for REAL baseball fans. If not, you may get bored at times. If you love the game, and its players, its worth reading about, maybe the best pitcher to throw a ball.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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