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Bulldogscm

Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?

Burlington, Vermont, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history.

    Jean says: "The inside story"
    "Engrossing and Fun"
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    When Jon Allen writes something like this, I certainly will pick it up and read it. Both Allen and Parnes have written an engrossing, fun and provocative look of Hillary Clinton and the very foundation of Hillaryland. The book dives into not just her incredible evolution of candidate to stateswoman but also the evolution of her operation and her views. I supported Hillary in 2008 and this book cemented my view in her ability to lead, to evolve, to be transformational and a leader not just here in America but across the globe.

    In addition, this book does provide some juicy tidbits and red meat for political junkies. I came to dislike the operation that Hillary had in 2008 and appreciated the book diving into what "Hillary 2.0" would look like. It also takes an honest look at her record as Secretary of State.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well performed and gave a frank, honest and astute look at Hillary Clinton. I would recommend this book to any political junkie or informed voter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 3 [Dramatised]

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Clive Merrison, Michael Williams
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    This volume includes 'The Greek Interpreter', 'The Naval Treaty', 'The Second Stain', and 'The Final Problem'.

    Clive Merrison stars as Holmes with Michael Williams as Watson in these adventures, part of the unique fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle's short stories and novels featuring the world-famous sleuth.

    Bulldogscm says: "Classic and Nostalgic - Holmes at his best"
    "Classic and Nostalgic - Holmes at his best"
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    I grew up listening to these stories. My mother would buy these taps and play them in the car and I would listen to them on long car rides. Today, I still listen to them again and again -- and I'm very glad that Audible has them in such great condition.

    The BBC did not cut corners with these productions. Professional actors on stage, screen or radio often frequent the casts. The stories are very faithful to Doyle's work. Frankly, I feel that Merrison (despite not being able to see him) is the quintessential Holmes and Williams is the perfect Watson (wise, romantic, friendly and sharp).

    Like all of these productions - they are entertaining, fun and interesting to listen to. It truly feels like you are right there with Holmes and Watson in the room -- and are along for the ride. I highly recommend these stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Volume Two (Dramatised)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    Clive Merrison stars as Holmes, with Michael Williams as Watson, in these adventures, part of the unique, fully dramatised BBC canon of Conan Doyle's short stories and novels featuring the world-famous sleuth.

    Bulldogscm says: "True to the original"
    "True to the original"
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    I have been listening to the stories since I was young when my mom would play these in the car on long car rides for us. The acting and the speech is superb. Furthermore, I feel strongly that they were able to capture the true essence of the stories. What I think brings this together so well or not only the voice acting by Clive Merrison and the late Michael Williams but also the amazing sound effects an atmosphere that they built. It truly feels like you're hearing something in the next room. It met all of my expectations and I think the most memorable moment from this particular audio was The Speckled Band, which is probably my favorite story of all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Mystery: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (1243)
    Story
    (1232)

    No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

    Sparkly says: "Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking."
    "Well Acted and Great Characters"
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    What I like about Louise Penny's books is that you can pick up any of them and not be required to backtrack all your way to another book to find out why a character did what he or she did. The Beautiful Mystery fits into this vain. A well written and well thought out book -- it is narrated by Ralph Cosham and it does not dissapoint. The descriptions are vivid, the narration is profound and the focus and emphasis on the characters is truly magical. It is a great book that celebrates Quebec while also delves deep into characters that are flawed, broken and in need of healing. The mystery, however, is the crown jewel; unique, down to earth and truly mesmerizing. It is an excellent listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula the Un-Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dacre Stoker, Ian Holt
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    I>Dracula the Un-Dead is a bone-chilling sequel based on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original novel. Dracula the Un-Dead begins in 1912, 25 years after Dracula "crumbled into dust". Van Helsing's protégé, Dr. Jack Seward, is now a disgraced morphine addict obsessed with stamping out evil across Europe.

    Noe says: "Dracula Re-Imagined...."
    "Great Delivery but Horrible Story"
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    I had high hopes for this book but was greatly towards the halfway point of the book. It was very much divorced from Bram Stoker. What I would have liked was journal and letter entries from the characters as Stoker originally wrote. Furthermore, I truly did not like the story. It was unnecessarily gory, it was not in the same vain as the original and the characters were not believable. I felt that this was a sequel to the film, Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1991. None of it made any sense and the authors take on the original story was not what I expected. I forced myself to finish it. It was just not that good and I wasn't happy with my decision to download it. Just not good writing although the performance by Simon Prebble was very well done. By the way, ending...was god awful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Down: Game Change 2012

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (513)

    Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier.

    Tony says: "Game Change 2.0"
    "Far More in the Weeds"
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    I previously read Dan Balz's book on the same subject but found Double Down to be much more researched and took you into the backrooms and dealings of each of the campaigns. I felt that this book allowed us to get a better idea of not just the candidates but also the players in each campaign and outside of the campaign. There were some very funny moments and some human moments, as well. Robert Fass speaks well.

    If you want more juicy details, I would go with this book over Balz's book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (465)

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "Funny, Juicy and Interesting"
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    After reading Leibovich's book, I came away with a pretty different view of Washington. I dislike it even more. However, this was just a fun book to listen to. Barrett is a gifted story teller and I had several instances of out loud laughter at some of the antics of the people that run our country right now from the lobbyists to the Beltway Club to the White House. This covers it all and doesn't spare anyone. There is some overlap here with Game Change and Collision 2012 but only towards the end. There is significant emphasis on the journalism crowd as well as Hill staffers and the "wanna-be's" of Washington.

    However, it's just fun. It was somewhat slow for me to get into but I became more interested in the middle of the book. The piece on Harry Reid was very insightful but would have wanted more on Hillary and Obama.

    Regardless, it was fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dan Balz
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Four years ago, a bright young presidential candidate named Barack Obama campaigned on a theme of hope and change, and made history. Today, he finds himself in another bitter, divisive presidential race but without the buzzwords. Instead, an embattled president struggles with a dysfunctionally divided Congress, a controversial healthcare bill, a decade-long war, and a stagnant economy.

    Bulldogscm says: "Well Written and Well Read"
    "Well Written and Well Read"
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    I eagerly pursued this book. It was able to shine light into several corners of the campaign that I didn't know about and helped bring a lot of pieces together. I think that if you want to have a solid executive overview of the campaign and how it all went down -- this is what you want to read.

    However, if you want to read about all the pettiness and the muckraking -- I would recommend you read Game Change, which is what I am going to read next. That covers more about the personal relationships and dynamics of the race. This was a fun read but I am finding Game Change to be more entertaining and fun.

    Kafer reads well and has a great voice. Balz has written a solid and definitive addition for the campaign war books which belong on any political junkie's bookshelf or, in this case, audio library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secretary: A Journey with Hillary Clinton from Beirut to the Heart of American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kim Ghattas
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    In November 2008, Hillary Clinton agreed to work for her former rival. As President Barack Obama's secretary of state, she set out to repair America's image around the world - and her own. For the following four years, BBC foreign correspondent Kim Ghattas had unparalleled access to Clinton and her entourage, and she weaves a fast-paced, gripping account of life on the road with Clinton in The Secretary.

    Melinda says: "Never got to the heart..."
    "Was Looking for Something Different"
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    I truly wanted to like this book. Kate Reading did a great job performing the text but the text itself was fairly poor. I felt that this book focused more on Ghattas than about Clinton.I was looking for something more about Clinton's focus on policy and her relationship(s) within the State Department, the White House and across the world. Instead, I felt that the book was more about Ghettas and her experiences and Clinton was more of a backdrop and convenient cover to promote herself by using her close proximity to Clinton as a BBC Reporter. Towards the end of the audiobook, I was really looking for it to end.

    If Ghattas focused more on the actual foreign policy and on Clinton herself then I would have enjoyed this audiobook much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Olympia Snowe
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    An outspoken centrist, Senator Snowe stunned Washington in 2012 when she announced she would not seek a fourth term and offered a sharp rebuke to the Senate, citing the dispiriting gridlock and polarization. After serving in the legislative branch at the state and federal levels for 40 years, including 18 years in the U.S. Senate, she explained that Washington wasn’t solving the big problems anymore. In this timely call to action, she explores the roots of her belief in principled policy-making and bipartisan compromise.

    Bulldogscm says: "Sharp, Witty & Plain-Spoken"
    "Sharp, Witty & Plain-Spoken"
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    The narrator provided a very strong and simple tone in her reading. Moreover, the text was very compelling listening. Snowe writes candidly about what is truly wrong in Washington and goes to great lengths to highlight those issues. The narrator does a great job underlining key points and getting the overall point across that Snowe is conveying.

    Olympia Snowe (one of my favorite Senators) is one of the last, true bipartisan leaders in the Congress. She hits the nail on the head on numerous issues and offers concrete solutions to problems that the Congress is facing.

    Snowe pulls no punches and points out the flaws and fallacies of the Senate; the lack of cooperation and what the reasons behind that lack of cooperation are tied to. She's plain spoken and Pam Ward (the narrator) does a bang up job telling the story which is as much about Snowe's own adventures in public service than ideas on fixing Congress.

    It's a great listen with great stories and some funny foibles, as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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