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Carl Howard

Behold! A snob is about to pontificate

Columbus, OH USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    In 500 Days, master chronicler Kurt Eichenwald lays bare the harrowing decisions, deceptions, and delusions of the eighteen months that changed the world forever, as leaders raced to protect their citizens in the wake of 9/11. Eichenwald's gripping, immediate style and true-to-life dialogue puts readers at the heart of these historic events, from the Oval Office to Number 10 Downing Street, from Guantanamo Bay to the depths of CIA headquarters, from the al Qaeda training camps to the torture chambers of Egypt and Syria.

    Eric says: "Fragmented, uncommented, style gets annoying"
    "Fine book... troublesome reading"
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    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Holter Graham's insistence with putting on accents (one in general for all people of Arab extraction, in particular) is rather annoying, and goes from cartoonish to borderline stereotypical - and at the very least, to arbitrary. I would just as soon have preferred the straight reading, thank you very much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daniel Schulman
    • Narrated By Allen O'Reilly
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    Like the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, the Kochs are one of the most influential dynasties of the modern age, but they have never been the subject of a major biography... until now. Not long after the death of his father, Charles Koch, then in his early 30s, discovered a letter the family patriarch had written to his sons. "You will receive what now seems to be a large sum of money," Fred Koch cautioned. "It may either be a blessing or a curse."

    Jean says: "Interesting family"
    "Meet the architects of America's mass psychosis"
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    What did you love best about Sons of Wichita?

    The detail of this look at the notoriously private Kochs is astounding.


    Any additional comments?

    My sole issue with this edition is the breakneck pace of Allen O'Reilly's narration. It's very nearly breathless. I'm not quite sure what the rush was, but after a while, I felt like asking O'Reilly where the fire was.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Guy Lawson
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Born into one of America's most illustrious trading families, Sam Israel was determined to strike out on his own. After apprenticing with one of the greatest traders of the 1980s, he founded his own fast-growing hedge fund, promising investors extraordinary returns. But it was all an elaborate charade.

    Carl Howard says: "Oh, the accents!"
    "Oh, the accents!"
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    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Just quickly...
    I have found that the attempt by various professional readers to duplicate various regional accents stumbles from the comical to the clumsy to the near-racist.
    They don't make the listening experience better for me, personally, and I do rather wish the whole practice would simply stop.
    Having only recently started the book, I have not very much else to say about it just yet.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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