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Christopher

SOMERS, MT, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Dean and Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jerry Lewis, James Kaplan
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of a 50-year friendship, from the springtime, 1945 afternoon when the two vibrant young performers destined to conquer the world together met on Broadway and 54th Street, to their tragic final encounter in the 1990s, when Lewis and his wife ran into Dean Martin, a broken and haunted old man.

    Boone29680 says: "You've got to listen to this!"
    "A fond remembrance"
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    The story of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, as only Jerry Lewis could tell it.

    Along with the great anecdotes, and the meteoric rise and fall of their partnership and what made it work so well for 10 years, Jerry tells about Dino's real unrecognized comic genius, long overlooked by the critics until Dino and Jer went solo. It takes a real genius to play the straight man, and Dino was every bit as good as George Burns in that regard.

    A must listen for fans of classic comedians and especially Martin & Lewis.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Audible, July 9, 2013

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Kim Alexander
    • Narrated By Kim Alexander
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    A real treat for listeners today, as I sit down with Karen Kondazian, author of the award winning book The Whip, a novel of the old west - plus a chat with actress Robin Weigart, who brings the audiobook to life. Maggie talks with Josh Hanagarne, who dubs himself - and his book - The World’s Strongest Librarian.

    Christopher says: "I demand my This Is Audible!"
    "I demand my This Is Audible!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Fellow Audible-philes, please demand the reinstatement of this outstanding program!!! Amazon shall not mess this up!!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The War: An Intimate History: 1941-1945

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Ken Burns, Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas, and others
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Here is the audio companion to the magnificent seven-part PBS series. The individuals featured in this audiobook are not historians or scholars. They are ordinary men and women who experienced - and helped to win - the most devastating war in history, in which between 50 and 60 million lives were lost.

    Dan D. Dunlap, CFP® says: "A must listen!"
    "A thought-provoking perspective"
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    Messers Ward and Burns have done it again: a thought-provoking perspective on a key part of American history.

    Ken Burns delivers a superb performance telling the story, with Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas and Rebecca Holtz voicing some of the key characters portrayed in the book/series.

    A must-listen for history buffs and anyone who wants to know what real people experienced as a result of decisions made by the generals and civilian leaders.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
    • Narrated By Ken Burns
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    America's national parks spring from an idea as radical as the Declaration of Independence: that the nation's most magnificent and sacred places should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. In this evocative narrative, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan delve into the history of the park idea.

    Christopher says: ""See America First", and often..."
    ""See America First", and often..."
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    Being the grandson of a park ranger, I greatly appreciated this long overdue in-depth examination of how the NPS and its various parks and monuments came into being.

    While they gave credit where it was rightfully due for the most part, there are two instances here where they did not (hence my 4-star rating of an otherwise 5-star book):

    1) The cover states "Read by the authors with a supporting cast". While Mr. Burns does read the preface and Mr. Duncan does read the afterword, the "supporting cast" does most of the reading, especially Danny Campbell. He definitely should be listed in the narrated by section, along with Ms. Farr, Mr. Ervin, Mr. Mayer, Mr. Peterson, and Ms. Raver.

    2) In the book, we hear about George Melendez Wright's unsuccessful effort to turn Big Bend into an international park with Mexico, yet there is no mention of the successful effort that Rotarians in the U.S. and Canada made for creating the very first international park, uniting Canada's Waterton Lakes with Glacier. Given the amount of time Mr. Duncan has spent in Glacier, maybe this was an unintentional oversight, thinking it was always so?

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Paloma: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (167)

    As a Retrieval Artist, Miles Flint helps the Disappeared, saving the lives of those oppressed under the Earth Alliance regime. He owes his livelihood and his very sense of honor to a woman known as Paloma. It was she who was responsible for setting him on this path. And now she has been murdered.

    Tal says: "Very thorough thought put into every book"
    "Running out of steam?"
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    Ms. Rusch, while a good writer, seems to be running out of steam here with this 5th installment of the series. Too many contrived and complicated plot twists.

    Jay Snyder's outstanding performance can't salvage this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buried Deep: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    Forensic anthropologist Aisha Costard has been summoned to Mars to examine skeletal remains recently discovered beneath a building erected by the Disty aliens. The bones belong to a human woman who vanished 30 years ago with her children.

    Michelle says: "The best so far"
    "Best in the series"
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    Ms. Rusch's 4th effort, and as with book 3, we finally get to see some of what Flint's new career is all about.

    The plot works better than any of the previous 3, definitely the best in the series.

    Jay Snyder once again delivers an out-of-this-world performance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Consequences: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (216)

    Officer Noelle DeRicci is investigating a murder in Armstrong, the domed colony on the Moon. The victim was one of the Disappeared - outlaws in hiding who are wanted for crimes against alien civilizations - whose family had her brought home, believing she was no longer in danger.

    MrBoobo says: "Maybe the best of the series"
    "Confusing start, awesome ending"
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    Ms. Rusch's 3rd book in this series, and there are so many things going on, it's hard to figure out what happened and why, and not much explanation for the opening 6 or so chapters.

    The rest of the book plays much better, and wraps up with an awesome ending.

    Jay Snyder's performance brings a 3-star book up to a 4.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Extremes: A Retrieval Artist Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (575)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (258)

    His name: Miles Flint. His occupation: Retrieval Artist. His job: find the Disappeared - outlaws on the run, wanted for crimes against alien cultures. The catch: Flint isn't working on the side of the law anymore.

    Christopher says: "A good second book in this series"
    "A good second book in this series"
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    Ms. Rusch delivered a good second book in this series, focusing on the characters and the detective work, even by the ex-detective Flint.

    Some of the plot twists seem contrived, but not annoying.

    Another stellar performance by Jay Snyder, as well.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappeared: Retrieval Artist, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (1213)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (258)

    Retrieval artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a retrieval artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

    Joshua says: "An Intriguing New Universe"
    "Intriguing premise"
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    I got an invite to try this book, and so I did.

    It will take a couple of listens to understand the framework Ms. Rusch is setting up here, but the premise is intriguing. What if something like this ever comes to pass if and when we ever do meet intelligent life from other worlds?

    Jay Snyder's performance is outstanding as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Pet Sounds is, rightly, one of the most celebrated pop albums ever released. It has also been written about, pored over, and analyzed more than most other albums put together. In this disarming book, Jim Fusilli focuses primarily on the emotional core of the album, on Brian Wilson's pitch-perfect cry of despair. In doing so, he brings to life the search for equilibrium and acceptance that still gives Pet Sounds its heart almost four decades after its release.

    Andy says: "Surf's Up"
    "What groove are we in?"
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    This question is what listeners may ask themselves when they hear this audiobook.

    Mr. Fusilli has packed a lot of great information in, and while the back-and-forth organizational structure may work very well for fiction, it is a drawback to this work of non-fiction. A temporal structure would have worked better here, to lay out what came before, and then the track by track analysis, without all the back and forth shifting on the timeline. Mr. Bevine delivered a good performance.

    Recommended for music lovers, especially fans of Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Chris Anderson
    Overall
    (2358)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1106)

    The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

    Christopher says: "A fascinating listen"
    "A fascinating listen"
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    A very well written (and read by the author, even!) book about the history and future of free.

    From Jell-O to the internet, many great products and services gained prominence through one of the free models, and businesses today can still learn lessons from it, and in many cases will need to for their survival.

    Highly Recommended!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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