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  • The Tempest

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen, Emilia Fox, Scott Handy, and others
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    Sir Ian McKellen, fresh from his performance as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, is Prospero, and heads a strong cast in Shakespeare’s last great play. The wronged duke raises a tempest to shipwreck his old opponents on his island so that he can ensure justice is done. With Emilia Fox as Miranda, Scott Handy in the pivotal role of the sprite Ariel, and Ben Owukwe as Caliban.

    Corey says: "Great Story, audio needs a little tweaking"
    "Great Story, audio needs a little tweaking"
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    Would you listen to The Tempest again? Why?

    Absolutely! It's a fairly entertaining story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tempest?

    "I did not give the lie!"


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    No narrator. This is recorded as a stage play. You get a different actor for every part.


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

    No extreme reaction. Of course I was already familiar with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Be prepared to rewind every now and then to catch what was said when the actors whisper. Having a hard copy of the play would probably help. Of course, then you could just read it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Snow & Steel: The Battle of the Bulge 1944-45

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Peter Caddick-Adams
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer, Tim Reynolds
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Between December 16, 1944 and January 15, 1945, American forces found themselves entrenched in the heavily forested Ardennes region of Belgium, France, and Luxembourg defending against an advancing German army amid freezing temperatures, deep snow, and dense fog. Operation Herbstnebel - Autumn Mist - was a massive German counter-offensive that stunned the Allies in its scope and intensity.

    richard says: "fascinating and thorough, painful narration"
    ""And here is the pickup for 581""
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    That's the phrase that stuck in my head for the last half of this book. It is obviously a cue for the audio editors to edit out when assembling the files.

    As others have stated, the narration is a big detractor. It feels as if William Shatner as Captain Kirk is reading this book. The constant pauses continually disrupt the flow of the book.

    If you are already a student of WW2, the first third of this book will be mundane, or a refresher for you. Depending on how bad the narrator irks you.

    The author seems to slip in and out of the past and present and odd times. He speaks of a battle, the troops involved, the goal to attain, the terrain where it was fought and then out of nowhere says something like "by the way, there is a great coffee house on this street now" or he slips into recollections of his personal travels.

    On the bright side, the author is very good at research. There is a massive amount of information in this book. And if you are looking for something to fill holes in your own studies, this may fit the bill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2197)
    Performance
    (1440)
    Story
    (1447)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Make sure and grab "All Clear" while you're at it."
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    Would you listen to Blackout again? Why?

    Yes, to catch up on missed details.


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

    There isn't one. This is why I gave this book only 3 stars. It should be labeled as part one.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story so far, just make sure you grab part two(All Clear) while you're at it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Hannah B. Harvey
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    An absolute treat for the heart and mind, these 24 lectures demonstrate how to master the art of storytelling, offering insight into the process of crafting and delivering a tale to enhancing the stories you tell everyday-to your children at bedtime, in your conversational anecdotes, and in your presentations at work. Teachers, lawyers, clergy, coaches, parents, and anyone who wants to understand the power of stories to capture hearts and minds will benefit from these lessons.

    Jacobus says: "Superb, insightful but limited by audio only"
    "Make you bedtime stories shine."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are interested in making the stories you tell deeper, and your performance more entertaining while telling them, this may help you.

    I do believe this would be much better with a hard-copy of at least a syllabus.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7817)
    Performance
    (6944)
    Story
    (7005)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Started reading this just before ebola broke out."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first 44 hours were pretty good.
    The characters are given so much conflict on their journey, but to me the climax doesn't live up to the tribulations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Glen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (713)
    Story
    (723)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

    Jennifer says: "Great story, not thrilled with production"
    "Never heard of before listening."
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    What did you love best about Atlas Shrugged?

    To me, this is a story showing how drive and conviction are excellent qualities in human beings. And the characters "personalities" tend to parallel those of today.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not quite a saga, but pretty good character development. I only learned of the "controversy" surrounding this book after getting through half of it. While sometimes seeming almost prophetic in nature, one must remember that this is fiction. It is merely a story, not prophecy to be fulfilled someday.


    What does Christopher Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing. There is an echo of his narration that is quite annoying. If it weren't for the story, I'd probably have quit listening.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Reading about Galt's motor actually working, makes me think of the rumors of the 50mpg carburetor awhile back.


    Any additional comments?

    The "love triangle" seems a bit off to me. I find it the most uninteresting part of the book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (1347)
    Story
    (1350)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "A glance into the life."
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    If you could sum up Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor in three words, what would they be?

    Brotherhood, brotherhood, brotherhood


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor?

    Spoiler-

    Falling on the grenade, knowing full well what he was giving up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. S. Friedman
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (1304)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1162)

    Four hundred years after mankind's arrival on Erna, the undead sorcerer Gerald Tarrant travels north in search of a legend. For it is rumored there is a forest where the fae has become so powerful that it devours all who enter it, and he means to test its power.

    DarcyB says: "Warning, vampires within!"
    "Left me wanting more."
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    Any additional comments?

    Literally, it left me wanting more. It was very captivating, held my interest the whole time. Then it ended. I'm going to search through the authors other works now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Black Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Black Hawk
    • Narrated By Brett Barry
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1077)

    This story is told in the words of a tragic figure in American history - a hook-nosed, hollow-cheeked old Sauk warrior who lived under four flags while the Mississippi Valley was being wrested from his people. The author is Black Hawk himself - once pursued by an army whose members included Captain Abraham Lincoln and Lieutenant Jefferson Davis. Perhaps no Indian ever saw so much of American expansion or fought harder to prevent that expansion from driving his people to exile and death.

    Darwin8u says: "A NO HOLD BARRED and unflinching narrative"
    "A little piece of US history."
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    What did you love best about The Autobiography of Black Hawk?

    This was read exactly as if you were reading Black Hawks journal yourself.


    What about Brett Barry’s performance did you like?

    A pretty good attempt at getting different accents across.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John C. McManus
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In September Hope, acclaimed historian John C. McManus explores World War II’s most ambitious invasion, an immense, daring offensive to defeat Nazi Germany before the end of 1944. Operation Market-Garden is one of the war’s most famous, but least understood, battles, and McManus tells the story of the American contribution to this crucial phase of the war in Europe.

    Dan McGrew says: "Good Story no so great Narrator"
    "Not bad, not great."
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    What did you love best about September Hope?

    An allied side of the story


    Which character – as performed by Walter Dixon – was your favorite?

    No character per se, but he does try different dialects that help discern between which country the individual may have been from.


    Any additional comments?

    While it states an American viewpoint, there is quite a bit of British and other allied stories involved. Which is a good thing in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3750)
    Performance
    (2769)
    Story
    (2778)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Be prepared for a long haul."
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    What did you love best about The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?

    I really like how the author pulls many different sources to give a seemingly well rounded account of events during Hitler's life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?

    To many. But hearing about Hitler's early years is a plus.


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

    Not laugh or cry, unless you count the emotions that are sure to arise when listening to accounts of how human beings treated each other.


    Any additional comments?

    A very long read, but one which I believe needs to be visited. To hear a history of the Nazi party for yourself, and not just hearsay over the radio or television.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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