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Curtis

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (651)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "A Classic Of The First Order"
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    Where does War and Peace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks as a classic among classics. This was the finest book to come out of the Russian classic literature era.


    What other book might you compare War and Peace to and why?

    I believe this book stands on its own and I would be hard pressed to compare another one to it.


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

    Just the pure pronunciation of all the French words that I have always had problems with in any novel that contains that language.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    War in a time of peace.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that is so big, I just would not deign to tackle it as a sit down and read book. That is the main reason I bought this version. Very interesting classic. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys classic literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stengel: His Life and Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Creamer
    • Narrated By Peter Coleman
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    One of the most endearing of American heroes, Casey Stengel guided the New York Yankees to ten pennants in twelve seasons. Here is the brilliant manager stripped naked - the person underneath all the clowning, mugging, and double-talking.

    Robert Creamer shows us Casey at twenty-two, famous from his very first day in the big leagues. We see Casey's playing career fall apart as he is traded, shunted to last-place teams, hampered by injuries, considered finished - until he bats a glorious home run in the 1923 World Series.

    Curtis says: "The Old Professor"
    "The Old Professor"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Stengel to be better than the print version?

    Yes, mainly in part to Peter Coleman's narration which brought some life to the book for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stengel?

    Casey's penchant to bring life to the game by his clowning during his playing years.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Coleman – was your favorite?

    Due to this being a biographical work, Peter's entire performance of the book was very enjoyable.


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

    Casey's abrupt departure from the Yankees after so many great years of managing.


    Any additional comments?

    I had wanted to read this book ever since I had found out about it and I give Audible excellent kudos in bringing this book to audio. This was one of the most enjoyable biographies I have heard performed here on Audible. I extend a hearty thanks to them and would recommend this book to any sports enthusiast who enjoys hearing about one of the game of baseball's more colorful figures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For the Next Generation: A Wake-Up Call to Solving Our Nation's Problems

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Julie M. Fenster
    • Narrated By Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz challenges the nation to resolve tough issues for future generations. She conveys a vision of an America that has learned hard lessons from its recent past, an America galvanized by a renewed sense of purpose for applying that wisdom through forward-thinking policies on education, civil rights, and foreign policy.

    Curtis says: "Today's Politics With A Woman's View"
    "Today's Politics With A Woman's View"
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    What made the experience of listening to For the Next Generation the most enjoyable?

    The view of today's politics from Debbie's unique point of view and take on all things political in Washington, Florida, and the fight for women's rights.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz because this was her book and her championing of women's rights in the political arena.


    Which character – as performed by Debbie Wasserman Schultz – was your favorite?

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Today's politics from a woman's view.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike some of the Amazon comments I read about this book, I did enjoy listening to this book. And the main reason was mainly to hear about today's issues in the political arena from a very experienced female congresswoman. I count myself as mainly an independent and do not adhere to strictly Democratic or Republican views. I feel this gives myself a unique position where I can objectively look at a politician and what they stand for. I found Congresswoman Schultz's take on things interesting and informative. I did enjoy this book and applaud her stand for women in today's society. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in hearing about what is going on in Washington currently and wanting to be informed about today's issues involving lawmaking about women's rights as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1535)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (682)

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Dave says: "Not a bad choice"
    "George W's Memoir"
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    Where does Decision Points rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the memoirs and autobiographies and biographies this one ranks in my top ten that I have listened to so far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Decision Points?

    George's foreign policy and handling of crises in the wake of all the turmoil in the middle east following the attacks of 9/11.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That would probably be the chapter on his humanitarian efforts to help the African nations battle aids and other diseases as well as other efforts to help with schooling as well.


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

    If possible, I would have. I found this book very informative and so interesting, that I had a tough time shutting it off to do other things.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the way that the audio company paired Ron McClarty with this reading. It felt like I was listening to George W. reading the material himself. I compare it only to Recorded Books pairing of George Wilson's narration of the Reagan biography I listened to a few years ago. This was an excellent and informative memoir. It helped open my eyes about George W. and learn a lot more about the man. As a result, I have gained a lot more respect for him and what he and his administration stood for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Bullet: Bob Lee Swagger, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (181)

    It’s not even a clue. It’s a whisper, a trace, a ghost echo, drifting down through the decades via chance connections so fragile that they would disintegrate in the puff of a breath. But it’s enough to get legendary former Marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger interested in the events of November 22, 1963, and the third bullet that so decisively ended the life of John F. Kennedy and set the stage for one of the most enduring controversies of our time. Swagger begins his slow night stalk through a much-traveled landscape. But he’s asking questions that few have asked before....

    lyl says: "Not what reader is anticipating"
    "Another Kennedy Assassination Scenario"
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    Where does The Third Bullet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not meaning to sound so general, it was better than some, but not as good as some others I have listened to. Pretty much middle of the road.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Third Bullet?

    The shootout in the Stalin park between Bob and the assassin squad.


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

    Buck's interpretation of Bob Swagger's accent.


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

    Not really. This is just another book in the Bob Swagger series. I agree with other reviewers in that Hunter should just let Bob retire and either use another character or bring a new one on board.


    Any additional comments?

    At one time, I would read just about any book that expostulated theories about the Kennedy assassination. Stephen King's book "11-22-63" was an interesting take on that story. But, like others, I have had my fill. I listened to this book because it was in the Bob Swagger series. Others have been better and this one was way too long. Hunter writes great action books, but I think he could have used another storyline. Otherwise I cannot say I did not enjoy it because I did. Hopefully the next one will be a tad bit better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barnaby Rudge

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By George Hagan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Published between 1840 and 1841, it is Dickens' first attempt at an historical novel, his only other being A Tale of Two Cities. Full of classic Dickensian characters, the plot is based on the "no-popery" or Gordon riots of 1780 seen through the eyes of the good-hearted idiot Barnaby Rudge.

    Abbie says: "Couldn't even finish this one!"
    "The Riots Of '80"
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    Where does Barnaby Rudge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since I have been listening to mostly classics lately, I will answer this by saying in the top 20 at least. Other reviewers have said that they couldn't get into the story. It was not the case for me. I have enjoyed every single moment of this book. (Yes, even with George Hagan's mistakes). I bought this book a long time ago and finally got around to listening to it. And I have enjoyed it thoroughly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barnaby Rudge probably because of his being simple and his always cheerfulness and fresh look on life.


    Have you listened to any of George Hagan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to Nicholas Nickleby and enjoyed that performance. This one compares to it equally.


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

    Too long for that. But if I could've, I might have.


    Any additional comments?

    This was Charles Dickens first attempt at an historical novel years before he did "A Tale Of Two Cities." Not knowing much about the Gordon Riots, I have learned a lot about them just from listening to this book. I would say Mr. Dickens did a good job on this book and I could see how this helped prepare him for "A Tale Of Two Cities" later on in his writing career.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In the spare, no-nonsense Gradgrind household, Tom and Louisa are raised according to their father's unyielding guiding philosophy: facts - nothing but facts. But while a ban on imagination is mere policy for the Gradgrind children, lack of whimsy is a necessary survival skill in Coketown, the grimy and grim working-class burg devoted to nothing but the relentless advance of industry...

    Darwin8u says: "Good Samaritan was indeed a bad economist"
    "The Tough Times"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hard Times to be better than the print version?

    Any performance of a Dickens book is better than the print version because it gives personality to the work.


    What other book might you compare Hard Times to and why?

    Oliver Twist because of the depiction of society of the time.


    What about Patrick Tull’s performance did you like?

    The inflection he puts into the prose and personality he gives the work.


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

    Possibly, but a Dickens book is better savored a little at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the longest reading in time of all the readings of this work available on audible. I believe a person can make a work move along without being overly slow. Don't get me wrong, Patrick Tull is an outstanding narrator. But some readers can even be better than others on some works. Otherwise, outstanding performance of this classic work by Dickens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (60 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (797)

    One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

    Darwin8u says: "!"
    "Modern Translation Of A Time-Honored Classic"
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    What did you love best about Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    I loved the more modern translation of this timeless classic by Victor Hugo. It is the most listenable reading of a classic I have listened to yet.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose?

    The Romance between Cosette and Marius.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    Javert. Hands down!


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

    It was too long for that.


    Any additional comments?

    I probably would have enjoyed this book even better if it was not for the diatribes and digressions that Hugo went into in parts of the novel. It is kind of like taking a sponge and wringing all the liquid out of it. Otherwise, I enjoyed this classic immensely. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the classics. Once again, a masterful performance by George Guidall. It is always a joy to have a good translator as well as a good reader for a work such as this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JR

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By William Gaddis
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Absurdly logical, mercilessly real, gathering it's own tumultuous momentum for the ultimate brush with commodity training, JR captures the listener in the cacophony of voices that revolves around this young captive of his own myths. The disturbing clarity with which this finished writer captures the ways in which we deal, dissemble, and stumble through our words - through our lives - while the real plans are being made elsewhere makes JR the extraordinary novel that it is.

    Peregrine says: "Possibly superior as an audio book"
    "Stocks and Bonds"
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    If you could sum up JR in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Informative, Interesting


    Would you recommend JR to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, because of its entertainment value and characters.


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

    Nick Sullivan's interpretation of the characters translates into the most interesting and entertaining listen I have had in quite a while.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Wall Street Kid Strikes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeannie Out of the Bottle

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Barbara Eden, Wendy Leigh
    • Narrated By Barbara Eden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    Over the past four decades, the landmark NBC hit television series I Dream of Jeannie has delighted generations of audiences and inspired untold numbers of teenage crushes on its beautiful blond star, Barbara Eden. Part pristine Hollywood princess and part classic bombshell, with innocence, strength, and comedic talent to spare, Barbara finally lets Jeannie out of her bottle to tell her whole story. Jeannie Out of the Bottle takes us behind the scenes of I Dream of Jeannie as well as Barbara’s dozens of other stage, movie, television, and live concert performances.

    Jan says: "Polite,funny and honest."
    "My Favorite Jeannie"
    Overall

    This is an autobiography well worth the wait. Barbara has always been one of my favorite actresses and this book does not disappoint! She was always a natural for the field she went into and this book shows that, even down to the personal little giggles and inflections Barbara puts into her own narration. I grew up on Jeannie and enjoyed every episode that aired. The behind-the-scenes look that she gives us into the making of that series only enhances the experience for me, even after all these years. I couldn't think of a better reader for Barbara's book than the lady herself. This was a great listen and worth the credit spent on it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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