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DWM

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  • 24 reviews
  • 105 ratings
  • 241 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4666)
    Performance
    (1853)
    Story
    (1861)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Amazing how little you know"
    Overall

    The story is compelling (of course) and the author brings to life the period in perfect detail. There's lots of detail that anyone inclined to like history would enjoy. This is a great opportunity to appreciate what these men did and how important the fundamental values established by the founders. As I listened, I was amazed either how much history I forgot or was never taught.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2368)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1156)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "I don't get it...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The story is interesting, but it does lag a bit near the end. I am not sure why this established him as such an icon as I thought the writing was good, but not great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (361)

    The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

    Dennis says: "Great writing and narration"
    "Characters you want to know..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The development of each character is done so skillfully along with a very good performance makes this one of those books that during the day you wonder what/how they are doing just as if they were people of which you are friends. Excellent read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open: An Autobiography

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Andre Agassi
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

    Victor says: "Great listen, get the full version."
    "Not the man you thought he was...."
    Overall

    I feel like a learned a lot about him and it's all very good. You tend to forget these are real people with real life issues. I also had forgotten how far back his tennis career reached. The best thing about the book is that what you likely thought about him is not at all accurate. Very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3468)
    Performance
    (2765)
    Story
    (2753)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "A surprising treat....."
    Overall

    Well, I never was a particular fan of Mr. Lowe, but I did enjoy his work on The West Wing. With that said, I took a chance on a recommendation of a friend and 'read' the book. Who knew that he's lead such an interesting life. Truly great stories and his impressions of the characters of his life are very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3131)
    Performance
    (1485)
    Story
    (1499)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "Probably less fiction than most want to know"
    Overall

    Great characters who you can cheer. When put into perspective, the choices presented and made by these characters become very understandable. The politics, the extremist and those caught in the middle make for a great piece of fiction that probably mirrors real life more than any of us would want to admit. Frighteningly plausible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4933)
    Performance
    (2321)
    Story
    (2335)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "A beautiful, tragic story"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful story about the type of life we all lead. It's a story of love, forgiveness and decisions that will have you deeply involved in the characters. Several reviews complained about the amount of medical jargon, but I didn't mind it and felt I may have learned a little something too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Interesting path to an inevitable end"
    Overall

    A great book made a little less great by the authors (or narrative character’s) relentless sarcasm and clear distain for America and Americans. Although somewhat necessary to support the development one of the characters, it’s really overdone. That said, the main character is someone to admire for his courage, strength and faith in his destiny. A really wonderful piece of work and I enjoyed nearly all of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (758)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Enjoyable characters"
    Overall

    This is a good book although I'd rate it more 3.5 stars than 4 if I could. Characters are delightful and the story is solid. I found a lot to laugh at here which surprised me a bit as there's not much funny about WWII. Narrator is good, not great, but keeps the booing moving. The book drags a bit but you're so hooked you can't leave.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1395)
    Performance
    (730)
    Story
    (734)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    KSK says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "Good story - plenty of characters to love and hate"
    Overall

    Would like to give this 3.5 stars, but apparently Audible can't do fractions I won't penalize the book for that. Good detective type story with several possible suspects. Unexpected turns throughout the book albeit sprinkled with some true fiction. By the way, for those who write in these reviews that some of these stories are not realistic; I say it's "FICTION!". Anyway, fun characters to get to know and a bit of an interesting moment or two about how sex offenders are categorized in the US. You'll have to listen to get the rest. Narrator was excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5809)
    Performance
    (3739)
    Story
    (3751)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "You'll never look at your dog the same way again."
    Overall

    Sweet, sad, and funny. This is a really nice book for listen. The narrator is great, and seeing life from a dogs view is amazingly believable. Sit back and just enjoy the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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