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Daniel

Oklahoma City, OK, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Goldwyn: A Biography

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By A. Scott Berg
    • Narrated By Roddy McDowall
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In this adventure, which would have played well in one of his own films, Schmuel Goldfisz left the Warsaw ghetto in 1895. He walked 300 miles to the Oder River, where he paid someone to row him across, smuggling him out of the Russian empire into Germany, past border patrols to another long walk to Hamburg. The gleam in his eye was America, "a far-away country, a vision of paradise." Schmuel Goldfisz became Samuel Goldwyn, one of the producers who created the Hollywood film industry.

    auther says: "Interesting story; annoying narration"
    "Great story, terrible performance"
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    Would you try another book from A. Scott Berg and/or Roddy McDowall?

    Yes, love his books.


    What didn’t you like about Roddy McDowall’s performance?

    What was with the voice of Samuel Goldwyn, why was it so ridiculously high? Did he actually talk like that?? Sounded completely ridiculous and ruined the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wishing on the Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Donald Clarke
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    No singer has been more mythologized and more misunderstood than jazz legend Billie Holiday, who helped to create much of the mystique herself with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues - and this authentic biography sets the record straight. Donald Clarke was given unrivaled access to a treasure trove of interviews from the 1970s with those who knew Lady Day in all stages of her short, tragic life - from her childhood in the streets and good-time houses of Baltimore, through the early days of success in New York and the years of fame, to her tragic decline.

    Michael says: "Good Biography, Tedious Discography"
    "Couldn't get past 2 hours."
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    What disappointed you about Wishing on the Moon?

    The narration: why have a white woman trying to speak in a black accent??


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    See my comments above.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mick Wall
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    They were the last great band of the '60s and the first great band of the '70s. They rose, somewhat unpromisingly, from the ashes of the Yardbirds to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time - and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction, and death.

    David says: "Must read for Led Zeppelin Fans"
    "BE CAREFUL ZEPP FANS, THIS BOOK IS TORTURE!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm a huge Zepp fan and couldn't wait to listen to this book, but just made it through one hour and I'm done. All of the references in the 2nd person are just way to painful to endure. No idea why the author wrote the book that way, makes it impossible to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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