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David A. Jones

I LOVE HISTORY!!!

Carrollton, TX USA | Member Since 2013

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  • 18 reviews
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  • 123 titles in library
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  • Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    One of Dicken’s best works appraising English society. Highlights the social and economic pressures of the times. A masterwork.

    Kristi Richardson says: "With a name like Choakemchild what could go wrong?"
    "A somewhat dreary story"
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    What disappointed you about Hard Times?

    The story is very depressing and the characters are somewhat lifeless.


    Has Hard Times turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am on a quest to read all of Charles Dickens' titles so I can get a better impresion of the world that he lived in.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Batchelor?

    The narrator was excellent however it might have improved the story if more narrators were involved (for the women in particular).


    What character would you cut from Hard Times?

    The characters are absolutely necessary to this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Though it is a classic story, I doubt I will be in any hurry to read this selection again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1596)
    Performance
    (1399)
    Story
    (1401)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "A totally compelling perspective!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Helter Skelter to be better than the print version?

    Considering that I have very little time to read printed editions, I always consider the Audible version of a book to be invaluable.


    What other book might you compare Helter Skelter to and why?

    believe it or not, I consider the parallels between Charles Manson and Adolf Hitler to be significant (and rather scary).Who would have ever considered that to psychopaths of this magnitude could have risen to the public forefront in the same century!


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

    I have never listened to Scott Brick, but I will be on the look out for more of his work!


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

    Once I started listening to this book, it was VERY hard to put it down.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an awesome piece of history performed by a wonderful reader. Definitely worth the time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Norton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (481)

    Ulysses is regarded by many as the single most important novel of the 20th century. It tells the story of one day in Dublin, June 16th 1904, largely through the eyes of Stephen Dedalus (Joyce's alter ego from Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) and Leopold Bloom, an advertising salesman. Both begin a normal day, and both set off on a journey around the streets of Dublin, which eventually brings them into contact with one another.

    A User says: "Ulysses (Unabridged)"
    "A completely tedious read!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Regardless of the reviews, this book is a total bust with little (or no) point at all.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Far West

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (318)

    Eff is an unlucky 13th child...but also the seventh daughter in her family. Her twin brother, Lan, is a powerful double seventh son. Her life at the edge of the Great Barrier Spell is different from anyone else's that she knows.

    Marcus says: "A Mostly Satisfying Conclusion"
    "The Frontier Magic Series is an incredible set!"
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    Where does The Far West rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is easy to read and totally captivating. Patricia's ability to create a world that is both magical and familiar makes her one of my very favorite writers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eff (of course) is my favorite character because of her mild mannerism as well as her sarcastic wit.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda Ronconi's performance quickly draw's the listener into the plot.


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

    I was hooked from the very beginning of the first book and wanted to listen to them all immediately


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Great Barrier: Frontier Magic, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (426)

    Eff is riding west, away from the safety of the frontier city she's always known.... Eff could be a powerful magician if she wanted to. Except she's not sure she wants that kind of responsibility. Everyone keeps waiting for her to do something amazing - or to fail in a spectacular way. Worse, her twin brother, Lan, a powerful double seventh son, is jealous of all the attention she's been getting. Even as Eff protests that she's just an ordinary girl, she's asked to travel past the Barrier Spell with one of the new professors at her father's school. The land west of the Barrier is full of dangers, both magical and wild. Eff will need to use all her strength - magical and otherwise - to come safely back home.

    RabbitAdoption says: "Great, simply great!"
    "Another excellent book by Patricia C. Wrede"
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    Where does Across the Great Barrier rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I truly enjoy Patricia's ability to create characters and situations that are easy to imagine and her writing style flows so nicely. I am looking forward to the last installment of this story line!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18520)
    Performance
    (16483)
    Story
    (16443)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Typical Stephen King"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about 11-22-63? What did you like least?

    The story line had some incredible potential that remained unfulfilled unfortunately. I loved the relationship that was developing between Sadie and George, but of course it was never brought to the desired conclusion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver Twist

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Penguin Classics presents the audiobook adaptation of Charles Dicken's timeless tale, Oliver Twist, read by the actor Alex Jennings.The story of the orphan Oliver, who runs away from the workhouse only to be taken in by a den of thieves, shocked readers when it was first published.

    David A. Jones says: "Classic Charles Dickens"
    "Classic Charles Dickens"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Oliver Twist to be better than the print version?

    I believe that the audio versions of Charles Dickens work to be much easier to follow than the written version simply because the diction and verbal tenses are easier to follow.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Oliver Twist?

    The inevitable arrest of the jew.


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

    Alex Jennings does very well with these types of classic novels


    Any additional comments?

    Oliver Twist is a very good book but (in my opinion) does not compare to David Copperfield!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteenth Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (922)
    Story
    (926)

    Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Erin - Audible says: "History, Magic, Teens, & Not An Inkling of Romance"
    "What an awesome book"
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    What did you love best about Thirteenth Child?

    This is a totally different book that I expected. I wasn't too sure about the content prior to listening, but it is a completely enjoyable read.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda does an amazing job with this series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mythology of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charles Pricheta
    • Narrated By Alec Sand
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Mythology has provided inspiration for storytellers and scientists alike. In this 10-hour audiobook, explore the mythology of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Essential for any student of mythology, literature, or religion. Each subject is 2-5 minutes in length, making the material easy to absorb and navigate.

    LeSLiE says: "Wow! I learned so much."
    "An excellent overview of Mythology!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Mythology of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome the most enjoyable?

    It has an incredible range of characters spanning all of the primary areas of popular mythology.


    What about Alec Sand’s performance did you like?

    He had an interesting speech pattern that took a little getting used to but overall was not disruptive to the presentation.


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

    I particularly enjoyed how the author connected the characters in this book back to other classic works like The Bible, The Iliad, and The Odyssey.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Jim Weiss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    Victor Frankenstein learns the secret of producing life, and so, by putting together parts of various corpses, he creates the Frankenstein monster. The monster is huge and disformed, but he means no harm to anyone--until constant ill treatment drives him to murder and revenge. This easy-to-read version of Mary Shelley's long-standing masterpiece easily captures the sadness and horror of the original.

    David A. Jones says: "Who doesn't love Frankenstein?"
    "Who doesn't love Frankenstein?"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Frankenstein again? Why?

    This is the classic, not some ridiculous off-shoot and it is well worth the time to listen to. The story is far more interesting than any of the '60s movies ever portrayed the scientist, the monster, and the relationship that existed between them.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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