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Donaldo

Admirer of history and biographies.

Milton, NH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • President Me: The America That's in My Head

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (300)

    In President Me, Carolla shares his vision for a different, better America free from big issues like big government down to small problems like hotel alarm clock placement. Running on an anti-narcissism platform, President Carolla calls for a return to the values of an earlier time when stew and casserole were on every dinner table and there were no “service dogs” on airplanes. President Me hits right at the heart of what makes our country really annoying, and offers a plan to make all of our lives, but mostly Adam’s, much better.

    LE says: "Funny, Truthy, Douchey"
    "Ace comes through again!"
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    I enjoyed Adam's first two books, so I figured that this one would be a safe bet. It is. I usually listen to my audiobooks at work in a factory. I found myself laughing so hard (not just out loud, but gasping for air, tears in my eyes laughing) during some sections of this book (particularly his United Nations address) that some of my coworkers were starting to look at me as though they were sizing me up for a straightjacket. It's a good, light listen, and he actually makes a lot of excellent points about our culture these days to boot.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Miracles and Massacres: True and Untold Stories of the Making of America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Glenn Beck
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (428)
    Story
    (434)

    History is about so much more than memorizing facts. It is, as more than half of the word suggests, about the story. And, told in the right way, it is the greatest one ever written: Good and evil, triumph and tragedy, despicable acts of barbarism and courageous acts of heroism.The things you've never learned about our past will shock you. For example, the reason why gun control is so important to government elites can be found in a story about Athens. Not the city in ancient Greece, but the one in 1946 Tennessee.

    Eileen says: "Great Book"
    "Eye Opening"
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    Where does Miracles and Massacres rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the more engaging books I've listened to in awhile. If you're a listener that enjoys historical trivia in bite sized bits, then this book's for you.


    What about Ron McLarty and Glenn Beck ’s performance did you like?

    Overall, the character voices, the accents and, the general narration makes for pleasurable listening. I, however, found myself cringing every time McLarty read cavalry as Calvary (as so many other narrators do). Huge difference in the meaning of these two words, and the misuse is highly distracting.

    Glenn Beck is..., well Glenn Beck.


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

    Yes. But being able to listen to several complete stories any single sitting scratched that itch.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4058)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1865)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Terrific!"
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    I rarely, if ever, use the word terrific. That said, there is really no better word to describe Tim Curry's reading of this classic. The vocal inflections between the different characters, even in conversation with one another, is truly remarkable. If you love this story, I'm certain that you'll love this audiobook. I listened to it twice in two days. It's that good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Howard Kaylan, Jeff Tamarkin
    • Narrated By Howard Kaylan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
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    (51)

    If Howard Kaylan had sung only one song, the Turtles' 1967 No. 1 smash hit "Happy Together," his place in rock-and-roll history would still be secure. But that recording, named in 1999 by BMI as one of the top 50 songs of the 20th century, with over five million radio plays, is only the tip of a rather eye-opening iceberg. For nearly five decades, Howard Kaylan has been a player in the rock-and-roll revolution.

    Karen says: "The Turtles DO Rock...Really!"
    "A delightful listen!"
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    I loved The Turtles music growing up in the late 60’s, so I jumped on this audiobook as soon as I saw it and wasn’t disappointed. Howard’s narration is like hanging out with an old friend and swapping rock and roll war stories. The stories of his interactions with rock and roll royalty are worth the price of admission alone. The stories of his personal misbehavior and of the show biz sharks that bit them are riveting. Then there are the Mothers of Invention stories, most notably his firsthand account of the concert in Montreux that was the inspiration for Deep Purple’s immortal Smoke On The Water. All in all a pleasant listen…, that I’ll probably do again in the near future. So if you’re a former child of the sixties, or just love that music, this book is for you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding Your Maine Coon Cat's Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Lori Cattleberg
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Meadows
    Overall
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    (1)

    Have fun training and understanding your Maine Coon kitten and cat. You will learn: How to potty train your cat; About health concerns; The best type of cat food to feed your cat; How to take care of your cat's teeth, claws, ears, and more; How to have a lot of fun with your cat; How to make toys that will drive your cat wild; And more....

    Donaldo says: "Trying to understand why it's not about Coon Cats!"
    "Trying to understand why it's not about Coon Cats!"
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    What would have made Understanding Your Maine Coon Cat's Behavior better?

    Some information about Maine Coon Cat's behavior. You know, like the title says. In an hour and fifteen minute audiobook, less than three minutes were spent talking about anything specific about Maine Coon Cats. The rest was filled with general grooming tips, training tips, and such.

    I own a Maine Coon Cat. They are certainly a unique breed with many fascinating and endearing personality traits..., at least mine is. I wanted to learn more about why she behaves more like a puppy than a cat. Scoops her food out of her dish onto the floor when she thinks the food level is too low. Why she craves attention, yet hates to be held. Stuff like that that other Coon Cat owners and I wonder about.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The recording was disappointingly comparable to a girl reading a book into a cassette recorder in her kitchen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth, 73rd Edition

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By The Onion
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    To understand the news, the context of world geography and history is essential. That is why The Onion is publishing an audio world atlas: to help us. News that now makes no sense will now make sense; thus a new age of enlightenment. Our Dumb World contains news and historic facts from other nations, and the earth broken down and described (from its molten core to the outermost sphere), as well as demographic, economic, and other data about each country's people, industries, and habits.

    Will says: "Nuggets of humor"
    "Totally Unfunny"
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    What disappointed you about Our Dumb World?

    I was expecting at least a couple of laughs. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was funnier. Apparently a dry delivery of moronic/sophomoric "jokes" is supposed to be funny. For example, when we got to the letter "L" , the narrator repeated the word "lonely" what seemed like forty times. Check, please! I'm outta here!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Jeff Zinn
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (552)
    Story
    (556)

    A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

    Gavin St. Ours says: "Horrible Editing Ruins Experience"
    "Should have been titled "I Hate The United States""
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    What disappointed you about A People's History of the United States?

    There was absolutely, positively nothing positive about the United States in this book. I'm a generally cynical person, and certainly not a fan of society as a whole or people and their agendas for that matter, but this guy makes me feel like Dale Carnegie by comparison. It couldn't have been more biased.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Howard Zinn again?

    Nope. I feel the same way about his work as he does the United States.


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Zinn’s performance?

    Perhaps it was the material that influenced my opinion of the performance, but I thought that he came across as snarkey and condescending.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger, definitely anger. Yeah, disappointment. Did I mention anger?


    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Who I Am

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Pete Townshend
    • Narrated By Pete Townshend
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (315)

    From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who wanted The Who to be called The Hair; wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer and a graphic designer; became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor; drank too much and nearly died; detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died; planned to write his memoir when he was 21; and published this book at 67.

    Melinda says: "Glad To Meet You"
    "Pretentious Get"
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    I'm a pretty big Who fan. It was my hope that there'd be some sort of inside stories of how some of my favorite songs came to be which, to fair there are, but not anywhere near enough. I was also hoping to hear some inside stories about the recording process and their legendery screaming matches but alas, only a scant few. The narrative pretty much goes on about his neurosis’ and accompanying substance abuse problems, which is fine. But personally I would have preferred more of the former and less of the latter.

    Beyond that, the sniggering smarminess that dominate spots of his narration tend to wear thin after a while and have left me having to listen to this in installments. I havn't even finished listening to the book, but intend to. In conclusion, it's just a difficult listen where I fully expected to devour it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Gutfeld
    • Narrated By Steve Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (244)

    Greg Gutfeld hates artificial tolerance. At the root of every single major political conflict is the annoying coddling Americans must endure of these harebrained liberal hypocrisies. In fact, most of the time liberals use the mantle of tolerance as a guise for their pathetic intolerance. And what we really need is smart intolerance, or as Gutfeld reminds us, what we used to call common sense. The Joy of Hate tackles this conundrum head on- - replacing the idiocy of open-mindness with a shrewd judgmentalism that rejects stupid ideas, notions, and people.

    Jerry says: "Indisputable."
    "Should be required reading!"
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    Gutfeld succinctly and humorously puts into words what I've been thinking about the antics of the entitled lefties for a long time. There were actually passages that had me laughing so hard at the ironic truths put forth in this book that I actually had to rewind it to hear the parts that I missed while I was laughing..., much to the amusement of some of my coworkers. I highly recomend this book to anyone who's looking for a few laughs at the expense of the heavily biased media and the liberal elites.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (394)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Eye opening"
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    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ordinarily I'm not a fan of Scott Brick. IMHO he butchered the narration of Atlas Shrugged, one of my all time favorite favorite books. However he excelled in this one.


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

    As a lifelong admirer of Thomas Jefferson. Listening to this book, and the bio of John Adams has shown Citizen Jefferson in an entirely different light in HIS OWN WORDS in letters to James Madison and in articles he ghost wrote ripping the reputations and intentions of both Hamilton and Adams to promote his own political agenda. Still a great man, though a decidedly flawed and duplictous one. Though a misfit toy himself who made some ridiculously stupid decisions in his personal life, Hamilton had a gargantuan intellect and forsight that created sytems that are still relevent and in use today. There are few more glaring examples of the expression "history is the lie that everyone agrees on" than that of what is commonly believed about Hamilton.On a side note. I listened to this soon after listening to the Steve Jobs bio, and the similarities in how they presented their ideas, the accuracy of their visions, and how they interacted with people while promoting them is startling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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