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EJH

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  • Villa Incognito

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (54)

    Imagine that there are American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War. Imagine that there is a family in which four generations of strong, alluring women have shared a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore. Imagine just those things (don't even try to imagine the love story) and you'll have a foretaste of Tom Robbins's eighth and perhaps most beautifully crafted novel - a work as timeless as myth yet as topical as the latest international threat.

    J. Houlding says: "More excellent Robbins"
    "Not one of his best."
    Overall

    The book while enjoyable and well read pales in comparision to Robbins' other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Margaret MacMillan
    • Narrated By Richard Burnip
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (184)

    From the best-selling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I.

    Jean says: "A different viewpoint"
    "Good prelude to Paris 1919"
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    Where does The War That Ended Peace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best histories.


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

    The author's Paris 1919. In both books MacMillian does an excellent job both describing the overall state of Europe at the time and describing the personalities responsible for the course of events.


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

    No.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the comments complain about the many pauses in the narration. After a while that did get annoying. So I increased the speed of the Audible app on my iPhone to 1.25x and it sounded "normal".

    The only fault with the book is the author's unnecessary comments concerning present day politics and events. Some of the comments are more her opinion than fact. They distract from the historical narrative and make one wonder whether some of her historical reporting is also just her opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Howards End

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By E. M. Forster
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Howards End is a beautifully subtle tale of two very different families brought together by an unusual event. The Schlegels are intellectuals, devotees of art and literature. The Wilcoxes are practical and materialistic, leading lives of "telegrams and anger". When the elder Mrs. Wilcox dies and her family discovers she has left their country home - Howards End - to one of the Schlegel sisters, a crisis between the two families is precipitated that takes years to resolve.

    EJH says: "Good story. Poor production."
    "Good story. Poor production."
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    Where does Howards End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top half.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader has a tendency to trail off at the end of a sentence. I had to raise the volume on many occasions to understand what he was saying. I thought maybe my earphones were going but I am listening to another book now and it is fine. It is a good novel. I recommend another recording. Audible has several.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicholas Shaxson
    • Narrated By Tim Bentinck
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    Most people regard tax havens as being relevant only to celebrities, crooks and spivs, and mistakenly believe that the main offshore problems are money laundering and terrorist financing. These are only small parts of the whole picture. The offshore system has been (discreetly) responsible for the greatest ever shift of wealth from poor to rich. It also undermines our democracies by offering the wealthiest members of society escape routes from normal democratic controls.

    Toombs says: "Amazing book on tax havens"
    "A worthwhile listen."
    Overall

    An interesting book if you can get past the author's naive cheerleading for high taxes and big government.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Boomsday: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Janeane Garofalo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Cassandra Devine, a young Washington spin doctor and blogger, suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. This proposal catches on with citizens outraged about Social Security debt and a senator seeking the youth vote for his presidential bid. With the help of Washington's greatest PR strategist, Cassandra and the senator try to ride the issue of euthanasia to the White House.

    Lloyd says: "Buckley's a winner"
    "Hilarious"
    Overall

    Satirical, cynical and very funny. Well worth listening to.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All the King's Men

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Robert Penn Warren
    • Narrated By Michael Emerson
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (345)

    The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

    Eric Berger says: "Marvelously written and read"
    "More than a political novel."
    Overall

    Yes, this is a classic political novel, but it is so much more than that. It is about the South and America in the early 20th century, coming of age and life in general. A good book and a good audio production.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • DisneyWar

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James B. Stewart
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (254)

    Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

    Christine says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "Worth listening to."
    Overall

    Everything you ever wanted to know about Eisner's reign at Disney. There are some minor production errors, but they shouldn't deter anyone from listening to the book if they are otherwise so inclined.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Forsyte Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Galsworthy
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (90)

    The three novels that make up The Forsyte Saga chronicle the ebbing social power of the commercial upper-middle class Forsyte family through three generations, beginning in Victorian London during the 1880s and ending in the early 1920s. Galsworthy's masterly narrative examines not only their fortunes but also the wider developments within society, particularly the changing position of women.

    Kay in DC says: "A delight"
    "A great work."
    Overall

    This is a long audiobook you will be sorry to see end. The characters are wonderfully developed and the era is convincingly described. The interlude "Indian Summer of a Forsyte" is one of the most moving audio books I have heard.
    It takes about thirty minutes to get used to the narrator and the long list of characters. But after that you are hooked.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    The Supreme Court endorses terrorists' rights, flag burning, and importing foreign law. Is that in the Constitution? You're right: it's not. But these days the Constitution is no restraint on our out-of-control Supreme Court. The Court imperiously strikes down laws and imposes new ones purely on its own arbitrary whims. Even though liberals like John Kerry are repeatedly defeated at the polls, the majority on the allegedly "conservative" Supreme Court reflects their views and wields absolute power.

    James says: "A concise account of an originalist viewpoint"
    "An accurate account of the S.Ct. case law."
    Overall

    This book is a concise and timely synopsis of the history of the Supreme Court's case law as it pertains to the Consitution. A good listen for anyone who wants a basic understanding of the subject or a short refresher course on the Court.

    83 of 135 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (165)

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

    Eric says: "Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?"
    "An enjoyable listen."
    Overall

    Tom Wolfe brillantly captures the paradoxes of youth: narcissism v. insecurity; body obsession v. dissipation; living only for the moment v. fear of the future, etc. The book starts out rather slowly because he carefully develops his characters. Once it gets going it is hard to stop listening to his exegesis of college sex, basketball, frat boys vulgar patois and, most importantly, the love of learning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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