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  • An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Theodore Dreiser
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (182)

    An American Tragedy is the story of Clyde Griffiths, who spends his life in the desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, it is the masterful portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's ambitions and seal his fate; it is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American dream.

    beatrice says: "a period piece, still resonant"
    "Unique and compelling storyline"
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    Where does An American Tragedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks in the top ten of the many books I've read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is a story surrounding the main character. He takes us through the realm of a life unable to be imagined, and suddenly all too vividly real! Therefore he is my favorite , though he is not always likeable.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Audible readings improve all books for me. The book is read with emphasis and expression as the author intended, not as I "blindly" stumble through!


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

    Yes, This book has strongly affected me because it forced me to see how behaviors which are considered to be unpleasant, but not necessarily awful, can lead to evil actions which an individual would not have believed himself capable of.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is from times gone by, but that does not distract from the story. We are given a look at how similar criminals are to everyone else. We are given a first hand view of the consequences of the actions of one person 's split second crossover in behavior which causes him to become a "criminal" .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (655)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "A timeless romance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most people have had some exposure to this classic, having at least heard of the author. They may be hesitant about reading an old story. I am pleased to say that by reading this engrossing romantic mystery, the reader will discover why this classic remains in print and an excellent choice of an entertaining book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rebecca , because you become her, feeling her thoughts, living in her time.


    What does Anna Massey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Eloquent reader of beautiful language, which my mind would have been stumbling over at the expense of the story not flowing smoothly.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A woman of great moral character caught in trying to balance love, with the trials brought her way from people in her life whom are not always what they appear to be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5235)
    Performance
    (3232)
    Story
    (3259)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "A little known threat to our national security"
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    What made the experience of listening to One Second After the most enjoyable?

    This is not what I would consider an "enjoyable book." It was written as the type of book thar grips you , and carries you through an all too frightening story. You are personally involved because you are told right from the beginning (by a current highly respected individual in Washington, ) of the very real possibility that this type of catastrophic event is currently being studied, and planned to perfection by organized enemies of our country. Therefore , the story is packed with dreadful possibilities which would be expected to happen in such a situation. Once the calamities begin to occur , the story naturally spires into the very frightening situation which feels highly probable in causing an unbearable way for the death of our society to unfold.


    What other book might you compare One Second After to and why?

    I can only compare the story to the TV show called "Jericho" . I usually do not read this type of book, due to the frightening experiences , that I tend to relive. However I cannot ignore a book such as this one when it begins by being validated by a well respected official from our government.


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

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Could our country endure an event which would change everything in the world as we now experience it?


    Any additional comments?

    Riveting and unforgettable....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17840)
    Performance
    (15865)
    Story
    (15820)

    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"
    "A very intriguing concept, mesmerizing !"
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    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Science-fiction, romance, historical


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    Reliving the injustices before civil rights were enforced.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Lindyhop? I never heard of it, but I can picture it by the vivid descriptions!


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

    Yes, & I never wanted it to end!


    Any additional comments?

    Very different from the author's usual novels, I feel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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