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Giuseppe Barbesino

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 366 titles in library
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  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (2174)
    Performance
    (1860)
    Story
    (1847)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "A magnificent freso of WWII"
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    If you could sum up War and Remembrance in three words, what would they be?

    Intense Accurate Comprehensive


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War and Remembrance?

    The first time Natalie and Bayron meet again in occupied Marseille


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

    The Prequel


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments. Aaron Jastrow entering the gas chambers will make a rock cry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fielding: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Chad Harbach
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1079)

    At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

    S. says: "Not Quite ~"
    "A great account of college"
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    I read reviews often and I hardly find a book of this genre having so many negative reviews. I count that on the discomfort many will feel on the homosexual twist that dominates half of the plot. But if you, as rightful heterosexual person, manage to get over that, you will see that there is real beauty to this book. That beauty resides on the fine grain the characters have, on the wonderful analysis of what a baseball player is, on what it means to be a semi-adult in today's America. And if you do so, the story of the unconventional (or maybe just illegal) love of an older man to a younger one will become understandable. I should also mention that the reader is simply flawless and perfect to my ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I misteri della giungla nera [The Mysteries of the Black Jungle]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Emilio Salgari
    • Narrated By Silvia Cecchini
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    I misteri della giungla nera fu pubblicato in volume nel 1895, ma era già stato pubblicato a puntate come Gli strangolatori del Gange.

    Giuseppe Barbesino says: "a wonderful story of exotic adventurers"
    "a wonderful story of exotic adventurers"
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    generations of italians grew up with their imagination fed by this and other books of this series. listening to it almost 30 years after my first read was refreshing. the reader is a bit toneless at times, but the story makes up for that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2705)
    Performance
    (2012)
    Story
    (2017)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Chris says: "Frightening, Powerful, Deeply Thought-provoking."
    "interesting work"
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    this is a very interesting piece of history, reconstructed in a sort of novel form. as such, it suffers from the constraints of adhering to facts, but it provides a "witness"insight into a critical period of contemporary history. very interesting. the reader is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1804)
    Performance
    (1494)
    Story
    (1503)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "great novel"
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    This is a great and well designed story it captured me slowly but firmly as the book proceeded. An interesting psychological novel on three major topics:
    a) The secret horrors of the life of mentally less able persons.
    b) The potentially devastating effect of being too intelligent.
    c) The Hubris in science
    All characters are interesting and lively, vivid, especially the main one and the women he interacts with. The plot has many turns and interesting viewpoints on the life of the main character.
    It is also very well narrated, with an almost neutral tone, but still well characterized individual voices. I warmly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7958)
    Performance
    (5791)
    Story
    (5775)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Unsurprising"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is disappointing. I admit that writing novel thrillers is hard, considering how many are there in the genre. This one however is too stereotypical. Characters are flat and seen in hundred similar books. The loner hero, the black investigator, the southern poisonous setting etc. Nothing surprised me, nothing stood as novel or fresh. The plot is admittedly acceptable and the basic idea relatively interesting (trying not to spoil it for you), but overall, a book quickly forgotten.


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    The reader is pretty good and very clear, with the right tempo (at least for me). The only two glitches: 1) female characters. They sound really ridiculous at time. 2) Too insistent on the southern accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3612)
    Performance
    (2759)
    Story
    (2771)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "a bit bizantine, but enjoyable"
    Overall

    This book is made of several different stories, spanning different epoques. As such, each of the stories would need a separate review. The fact is that the stories are only superficially, almost artificially connected among themselves. It almost feels like the author needed an excuse to show the public how well he could write a novel in the "memoir" style, another one in the "thriller style", another one in the "letter form" and in the "sci-fi" style and so on, in juts one single book. once said that the stories are all enjoyable and the narrators are all extremely good. worth the time, but cannot call it a masterpiece.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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