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HK Brad

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35631)
    Performance
    (26652)
    Story
    (27030)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Good book, terrible narrator"
    Overall

    An interesting story read by a sub-par reader. After hearing what can be done with excellent stories by the narrators of the Harry Potter or Song of Ice and Fire series, this was truly a disappointment. Read the book, skip the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1959: The Year Everything Changed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Acclaimed national security columnist and noted cultural critic Fred Kaplan looks past the 1960s to the year that really changed AmericaWhile conventional accounts focus on the 60s as the era of pivotal change that swept the nation, Fred Kaplan argues that it was 1959 that ushered in the wave of tremendous cultural, political, and scientific shifts that would play out in the decades that followed.

    James says: "Facinating look at a neglected moment in history"
    "A simplified view through rose-colored glasses"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about 1959?

    This author presents an incredibly simplified and rose-tinted view of most of the subjects covered. The author is clearly not much of a historian, but rather a reporter whose love of Kennedy, jazz and the beat generation assures that he has no ability to look critically at almost anything he covers in this book. There are some interesting facts, but given that he constantly stretches to count things as occuring as


    Has 1959 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I assume there are more talented writers out there.


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

    Nope


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 1959?

    Irrelevent. The whole premise is flawed and the author so in love with his subjects that the book requires too much editing to bother


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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