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Howard P

Writer of Songs, Musician, Photographer & Artist. Reader of History, Non-Fiction, Music, Science & Cosmology.

Member Since 2010

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  • 8 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 127 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3469)
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    (3176)
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    (3202)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "Like a wasted night watching TV."
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    First, I want to preface my review by saying that I really wanted to enjoy this novel. I have been listening to many of the classics, and until now have not been dissapointed. Maybe I am living in the wrong century, but I just didn't get why the Great Gatsby is considered a classic? The story was not exciting, like watching a boring night in front of the TV. There are only two aspects of the Audible edition that I enjoyed. 1. The narration was fantastic - Jake is the penultimate reader. 2. I live on Long Island about 20 minutes from the gold coast mansions, which I've passed by many times. For me however the Great Gatsby was anything but.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Edward Dolnick
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (822)
    Story
    (836)

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    Alison says: "The Royal Society comes alive."
    "Great story of 1600's sciencetists. Great reader."
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    This is one book that I could not put down. I love science and history, and Clockwork Universe has both. The book is well written and Alan Sklar is the best narrator I've heard, I will be looking for more books read by Mr. Sklar. He has the perfect voice, combined with a relaxed style that I loved. Getting back to the book itself, I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. Science is one of my favorite subjects and I have read other sources about these great men of 17th century science - Newton, Boyle, Galileo etc. - and about their discoveries. Clockwork Universe added to my knowledge. The biographical aspects brought these great scientists to life. The scientific aspect was spot on, but may be a bit over the head of listeners unfamiliar with the experiments and math involved. I flew through this book in record time because I found the stories, and narration, fascinating and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jeff Dunham
    • Narrated By Jeff Dunham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (284)
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    All By My Selves is comedy superstar Jeff Dunham's story as told by Jeff himself! This unique comedic audio release takes fans behind the curtain to explain how he turned a tired, vaudevillian art form into something truly modern and hip. Not only will Jeff reveal how he developed his act and lovable characters over the years, he'll also share the details of his life as working comedian and family man on the road.

    Michelle says: "Completely Enjoyable"
    "Thoroughly entertaining memoir of a ventriloquist"
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    What an enjoyable story, I couldn't stop listening. Jeff Dunham is not only great at his art, he is also great at writing his story, and a terrific narrator. Actually, Jeff isn't the only narrator - Walter, Achmed and the characters he created, humorously interrupt Jeff. Sometimes I just want to listen to a book for fun. Sometimes I need to break away from history and the classics. Jeff Dunham's story is just such a book. I found it to be be thoroughly entertaining, humorous, and interesting. Ventriloquism is a disappearing art. Having grown up enjoying many "vents", Jeff's jargon - it brought me back to my childhood, the good old days. All I can add is that I loved this book and I think you will top. Take time out for some pure fun and download Jeff's story. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (491)
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    (493)

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
    "One of the Best Books I Have Listened To"
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    Will Patton is a fantastic narrator. I felt as if he were living Jack Keroauc. The beat generation was what I looked up to as a Pre-teen. I loved listening to the stories as if I was the protagonist. I have wanted to read On the Road Again for decades. I'm glad to have finally listened to the book by one of the best narrators I have heard to date.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (2641)
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "May have enjoyed with a better reader."
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    Having lived through the Vietnam era, I expected much more from this book. I kept hoping that I was close to the end, so something obviously didn't click for me. I am not sure if it was the book itself. For me the narrator was awful, and this might have ruined the story for me. The narration was monotone, no affect, no change in inflection, just a dry reading which was extremely boring. I've heard some great narrators, unfortunately this was not one of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky Man: A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael J. Fox
    • Narrated By Michael J. Fox
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (124)
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    (125)

    In September 1998, Michael J. Fox stunned the world by announcing he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease: a degenerative neurological condition. In fact, he had been secretly fighting it for seven years. The worldwide response was staggering. Fortunately, he had accepted the diagnosis and by the time the public started grieving for him, he had stopped grieving for himself.

    Patti says: "Not Bad for a Celebrity Story"
    "The True Story of Onset Parkinson's - Life Goes On"
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    I should state that I have 2 disabling neurological diseases; Post-Polio and Guillain-Barré. So I am looking through the lens of someone who has gone through many of the same experiences, physically and mentally, as Michael J. Fox. In fact, that is the reason I chose to listen to this book.

    Only someone who has a progressive disabling condition can tell the story, and Mr. Fox does an excellent job. As a narrator he is natural, relaxed, as if speaking a to close friend. He describes the challenges of dealing with the inevitable, in a matter of fact style that draws the listener into his world. It is an almost impossible task to explain the mental and physical effects to someone who has not experienced a disabling condition. Yet, as author and narrator he tells the story of the onset of Parkinson's as it happens. Being told by doctors that he is too young, hiding the symptoms from his employer, knowing that something is seriously wrong. (Disclaimer, my own experience parallels his so closely, that I can attest to his honesty)

    For someone who has a disability his story resonates without a sense of pity. It is comforting, in astrange way, to relive the experiences, knowing that you are not alone. For those who do not have a disability his book is educational, and on its own merit a well told tale. I wish everyone would listen to Michael J. Fox tell his own story in his own words. I wish that people could understand what a person with a disability goes through, the world would be a kinder place.

    The fact the he is a celebrity reaching the peak of his career when Parkinson's begins, adds an element of interest apart from his disease. The book is not depressing, it is even humorous at times. It is the story of a very likeable person, a husband, loving father and a hard working actor. Lucky Man is the first of Michael J. Fox's trilogy. Having thoroughly enjoyed this book, I bought the other two. I can't wait to listen to those books as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1715)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1093)

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "Humorous True Story"
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    Hiis story, excellently read by him, is a fairly humorous, yet poignant, account of a poor Scottsman, an ex alcoholic who fought his demons to become a late night talk show host here in America. Yes, he's funny and sarcastic but his life certainly was not an easy one. He struggled with alcoholism and drugs for much of his life and overcame his addictions. Craig tells his story, exposing all his faults and not holding anything back. His autobiography was impossible to stop listening to, I played it continually. There was always some adventure, some excitement and some demons that made for one of the most honest, heartfelt autobiographies ever. Success didn't come easily. He worked hard and many roadblocks were placed in his path. But he persevered, culminating in his very own TV show. If you are familiiar with the show, you already know his personality and his way with words. And his autobiography is like his show, irrevent, quirky and honest. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.t I wished it go on forever. Listening to Craig tell his story felt like listening to an old friend. A friend who has a true gift off humor which permeates throughout. This is one book that I could listen to again, not something I usually feel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2308)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1030)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "Wonderful Story and Excellent Reader"
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    I heard the author interviewed on NPR and immediately came to Audible to download this novel. The prize-winning book tells the story of a Dominican family that moves to The USA. The writing is incredibley intoxicating, I couldn't stop listening to the story unfold against the background of Dominican dictatorship, the grittiness of life relocated to another country. As a reader I usually stick to history and science, but this novel was a welcome respite.

    The story itself unwinds in a logical and sometimes surprising manner. Oscar is a nerd caught up in a culture that is anything but nerdy. His life is a struggle. Girls were not in Oscar's life, he was more interested in science fiction and fantasy.

    Mr. Diaz is an enticing writer, so well written that it almost seems realistic and magical. The reader is one of the best I have heard. His style is relaxed and natural, making the characters and story come to life. I loved this book so much that I felt compelled to write this, my first Audible review. I will be looking for other books by this author. And I will also search for other books by the reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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