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Ian

ratings
17
REVIEWS
5
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
8

  • Alice Behind Wonderland

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London. Simon Winchester deftly uses the resulting image - as unsettling as it is famous, and the subject of bottomless speculation - as the vehicle for a brief excursion behind the lens, a focal point on the origins of a classic work of English literature.

    Ian says: "Not Long Enough"
    "Not Long Enough"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I won't comment on the controversy around the photo. The story is quite brilliant in tracing the beginnings of photography, and Dodgson finding his voice and famous pseudonym. Winchester is an excellent story teller and always dependable. In this instance, the story is too short. When lost for something to read, I turn to Winchester and am never disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Feelgood: The Story of the Doctor Who Influenced History by Treating and Drugging Prominent Figures Including President Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard A. Lertzman, William J. Birnes
    • Narrated By Don Azevedo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    An historical exposé of the mysterious doctor who changed the course of the 20th century, with interviews by George Clooney, Yogi Berra, and others. Doctor Max Jacobson, whom the Secret Service under President John F. Kennedy code-named “Dr. Feelgood,” developed a unique “energy formula” that altered the paths of some of the 20th century’s most iconic figures, including President and Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis.

    richard says: "tabloid drivel"
    "A Fun Summer Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    An entertaining story. Well narrated. I like to know the back-story of the main character and this book does not disappoint. The conspiracy theories about JFK and Nixon are a wee farfetched, but it only adds to the allure of Dr. Feelgood. Just sit back and let the sun warm you, this is a great listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2945)
    Performance
    (2661)
    Story
    (2652)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really wanted to like this book. The title and topic attracted me, but it was the bigotry that ruined it. Kyle refers to the Iraqis as "Savages" and "the Bad Guys" and repeatedly talks about Iraqis murdering Americans, yet Americans killed the enemy. He still thinks there were WMD's, he knows better than his commanders and his priorities are a little whack. At one point he said he would defend his country and protect his family, but criticizes Iraqis for doing the same. Kyle loves his job and his passion for his comrades and country pours through. The narrator is perfectly matched to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (110)

    Talk about a fish story! New York Times and Harper's columnist Mark Kurlansky offers "history filtered through the gills of the fish trade." David McCullough, the historian behind John Adams, says Kurlansky's "charming tale" of a "seemingly improbable idea" will change the way people think of the fish and the history.

    Karen says: "A great fish story"
    "Great Story, Poor Narrator"
    Overall

    As always, MK is full of facts and stories that invites the reader in. For anyone wanting a great read by MK, try SALT. Unfortunately the narrator's very poor accents (he's obviously never been to Newfoundland), and bad pronunciations (it's newfenland, not new foundlend + many others) took away from what would have been a better book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Naming of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Tom Cotcher
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    July 2005, and the G8 leaders have gathered in Scotland. With daily marches, demonstrations, and scuffles, the police are at full stretch. Detective Inspector John Rebus, however, has been sidelined, until the apparent suicide of an MP coincides with clues that a serial killer may be on the loose. The authorities are keen to hush up both, for fear of overshadowing a meeting of global importance. But Rebus has never been one to stick to the rules.

    Ian says: "pefectly Complex"
    "pefectly Complex"
    Overall

    Ian Rankin and Rebus at their best. The complex stories and characters draw you in. International intrigue, flawed characters, drink, local justice, the bending of rules, disapproving superiors ... it's all here. An MP's murder (or was it?) leads you down the path to a serial murderer, politics, money, lovers, power, and fine descriptions of Scotland. The narrator is brilliant.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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