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J Douglas

Higginsville, MO, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James McManus
    • Narrated By James McManus
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    In the spring of 2000, Harper's magazine sent James McManus to Las Vegas to cover the World Series of Poker. But when McManus sets foot in town, the lure of the tables is too strong: he proceeds to risk his entire Harper's advance in a long-shot attempt to play in the tournament himself. Only with actual table experience (he tells his skeptical wife) can he capture the hair-raising subtleties of poker that determines the world champion.

    Dave G. says: "Ted Binion, World Series of Poker, Strippers"
    "What fabulous insight!"
    Overall

    WOW! :O That's the best way to describe this book! Mr. McManus' prose and delivery style is the best I've ever heard from any audio book. The story does start out very grizzly, so be prepared for that if you're sensitive to descriptive violence. Also, be sure that you've taken your blood pressure medicine during the author's recounting of his experience during the WSoP tournament. The way Mr. McManus describes the developement of the hands had me feeling nearly as anxious as if the hands were mine! This is a great book for anyone interested in well written, well delivered dramas, and its a MUST HAVE for anyone with even a passing interest in the game of poker.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thud!: Discworld #30

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (527)

    Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch will be damned if he lets anyone disturb his city's always tentative peace, and that includes a rabble-rousing dwarf from the sticks who's been stirring up trouble on the eve of the anniversary of one of Discworld's most infamous historical events.

    Barbara says: "Better with each novel"
    "Wonderful Listen"
    Overall

    I must admit a bias toward Nigel Planar as the narrator of the Discworld books, but Stephen Briggs does a fantastic job in this book. His voicing of Cmd. Samuel Vimes is superb, as is his voicings for the various dwarves and trolls. I have to agree with the previous reviewer, though, that this book is not suited for the new reader. There's much about the Discworld and Ankh Morpork that Pratchett assumes the reader already knows. BTW, if you enjoyed this book, go out and buy the children's book "Where's My Cow?" that's mention in this novel. ...yes, he really did publish "Where's My Cow?" :D Its fabulous!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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