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James

JimLuckett

boxborough, ma, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (391)

    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    E. Smakman says: "Gripping, once you get into it"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    Boring, boring, boring. There is a minimum of 15 words for a review but I don't have anything more to say about this book so this sentence is just filler.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fibber in the Heat: Following England in India - A Blagger's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Miles Jupp
    • Narrated By Miles Jupp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Fanatical about cricket since he was a boy, Miles Jupp would do anything to see his heroes play. But perhaps deciding to bluff his way into the press corps during England's Test series in India wasn't his best idea. By claiming to be the cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland and getting a job with the (Welsh) Western Mail, Miles lands the press pass that will surely be the ticket to his dreams. Soon, he finds himself in cricket heaven - drinking with David Gower and Beefy, and sharing bar room banter with Nasser Hussain.

    James says: "Bailed out after 2 chapters -- nothin' happening"
    "Bailed out after 2 chapters -- nothin' happening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How could the performance have been better?

    A real voice actor would have done better.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it a good try, but after 2 chapters with no interesting characters developed and very little plot development, I couldn't go on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sober for Good: New Solutions for Drinking Problems, Advice From Those Who Have Succeeded

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Anne M. Fletcher
    • Narrated By Anne M. Fletcher
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Finally someone has gone straight to the real experts: hundreds of men and women who have resolved a drinking problem. Best-selling author Anne M. Fletcher asked them a simple question: how did you do it? The result is the first completely unbiased guide for problem drinkers, which shatters long-held assumptions about alcohol recovery.

    Rod Morgan says: "Useful research, but not a how-to"
    "Helpful to Learn What Works for Different Folk"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Sober for Good rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    high


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    NA


    What does Anne M. Fletcher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her mouth and eyeballs


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Most people in her sample felt "one day at a time" was not the right approach for them. Most felt the key to their success was deciding never to drink again. They needed to change their self-concept from "drinker" to "non-drinker" and to commit to themselves the change was fundamental and permanent. Even most of her AA participants said they just quietly dissented from the "one day at a time" precept of AA. Remember, her sample is only people who have been sober for at least 5 years, so it is not representative of a sample that includes people who try and fail.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of Eden

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1270)
    Performance
    (1095)
    Story
    (1110)

    This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

    Suzn F says: "Epic story of Love and Loss"
    "Brutal, sordid, depressing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    You might enjoy this if you are entertained by brutality and cold, calculating characters with abominable values.


    Has East of Eden turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. Forget Steibeck.


    What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

    Good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Revulsion.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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