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James

Closter, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Shakespeare: The World as Stage

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (309)

    William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

    Charles L. Burkins says: "Too Little, Too Short"
    "Bill Bryson has done it again!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I liked the way that Bryson was able to take a man that little is known about, and distill down the entire spectrum of theories into a reasonable view of the type of man Shakespeare could have been.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Bryson has a good sense of humor and I did find myself chuckling a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    Bill Bryson's narration, as always, is great. I found myself looking for an excuse to go for a drive just so I could listen to this book more. I always like it when the author narrates their own book, it feels more personal that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1497)
    Performance
    (1281)
    Story
    (1282)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "An Interesting Take on Everyday Items!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A History of the World in 6 Glasses the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was very good which, of course, is key to the Audible experience.


    What other book might you compare A History of the World in 6 Glasses to and why?

    It's similar in the way it is presented to Bill Bryson's At Home: A Short HIstory of Private Life. Both stories take an aspect of their subject and talk about how they came about.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It very well could have been if time had allowed for it, but it's the kind of book that works well while driving around in the car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, and the Unique Child who Became Theodore Roosevelt

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma, and his struggle to manhood.

    Michael O'Brien says: "Great!"
    "Usual Outstanding Work from David McCullough!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Mornings on Horseback the most enjoyable?

    As always McCullough draws his audience in and you feel like you intimately know TR in his youth.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ability to see the genesis of such a complex person like Roosevelt, who had done so much in his later years.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Stellar as always, Edward Herrmann has a voice for storytelling.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if time permitted it would have been a great story to have listened to in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book, and will most likely get the unabridged version now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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