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Jeremy

There was one chapter on cryptography and I found it fascinating...

tokyo | Member Since 2011

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  • Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Darren Reynolds
    • Narrated By Diane Sawyer
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (545)

    This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    mary says: "Compelling"
    "(2 + 4 + 1 ) / 3 = 2.33333333333"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story is well told, but it's about as true as the bible is... maybe 20% history and 80% rectal suppository...


    Has Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Which character – as performed by Diane Sawyer – was your favorite?

    Kennedy


    Was Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later worth the listening time?

    Yes, but it took me months to listen...


    Any additional comments?

    stop self-promoting, ABC!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Room

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Robert Ellis
    • Narrated By Jim McCance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (340)

    A young woman is found, brutally murdered and left on gruesome display in the "safety" of her own home. The atrocity kicks off an investigation into a bizarre string of increasingly disturbing murders, all believed to be perpetrated by someone of unprecedented savagery and cunning.

    kelly says: "Intense, intricate story, superb narration"
    ""it hung there" -- (used about every 10 pages)"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the book/recording had stopped about 1 hour before it ended, it had a descent ending. But then it just spiraled out of control. It wasn't a good book to begin with, but then during the last hour it really spun out of control...


    What could Robert Ellis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Probably... not written it. However, it was mildly entertaining. I could have gone without the masturbation scene, no offense but... eww... it did NOT fit into the story.


    What about Jim McCance’s performance did you like?

    He does good voices...


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    seems like a high school student wrote this book, and then put it into a blender... too many CATCH PHRASES!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Farewell: The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sergei Kostin, Eric Raynaud, Catherine Cauvin-Higgins (translator)
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    1981: Ronald Reagan’s inauguration marks a new escalation in the United States’ Cold War with the USSR. Months later, François Mitterrand is elected president of France with the support of the French Communist Party. The predicted tension between these two men, however, is immediately defused when Mitterrand gives Reagan the Farewell dossier, a file he would later call "one of the greatest spy cases of the 20th century".

    DS says: "ESPIONAGE GEEKS TAKE NOTICE"
    "So well written! But too much credit to Reagan"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a very easy to understand yet detailed work...


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There is no ending as such... Just a very slow and long burning fire!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes in Canada...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Just Who is this Man in Moscow!?


    Any additional comments?

    Would have been better without the "Reagan knew what he was doing all along and the SDI was a good use of money...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 48 Laws of Power

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1225)

    Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers.

    Ricardo says: "Not a how to guide .."
    "Worth it if only for thr style!"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Greene and/or Don Leslie?

    Yes!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending!? This is a collection of parables, not a fictional story...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Louis XIV getting rid of Nicolas Fouquet.


    Could you see The 48 Laws of Power being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    maybe a TV show, but it would have to be on PBS


    Any additional comments?

    The "laws" he mentions are over-broad, generalized, and very contradictory.

    The style is very pompous, but I liked that aspect of it, ironically.

    However, in terms of the historical accuracy of this author's analyses, I would say he's very much trying to push square pegs into round holes...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3756)
    Performance
    (2774)
    Story
    (2783)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "One of the GREAT BOOKS out there..."
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    What did you love best about The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?

    It seems like an extremely long book when you first start, but it flies by like a good movie. I found this book enthralling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This question is clearly meant for works of fiction. This is a book of history, not fiction. However, I think the author did manage to tell this important history in a very narrative and exciting way.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    History happens in the span of a minute.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't go through the whole book in one sitting. Split it up over a month or two, peppered with other works about WWII.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Miklos Nyiszli, Richard Seaver (translator), Tibere Kremer (translator)
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    Dennis says: "Just wow."
    "Most difficult book I've ever read..."
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Noah Michael Levine?

    He was far too manly and brash to read this book...


    Do you think Auschwitz needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. It ends too abruptly.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (564)

    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Meryl H. Ruth says: "Overcome with Emotion"
    "Probably one of the BEST Holocaust books out there"
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    Would you listen to The Seamstress again? Why?

    Yes. It's amazingly well written and harrowing in its detail of personal suffering and overcoming of that suffering.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seamstress?

    The scenes of the author riding on a bus in Bucharest and seeing men hanging on meat hooks in the town square... just so scary!


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

    No. It's too much. It's very dark at times.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE the accent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1756)
    Performance
    (1535)
    Story
    (1540)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "So well written! So powerful overall!"
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    Would you listen to Helter Skelter again? Why?

    Yes. I'd listen again. Though no right away. It was a bit heavy and dark at times. The chapters on the Beatles White Album were enough to drive almost anyone mad!


    What other book might you compare Helter Skelter to and why?

    The Stranger Besides Me by Anne Rule... intimate portraits of a serial killer...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amityville Horror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jay Anson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (395)

    In December 1975, the Lutz family moved into their new home on suburban Long Island. George and Kathleen Lutz knew that, one year earlier, Ronald DeFeo had murdered his parents, brothers, and sisters in the house, but the property - complete with boathouse and swimming pool - and the price were too good to pass up. This is the shocking true story of an American dream that turned into a nightmare beyond imagining for the Lutz family, who were forced to flee their new home in terror.

    JRM says: "Maybe, Maybe Not"
    "Save your money and your time - SKIP THIS FRAUD"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who enjoy fantasy.


    What could Jay Anson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not committed a blatant act of fraud and not written a work of fiction!


    What three words best describe Ray Porter’s performance?

    did his best


    What character would you cut from The Amityville Horror?

    the author


    Any additional comments?

    skip it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fresh Air Archive: Robert Jay Lifton and Herb Jeffries

    • NONE (1 hr)
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    Jeremy says: "DOESN'T WORK... but I was still charged money!"
    "DOESN'T WORK... but I was still charged money!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    DOESN'T WORK... but I was still charged money!


    Would you ever listen to anything by the author again?

    DOESN'T WORK... but I was still charged money!


    How could the performance have been better?

    DOESN'T WORK... but I was still charged money!


    What character would you cut from Fresh Air Archive?

    DOESN'T WORK... but I was still charged money!


    Any additional comments?

    DOESN'T WORK... but I was still charged money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hear No Evil: Scientific Analysis of the Forensic Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donald Byron Thomas
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Groundbreaking scientific analysis that breaks the JFK assassination wide open! Did a shot from the "grassy knoll" kill President Kennedy? If so, was Oswald part of a conspiracy or an innocent patsy? Why have scientific experts who examined the evidence failed to put such questions to rest? In 2001, scientist Dr. Donald Byron Thomas published a peer-reviewed article that revived the debate over the finding by the House Select Committee on Assassinations that there had indeed been a shot from the grassy knoll, caught on a police dictabelt recording.

    Parrish says: "Most Comprehensive Assassination Book To Date"
    "A Book Like No Other (in terms of the JFK killing)"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hear No Evil?

    the facts... Golden facts that very few other books have. I enjoyed the fact that this book is all science and no speculation.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    There was much more good technology in 1978 than I had thought...


    Any additional comments?

    A VERY good book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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