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Joel

Dunwoody, GA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Churchills: In Love and War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mary S. Lovell
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    The first Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722) was a soldier of such genius that a lavish palace, Blenheim, was built to honor his triumphs. Succeeding generations of Churchills sometimes achieved distinction but also included profligates and womanizers, and were saddled with the ruinous upkeep of Blenheim. The Churchills were an extraordinary family: ambitious, impecunious, impulsive, brave, and arrogant. Winston - recently voted "The Greatest Briton" - dominates them all. His failures and triumphs are revealed in the context of a poignant and sometimes tragic private life.

    Donald says: "Interesting information for Churchill aficionados"
    "If you like US or Peoples magazine this is for you"
    Overall

    I am a big Winston Churchill fan so I thought this would be good. I was mistaken. It probably appeals to a certain segment that would have been glued to the recent English wedding, but if you are a normal guy there are better books to pick. I think the reader does a good job, but the material is hard to take.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23678)
    Performance
    (19673)
    Story
    (19660)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "I like this a lot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl on the Train to be better than the print version?

    Yes, especially the use of three readers. I think listening to it would have been better than reading it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gutenberg's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alix Christie
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, the wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corruption- riddled, feud-plagued Mainz to meet "a most amazing man." Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary - and, to some, blasphemous - method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press.

    Joel says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't believe I listened to the whole thing, there were many times I was ready to stop listening but followed through waiting for the good parts that never came.


    Has Gutenberg's Apprentice turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but maybe from this author


    What character would you cut from Gutenberg's Apprentice?

    Pretty much all of them although Gutenberg seems pretty neat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (5968)
    Performance
    (5198)
    Story
    (5211)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Good read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up David and Goliath in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting educational book


    Would you recommend David and Goliath to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, a lot of interesting facts


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is fine but I am not sure he brought anything more than anyone else


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

    I could have done that, but I didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way, and It Wasn’t My Fault, and I’ll Never Do It Again

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By P. J. O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    P.J. O’Rourke began writing funny things in 1960s underground newspapers, became editor-in-chief of National Lampoon, then spent 20 years reporting for Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly as the world’s only trouble spot humorist, going to wars, riots, rebellions, and other "Holidays in Hell” in more than 40 countries.

    Geoffrey says: "Do not bother"
    "This is not about the baby boom"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone you wants to read an autobiography of PJ O'Rourke


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Utopia


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    None


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

    Sadness, I love PJ O'Rourke's work and this just wasn't very good.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an autobiographical work of PJ ORourke life as a child and college student, that is all. Yes it is funny at times, but it is many something some aging babyboomer writes in his diary. I was very disappointed, since Mr. ORourke may write goofy stuff but it is funny, this is mostly his remembrance of his early life. Sorry PJ but this is just not anywhere up to your usual stuff, I wasted one of my audible credits on this and several hours waiting to get to the good part, that never came, even if your college life was a lot more interesting than mine.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paris: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Jean Gilpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (404)

    Internationally best-selling author Edward Rutherfurd has enchanted millions of readers with his sweeping, multigenerational dramas that illuminate the great achievements and travails throughout history. In this breathtaking saga of love, war, art, and intrigue, Rutherfurd has set his sights on the most magnificent city in the world: Paris. Moving back and forth in time across centuries, the story unfolds through intimate and vivid tales of self-discovery, divided loyalties, passion, and long-kept secrets of characters both fictional and real, all set against the backdrop of the glorious city.

    Kathi says: "Rutherfurd's "Paris"--C'est très bien!"
    "Just Too Long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Make it shorter


    What was most disappointing about Edward Rutherfurd’s story?

    It was not nearly as good as London.


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

    Jean did fine, no problem on the reading.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (2118)
    Story
    (2135)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Good book until the end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Wool? What did you like least?

    This was a pretty good book until the end, very weak ending. Worth buying but it is not likely to the best book you have gotten from audible. The author is new so as a first try this worked out well for him. The performer did a good job of reading the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not, but then I don't go to many movies, if it was free on a plane flight I might watch it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3302)
    Performance
    (2920)
    Story
    (2922)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Just OK"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    If you haven't listen/read the first book, Prelude, don't get this one. It would be too confusing. While the first book was excellent, this was not. The story line was hard to follow at times and some of the material didn't make a lot of sense in light of the first book. I was excited to read this book but it didn't just stand up to the first book. It is Ok but not great.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Justin Cronin again?

    I will probably listen to the third book in the series.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think he does good on the male voices, maybe not as good on the females. I often wish they had two readers for a book, one a male and the other a female. I like to listen while I am doing something else, like walking the dog or doing a hobby, you can't read.


    Was The Twelve: A Novel worth the listening time?

    Not overly, but it is fine, the first book definitely is worth it, hopefully the third book in the series will be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (577)

    In Physics of the Future, Michio Kaku—the New York Times best-selling author of Physics of the Impossible—gives us a stunning, provocative, and exhilarating vision of the coming century based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists who are already inventing the future in their labs. The result is the most authoritative and scientifically accurate description of revolutionary developments taking place....

    Gordon Lamb says: "Interesting Content, Irritating Reader"
    "It is fine"
    Overall

    It is an acceptable book with some interesting parts. This is probably a better read than listen to book.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2373)
    Performance
    (1580)
    Story
    (1589)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "One of the finest audiobooks I have heard"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    I guess if you are into Henry and Cromwell this might not be too bad, but it is very confusing. I don't think I will finish it. I won't get it, sorry I bought it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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