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John

Henderson, NV, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 1919

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Dos Passos
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    With 1919, the second volume of his U.S.A. trilogy, John Dos Passos continues his "vigorous and sweeping panorama of 20th-century America" (Forum), lauded on publication of the first volume not only for its scope but also for its groundbreaking style. The novel opens to find America and the world at war, and Dos Passos's characters, many of whom we met in the first volume, are thrown into the snarl.

    Kindle Customer says: "Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in story form"
    "The Best of the U.S.A. Trilogy"
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    Would you listen to 1919 again? Why?

    It was too long to listen to again and there was nothing in particular I would want more insight or clarification.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Most every review has already said it. The trilogy really is a great panoramic view of America at the beginning of the 20th century. There are some real historical events in the book, but even the fictional events are just as good as facts because they paint what at least seems to be a very true picture of the way things were.


    Which character – as performed by David Drummond – was your favorite?

    No characters really standout. I think that was intentional. Many are weaved in and out at different points of the book without specific focus on any particular characters. The characters are really archetypes, e.g. the ad man represents all ad men and the secretary represents all secretaries (somehow in a unique and timeless way)


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The U.S.A. Trilogy really is one long, seamless book, but the way it is written, you can read any one of the books without needing to read the others and feel like you had a full story. In my opinion, 1919 was the best because it was the most eventful. The 42nd Parallel was good too and did a good job of setting up the trilogy, especially 1919. The last book, Big Money, was a little slow and repetitive to me. I would only recommend reading that book if you are really in love with the characters and need to find out what happens with the rest of their story.

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  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Robert M. Pirsig
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (548)

    This thought-provoking journal of a man's quest for truth - and for himself - has touched and changed an entire generation, and is ready to reach out to a new one. At its heart, the story is all too simple: a man and his son take a motorcycle trip across America. But this is not a simple trip at all, for around every corner, their pilgrimage leads them to new vistas of self-discovery and renewal.

    Carl says: "definitive version, hasn't aged too badly"
    "Must Read/Listen"
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    Where does Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top tier.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?

    Their return to Montana.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The reconciliation near end of book.


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

    Your ghosts will always follow you.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3437)
    Performance
    (1190)
    Story
    (1189)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Literally Life Changing"
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    Where does The Omnivore's Dilemma rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Literally life changing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The information and presentation of information.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Customers going to outdoor slaughterhouse to watch food being slaughtered.


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

    The model for mobile farming.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (748)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Heavy Breathing Detracts from Great Book"
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    Where does The Swerve rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite non-fiction books.


    What other book might you compare The Swerve to and why?

    Destiny Disrupted. Both presented historic facts like a dramatic story (in a good way).


    What aspect of Edoardo Ballerini’s performance would you have changed?

    Improve breathing, eliminate heavy breaths.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1891)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (912)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Hilarious Masterpiece by Novice Writer"
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    What did you love best about A Confederacy of Dunces?

    Non-stop laughs and great narration of character accents.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Confederacy of Dunces?

    Ignatius' attempted coup of Levy Pants.


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

    Colorful voices and accents.


    If you could take any character from A Confederacy of Dunces out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ignatius. It would be an unforgettably outrageous night.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3032)
    Performance
    (1724)
    Story
    (1748)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Epic Work of Literature and Philosophy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fountainhead to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Subtle philosophical undertones written in such a masterful prose and intricate plot.


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

    None.


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

    Too long for that. But I never would have stopped the tape if I had the time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Barry Bostwick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (298)

    At 31, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At 29, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle.

    Shelly says: "Need tissues for this one"
    "Loved the Movie, Hated the Book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book seems to target a less sophisticated audience who wants there hand held through every page and needs to be kept awake with melodrama and cheesy romance.


    What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sparks’s story?

    Lack of development in characters and story lines and individual scenes.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Narration was good.


    What character would you cut from The Notebook?

    None.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (49)

    Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband - and Russian high society - would condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of life - a mirror of Tolstoy’s own spiritual crisis - Konstantine is haunted by thoughts of suicide.

    K. W. Lowery says: "Flawless novel, masterfully narrated"
    "Narration Echoed"
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    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There was a slight/faint, but noticeable echo of the narration throughout the entire recording.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Leo Tolstoy? Why or why not?

    Probably not. 60% great story. 40% unnecessary information, which adds up in a book of this length.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was great, but recording had the echo issue.


    Was Anna Karenina worth the listening time?

    Just because it was a classic worth experiencing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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