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Emily

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  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (644)

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
    "Laughed my way through the book..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! I learned and laughed a lot. Bryson has a way of making you feel as though you're along for the journey.


    What didn’t you like about Rob McQuay’s performance?

    McQuay has such a boring voice. I wish more than anything that Bill Bryson narrated it himself as he does in the abridged version. I really felt like his narration did the book such an injustice.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamers and Deceivers: True and Untold Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By Jeremy Lowell
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    The new nonfiction from number-one best-selling author and popular radio and television host Glenn Beck.

    Gil says: "Astounding History stories gather life"
    "One of my favorite listens...EVER."
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    What did you love best about Dreamers and Deceivers?

    Such a great mix of history and drama. Really enjoyed each story and learned something I didn't know in each chapter. The chapter about Desi and Lucy had me all chocked up!


    Any additional comments?

    I like this compilation because it makes it easy to listen to and come back to. I like my share of 30 hour novels but every once in a while it's nice to have something to break it up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (689)

    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Molly says: "Mysterious DEMISE of "old blood and guts" Patton"
    "great history, great story"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved all the history. Touched on a lot of points of WWII. Told in an interesting way.


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to his others and it sounds exactly like them. He is not my favorite narrator. He is tolerable at best. At least his narration doesn't ruin the book like some others I've listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth the listen. Interesting, not too in-depth historical details.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Donald L. Miller
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (292)

    This is the dramatic story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep. With the narrative power of fiction, this is a harrowing ride through the fire-filled skies over Berlin, Hanover, and Dresden. Fighting at twenty-five thousand feet in thin, freezing air no warriors had encountered before, bomber crews battled new kinds of assaults on body and mind. Air combat was deadly but intermittent: periods of inactivity and anxiety were followed by short bursts of fire and fear.

    Olaf says: "Facts and Emotions Masterfully Combined"
    "SO comprehensive but..."
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    If you could sum up Masters of the Air in three words, what would they be?

    comprehensive, interesting, slow


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robertson Dean’s performances?

    Absolutely not. He is the reason I can't rate this book higher. I think I would prefer listening to Siri narrate a book. Oh wait, his narration is akin to that.


    Any additional comments?

    This is by far the most comprehensive book about the 8th air force (or any other branch of the military) that I've ever read/heard. Not one detail is skimmed over or lost. That makes the book rather slow moving but not uninteresting. Perhaps a different narrator could have breathed some life into the book. I don't want to make it seem like I didn't enjoy it, I only wish to convey the fact that this doesn't "read" like a novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1924)
    Performance
    (1788)
    Story
    (1780)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "hilarious, spot on look at being a parent"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dad Is Fat the most enjoyable?

    Listening to this book is like listening to a 5 hour stand up routine about parenting. It's the perfect "break" from the every day routine and made me appreciate the small things about being a parent.


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

    I'm not one to laugh out loud often or easily but this book had me doing both.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes books feel like they're never going to end, this one ended too soon. I'm ready for the sequel "Dad is Fatter".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18691)
    Performance
    (16637)
    Story
    (16599)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "excellent story, but..."
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    Any additional comments?

    I would LOVE to give this book 5 stars all around but I can't. I was so disappointed in Mr. King's overuse of profanities that I can't give it the 5 stars it deserves. I suppose I should have anticipated an "R" rated book but it was just so unnecessary and added nothing to the story that it left me disappointed and almost had me giving it up on more than one occasion.

    As for the content of the book, it is EXCELLENT. Very entertaining and it is difficult to stop listening. Gripping from almost the first chapter.

    If you can get past the profanities and the less than subtle political leanings, you'll love the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13642)
    Performance
    (9470)
    Story
    (9531)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "BEST book so far! Couldn't stop listening."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    I glanced through the print version and noticed there were a bunch of pictures. I would have liked to see those but considering I have zero time to read, this was the perfect way to get through the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    The whole thing. I was gripped from the moment it started.


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

    YES! I lamented every time I had to stop or pause it.


    Any additional comments?

    Riveting, life changing and oddly uplifting. So well written and well narrated. I'm sure this will be one I'll listen to more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2706)
    Performance
    (1419)
    Story
    (1424)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "such a fan of Bill Bryson"
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    Any additional comments?

    Bryson writes about the kinds of things I think and wonder about every day. He delves into such detail and has made living in my own house just a bit more interesting. Thank you for writing books I love to listen to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7212)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (3007)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "short history might be a little misleading"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Short History of Nearly Everything the most enjoyable?

    The narration was wonderful. I think I would have stopped listening long before I did if the narrator's voice weren't so engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was really interesting it just got tedious and jammed with detail. It's interesting to listen to an informative book but it makes it harder to stick with it and pay attention when there is absolutely no plot. Written well, good flow, very informative - enjoyed it. If you're interested in this book, perhaps get the abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
    • Narrated By Brian Kilmeade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (296)

    From the cohost of Fox & Friends, the true story of the anonymous spies who helped win the Revolutionary War. Among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution, six names are missing. First and foremost, Robert Townsend, an unassuming and respected businessman from Long Island, who spearheaded the spy ring that covertly brought down the British

    Charlene says: "Worst Reader Ever!"
    "Interesting story, terrible narration."
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    Would you listen to George Washington's Secret Six again? Why?

    Yes. The story was interesting and it's interesting to hear about some of America's heroes we know little or nothing about.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of George Washington's Secret Six?

    The details surrounding the people involved in espionage.


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

    No. But I never like to listen to any book all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator (also the author) was terrible. He's a great author, terrible narrator. It makes the book hard to listen to. His syntax and annunciation are terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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