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Joshua

Waterloo, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2056)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1136)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "interesting"
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    Would you listen to Catch-22 again? Why?

    yeah, actually I think im gonna


    What other book might you compare Catch-22 to and why?

    Im not sure there is any other book that is compareable


    What does Jay O. Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he is a fantastic narrator


    If you could take any character from Catch-22 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Judge. I cant recall his name but he was awesome


    Any additional comments?

    hilarious

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (286)

    It was just another day on the job for 53-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship.

    AudioAddict says: "Pirates of the ... Gulf of Aden"
    "More of a love story than a story of pirates"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The majority of the book book was boring. Its a love story about him and his wife. Not much action and everytime it does get interesting it reverts back to his wife and how strong she is.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Tell the story of samali pirates and not of some dude who thinks he's above other people cause he is irish and from boston. Its a regular man telling his story but because he is a Bostonian he has to let you know that about 500 times in the book. its annoying


    What three words best describe George K. Wilson’s voice?

    Not Scott Brick


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

    no way


    Any additional comments?

    don't waste your credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lamar Waldron
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    John F. Kennedy’s assassination launched a frantic search to find his killers. It also launched a flurry of covert actions by Lyndon Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, and other top officials to hide the fact that in November 1963 the United States was on the brink of invading Cuba, as part of a JFK-authorized coup. The plan’s exposure could have led to a nuclear confrontation with Russia, but the cover-up prevented a full investigation into Kennedy’s assassination, a legacy of secrecy that would impact American politics and foreign policy for the next forty-five years.

    Joshua says: "Couldn't get through it!"
    "Couldn't get through it!"
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    Would you try another book from Lamar Waldron and/or Tom Weiner?

    I doubt it


    What didn’t you like about Tom Weiner’s performance?

    It was read to fast. Way to many characters


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Read the prequel maybe will help

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Satan's Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Mike Dash
    • Narrated By David Ackroyd
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    They called it Satan's Circus - a square mile of Midtown Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every doorway. At the turn of the twentieth century, murder was so common in the vice district that few people were surprised when the loudmouthed owner of a shabby casino was gunned down on the steps of its best hotel. But when, two weeks later, an ambitious district attorney charged young policeman Charley Becker with ordering the murder, even the denizens of Satan's Circus were surprised.

    Joshua says: "Very good book from start to finish"
    "Very good book from start to finish"
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    Would you listen to Satan's Circus again? Why?

    Yes. It was interesting and educational


    What did you like best about this story?

    It flip flops half way through and the fact it's nonfiction


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

    No but I will


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a good book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational, and Scientific

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Martin A. Lee
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Martin A. Lee traces the dramatic social history of marijuana, from its origins to its emergence in the 1960s as a defining force in a culture war that has never ceased. Lee describes how the illicit marijuana subculture overcame government opposition and morphed into a dynamic, multibillion-dollar industry. Colorful, illuminating, and at times irreverent, this is a fascinating listen for recreational users and patients, students and doctors, musicians and accountants, Baby Boomers and their kids, and anyone who has ever wondered about the secret life of this ubiquitous herb.

    Blake says: "A hard book for me to rate"
    "Couldnt finish"
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    What would have made Smoke Signals better?

    The narrator has never smoked weed or been layed He is dull and and kills the whole book it would be impossible to finish


    Would you recommend Smoke Signals to your friends? Why or why not?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Nick Podehl’s performance?

    Everything. I didn't like any aspect of his performance period


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

    boredom. tried listening but it is impossible to get into


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mara Leveritt
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (122)

    “Free the West Memphis Three!” - maybe you’ve heard the phrase, but do you know why their story is so alarming? Do you know the facts? The guilty verdicts handed out to three Arkansas teens in a horrific capital murder case were popular in their home state - even upheld on appeal. But after two HBO documentaries called attention to the witch-hunt atmosphere at the trials, artists and other supporters raised concerns about the accompanying lack of evidence.

    La Becket says: "Surprisingly disappointing"
    "A MUST READ! A MUST LISTEN!"
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    Where does Devil’s Knot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    its one of the best books ive listened to so far. absolutely amazing


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fact that Damion at the age of 18 was actually smarter than the judge, prosecutor, and pretty much the entire court room was pretty moving


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4437)
    Performance
    (2130)
    Story
    (2155)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "very impressed"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Devil in the White City the most enjoyable?

    scott brick


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

    He does an awesome job like always


    Any additional comments?

    fantastic book Eric Larson is a great author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Highway: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Narrated By Luis Alberto Urrea
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    The author of Across the Wire offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out.

    Arthur says: "Not that great"
    "slow at the beginning"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and no. Very frustrating at times the beginning is half Spanish.


    What three words best describe Luis Alberto Urrea’s performance?

    Probably wont listen to another again


    Was The Devil's Highway worth the listening time?

    Yeah I guess so


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets in the Cellar: The True Story of the Austrian Incest Case That Shocked the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Glatt
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    Josef Fritzl was a 73-year-old retired engineer in Austria. He seemed to be living a normal life with his wife, Rosemarie, and their family - though one daughter, Elisabeth, had decades earlier been "lost" to a religious cult. Throughout the years, three of Elisabeth's children mysteriously appeared on the Fritzls' doorstep; Josef and Rosemarie raised them as their own. But only Josef knew the truth about Elisabeth's disappearance.... For 27 years, Josef had imprisoned and molested Elisabeth in his man-made basement dungeon.

    Eric Schurr says: "One of the most riveting and disturbing books ever"
    "crazy and disturbing"
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    What did you love best about Secrets in the Cellar?

    Im a big believer that non fiction is better than fiction and unfortunately this story makes that statement true. Its a horrible true thriller for anyone wanting to read it


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way the author and narrator made you feel like you were right there.


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    awesome narrator!!!


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

    I would never want to make a film of this book, Way to disturbing


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ray Monk
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (35)

    Robert Oppenheimer was among the most brilliant and divisive of men. As head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, he oversaw the successful effort to beat the Nazis in the race to develop the first atomic bomb – a breakthrough that was to have eternal ramifications for mankind and that made Oppenheimer the “Father of the Atomic Bomb.” But with his actions leading up to that great achievement, he also set himself on a dangerous collision course with Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch-hunters. In Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center, Ray Monk, author of peerless biographies of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell, goes deeper than any previous biographer in the quest to solve the enigma of Oppenheimer’s motivations and his complex personality.

    david says: "Nearly Perfect"
    "Interesting"
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    Where does Robert Oppenheimer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was educational but very long


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Goes into way to much detail about oppenheimers parents and other siblings


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

    I haven't


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

    The unknown genius


    Any additional comments?

    Its an interesting listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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