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K. J. Kendall

stonewulf

United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Angel Killer: A True Story of Cannibalism, Crime Fighting, and Insanity in New York City

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Deborah Blum
    • Narrated By Deborah Blum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    In the mid-1920s, young children began to vanish from neighborhoods around New York City. It took the police a decade to find their abductor, an unassuming 64-year-old handyman named Albert Fish. Fish had committed crimes of unspeakable horror: He had not only abducted and murdered the children, but also tortured and, in some cases, eaten them. During Fish's trial, some of the country's most prominent psychiatrists debated the exact nature of Fish's crimes. Was he evil or insane? Who had the power to determine where one ended and the other began?

    Douglas says: "Short but chilling..."
    "Where are Acts 1 & 2?"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about Angel Killer?

    Barely touched on the story. Hardly any information or background on the victims or the even the perpetrator. Feels rushed


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

    It degenerated from a crime story into a halfhearted attack on the M'Naghten rules as applied to the insanity defense. What is the alternative?


    What didn’t you like about Deborah Blum’s performance?

    Passable voice skills.


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

    Disappointment.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (16062)
    Performance
    (12548)
    Story
    (12622)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Great book, poorly packaged"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about A Storm of Swords?

    The story


    Any additional comments?

    Would it KILL whoever parsed up this book into parts to wait the end of a chapter before breaking it up??? Seriously, several of the breaks happen in the middle of a conversation, when if someone had just waited 2 to 3 minutes they could have cut it at a chapter break and not seriously affected the size of the file. I'm surprised that whoever cut this up bothered waiting until the end of sentence before inserting the mindlessly repetitive warning about the reaching "the end of a part but not the end of the book" - while I am at it, why bother doing this more than once per book? If someone hasn't figured out the book is in multiple parts after the first break then they aren't going to get much out of the book to begin with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kokoda

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Lewis FitzGerald
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (143)

    For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, best-selling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.

    Mark T Ryan says: "A Tribute to Fighting Australians"
    "Great perspective"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Kokoda again? Why?

    Great story of an under-appreciated part of WWII


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure I liked the "echo"effect when the narrator was reading a direct quote. Unnecessary distraction

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seeing in the Dark: How Backyard Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferris
    • Narrated By Timothy Ferris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Anyone can get started in astronomy, just by going outside on a dark night with a star chart and learning their way around. Timothy Ferris tells us what's been seen out there - the Ring nebula, the Silver Coin galaxy, the Virgo supercluster, and how to find them.

    Gary says: "About astronomy as well as astronomers"
    "Great book, problems with this recording"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Seeing in the Dark the most enjoyable?

    The subject matter


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always enjoy Timothy Ferris narration


    Any additional comments?

    Near the end of the first part a female voice interrupts and says "End of side 4B" before the book continues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (615)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "This is how history should be written"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Great Influenza in three words, what would they be?

    meticulous, dramatic, gripping


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Influenza?

    The total failure of government to deal with a growing disaster with anything other than denial


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    n/a


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

    "But..it's only influenza..."


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Brick's performance is spot on for a non-fiction work: steady, clear and with touch of drama at the right moment in the right amount.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jim Murphy
    • Narrated By Pat Bottino
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    In An American Plague, Jim Murphy tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino's captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.

    E. Birdsell says: "Don't expect technical depth..."
    "Content 4, Narration 1"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    New narrator


    What did you like best about this story?

    Content


    Would you be willing to try another one of Pat Bottino’s performances?

    No


    Did An American Plague inspire you to do anything?

    Take diction lessons, with an emphasis on not GASPING for breath after every third sentence.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to several books but this is the first time that I was made aware of EVERY SINGLE BREATH the narrator took during the reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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