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Lawrence D. Clayton

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Colorado Springs | Member Since 2012

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 211 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (641)

    In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young woman literally stumbles into him on the Sussex Downs. Fifteen years old, gawky, egotistical, and recently orphaned, the young Mary Russell displays an intellect to impress even Sherlock Holmes - and match him wit for wit. Under his reluctant tutelage, this very modern 20th-century woman proves a deft protégée and a fitting partner for the Victorian detective.

    Steph says: "A fabulous new take on Sherlock Holmes"
    "Dyed in the wool Sherlock fan loves this"
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    If you could sum up The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or On the Segregation of the Queen in three words, what would they be?

    Very true to the Doyle form. What you'd expect from Sherlock later in life.


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

    Sherlock doesn't keep me on the edge of my seat...But the cases are also summed up logically and well.


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

    Jenny is superb...I will be watching for more of her work.


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

    At the feet of a master.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (798)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "A Reasoned Opinion"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Guns to be better than the print version?

    n/a


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

    n/a
    You don't listen to something like this for "enjoyment"


    What about Christian Rummel’s performance did you like?

    His performance was fine


    Any additional comments?

    This is an opinion piece that is well reasoned by King. That I don't agree is beside the point. I have waited for 35 years for something as shocking as Newtown to cause us to react by abridging the rights of the law abiding. I would have thought that Columbine would have done it- or Virginia Tech- or myriad others. Apparently it took the deaths of little kids. I suspect that a number of less high volume weapons would cause about the same damage. Will this have any effect? It will not and at least King is intellectually honest enough to admit that.
    Just prepare for the infringement of something else that the elites in Washington don't approve of. The left thinks of this as a moral question. So it goes.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Second World War: Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (377)

    "After the first forty days we were alone," writes Churchill. This edition is part two of Churchill's own abridgement of his original six-volume history of the Second World War.

    Amazon Customer says: "the rest of the story"
    "It's classic Churchill"
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    What did you love best about The Second World War: Alone?

    Churchill seems to be candid and honest about his war years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Second World War: Alone?

    Churchill's discussion about the aftermath of the abandoning of France. This was not a decision taken lightly. It's easy to see that these events bothered Churchill even years after the war....perhaps more than at the time. This was not the punchline to a joke and we can only be thankful that our country is across the Atlantic Ocean. We waited until the last moment before helping and of course Pearl Harbor before engaging the enemy.


    Which character – as performed by Christian Rodska – was your favorite?

    Listening to Rodska seems to be listening to Churchill. The same voice.


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

    There is a lot of activity in this book. I will certainly re-listen to it perhaps a number of times


    Any additional comments?

    I will be buying all of the volumns in this history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

    • ABRIDGED (18 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (176)

    Polls reveal that 85 percent of Americans believe there was a conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Some even believe Oswald was entirely innocent. In this encyclopedic, absorbing audiobook, Vincent Bugliosi shows how the public has come to believe such lies about the day that changed the course of history. Bugliosi has devoted almost 20 years of his life to this project, and is determined to show that, despite the overwhelming popular perception, Oswald killed Kennedy and acted alone.

    Lawrence D. Clayton says: "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
    "On an equal footing with Helter Skelter"
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    Would you listen to Reclaiming History again? Why?

    Yes--- This is a detailed, well researched book that puts the conspiracy industry where it belongs. Folks like Oliver Stone have allowed their fears and suspicions to take charge of their judgement and ethics.


    What other book might you compare Reclaiming History to and why?

    Helter Skelter. Because of the author, the style and level of detail are the same. It recalls the bad old days of the sixties. This is the single most significant event of that decade and perhaps the century. America was one country before this day and another the next. This is an important work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's not a scene, but the behavior of Mrs. Kennedy showed us what a class lady she was. She was one of a kind and far more admirable than her husband or any one else for that matter.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee Harvey Oswald was a creep but did not fall far from the tree. His mother was what you'd expect this little psycho to come from. If there is a message for us to take from this episode, it's that any worthless **** can have a profound effect. Lee Harvey Oswald was certainly worthless and got "lucky".

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (1264)
    Story
    (1266)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "Great story about an epic prosecution"
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    Where does Helter Skelter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top- very satisfying and provided a lot of details about a case that really gripped the country and especially Southern California. This was a paradigm shifting case. The almost laissez faire attitude of the LAPD is pretty staggering given the horrific nature of the crimes and the fact that the perpetrators weren't done.


    What other book might you compare Helter Skelter to and why?

    The Onion Field and In Cold Blood come to mind although those crimes were unfortunately as exceptional as the Tate/La Bianca killings. After 36 years wearing a badge, it still amazes me how marginal people can cause such tragedy. It may explain why the Kennedy assassination is still surreal.


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

    Good steady narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Vincent Bugliosi did an exceptional job with the case and this book should be required reading or listening to every prosecutor and cop starting his or her career.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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