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Lou

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  • The Lost Continent: Travels In Small Town America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

    Lou says: "Bill's sophmoric, condescending journey"
    "Bill's sophmoric, condescending journey"
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    As a longtime devotee of Bill Bryson, I was hugely disappointed in this book. Mr. Bryson somehow left his sense of humor on the dock at Liverpool and returned to America expecting to be disappointed, disillused and dismayed. He was not disappointed. His journey throughout the heartland, south and west of the United States is related in condescending, humorless, and unforgiving fashion that leaves the reader wondering why he did not catch the next plane back to the UK. Predictably nothing he finds approaches the quality, charm, beauty or intelligence of the UK or Europe for that matter. It is an unhappy journey amongst people he finds it impossible to respect and through a land barren of charm or beauty. Worst of all, Mr. Bryson does not narrate this but it is done by Mr. Roberts who seems to turn even the slightest bit of humor into a long, cold look down his long English nose. I couldn't wait to finish this audiobok and would not recommend it to anyone not looking to bash the US at every turn.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3953)
    Performance
    (3518)
    Story
    (3539)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Good book, strange reading"
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    This was a page turner and a murder mystery of the first rate. It is almost an hour by hour detail of what happened in the Lincoln murder. I was surprised at how broad the plot to kill the President was. The narrator and author left something to be desired. Mr. O;Reilly spoke so fast that I often had to rewind and listen again to get an important point. Painfully, he constantly used the word 'Calvary' (the hill upon which Jesus was crucified) when he should have used 'cavalry' (horse soldiers). At first, I thought I had misunderstood him, but as he consistently confused the terms I became initially, irritated and eventually, amused. He also mispronounces several other terms, e.g. carotid. Unfortunately, I ended up distracted by anticipation of his next malapropism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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