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Mark

fredericksburg, VA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Surrender at Appomattox: First-hand Accounts of Robert E. Lee's Surrender to Ulysses S. Grant

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ulysses S. Grant, Wesley Merritt, John Gibbon, and others
    • Narrated By Andrew Mulcare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    On the 12th of April 1865, the Army of Northern Virginia marched to the field in front of Appomattox Court-House, stacked their arms, folded their colors, and walked off empty handed to find their distant, blighted homes. These are detailed and moving first-hand accounts from a number of prominent witnesses to Robert E. Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox.

    Mark says: "Appomattox as told by the participants"
    "Appomattox as told by the participants"
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    What did you love best about Surrender at Appomattox?

    I enjoyed the first person remembrances by members of both armies. These remembrances were not limited to the commanders but also some of the lesser known players.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Surrender at Appomattox?

    James Longstreet telling George Custer that "He'd better get back to his own lines". This occurred when Custer, acting on his own initiative, asked for the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The interaction between Custer and Longstreet was classic.


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

    The end of "the war" by them that lived it.


    Any additional comments?

    Short book but it has a wealth of first person insights to the end of the Civil War. Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4258)
    Performance
    (3751)
    Story
    (3753)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Brilliant Retelling of an Old Favorite"
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    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    Scalzi takes characters that we all remember and puts a new spin on them. Great Science Fiction and I think H Beam Piper would have enjoyed this story


    What other book might you compare Fuzzy Nation to and why?

    Of course, the original Little Fuzzy but with more grit and body.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've heard Wheaton narrate before. He does a great job on Fuzzy Nation.


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

    People are people no matter how small.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable read, bear in mind that Scalzi's retooling of Little Fuzzy is only the first part of this book. Part II is the original story by Piper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Is Reformed Theology: Understanding the Basics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By R. C. Sproul
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Have you ever wondered about "the five points"? What do they really mean? You've heard of Reformed theology, but you're not certain what it is. It appears to be important, and you'd like to know more about it. But you want a full, understandable explanation, not a simplistic one. In this insightful book, R. C. Sproul will walk you through the foundations of the Reformed doctrine and explain how the Reformed belief is centered on God, based on God's Word, and committed to faith in Jesus Christ.

    Steve Faith says: "I would give him 6 stars but....."
    "Good Explanation of a Hard Subject"
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    If you could sum up What Is Reformed Theology in three words, what would they be?

    Reformed made simpler... As in Reformed Theology for dummies.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What Is Reformed Theology?

    Nothing stands out but the concepts are drilled down on to give the lay person a basis for understanding.


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

    He is a good narrator for a dry subject. Not monotonous at all.


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

    Oh no. A difficult subject and requires attention and rereading


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas B. Allen
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The American Revolution was not simply a battle between independence-minded colonists and the oppressive British. As Thomas B. Allen reminds us, it was also a savage and often deeply personal civil war, in which conflicting visions of America pitted neighbor against neighbor and Patriot against Tory on the battlefield, the village green, and even in church.

    James says: "Mediocre Story, Poor Narrator"
    "A Glimpse at America's First Civil War"
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    What made the experience of listening to Tories the most enjoyable?

    Great book with a cast of characters that most of us in the US never hear about.


    What other book might you compare Tories to and why?

    Washington, a Life. The detail into the acts during the Revolutionary War have similar details but are a bit of a mirror image of each other.


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

    Gage is a good reader, not the best that I've heard from Audible but he does an adequate job.


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

    When the Tories were evacuating New York City at the close of the war. The stories of who went where and why was fascinating. The stories of the escaped slaves who fought for the British was especially interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read for a little know part of US history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (483)

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "1861 - North of the Mason Dixon..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    A good book if you are interested in the B characters in the pro-Union camp. The author writes very little about southerners and very little about happenings in the south. Bull Run gets about a page and a half but Elmer Ellsworth gets page after page. If you are looking for the vast scope of happenings in 1861 I would suggest you look elsewhere.


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

    I was glad the book was over. It was interesting but narrow in scope.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    not applicable


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

    no


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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