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McCoffee

I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.

Saratoga, CA, United States

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60
REVIEWS
30
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
3
HELPFUL VOTES
24

  • Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Timothy Snyder
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (274)

    Americans think of World War II as “The Good War”, a moment when the forces of good resoundingly triumphed over evil. Yet the war was not decided by D-day. It was decided in the East, by the Red Army and Joseph Stalin. While conventional wisdom locates the horrors of World War II in the six million Jews killed in German concentration camps, the reality is even grimmer. In 13 years, the Nazi and Soviet regimes killed 13 million people in the lands between Germany and Russia.

    Joseph says: "Stuck between mad men"
    "Scrunched"
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    We tend to think of Hitler and Germany to their west, but Ukraine and Belarus got it bad from both sides. Hard to believe what humans can do to each other. Well-researched, well-narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor James Hynes
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (131)

    From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

    William says: "Good advice and sobering truths"
    "Lots new here"
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    Very useful and inspiring. I've been in writing groups for years, taught some writing, edited some books, and II found Hynes book super refreshing. He synthesizes theories from past writers on storytelling (e.g., Gardner and Forster) and explains explored his way through the creation of plots for his own novels.

    So there is a lot new here. As a note, I downloaded 'Writing Creative Non-Fiction" at the same time and I find it very basic, geared more towards those who haven't written much at all. Hynes course would be useful to newbies and pros alike, I'd think.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (229)

    FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellbeing and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted.

    Becky says: "The Bride Collector"
    "Tired of writers tell us how psychos think"
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    Yes, I'm tired of writers going into the minds of the seriously disturbed. They often resort to some crazed version of religion, as in this book. I just don't believe it. There's also a very junior-high level love story here. I could finish the book. Came close, but couldn't do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Leigh Montville
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Babe Ruth was more than baseball's original superstar. For 85 years, he has remained the sport's reigning titan. He has been named Athlete of the Century...more than once. But who was this large, loud, enigmatic man? In The Big Bam, Leigh Montville brings his trademark touch to this groundbreaking, revelatory portrait of the Babe.

    Alan says: "The Big Bam"
    "Super Babe"
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    Outstanding biography of the Babe's amazing energetic life, well read. Great for the baseball fan, but also just a great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Divers: Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Kurson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2198)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (667)

    In 1991, acting on a tip from a local fisherman, two scuba divers discovered a sunken German U-boat, complete with its crew of 60 men, not too far off the New Jersey coast. The divers, realizing the momentousness of their discovery, began probing the mystery. Over the next six years, they became expert and well-traveled researchers, taught themselves German, hunted for clues in Germany, and constructed theories corrective of the history books, all in an effort to identify this sunken U-boat and its crew.

    Douglas says: "GRIPPING!"
    "Adventure, mystery, history come together"
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    It's a thrilling ride. WWII, scary deep dives, tragedy, good biographical sketches, and it's all wrapped up in a mystery. The narrator sounds a bit 1950ish, but this book is a great ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1822)
    Performance
    (1677)
    Story
    (1664)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Mel says: "Heavy Load"
    "A beautiful downer"
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    Tim O'Brien explores the line between fiction and memoir, and why we tell stories. The recapitulation of events remind me of musical motifs. It's a beautiful book, and really sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By John Powell
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (240)

    Have you ever wondered how off-key you are while singing in the shower? Or if your Bob Dylan albums really sound better on vinyl? Or why certain songs make you cry? Now, scientist and musician John Powell invites you on an entertaining journey through the world of music. Discover what distinguishes music from plain old noise, how scales help you memorize songs, what the humble recorder teaches you about timbre (assuming your suffering listeners don’t break it first), and more.

    C. Beaton says: "Great book - wrong narrator"
    "Some good chapters, but no musical sound bites"
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    A few chapters--like those on the development of the diatonic scale are really interesting. The author himself steps in at the end of some chapters to demonstrate principles on his guitar, and this really helps. Problems: there are spoken passages referring to notes and scales that could easily have been backed by musical audio. There are hundreds of places where this could have been done. In a description of a flute, there's no sound bite of a flute. Curious why they didn't bother to use more sounds. Some of content is poorly suited to the audio format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick N. Allitt
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (224)

    What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

    Sarah says: "A good educational course on the British Empire"
    "A Balanced History and Good Chapters on Literature"
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    Prof Allitt gives an even appraisal of the British Empire finally concluding that despite shameful moments, it left the world with positive institutions and ideas--and in comparison to other empires (think of the Spanish conquistadors, or Stalin) the British empire comes out looking pretty good.

    I do enjoy a British voice too. So many Great Courses professors are American.

    Oh, the two chapters on empire literature fit in really well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate House

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1191)
    Performance
    (429)
    Story
    (434)

    When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

    Andrew Stone says: "DeMille writes another excellent book!"
    "Not quite boring"
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    Yes, amazingly the book wasn't boring. Although it's repetitive and very little actually happens. Protagonist/narrator John Whitman Sutter likes to hear himself talk, apparently. So ordering a pizza is described in detail, along with the arrival of the pizza, and the eating of the pizza. And what's with all the time spent on this Iranian neighbor? Nothing develops there. If I were reading this, not listening, I'd be skimming. But sometimes that's hard when listening, and anyway, Christian Rummel is great reader, so I made it through from start to finish, many hours. But I could describe the events of the plot in about a minute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (279)

    From one of our finest military historians comes a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the 20th century.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A different kind of history"
    "Big scope, human, sad, great overview"
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    Hastings hits on everything, especially the human costs of the war, not just the numbers of dead but the personal stories. The war is not a series of campaigns, this book reminds us, but a story of mass murder, rape, and starvation. Probably the best all-around history I've read. And Hastings is not reluctant to voice opinions. He's tough on the tyrannies of the time, of which their were many.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (351)

    "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

    Gene says: "Riveting"
    "Great adventure history/misery"
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    Explorers suffered a lot. And made others suffer. Times were tough. Africa was tough. This is a great story with a great reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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