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Meyer Rosenbloom

Mamaroneck, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Gangsters of Harlem: The Gritty Underworld of New York City's Most Famous Neighborhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ron Chepesiuk
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Author Ron Chepesiuk chronicles the little known history of organized crime in Harlem.

    African American organized crime has had as significant an impact on its constituent community as Italian, Jewish, and Irish organized crime has had on theirs. Gangsters are every bit as colorful, intriguing, and powerful as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, and have a fascinating history in gambling, prostitution, and drug dealing. In the late 1800s, Harlem became a highly fashionable neighborhood.

    Jefferson says: "don't bother"
    "weak --reader is terrible!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    total waste of time and credit


    What was most disappointing about Ron Chepesiuk’s story?

    the writing was mediocre at best but the narration was really poor -- the reader couldnt pronounce some of the most basic historical crime names

    was embarrassing to hear -- The narration clearly wasn't edited


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    big time


    Could you see Gangsters of Harlem being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    many better options

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19890)
    Performance
    (17698)
    Story
    (17663)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Falls apart at end : silly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about 11-22-63?

    While the historical fiction aspect of the book good --transported you back to the 50s and 60s the book got plain silly towards the end. I think the writing was sloppy, like King got bored and was re packaging his standard formula. After a promising start it just unravelled for me.


    Has 11-22-63 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    I just shouldn't have bought it. If you are a King fan you might love it. Based on reviews I thought this would be different from his other books, with time travel elements ( Jack Finney-like) and a strong historical feel to it. For the first half of the book it delivered those elements. Then it became Stephen King's supernatural stuff. This transition was not seamless and it broke the sense of historical importance and personal connection of the present to the past ( as lived through the main character) that was there in the first half.


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

    disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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