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Calamus, IA, USA

  • 7 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 234 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • A River Runs Through It

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Norman Maclean
    • Narrated By Ivan Doig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A River Runs Through It is a universal story of family love and a lyrical masterpiece, as beautiful as the great trout rivers of western Montana upon which it is set. Its beauty is especially evident through the "near-perfect match" of reader Ivan Doig and author Norman MacLean.

    John says: "Lyrical - wonderfully done"
    "almost excellent"

    Without a doubt the text of this story is wonderful. I great book to listen to and contemplate. However, the sound quality broke up in places and that much of the experience makes me hesitate to give all 5 stars - a review the book itself deserves.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fishing on the Edge: The Mike Iaconelli Story

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mike Iaconelli, Andrew, Brian Kamenetzky
    • Narrated By Mike Iaconelli

    With his colorful tattoos and booming hip-hop sound track, Mike Iaconelli has turned the world of big-money competitive bass fishing upside down. In Fishing on the Edge, Iaconelli tells his own story, and it's a whopper: a Philly-born, Jersey-bred Yankee who's been stealing the spotlight from bass fishing's traditionally all-Southern anglers, attracting fans and dominating one of the fastest-growing sports in America.

    Nate says: "what you would expect"
    "what you would expect"

    This wasn't a bad book. Yet it was what you'd expect. The story of Iconelli's life is interesting but not unique enough to be considered compelling. The other problem with the book is that it seems like it was written for a high school english composition class. Ike is really fond of trying to sound hip in his writing, so if you don't want to hear the phrase "I was totally stoked.." a thousand times you had better rethink this purchase. I bought the book hoping for fishing tips. They are there, but they are the same tips found on his web page and don't amount to much taken as a whole.

    With that said, I don't feel like the book is unworthy of a listen. If you like fishing this listen will be moderately worth your time. But don't expect more than Ike can deliver!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Rick Atkinson
    • Narrated By Rick Atkinson

    The first volume of the Liberation Trilogy, An Army at Dawn is history of the highest order - brilliantly researched, rich with new material and surprising insights, the deeply human story of a monumental battle for the future of civilization. "An absolute masterpiece," says Andrew Carroll, author of War Letters, "This book is storytelling - and history - at its most riveting."

    Jeremy says: "Abridging too far?"
    "Very good"

    I found the story behind the history to be very entertaining and informative. In addition, this text reminds the listener of the problems of assuming that the US has always been the great superpower. Historical figures are presented as they really were and that should be applauded. I am wishing that audible had an unabridged version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Murder of Quality

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    Nate says: "Good, but not what I expected"
    "Good, but not what I expected"

    I have to say that I enjoyed this story very much. However, I purchased the audio thinking I was getting a spy novel. That was not to be the case. Sure, the Circus is mentioned, and it is one link between some of the different personalities in the story. Yet this is certainly not a spy story by any stretch of the imagination. This is a basic murder mystery.

    With that said, I enjoyed the book and recommend it without hesitation.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Rose: Noam Chomsky, November 20, 2003

    • NONE (54 mins)
    • By Charlie Rose
    • Narrated By Charlie Rose

    Noam Chomsky, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance, talks with Charlie Rose in New York about the Middle East peace process, the U.S.-led war on Iraq, and democracy and politics in the U.S.

    Nate says: "something NEW for Chomsky fans"
    "something NEW for Chomsky fans"

    Listening to this recording I became aware of something new - something that never happens in a Chomsky recording. Someone interrupted him. At first I was somewhat annoyed by Rose's constant interruptions, then I realized that I was not used to people challenging Chomsky. This added a neat dimension to what would have been a wonderful recording featuring Chomsky exclusively. Worth getting!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hitler and the Holocaust [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert S. Wistrich
    • Narrated By George Guidall

    For over 50 years scholars and philosophers alike have attempted to make some sense of the Third Reich and its "Final Solution" campaign. Historian Robert Wistrich takes listeners on a guided tour through the death camps and meticulously details the events that led to this horrific tragedy and the lasting repercussions it had on the world community.

    John says: "Subperb and profound"
    "Excellent overview"

    This is an excellent overview of the holocaust. In addition, it contains a summary of some of the new research in the study of the holocaust and offers some critique of some of the newer historiographical methodologies. The one issue that I would raise with the book is that the title is a little misleading. In reality, the book is not all that much about Hitler as it is about the environment that led to the holocaust, including - of course - Hitler. I suspected that the book would be more of a study about how Hitler was involved with the final solution. Indeed, the book is much better because it is not specifically about Hitler and his role in the holocaust.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How the Soviets Lost the Most Extraordinary Chess Match

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By David Edmonds, John Eidinow
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas

    In the summer of 1972, with a presidential crisis stirring in the United States and the cold war at a pivotal point, two men, the Soviet world chess champion Boris Spassky and his American challenger Bobby Fischer, met in the most notorious chess match of all time. Their showdown in Reykjavik, Iceland, held the world spellbound for two months with reports of psychological warfare, ultimatums, political intrigue, cliffhangers, and farce to rival a Marx Brothers film.

    Gene says: "Engrossing"
    "I'm listening to it again!"

    I was somewhat reluctant to commit myself to listening to a book about chess for 12 hours. As soon as the book was finished I immediately started over. A great story about really strange people and an even more strange event.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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