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  • Colonel Roosevelt

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (114)

    Of all our great presidents, Theodore Roosevelt is the only one whose greatness increased out of office. When he toured Europe in 1910 as plain “Colonel Roosevelt,” he was hailed as the most famous man in the world. Crowned heads vied to put him up in their palaces. “If I see another king,” he joked, “I think I shall bite him.”

    Chrissie says: "The guy is amazing!"
    "Closure"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Colonel Roosevelt to be better than the print version?

    I have time to "read" the audio version during my commute, while the print version sits next to my bed as I fall asleep exhausted each night. I prefer hard copies, but in reality, the audio version is my only realistic opportunity for reading. I do enjoy the narration of Marc Deacons who reads books one and three of this trilogy.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Edmund Morris? Why or why not?

    Definitely. I like his style, vocabulary and cadence of writing.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Deakins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listed to "The Rise of Roosevelt" - the reading is excellent and on par.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely say that the material of the birth to presidency of Roosevelt's life is most interesting to me. His presidency, slightly less so, and his post-presidency is the least interesting. Nonetheless, this work brings closure to his life in a detailed manner not matched by other biographies I've read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paul Midler
    • Narrated By Paul Midler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!

    John says: "Hours of jaw dropping amazment"
    "Nasal Narrator"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Poorly Made in China to be better than the print version?

    I have two young kids so audio books during my commute are my only option.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Poorly Made in China?

    I like the opening story and what it foreshadows for the rest of the text.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I rarely enjoy author's reading thier own work. The author often sounded like he had a cold as he was reading, and it took away from the overall enjoyment.


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

    Probably not quite, but it was enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Patrol

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (452)

    In 2009, the CIA's Kabul Station fell for a source who promised to lead it to Bin Laden, but instead he blew himself up, taking the station's most senior officers with him. Now, more than two years later, the station is still floundering, agents are dying, and at Langley the CIA's chiefs wonder if the unthinkable has happened, if somehow the Taliban has infiltrated the station.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "John Wells -- A new American Hero"
    "Good plot, but wraps up quickly"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would expand the ending. I enjoyed the overall plot, but the epilogue starts abruptly. So abruptly, that I had expected another full chapter to wrap up a few things. It almost seems like the author had a deadline he had to meet and gave up on the last parts of the story. If it was meant to be intentional, then he could have done a better job wrapping it up.


    If you’ve listened to books by Alex Berenson before, how does this one compare?

    I've listened to the prior 5 John Wells stories. I've enjoyed the series. This one is refreshing as it has a new plot. The first book was fantastic. Many of the rest (but not all) have elements that make them feel mass produced and rushed. A bit more time could have taken this from a good series to an excellent one. Given that this is one of the top selling series out there right now on this topic, it looks like this is as good as it gets...and there are a lot of people like me who got hooked on book one, and have held on through the rest of the series because it is just good enough to keep reading.


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

    I think he is a very good narrator. I'm definitely used to him as John Wells - to the point that it would be difficult to hear someone else reading this series. I would probably give preference to other books read by him.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nathan Hodge, Sharon Weinberger
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    In A Nuclear Family Vacation, husband-and-wife journalists Nathan Hodge and Sharon Weinberger hit the road to explore the secretive world of nuclear weaponry. Weaving together first-class travel writing and crack investigative journalism, the pair pursues both adventures and answers: Why are nuclear weapons still on hair-trigger alert? Is there really such a thing as a suitcase nuke? And which nuclear power plants are most likely to be covers for weapons programs?

    NoOne says: "Nuclear weapons discussed by June Cleaver"
    "Nuclear weapons discussed by June Cleaver"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Possibly, depending on the friend.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Laural Merlington?

    Anyone. A man would be fine.


    Did A Nuclear Family Vacation inspire you to do anything?

    Read more about our nuclear history.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a neat, behind the scene perspective on a hidden topic. The interviews and site descriptions make the book. As a politically charged topic, the author stays fairly neutral. This is enough to make the book readable, but there is something about the overall story that I found incredibly annoying. Perhaps some of this was that the selected narrator who sounded like June Cleaver discussing technical aspects of nuclear holocaust, perhaps it was the superficial knowledge of the author of the topic, which had little depth beyond the interviews, or perhaps it was just frustrating that a lot of the stories just never went deep enough (due in part to national security)....whatever it was, I made it though the book, but I was constantly on the verge of turning it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Tim Robbins
    Overall
    (1489)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (899)

    The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder". It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated, and studied 20th-century works of American fiction.

    Redhawk Readers says: "Something you won't fall asleep to..."
    "Awful, horrible narration of a classic"
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    Would you try another book from F. Scott Fitzgerald and/or Tim Robbins?

    Never another Tim Robbins narration. Narration simply ruins the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Gatsby?

    Unfortunately, the awful character voices.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator,


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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