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Pat

Campbellford, ON, Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • A Christmas Story: The Book That Inspired the Hilarious Classic Film

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jean Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (162)

    The holiday film A Christmas Story, first released in 1983, has become a bona fide Christmas perennial, gaining in stature and fame with each succeeding year. Its affectionate, wacky, and wryly realistic portrayal of an American family's typical Christmas joys and travails in small-town Depression-era Indiana has entered our imagination and our hearts with a force equal to It's a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street.

    Paul says: "Its not the movie but its still good"
    "If you loved the movie you will like this."
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    I have watched the movie every year but this is the first book rendition encountered. A little surprising to find the book spanned a few of the seasons as compared to the movies Christmas time only. The movie combined the entire book into the Christmas Season except for a few details of the Bumbus clan and added a few things for entertainment value. I enjoyed the narration and sound effects included, enabling good visualization of the stories settings and characters. Anyone over 40 should be able to relate to the Old Man, Ralphie and the rest of the characters including the antics of the Old Man during this depression era period.
    Appealing to all ages who have had dreams, wishes and childhood memories, you can relate to Ralphies trials and tribulations of kid dom, no matter what era you grew up in.

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  • Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Daniel Okrent
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (109)

    A brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America’s most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of America’s favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages. Okrent reveals how Prohibition marked a confluence of diverse forces, including the growing political power of the women’s suffrage movement and the fear of small-town, native-stock Protestants that they were losing control of their country to the immigrants of the large cities.

    Pierre says: "Very Thorough Historical Review"
    "A complete history text of Prohibition"
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    A complete history of Prohibition covering statistics, key political figures and families, loopholes of the law, and how business empires were built both legit and illegal. A look at how politics and legal systems worked during this period, mostly for the advancement of individuals and parties, not necessarily for the public they represented.
    This title would be better in an abridged format for the casual listener not interested in all the stats, facts and names.

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