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Ray Gagne

Ogdensburg, NY, US | Member Since 2012

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  • The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jonathan Alter
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    In this dramatic and fascinating account, Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter shows how Franklin Delano Roosevelt used his first 100 days in office to lift the country from the despair and paralysis of the Great Depression and transform the American presidency.

    John M says: "Very Enjoyable!"
    "A great albeit flawed leader.Well worth the listen"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The tone and cadence of the narrator were off IMO. But its still worth listening to if you can get over that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2339)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (891)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "My wife and I listened to this together"
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    Where does In a Sunburned Country rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In a Sunburned Country?

    Hilarious observations. Having traveled to Aus this book helped us relive our trip and marvel once again about this wonderful place and its mighty cast of characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Descriptions of the Box Jellifish as small bags of lethality or something to that effect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3368)
    Performance
    (1701)
    Story
    (1704)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Beautiful book, best narration ever!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Shantaram to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narration made this book come alive for me in a way that I could not have achieved reading it myself. It was longer than reading but his narration made it a treat to fire up Audible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shantaram?

    The depictions of life in prison.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    Everything. This was the best narration I've ever heard.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many to list


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1376)
    Performance
    (1093)
    Story
    (1098)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Tahlia Merrill says: "Wonderful, but don't forget to buy the book"
    "Clearly a grab for series Dollars"
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    Would you try another book from Scott Westerfeld and/or Alan Cumming?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Westerfeld? Why or why not?

    This was an interesting genre and although I am very disapointed at how the first book ended and find it cheap to have split the story up this way, it was interesting enough to give it a second chance. I do have my doubts though.


    What about Alan Cumming’s performance did you like?

    His attempt at the various accents and at performing men, womens and children's voices were pretty good considering.


    Did Leviathan inspire you to do anything?

    1- Beware of Series whose individual parts fall short of expectations.

    2- Beware of Surveys that don't ask the important questions first but are clearly biased with the order in which they pose questions.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to try out some Steam Punk and recall there were favorable comments about this book.Beware, its written for early teens. I got over that.However, midway through the book I realized I'd be stuck with a series, that is if I wanted to know how it all worked out. But at minumum, I expected that by the end of the first Book I would feel that something was complete. Instead I find this series is artificially cut up. This could easily have been combined with another 6-8 hour book to give us a complete story. A bit of a rip. I feel mislead by the comments I read and will re-read them after I save this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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