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Riccardo Manzotti

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  • I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kirk Douglas
    • Narrated By Michael Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Now, more than 50 years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama behind the making of the legendary gladiator film. Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at 95, looks back candidly—and often with self-effacing humor—at his audacious decision to give public credit to Trumbo, thus effectively ending the notorious Hollywood blacklist.

    kym says: "Great personal account"
    "Heroic, sincere, human, moving"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great window on a part of recent american history and a very human self-portrait of a fighting man read by his son


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kirk's Douglas unabashed fighting spirit


    What about Michael Douglas’s performance did you like?

    You can't but think that while he was reading his father's biography, he was moved by it and there was a lot of self-identification in his father, too. Touching.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Never give up!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Building Extreme Wealth: Secrets of the Rich & Wealthy

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Craig Beck
    • Narrated By Craig Beck
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    Getting rich is not a matter of environment, for if it were all the people in certain neighbourhoods would become wealthy; the people of one city would all be rich, while those of other towns would all be poor. Everywhere we see rich and poor living side-by-side, in the same environment, and often engaged in the same vocations. Getting rich is not the result of saving or thrift; many very penurious people are desperately poor whilst free spenders appear to get rich.

    Bill says: "Short, sweet & to the point"
    "a bunch of useless catchphrases"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    a well reasoned and through analysis of the topic


    What was most disappointing about Craig Beck’s story?

    It's just a repetitive series of slogans.


    What three words best describe Craig Beck’s performance?

    Preposterous, repetitive, useless.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Building Extreme Wealth?

    All


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Caine
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day.

    Sherrill says: "Captivating"
    "Interesting but surprisingly poor humoured"
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    Where does The Elephant to Hollywood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the good one but not the best


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Elephant to Hollywood?

    When Michael Caine introduce his racist neighbor to his Indian wife!


    What about Michael Caine’s performance did you like?

    Well, we are talking of Michael Caine! He can't perform badly. However, given his status, I was expecting something better. He is singularly bad at telling jokes! And he is obviously stage laughing afterward. Disappointing.


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

    When he discovers that his mother kept hidden his half-brother for years.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption Ark

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (602)

    Late in the 26th century, the human race has advanced enough to accidentally trigger the Inhibitors---alien-killing machines designed to detect intelligent life and destroy it. The only hope for humanity lies in the recovery of a secret cache of doomsday weapons---and a renegade named Clavain who is determined to find them. But other factions want the weapons for their own purposes---and the weapons themselves have another agenda altogether.

    Michael says: "Stick with this series!"
    "Imaginative, cosmic, surprising, enthralling"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sci-fi at its best. An enthralling plot. The characters are complex and interact in complex patterns against a convincing yet not invasive cosmic background where the key questions about the meaning of life are continuously present.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nevil Clavain and his internal moral struggle


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The channeling of a star through a cosmic funnel to incinerate a whole planet


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

    yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6248)
    Performance
    (4229)
    Story
    (4260)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Boring fantasy story"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Well of Ascension? What did you like least?

    The problem with Sanderson's trilogy is that it goes on with no inspiration. You can't feel the need for things to happen in certain way. It is just a long and tiresome house of cards of stereotyped characters and complex magical rules


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brandon Sanderson again?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The reading was somewhat uninspired


    Did The Well of Ascension inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prefect

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1141)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (906)

    Tom Dreyfus is a Prefect, a law enforcement officer with the Panoply. His beat is the multifaceted utopian society of the Glitter Band, that vast swirl of space habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone, the teeming hub of a human interstellar empire spanning many worlds. His current case: investigating a murderous attack against one of the habitats that left 900 people dead, a crime that appalls even a hardened cop like Dreyfus.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Best yet of the Revelation Space series"
    "Mind boggling scifi with great characters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Prefect to be better than the print version?

    Yes, John Lee add a lot to the experience of the reading. I got addicted to his reading style.


    What other book might you compare The Prefect to and why?

    It's half way between Blade Runner (the dark atmosphere, the internal struggle among the prefects) and some Phil Dicks' novel (the three stigmata of Palmer Eldrich)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final confrontation


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

    Yes, Alastair Reynolds is always welcomed


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day By Day Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J L Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3140)
    Performance
    (2235)
    Story
    (2231)

    In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.

    rob haight says: "Great book! More more more!!"
    "Pleasure but not exceptional"
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    What did you like best about Day By Day Armageddon? What did you like least?

    the story was honestly written and not too pretentious in his goals. It delivered what it promised: a post zombie-world.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    While the story was honestly written, it was definitely all too obvious. There was nothing original in it. The soldier on leave, the family, the middle-aged engineer, the nuclear silos ... all had been already seen several times.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jay Snyder?

    Yes. Nice voice and good rhythm.


    Could you see Day By Day Armageddon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A series tv. Post zombie world.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kolbert
    • Narrated By Anne Twomey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (226)

    A major audiobook about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes. Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

    Male Perspective says: "Better than expected! Great Book!"
    "Timely, enthralling, captivating, informative"
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    Where does The Sixth Extinction rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. The best 5%


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is well written, deeply informative, urgent as a topic, pleasurable and complete


    Which character – as performed by Anne Twomey – was your favorite?

    It's an essay, not a novel


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

    Many examples are able to catch the gist of what is happening right now tot he world ecosystem.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Gene Wilder
    • Narrated By Gene Wilder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970s and 1980s in movies. From his work with Woody Allen, to the rich group of movies he made with Mel Brooks, to his partnership on screen with Richard Pryor, Wilder's performances are still discussed and celebrated today.

    Elliott says: "Interesting for a number of factors."
    "moving, compelling, catching, personal, true"
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    Would you listen to Kiss Me Like a Stranger again? Why?

    It's one of the most compelling and sincere autobiography one may be listen to. Plus Wilder has a charming voice that would make anything just as good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kiss Me Like a Stranger?

    When he understands why he has chose his artistic name.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Wilder tries to help a little boy


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love ever wins


    Any additional comments?

    The audiobook make me both laugh and cry and think

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (1026)
    Story
    (1023)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "The poor man's version of Dan Brown"
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    Would you try another book from A. G. Riddle and/or Stephen Bel Davies?

    No.


    What was most disappointing about A. G. Riddle’s story?

    A totally unbelievable plot hopping from one place of the earth to the next. Emotional profile of characters is very poor.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Less action more structure


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Atlantis Gene?

    The Chinese factory. There is a character, a chinese model that pops out all of a sudden, saves the day (because unless she does, the plot was going to get to an abrupt end, the true deus ex machina) and then she is killed. Preposterous.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is packed with cliché: the nice model, the indonesian poor childre, the desert island, the escape on a plane, the nazi cospiration. I know, this is what one is looking for, but please, make an effort to add some variation from the standard ...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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