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Richard Deardoff

Amissville, Virginia United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dom Joly
    • Narrated By Dom Joly
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (93)

    Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection -- the schoolboy currency of Beirut. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern-day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places.

    Amanda says: "Funny and Insightful - Not just for Travelers!"
    "Sorta Entertaining"
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    Story

    There are some funny stories here - and I think a different narrator would have brought this off better. Joly goes out of his way to inform the listener constantly that he only likes places if other tourists haven't "discovered" them yet, which gets a bit tiresome. Also anything to do with the USA, unless its in an eastern city that reminds him or Europe, is coarse, loud, fat and rude. Even when he's in other countries he seems to slip in an American visitor just to remind us how terrible THE US is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seven Days: The Emergence of Robert E. Lee and the Dawn of a Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Clifford Dowdey
    • Narrated By Nicholas Tecosky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    The Seven Days Campaign was a series of battles fought near Richmond at the end of June 1862. General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia had routed General George B. McClellan’s Army of the Potomac. Depriving McClellan of a military decision meant the war would continue for two more years. The Seven Days depicts a critical turning point in the Civil War that would ingrain Robert E. Lee in history as one of the finest generals of all time.

    Terri says: "Good book, narration distracting."
    "History Poorly Read"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The enjoyable history is made irritating by the narrator's pronunciation. While a number of the rivers around Richmond do have Indian names - every single one is mispronounced. This may be understandable, but to pronounce an army "corps" as "corpse", Jubal Early as "Jew-ball" and to read "coup de grace" as "cup dee grass" is simply ignorant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Clifford Dowdey gives the traditional "Lost Cause" interpretation of the Civil War which dominated history books for a century after the War. Everything Lee and Jackson do is correct and moral, everything Johnston and Longstreet do is wrong and evil. But,once you accept where he is coming from, there is quite a bit of useful information here. It's also a refreshing look at McClellan, as the victim Little Mac saw himself.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nicholas Tecosky’s performances?

    I found myself cringing at his pronunciation! Is English a second language for him?


    Was The Seven Days worth the listening time?

    Witin the above limitations.


    Any additional comments?

    No - I think I said it all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (701)
    Story
    (698)

    Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....

    Eric says: "Great listen; great narration, worth the credit"
    "Contrived"
    Overall

    I am a students of history - Presidential assassinations intrigue me and a good thriller helps make a long ride go quicker. On a recent trip to Florida from Virginia I downloaded The Jefferson Key expected to be thoroughly entertained. However, this is one of the most contrived novels I have ever experienced. Each time there was an apparent resolution of a problem a - not simply unexpected - but totally unrealistic event would occur. Someone once wrote that fiction is more difficult to write than non-fiction, since works of fiction need to make sense. This book does not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fields of Blood: The Prairie Grove Campaign

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By William Shea
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    On Sunday, December 7, 1862, two armies collided at an obscure Arkansas hamlet named Prairie Grove in a desperate battle that effectively ended Confederate offensive operations west of the Mississippi River. In Fields of Blood, historian William L. Shea offers a gripping narrative of the events surrounding Prairie Grove, one of the great unsung battles of the Civil War.

    Richard Deardoff says: "Poorly narrated"
    "Poorly narrated"
    Overall

    I cannot listen to this. The narrator sounds like an elementary school student reading aloud for the first time from a lesson he had never seen before. This may be a fine book, but in this format will never be appreciated. Can I get my money back?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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