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Richard

Pittsfield, MA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Naked

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (509)

    Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable.

    Christine says: "My Favorite Sedaris"
    "Excellent, as usual."
    Overall

    I'm sorry, I can't write a review right now, I'm too busy laughing............if you get David's humor, his books are just too much fun. Far better on Audible with David narrating.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • At All Costs: Honor Harrington, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (594)

    What price victory? The war with the Republic of Haven has resumed . . . disastrously for the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Admiral Lady Dame Honor Harrington, Steadholder and Duchess Harrington, the single victorious Allied commander of the opening phase of the new war, has been recalled from the Sidemore System to command Eighth Fleet. Everyone knows Eighth Fleet is the Alliance's primary offensive command, which makes it the natural assignment for the woman the media calls "the Salamander."

    Sijia Huang says: "To Avid Harrington Readers..."
    "Another great book in the series, great narrator."
    Overall

    If you like Honor (and I do) you'll like this. Allyson Johnson brings a much appreciated consistency to this series. I agree with Jason's review that her distinctive characterizations helps to keep track of the action when things get busy. Enjoyable and recommended to fans of the genre and/or the series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Patton, Montgomery, Rommel: Masters of War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Brighton
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (88)

    In the Second World War, the United States, Great Britain, and Germany each produced one land-force commander who stood out from the rest: George Patton, Bernard Montgomery, and Erwin Rommel. All were arrogant, publicity seeking, and personally flawed, yet each possessed a genius for command and an unrivaled enthusiasm for combat.

    John VandenBrook says: "Excellent ... Patton, Montgomery, Rommel"
    "Exceptional and enjoyable."
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It moves smoothly between each of the three principals in a time-line format that proves fascinating. The story compares and contrasts each leader within his own theater of operations as well as his/their impact on a global perspective. Well done and recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brion McClanahan
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    Here to rescue the reputations of our Founding Fathers from the plague of modern political correctness is The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Founding Fathers. Author and Professor Brion McClanahan shows how patriots like Franklin, Madison, and Hamilton laid the foundations of American civil liberty and had a better understanding of the problems facing us today than our current Congress.

    A User says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Refreshing perspective"
    Overall

    Well done and well presented. I could have done without some of the backhanded sarcasm that closes several of the sections but, notwithstanding such editorial commentary, this is a fine selection for those interested in some of US history's lesser known names of greater influence than one might have imagined. It is always important to view their actions and writings in the context of what was "normal" in their day and time. This work does a fine job of bring that contextual focus to the narration. Enjoyable and recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lt. Leary, Commanding: RCN Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Drake
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (146)

    Lt. Daniel Leary of the Republic of Cinnabar Navy commands the corvette Princess Cecile; his friend, Signals Officer Adele Mundy, has the latest in spy apparatus and the skill to prowl the most tightly guarded database. All they lack are enemies, and fate is about to supply that need in abundance! A hostage uses the Princess Cecile to regain his freedom, and his throne.

    Professor says: "Entertaining"
    "Military Sci-Fi / Space Opera at it's best."
    Overall

    Compelling story line. Nicely narrated. Interesting characters and plenty of action. Well recommended to those that enjoy the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3720)
    Performance
    (1463)
    Story
    (1464)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Just too good."
    Overall

    You either get David, or you don't. I'd like to count myself amoungst the former. If you like his unique style, he's a singular treat.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2011)
    Performance
    (1191)
    Story
    (1195)

    Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

    Lind says: "Well written and well read"
    "Good book with Inappropriate narrator"
    Overall

    I agree with others who feel the narrator was not effective or perhaps appropriate for the subject: Way to "jovial" and "wiseguy-ish" for my taste. He has a wonderful speaking voice but, for me, his take is totally off the mark. Had this been narrated in a more serious tone, perhaps a voice with more gravitas such as Edward Herrmann, this would have been excellent.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
    Overall
    (2049)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (526)

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
    "Smart, funny and educational too!"
    Overall

    I'd give it a 4.8 if possible. I was so happy to find Sarah after enjoying her work on "This American Life". She is very bright and I really like her voice. Author's are not always the best narrators but Sarah is a clear exception. She is able to communicate exactly what she means with her vocal nuances, particularly her highly developed sense of irony. Well done!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Timing the Market

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Deborah Weir
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Timing the Market: How to Profit in the Stock Market Using the Yield Curve, Market Sentiment, and Cultural Indicators is the first definitive guide to understanding and profiting from the relationship between the stock market and interest rates. It's well established that interest rates significantly impact the stock market. This is the first book that definitively explores the interest rate/stock market relationship and describes a specific system for profiting from the relationship.

    Rohit says: "Must Read"
    "Falacy of market timing revealed"
    Overall

    I would have thought this to be an abridged version due to the lack of depth. Less a "definitive guide" than a fairly interesting overview indicating additional areas for study. I would think this to be disappointing for anyone with some reasonable grasp of economics and market analysis but, perhaps, useful for a novice. The greatest value may be in revealing to the casual trader this undeniable fact: reaping profits by timing the market with any consistency is very nearly impossible.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Gallant Lady: A Biography of the USS Archerfish

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Don Keith, Ken Henry
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    The Archerfish, a diesel powered Balao-class submarine crafted in the 1940s, won a unique, heroic place in military history and the memories of her crew members. Here is her story: from her assembly in New England and her dedication by Eleanor Roosevelt's personal secretary, to her service in World War II, where she broke the back of the Japanese Navy, and her critical role in the Cold War.

    Christopher says: "Pointless tales of meaningless anecdotes."
    "Bilgewater"
    Overall

    Attention on deck. Gallant Lady is, alas, a waste of precious disk space and should be deep-sixed. Do not expect stealthy tordedo set-ups or classic convoy attacks. This is nothing more than an overblown travelogue of post-war gadding about to various ports of call on meaningless and largely inconsequential missions of.....what exactly are they accomplishing other than burning fuel and consuming alcohol, the world wonders? The only shots are being chased with beer. I was very disappointed and feel the promotional write-up to be misleading at best. Let Gallant Lady pass to port and engage your mind and heart with other worthy reads in this genre, such as "The Bravest Man" and, "Silent Running", both exceptionally well done war chronicles of intrepid submariners on historic battle patrols. Carry on.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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