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Ronald

Greenville, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Early Poetry of Robert Frost, Volume II: Mountain Interval

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Robert Frost
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (6)

    Robert Frost's second book of poetry. Sometimes puckishly humorous, sometimes elegiac, sometimes terrifying, these poems show the young artist using his new-found voice to explore a world - a village in New Hampshire - that meant everything to him. This volume includes some of his best-known and best-loved works, such as "The Road Not Taken", "Out! Out!", "Birches", and "The Hill-wife". It also includes one of his poem-dramas, "Snow".

    Ronald says: "A second best"
    "A second best"
    Overall

    Having purchased a two cassette audio book of Robert Frost reading his own poetry some years ago, I had hoped that this purchase would obviate the need the laborious task of having to transfer them into digital format for the computer and my various MP3 players and entertainment tablet. Unfortunately, I can only say that the person reading Frost's poetry in this audio book, though with perfect diction, lacked any feel for or understanding of the poems he was reading. While it may be a bit unfair to compare the reader to the poet himself, nevertheless his performance was disappointing and now I'm reconciled to having to transfer the audio cassettes to digital format--very disappointing.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3251)
    Performance
    (2320)
    Story
    (2320)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Excelent Action Packed Adventure"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Andrew Peterson has produced an excellent novel that I found hard to put down. The characters are believeable and the domestic terrorism theme was a pleasant diversion from the usual spy-type novel which I had expected. And, as usual, Dick Hill did a masterful job of narration. He surely possesses a gift, not only internally with respect to his craft but also to those of us who are privileged to be captured by the believeability of the voice he gives to his characters and his uncanny ability to change characters as though he were simply changing hats. I recommend this audio book to anyone who enjoys action adventures and particularly those such as myself who are retired and can afford the luxury foregoing sleep out of an insatiable desire to find out what is going to happen next!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5128)
    Performance
    (2225)
    Story
    (2221)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Wonderfully enthralling insight into spydom."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'll preface this by saying that I'm rather new to Audible. I'm a "speed reader" and generally prefer hard copy as a consequence. With that said, in any format "The Company" is by all measures a winner. It gives us who live more mundane lives a glimpse into and greater appreciation for the skills and sacrifices those in the spy game must possess and endure. Even more importantly, I can't fathom how I could have enjoyed the hard copy of the book even one-tenth as much due to the excellent reading and vocal dexterity of Scott Brick. His ability to effortlessly and instantaneously change the voice of characters in dialogue with one another, whether male to female, British to Russian, etc., greatly enhanced my enjoyment of it. It made me nostalgic for the pre-television radio days of my youth in which your imagination of the characters and the scene were an integral and necessary part of experiencing the story. I commend this book to anyone interested in the espionage genre or even those who are not but would like to gain a realistic insight into this secret world and the extraordinary people who occupy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Father at 100

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ron Reagan
    • Narrated By Ron Reagan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    February 6, 2011, is the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. To mark the occasion, Ron Reagan has written My Father at 100, an intimate look at the life of his father—one of the most popular presidents in American history—told from the perspective of someone who knew Ronald Reagan better than any advisor, friend, or colleague. As he grew up under his father’s watchful gaze, he observed the very qualities that made the future president a powerful leader.

    A User says: "Loved this book!"
    "A Son's Tribute to His Father"
    Overall

    Knowing Ronnie Reagan's political views, in advance I had expected a rather critical review by him of his father. Instead, he painted a vivid portrait of his father's fore-bearers and of the circumstances of President Reagan's upbringing and progression throughout his life. As one who lived in California under Reagan's governorship for eight years there and, later, under his eight years as president, and, being myself a progressive liberal, I harbor no fond recollections of that experience. However, Ronnie Reagan's book, at least, better informed me of the events that made Reagan the man and politician that he was and has,thus, softened my outlook on him. Ronnie succeeded in explaining the dynamics of his father and did so in a manner most befitting a loving son's recounting of his experiences with his father, for which I tip my hat to him.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Early Poetry of Robert Frost, Volume III: North of Boston

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Frost
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Frost's third book of poetry, North of Boston, is an extraordinary set of poems that are nearly dramas, conversations drawn from the heat of life, love, and death. From "Home Burial" and "Death of the Hired Man" to "A Hundred Collars" and "The Generations of Man", Frost's work in this volume spans the whole range of human experience, expressed always in his characteristic dry, matter-of-fact, yet wonderfully musical verse.

    Ronald says: "A poor second"
    "A poor second"
    Overall

    Having purchased a two cassette audio book of Robert Frost reading his own poetry some years ago, I had hoped that this purchase would obviate the need the laborious task of having to transfer them into digital format for the computer and my various MP3 players and entertainment tablet. Unfortunately, I can only say that the person reading Frost's poetry in this audio book, though with perfect diction, lacked any feel for or understanding of the poems he was reading. While it may be a bit unfair to compare the reader to the poet himself, nevertheless his performance was disappointing and now I'm reconciled to having to transfer the audio cassettes to digital format--very disappointing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Early Poetry of Robert Frost, Volume I: A Boy's Will

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Robert Frost
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Frost weaves together themes of innocence and experience, love and joy and pain, in a sequence of poems that relate to each other while also standing alone as vivid, fresh expressions of intense feeling that speak as freshly today as they did when they were written.

    Ronald says: "A poor second"
    "A poor second"
    Overall

    Having purchased a two cassette audio book of Robert Frost reading his own poetry some years ago, I had hoped that this purchase would obviate the need the laborious task of having to transfer them into digital format for the computer and my various MP3 players and entertainment tablet. Unfortunately, I can only say that the person reading Frost's poetry in this audio book, though with perfect diction, lacked any feel for or understanding of the poems he was reading. While it may be a bit unfair to compare the reader to the poet himself, nevertheless his performance was disappointing and now I'm reconciled to having to transfer the audio cassettes to digital format--very disappointing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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