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Thomas S. Ashton

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  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark A. Stoler
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (198)

    To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

    J. E. JORDAN says: "Let Go of the Grade-School Storybook History"
    "More History Not Much Skeptic . . . er . . . Stuff"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    More of a decent overview of American History. A bit of skeptic stuff thrown in but not much. I expected thorough debunking of commonly held beliefs.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another Great Courses listen. They are great.


    What about Professor Mark A. Stoler’s performance did you like?

    Not much. There were words he used ad nauseum and pronounced incorrectly. It was ridiculously distracting.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sure. There are plenty of good things in there. I just didn't think it lived up to the title of "Skeptics". Again, was looking for George Washington/cherry tree myth debunking type things.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jerome K. Jerome
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (181)

    Here is one of the greatest English comic novels read by incontrovertible king of English comic audiobook readers, Martin Jarvis. Three men, worried about their health and in search of different experiences, set off 'up the river' in a boat. Jerome's delightful novel, dating from 1900, paints a vivid picture of innocent fun.

    James says: "Dry and Hilarious"
    "An enjoyable "Poor Man's Pickwick" novel."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sure. It's funny, light, an easy listen. What's not to enjoy?


    What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

    I have listened to several of Jarvis' performances. He always does a fantastic job.


    Could you see Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would make a fine film or series if heavily expanded which would be easy as it is a travelling story in which the protagonists see new places and meet new people daily.


    Any additional comments?

    As my title states, this is a "Poor Man's Pickwick". It is very similar in many respects and enjoyable but no where near as enjoyable as the Dicken's classic. The characters aren't as fleshed out. Just about any of them could have their name exchanged with one of the others and you wouldn't know the better of it.

    Go try The Pickwick Papers if you liked this book. You'll like it even more. This (http://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B0031AP0WE) is the version I have purchased here from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Ice: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Andrew Lane
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (26)

    When Sherlock and Amyus Crowe, his American tutor, visit Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, in London, what they find shocks both of them to the core: a locked room, a dead body, and Mycroft holding a knife. The police are convinced Mycroft is a vicious murderer, but Sherlock is just as convinced he is innocent. Threatened with the gallows, Mycroft needs Sherlock to save him. The search for the truth necessitates an incredible journey, from a railway station for the dead in London all the way to the frozen city of Moscow....

    Thomas S. Ashton says: "May be the weakest of the three here on Audible."
    "May be the weakest of the three here on Audible."
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    What did you love best about Black Ice?

    More Mycroft. He has always been a great character to me and it's a shame Doyle didn't use him more. Andrew Lane uses a lot good hints at how Sherlock may have become the consulting detective we know him as such as how he learns to deduce, play the violin, etc.


    What other book might you compare Black Ice to and why?

    Probably its two predecessors. I think they have gotten weaker as they have gone on though.


    Did James Langton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did, but I have Daniel Wayman's voice in my mind for this series. He definitely doesn't do as good of a job on Amyus Crow and at times I think his Mycroft was just what you would think of a stuffed shirt toff.


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

    So long Amyus, it's Mycroft's show this time.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are enjoyable for adults who love Sherlock. However, don't think that you're going to surprised by the outcome or solution. They are young adult fiction and written as such.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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