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Tp

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • The Babylon Rite

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Knox
    • Narrated By R.C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The new high-concept thriller from Tom Knox, which weaves together past and present terrors in an intense page-turner If you dig up hell, you uncover evil! Edinburgh: a famous Templar historian dies mysteriously at the Rosslyn chapel, setting journalist Adam Blackwood on a quest for the truth to the Templar sites of Europe. Meanwhile, in London, several young people from the international party set commit suicide in very bizarre circumstances.

    Tp says: "Trying too hard to be Dan Brown"
    "Trying too hard to be Dan Brown"
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    What was most disappointing about Tom Knox’s story?

    This is an overly aggressive plot. Straining to span multiple continents, 4 thousand years, and a half dozen major cultures left too many gaps to make an enjoyable story. There are many graphic scenes. Serial killer novels have less blood, sex and sado-masochistic detail. It was hard to finish.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of R.C. Bray?

    Since the main characters have Scottish and Australian brogues, a UK native would've been a better narrator. This one struggled to keep his accents and voices straight.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Superman Classic: I Am Superman

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Michael Teitelbaum
    • Narrated By Old Time Radio
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    Superman is in his Fortress of Solitude when Lex Luthor puts all of Metropolis in danger. Can Superman fly back to the city in time to stop Lex and save the day?

    Dexter G says: "DO NOT BUY THIS"
    "Classic radio serial lost in the static"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am a fan of old serials, radio and film. Unfortunately, the source material for these recordings is very poor. The static makes it very difficult to make out the dialogue. When listening in the car, it's almost impossible. Disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (661)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "What they should teach you about LBJ in school"
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    Any additional comments?

    Caro delivers again. This volume focuses on period beginning in the months leading up to LBJ's selection as Vice President through the election of 1964. While the detours into the lives of John and Bobby Kennedy are sometimes long, they are very valuable in setting the context for how the personalities of the men shaped their interaction with Johnson. History burnished JFK's Camelot with the sweat LBJ put into passing Kennedy's programs after the assasination. Fascinating human drama in one of the most historically significant American decades in the 20th Century.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Codex

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hotshot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. His task is to search their library stacks for a precious medieval codex, a treasure kept sealed away for many years and for many reasons.

    Phebe says: "Brilliant entry for Grossman's "Magicians" series"
    "A bad trip"
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    What disappointed you about Codex?

    An interesting premise quickly deteriorated. The main character isn't interesting. Forty percent of the story describes his poor performance in a video game. The narrator makes it worse with a droning delivery. The book suddenly ended irrationally. Save your credits.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12376)
    Performance
    (8291)
    Story
    (8332)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "An amazing story of the will to live"
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    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    Yes it is World War II biography, but you won't be able to turn it off. You journey alongside an olympic athlete who becomes a soldier, a survivor, a prisoner and struggles to return to life after captivity. The most inspiring biography I've read in a long time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hoover’s FBI: The Inside Story by Hoover’s Trusted Lieutenant

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Cartha “Deke” DeLoach
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    As director of the FBI for over five decades, J. Edgar Hoover left a profound and lasting legacy on this most celebrated institution. Only the few who were part of Hoover’s inner circle know the truth about his controversial years of authoritarian rule and the organization’s inmost secrets.

    Tp says: "Not a Hoover biography, but a good insider's view"
    "Not a Hoover biography, but a good insider's view"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a very interesting view of major cases handled by the FBI during Hoover's years, written by the 3rd ranking man in the agency. In telling the stories of the cases, it occasionally touches Hoover's roles and participation. It includes a strong rebuttal of the attacks on Hoover that have been popular in recent years. The author makes a great case for why the FBI should never become the personal muscle of any politician and how Hoover helped to prevent that outcome during terms of presidents in both parties.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worlds at War: The 2,500-Year Struggle Between East and West

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anthony Pagden
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    In the tradition of Jared Diamond and Jacques Barzun, prize-winning historian Anthony Pagden presents a sweeping history of the long struggle between East and West, from the Greeks to the present day.

    The relationship between East and West has always been one of turmoil. In this historical tour de force, a renowned historian leads us from the world of classical antiquity, through the Dark Ages, to the Crusades, Europe's resurgence, and the dominance of the Ottoman Empire, which almost shattered Europe entirely. Pagden travels from Napoleon in Egypt to Europe's carving up of the finally moribund Ottomans - creating the modern Middle East along the way - and on to the present struggles in Iraq.

    Tad Davis says: "Great story, with a lot of unfamiliar names"
    "Unapologetic pitch for secularism"
    Overall

    The author states his preference for secularism in a very straightforward fashion. He gives an interesting and occasionally fresh overview of the conflicts between Europe and Asia over the last 2,500 years. The focus is intensely on the philosophic or religious features of those conflicts. The last third is devoted to struggles between the cultures of what he calls the three major monotheisms. Worth the time.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Galileo

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By J. L. Heilbron
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    In 1610, Galileo published the Siderius nuncius, or Starry Messenger, a "hurried little masterpiece" in John Heilbron's words. Presenting to the world his remarkable observations using the recently invented telescope, Galileo dramatically challenged our idea of the perfection of the heavens and the centrality of the Earth in the universe. Indeed, the appearance of the little book is regarded as one of the great moments in the history of science.

    Tp says: "Stick to the printed version"
    "Stick to the printed version"
    Overall

    This particular work is not well suited for an audio book because of the extensive references to formulas and diagrams apparently in the hard copy version. The narrarator actually reads from geometric diagrams by line segment notations. It's appeal is further limited by recitation of extensive passages from Galileo's dialogues and letters. There are some interesting insights into Galileo's broader interests and accomplishments. Galileo fans should stick to the bound version of this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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