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  • New York: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (505)

    New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

    Chuck says: "Stunning"
    "Historical Fiction Has To Be Accurate Not Erroneou"
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    What would have made New York better?

    The author should have known more about US history and geography before writing this book. He got a wrong general for the Union at Gettysburg and the wrong direction of Niagara Falls. And, with a topic as huge as New York City over 350 years, he shouldn't have tried to do it in one book. This would have allowed him to have more character development.


    Has New York turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Don't think so. I will listen to other Rutherfurd books. I liked his books on Russia and Paris.


    What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

    Correct pronunciation and good pacing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from New York?

    Don't know. Couldn't finish the book due to egregious errors.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Simon: How a Rescue Donkey Taught Me the Meaning of Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jon Katz
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When Jon Katz got a call from an animal control officer about Simon, a neglected donkey who had been found on a failing farm in upstate New York, he wasn't expecting to add another animal to his already full life. But when he made the trek out to meet him, he couldn't help falling in love with the skinny, mangy donkey who had already suffered so much, and he ended up taking him into his home. It was Simon who listened in the fields as Jon read to him and discussed philosophy.

    alex20850 says: "Narrator did his best. Very thin writing."
    "Narrator did his best. Very thin writing."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I could say so much. But then the writer could have, too. His theme of compassion was first introduced lightly and was then repeated until it became annoying and then obnoxious and then down right repulsive. He also kept referring to his abuse(?) he suffered as a child, but I was so bored with the book, I never got to the end.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jon Katz again?

    Would have to see more of the printed copy before I take a chance.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Saving Simon?

    I would have dramatically cut back on the pondering on compassion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10610)
    Performance
    (10096)
    Story
    (10113)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Very Geeky, But So Am I. Loved it."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Martian to be better than the print version?

    I didn't try the print version so I don't know.


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    Day of the Jackal due the large number of specific details and the suspense.


    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    I could believe he was each of the characters especially the astronaut on Mars.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Really, really enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Natural History of North American Trees

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Donald Culross Peattie
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    A Natural History of North American Trees gives us a picture of life in America from its earliest days to the middle of the last century. The information is always interesting, though often heartbreaking. While Peattie looks for the better side of man's nature, he reports sorrowfully on the greed and waste that have doomed so much of America's virgin forest.

    alex20850 says: "Writing from Another Time"
    "Writing from Another Time"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The writing in this book is much more flowery than I was expecting.
    If someone likes that sort of almost reminiscing flowery writing, they might like this book.


    Has A Natural History of North American Trees turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really. I enjoyed the Botany of Desire.


    What about Kevin Stillwell’s performance did you like?

    For the writing, he handled the narration well.


    What character would you cut from A Natural History of North American Trees?

    Does Not Apply


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Donovan Hohn
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    When the writer Donovan Hohn heard of the mysterious loss of thousands of bath toys at sea, he figured he would interview a few oceanographers, talk to a few beachcombers, and read up on Arctic science and geography. But questions can be like ocean currents: wade in too far, and they carry you away. Hohn's accidental odyssey pulls him into the secretive world of shipping conglomerates, the daring work of Arctic researchers, the lunatic risks of maverick sailors, and the shadowy world of Chinese toy factories.

    K. says: "Brilliant narration"
    "EGADS!! Tell the story already!!"
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    What would have made Moby-Duck better?

    Tell the %#$%$#$# story. I am hours into the book and he is still in self-examination mode telling how beautiful the waves are on his ride on the ferry or how he felt guilty about this or that. It is like going to a concert and listening to singer talk about how they or feeling or what they had for lunch rather than singing. TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    History


    How could the performance have been better?

    Tell the story.


    What character would you cut from Moby-Duck?

    The author's philosophizing and self-examination.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Needle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Eric Lincoln
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2129)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1194)

    One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Just OK by Follett Standards"
    "Horrible Disappointment"
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    What disappointed you about Eye of the Needle?

    Since it only listed one narrator I thought that it was a reading of the book.
    I have heard the book read by one person and it is a completely different experience than the different voices. As soon as I heard the second voice I knew this was not the version for me. The narrated notice should say Multiple, not just Eric Lincoln.


    What could Ken Follett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The writing is excellent. It is the presentation that is terrble.


    What didn’t you like about Eric Lincoln’s performance?

    Not his performance, the other voices completely bastardized the book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    UTTER Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Please remove book from my library, return my credit. AND PLEASE get the version with one narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Railroads and the American People: Railroads Past and Present

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By H. Roger Grant
    • Narrated By Todd Barsness
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    In this social history of the impact of railroads on American life, H. Roger Grant concentrates on the railroad's "golden age," 1830-1930. To capture the essence of the nation's railroad experience, Grant explores four fundamental topics - trains and travel, train stations, railroads and community life, and the legacy of railroading in America. Grant recalls the lasting memories left by train travel, both of luxurious Pullman cars and the grit and grind of coal-powered locals.

    Gene Bowker says: "great history of railroad life in America"
    "Fascinating Story, Poor Editing, Strange Narration"
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    What would have made Railroads and the American People better?

    Terrible Editing
    While I am not a extreme railroad fan, I am very interested in its history especially in the United States, but the writing and editing was amateurish. The writer seemed to have a thesaurus at one side and a list of cliches on the other. He used a number of unnecessary words such as "opined." He uses "opined a modern day hobo" or "opined a writer" or "opined a youthful railroad fan." He uses "reported" 28 times. He uses "said one" five times which doesn't mean anything. "Said one engineer" or "said one resident" as if he took a survey and determined that only person had that thought or he was in a group and only one spoke up. Referring to WWI as "the Great War" five times added nothing to the book as well "lad" nine times or "residents" 66 times.
    Narration
    If this If it had been any other subject, I would not have gotten past the first few minutes of this book. The narrator seemed to think that he was reading for a commercial with way too much emphasis on the end of sentences or short passages. And, then when he pronounced "te-LEG-grapher" "te-LOG-grapher" repeatedly I was ready to scream.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Railroads and the American People?

    The Subject


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Todd Barsness?

    Just about anybody


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Railroads and the American People?

    None, but I would have edited the book to get rid of the cliches and verboseness.


    Any additional comments?

    The space for the review of the book is hugely too long. I thought there was nothing below it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (439)

    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Patrick says: "Great overview of Middle East troubles"
    "Well read and very interesting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I grew up in the fifties and sixties so I followed the 67 war as it happened. This book covered it well and was well written.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eshkol


    What does Robert Whitfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I could feel the tension, fear, and wariness as it happened in the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert L. Wolke
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (810)

    Why is red meat red? How do they decaffeinate coffee? Do you wish you understood the science of food but don't want to plow through dry, technical books? In What Einstein Told His Cook, University of Pittsburgh chemistry professor emeritus and award-winning Washington Post food columnist Robert L. Wolke provides reliable and witty explanations for your most burning food questions, while debunking misconceptions and helping you interpret confusing advertising and labeling.

    Teddy says: "Everything you want to know about Kitchen Science"
    "Jeez, how condescending and cutesy"
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    What disappointed you about What Einstein Told His Cook?

    I thought it might just be me so I went to Amazon to see other reviews and sure enough there were other people who got very, very, VERY tired of the puns and cutesie writing style. It could be the cutesy style in a newspaper column is appropriate, but sometimes I thought I was going to have to pull over while listening in the car to take care of my gag reflex.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert L. Wolke again?

    Not if he writes like this.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sean Runnette’s performances?

    Yes.


    What character would you cut from What Einstein Told His Cook?

    It is not the characters it is the puns and condescending style of the writing.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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