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andrew

I enjoy history, biographys, and nerdy/ dorky things.

Reserve, LA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Game of Thrones and Philosophy: Logic Cuts Deeper Than Swords

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Irwin (Editor), Henry Jacoby (Editor)
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (66)

    George R. R. Martin's New York Times best-selling epic fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the HBO television show adapted from it, have earned critical acclaim and inspired fanatic devotion. This book delves into the many philosophical questions that arise in this complex, character-driven series, including: Is it right for a "good" king to usurp the throne of a "bad" one and murder his family? How far should you go to protect your family and its secrets? In a fantasy universe with medieval mores and ethics, can female characters reflect modern feminist ideals?

    Tommy says: "Open your eyes and read this please"
    "Absolute Nonsense"
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    What disappointed you about Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

    I learned nothing new, and the book was an absolute ordeal to suffer through. This book is the equivalent of listening to Dr. Phil talk about nothing for 9 hours.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I already started my next book, it's about the great World War 2 generals, Patton, Montgomery, and Rommel.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was boring, everything about this book was boring. The narrator wasn't terrible, and one star is probably a bit harsh. After the first few hours I just wanted to suffer through, and finish it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Game of Thrones and Philosophy?

    This entire book should have been thrown onto Khal Drogo's funeral pyre, then burned on the Blackwater with Stannis Baratheon's fleet, and finally been shot with a cross bow by Tyrion Lannister.


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you are heavy into deep philosophy, and you want 9 hours of your life you will never get back...STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK. I will try to get my credit back from Audible.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27645)
    Performance
    (14234)
    Story
    (14288)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Civil rights through the eyes of women"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book was wonderful. It's not preachy, or overly depressing, however it makes a strong statement none the less.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Minnie, she was a hot tempered woman who always spoke her mind. She always worked hard and put her family first.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The southern dialect was very accurate, and not overly stressed.


    If you could take any character from The Help out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Minnie, her sections never failed to entertain me.


    Any additional comments?

    Picks up where "To Kill a Mockingbird" left off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5235)
    Performance
    (4958)
    Story
    (4940)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Another great installment of a great series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are a fan of Dresden Files obviously you're going to read this book. If you enjoy wizards, magic, and well developed characters, I highly recommend anyone to read this entire series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    (SPOILERS).....Waldo Butters evolution from mild mannered doctor, to full fledged badass.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Nicodemus Archleone, is a great villain, and James Marsters does a fantastic job with his voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud a few times. This series definitely has it's tongue and cheek moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Best book since Changes. Ghost Story, and Cold Days fell a little flat for me, but this book is top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27235)
    Performance
    (20978)
    Story
    (21059)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Great book, even better series"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Game of Thrones the most enjoyable?

    The deception, the mystery, the magic all work in together to create a great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was my second read through. I read all the books before watching the TV series. If your a fan of medieval stories/ D&D, etc, you will enjoy this book.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He gives every character a different voice, and personality.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    (SPOILER ALERT)..............................DRAGONS!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Having the TV series give a face to each character has helped. I was worried listening to the book again might be a waste of time. I caught onto so many little teed-bits of information I had either forgotten, of glanced over on my first read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neal Gabler
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (265)

    Seven years in the making and meticulously researched - Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives - this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose life has largely been enshrouded in myth.

    Amanda says: "Diane Disney"
    "Good Biography, Terrible Narrator"
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    Where does Walt Disney rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Average to less than average


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about how WB built his entertainment empire


    Would you be willing to try another one of Arthur Morey’s performances?

    No, his narration was mono-tone, and boring


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Learning about how hard, the Disney Corporation had to work to make movies. We think of Walt Disney as a billionaire with the Midas touch. However even after making Mickey Mouse and Snow White his company had many rough years ahead.


    Any additional comments?

    I was happy to learn the truth about WD, not just in business, but also personal. Media has always portrayed Disney as a terrible anti-Semite, however after reading this, he was not as bad as he was made out to be. He seemed a tough boss, and difficult person to work with especially later in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Colin Powell
    • Narrated By Colin Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (427)

    It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. At its heart are Powell's "Thirteen Rules" - such as "Get mad, then get over it" and "Share credit" - that introduce his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others. A natural storyteller, Powell offers warm and engaging parables with wise advice on succeeding in the workplace and beyond.

    Jean says: "Great Story Teller"
    "Great advice from a great man."
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    What made the experience of listening to It Worked for Me the most enjoyable?

    The fact of Colin Powell narrating the book himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Attempting to resolve an issue with Spain and Morocco quickly so, he can go out and play with his grand-kids.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How a man of such humble beginnings, son of immigrants, moping floor at a Pepsi plant, could rise to such a high level is a testament of why America is so great.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a biography. Sure he highlights important facts and dates but this his Colin Powell giving advice. Colin Powell is a hero of mine, and after reading this book even more so. His leadership/ life advice is second to none.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David M. Ewalt
    • Narrated By David M. Ewalt, Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (107)

    In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s roots on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. As he chronicles the surprising history of the game’s origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D&D’s profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences.

    brenty says: "Interesting...but disjointed"
    "Enertaining if you have played DND."
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    What made the experience of listening to Of Dice and Men the most enjoyable?

    Listening to the author tell his personal stories, and ideas from former/ future DND games.


    Would you recommend Of Dice and Men to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, only because the majority of my friends have played DND before. This book may confuse those who have never played.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Gary Gygax playing DND with his kids.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    How popular DND was when it released.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have played DND this book brings back good memories. The author spends an entire chapter on the precursor to DND; historic battle re-enactments. This really slows the book down. However talking about personal play, old versions and future versions make me want to pick up a D20 and roll a new character. Probably a Lawful/Neutral Human Fighter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Valerie Estelle Frankel
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (212)

    Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.

    andrew says: "Good short listen, about GOT"
    "Good short listen, about GOT"
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    Where does Winter is Coming rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not a great listen, but fun if you are a fan of GOT, A Song of Ice and Fire.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing really. The book is very short and tackles what it set out to do.


    Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favorite?

    When he barked like Winter the Dire Wolf. Just kidding that doesn't happen.


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

    Talking Thrones?


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about symbolism, back story and metaphors in GOT, A Song of Ice and Fire. If that's what you're looking for then this is the book for you. If you are only watching the TV show be warned because it does contain spoilers from newer books. At only 3 hours long I paid for the book, and did not use a credit.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3549)
    Performance
    (2583)
    Story
    (2592)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "Wonderful, detailed account of the 3rd Reich"
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    If you could sum up The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich in three words, what would they be?

    Masterful, detailed, sad


    What other book might you compare The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich to and why?

    I've never read anything this detailed before. At 57 hours it is a masterpiece of history.


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

    Yes, I listened to Titan, a biography about John. D. Rockefeller. Grover Gardner has a fantastic voice, and again does a great job with this book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    In school we were taught about the horrors of the 3rd Reich. However learning of these horrors through the written letters, and reports of SS, and Gestapo officers is very sad. Not just because of the crimes, but that human beings could treat other human beings so, in-inhumanely.


    Any additional comments?

    Any book this long has it's slow points. In section 3 or 4 the book really slows down. This is dedicated entirely to Germany acquiring Austria, and Czechoslovakia. This was the only issue I had with the book. I didn't think 8 hours needed to be spent on such a subject. Learning about Hitler's upbringing, background, soaring victories, and finally embarrassing defeats were a joy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nelson Mandela
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (319)

    Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world.

    History says: "Surprisingly honest autobiography."
    "Wonderful story, about a wonderful man"
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    What made the experience of listening to Long Walk to Freedom the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was exceptional. He was able to speak with a traditional African dialect. This great enhanced the listened pleasure of this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Since this is Nelson Mandela's auto-biography he is the main character. Even in his darkest hours, and most trying times he never lost his sense of hope, never lost the sight of his goal for a modern republic in his country and he never lost his unique sense of humor.


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

    No, this was my first one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At the end of the book, is the real life audio of Nelson Mandela being sworn in as president. This was very emotional to hear, after all he went through for freedom.


    Any additional comments?

    From beginning to end this book is captivating. From growing up in the poor, to moving to the city, to jail, and finally as president, LWTF give a very detailed account of his life. The book ends with him being sworn in as president. I wish it could have gone a bit further into his actual work as president.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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