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hermanous

Frederick, MD, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1826)
    Story
    (1827)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "An Amazing Story"
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    Why the heck has this not been turned into a movie??? What an amazing story, or rather, parallel stories, about the brief presidency and life of James Garfield. the writer did a wonderful job in working with historical fact to paint a lively, character-driven, tragic, sometimes funny story. The president comes across as someone, who is amazingly decent and could have been an outstanding president. His deranged assassin is fully fleshed out, as well, a sad yet funny portrait of someone clearly suffering from a mental illness. Combine this with extraordinary efforts coming from none other than Alexander Graham Bell and "modern-day" surgical practices that mocked and laughed at sterile room procedures, and this becomes a story so cinematic and captivating that, yes, I am surprised that this hasn't become a movie yet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Tony Horwitz
    • Narrated By Dan Oreskes
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slaveholding South. Now, Midnight Rising portrays Brown's uprising in vivid color, revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict. Brown, the descendant of New England Puritans, saw slavery as a sin against America's founding principles. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, and in 1859 he prepared for battle at a hideout in Maryland....

    Lynn says: "Up from Obscurity"
    "Amazing Story"
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    Tony Horwitz' detailed account of the doomed raid that sparked the Civil War really is an amazing book. What I appreciated most were all the resources that the author availed of himself to paint a picture of John Brown that makes him less a "madman" and more detailed in three dimensions: resolute, not the best planner, earnest, honest, sincere in his beliefs. I think the rush to justice after his plot failed was just as interesting and speaks to many ways how politics and the media made his place in history more than he ever could. If you haven't listened to "Confederates in the Attic", another wonderful book from Tony Horwitz, I'd recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7280)
    Performance
    (6792)
    Story
    (6819)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Dumbest Book of the Year"
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    I should have returned this book, but I didn't want to abuse Audible's very friendly return policy.

    This book is what you'd expect if a thirteen year old boy, jacked up on breakfast cereal would write.

    I don't want to sound mean but it is awful in so many ways:

    1. Narrator's voice (written) has no humor despite many failed attempts. Because it's first person, all we ever see of the foes are archetypes of who they are.

    2. the whole thing sounds ripped off from X-Men, only here, the "X-Men" or "Epics" are bad guys.

    3. In the most suspenseful parts, it is so poorly written that you care not if the good guys win or fail.

    This is, in many ways, a turd of a book. But there are some people liking it. Go figure. Good for them. I'm not one of them.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Woodard
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (477)

    North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

    Theo Horesh says: "One of a Kind Masterpiece"
    "Great Historical Take on How Screwed Up We Are"
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    I liked how the author carved up the America into 11 smaller "nations". It provided a fresh perspective on how how conflicts we still face today can be found in the distrust and apathy that certain nations held against each other since the beginning. Great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10254)
    Performance
    (7699)
    Story
    (7744)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Sci-Fi Fantasy Bodice Ripper"
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    It's more of a romance than it is a story, and worse, it features yet another helpless woman who has to be supported by a "strong" male vampire. Maybe it's like Twilight for adults, but as I never read Twilight, I haven't a clue. But after reading this first one, I won't reach out for any more.

    My preferred replacement, if you were to ask me: "Dreams and Shadows" or even "The Passage". Both distinctly different books, but at least you'll have characters you care about, in addition to strong female characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3227)
    Performance
    (2449)
    Story
    (2469)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "Good story with an unlikeable character"
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    I liked the Magicians, but at the same time, I couldn't stand the main character, Quentin, a character who is strewn into so much self loathing, that I too, loathed him. It would have been nice to see growth from him, but there wasn't much of that. That, and most of the main characters are equally unlikeable from a status perspective. It's like watching the popular kids in high school and hoping they trip up holding their lunch tray, to have it land in their faces.

    That aside, I liked the tone, the fantastical element. I think the book would be better served with a long prologue that takes us through Fillory. This world is so important to the book, it needs to be better served to the reader.

    If you want a 5-star experience all around, try "Dreams and Shadows", which is awesome in every way.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2911)
    Performance
    (2676)
    Story
    (2683)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Two-Dimensional Thriller Porn"
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    First, I think Daniel Suarez is super-smart. The guy knows his stuff, and I really loved his first two novels. This novel has a very interesting plot, very intricately crafted, but where it falls is in its characters.

    Characters are less flesh and blood and more archetypes of "kinds" of people: idealistic scientist, megalomaniacal bad guy, super intelligent sexy woman with a heart of gold, yada yada yada. Especially in the beginning, I had a hard time beginning this book...it took me about 3 or 4 starts. Why? Because the characters weren't speaking to each other; each instead was verbally spewing their own pronouncements, almost like a scientfic version of a passion play.

    I like Mr. Suarez' plot mechanics and if you can get past that, then you can enjoy the ride on this 2D Thriller Porn, but I would hope that he can spend more time developing his characters so that I actually care about them and care about their progress in the story line.

    The narrator, was OK. Not my favorite and really didn't do a great job of vocal characterizations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5610)
    Performance
    (4076)
    Story
    (4077)

    Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

    Amazon Customer says: "WOW. I'm stunned!"
    "Harry Potter for Jaded Adults (a compliment)"
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    I love the Dresden series...the characters, their growth, the main character, his wise-assery, his dog, his take on the world, his engagement with his environment, the narrator, the author, everything.

    This is the only literary series that I'm crazy about. Read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5859)
    Performance
    (5021)
    Story
    (5014)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Another great entry in the Dresden Files"
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    I have been a Dresden fan since the first book. Love them all. I also saw how this book, Ghost Story, was pilloried because, in a rare circumstance, James Marsters wasn't the narrator. And because of that, I saw a bunch of folks giving the poor book a 1-star rating.

    How unfair.

    Let me join the chorus of readers to say that I, too, missed the original narrator. The book series has grown with Marsters and, yes, it's "his voice" that I imagine for the characters, and yes, Glover's voice caught me off guard. However, be honest: had John Glover been the narrator since the first book, and if it was Marsters that was subbing, I'm pretty sure all the Glover-haters would have piled on to Marsters as a sub.

    The moral of the story: get over the narrator issue. Concentrate on the story.

    And the story was just as smart-assingly (can that be an adverb???) good as all the previous books in the series.

    In fact, while I never thought I'd love serialized fiction as much as I do the Dresden files, the reality is I LOVE this series, and I give the author a lot of credit for allowing his characters to grow, occasionally die, and develop. It's been very gratifying.

    Hope to be enjoying this series for a long time to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1298)
    Story
    (1299)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Entertaining but not complete"
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    I really enjoyed this book, and thought the author did a good job, especially when recounting the origins of wine or beer, in tracing the history of these two drinks. And this book is definitely worth listening to, but my disappointment is with the incomplete nature of the book, mostly in the spirits section. Rum and whiskey are given ample time, but what about vodka's obvious influence on Russia and how did that (or did not) impact the kind of societies that developed there? Or tequila and Mexico? What about rice spirits in Asian contents, whether sake or something else? Without touching on these other topics, the work seems slanted to the obvious Western European culture, but we're missing, I assume, some wonderful histories of these drinks in these far flung cultures.

    But...the stuff that's in here is nice. I just wish the author would have invested more time in a more comprehensive picture.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs)
    • By John Julius Norwich
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (122)

    With the papacy embattled in recent years, it is essential to have the perspective of one of the world's most accomplished historians. In Absolute Monarchs, John Julius Norwich captures nearly 2,000 years of inspiration and devotion, intrigue and scandal. The men (and maybe one woman) who have held this position of infallible power over millions have ranged from heroes to rogues, admirably wise to utterly decadent.

    Nassir says: "A relentless succession of very old men"
    "Pooped Popes Past Prime"
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    As someone who was raised Catholic but left a long, long time ago, I enjoyed this book from a historical perspective. The writer, who is obviously pro-Catholic, did a thorough and complete job in painting a realistic picture of the pantheon of popes who've come our way, praises, warts and all.

    I come way from this book, appreciating the history but am much stronger in my convictions that there is nothing godly about the institution of the Catholic Church, but rather, its very--sorry to say--humanness in its conniving nature, its sexual escapades, its search for raw power, etc.

    I don't know how anyone could read this book and then come away with the thought that this is a religion that came from a higher source. But there will be those who read it that way, and all the power to them, I guess.

    But I think it illustrates perfectly how the growth of the Catholic church is much like the layers of an onion, or more accurately, a perverse game of "Telephone", played as a kid. Did you ever play that? One kid starts by whispering one thing into the ear of the kid next to him or her. Then each kid does the same thing, whispering into the next kids ear. By the time you get to the end, what the last kid says is normally 100 percent different than what was originally said.

    So, too, the Catholic church. Its beginnings may have come from someone who was radical (at the time) and challenged traditional thought, but over the years, each gilded layer of the onion has come to produce a mega-rich institution, highly ornate, theatrical, and slow-moving in its errors.

    I appreciate this book for its honesty. An entertaining history of human foibles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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