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mike

poughkeepsie, ny, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Bolivar: American Liberator

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marie Arana
    • Narrated By David Crommett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (65)

    It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

    Jean says: "Absolutely fantastic book!"
    "Excellent and Informative"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. for anyone who wishes to learn about the life of bolivar and his continuing impact in south america


    What other book might you compare Bolivar to and why?

    well, i have been listening to a biography of george washington (much longer than this one).
    both monumental historical figures. yet with entirely different legacies. bolivar failed as a politician and became a divisive figure. washington succeeded as both a leader in war and peace.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    no answer


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

    not really


    Any additional comments?

    wonderful, balanced history of an incredible man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6681)
    Performance
    (2981)
    Story
    (2993)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Dissenting Opinion Here"
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    What disappointed you about The Lincoln Lawyer?

    most of the story reads like a trial transcript and the strategy of the protagonist criminal defense attorney. boring with a capital B. who cares? ridiculous, contrived plot. amazed how bad it was after reading the good reviews here


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    no idea


    What about Adam Grupper’s performance did you like?

    the reader was great. a joy to listen to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lincoln Lawyer?

    the book should have be titled "i'm a great guy, a great lawyer, and here is the story of my successful defense strategy including all the minutia of the trial, my conferences with my client, witnesses, prosecutors, judge, my ex-wife secretary and other ex-wife prosecutor"
    over half the book is trial testimony and the back and forth between the lawyers and the court. cut this out, and no book is left


    Any additional comments?

    all are cardboard characters with no depth. little or no action here, no drama nor surprises. a dud, and i respectfully dissent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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