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Middletown, RI, United States
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  • Present at the Creation

  • My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America's Game
  • By: Upton Bell, Ron Borges
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Upton Bell grew up at the knee of the NFL's first great commissioner, his father, the legendary Bert Bell, who not only saved the game from financial ruin after World War II but was one of its greatest innovators. Present at the Creation details Bell’s firsthand experiences. Over the past 53 years, Bell has been an owner, a general manager, a personnel executive, a scouting director for two Super Bowl teams, a television commentator and analyst, and a talk-radio host. He has seen the NFL from the inside and has experienced many of the most important moments in NFL history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For more than Football fans.

  • By jimbokline on 02-04-18

For both football and history buffs.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

If you could sum up Present at the Creation in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, historical, he-was-there

What was one of the most memorable moments of Present at the Creation?

Very first chapter...just pulls you in.

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

Yup..One of my favorite narrators. Good job, as usual.

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

Both actually...a number of times.

Any additional comments?

Fascinating look at the NFL from the beginning from someone who lived through it.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Nancy Dow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Northanger Abbey certainly contains some elements of 18th century Gothic “potboilers” but with a satiric slant. It has the overbearing father who was “not in the least addicted to locking up his daughters”, although her mother does not die giving birth to her, and the “heroine”, Catherine Morland, prefers playing cricket with her brothers to any girlish pastimes like watering rose bushes or feeding canaries. The book is a hilarious parody and certainly the most lighthearted of Austen's novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flawed but Good

  • By Empowerment on 09-01-10

Flawed but Good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-10

Loved the book but...for audio perfectionists this may not be for you. The copyright says 1980 and the sound has some background noise common to recordings in those days. And....while I don't agree with the reviewer who "shouted" about it. ( all caps is considered shouting ) it does have a slightly hollow sound. However, in spite of the less-than-perfect sound quality, we ( my wife and I ) loved it! For one thing we I prefer American readers because for us, as Americans, British accents tend to get in the way of understanding.
And..most importantly...the reader was very good...seeming to "read with a smile." Over the years we have heard two other recordings of this book and the readers were just so very serious. This was Jane Austen's most light-hearted book and this readers voice matched the text perfectly. So our advice...listen to the sample first. If you don't mind the "old days" audio and you are an Austen fan, you'll love this reading.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • The Kama Sutra

  • By: Mallanaga Vatsyayana, Sir Richard Francis Burton (translator)
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian text widely considered to be the standard work on human sexual behavior in Sanskrit literature. It is over 1,700 years old, yet it remains a best seller to this day. Part of the reason, of course, is it's incredible advice and creativity in the art of loving. But it is much more than that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Empowerment on 03-27-10

Great Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-27-10

This is one of the world's great books and not just for it's sexual advice - which is fascinating - but for it's look at the mores and culture of an ancient civilization. Liked the reader, too. Heard other samples but they tried to give a romantic "syrupy" tone to the reading and it just doesn't fit. This book calls for a "matter of fact" rendition
and this reading does that very well. Five stars.

41 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • Star Hunter

  • By: Andre Norton
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

In this story, a teenage boy suddenly finds himself whisked away for his dead end job on an outlying planet,to a jungle planet where he begins having strange dreams of his past. Suddenly, he finds himself in the middleof a thrill-packed plot involving a criminal mastermind and Rass Hume, the "ouhunterr" who was responsiblefor the sudden change in his fortunes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spell binder

  • By Empowerment on 03-11-10

Spell binder

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-10

Andre Norton is one of the greats of Science Fiction and this, like just about everything she wrote, is a spell-binding yard with a little food for thought thrown in. Good reading, too.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Great American Short Stories

  • Volume 2
  • By: Mark Twain, O. Henry, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

This second collecton of great American short stories includes titles by Mark Twain, O. Henry, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good set

  • By Empowerment on 02-28-10

Another good set

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-10

Another good selection of stories and, same as the 1st, well read. Looking forward to Volume 3 now.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Last of the Mohicans

  • By: James Fenimore Cooper
  • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

James Fenimore Cooper wrote five "leather-stocking" tales. This is the second and most famous. It comes between The Deerslayer and The Pathfinder. Here the white frontiersman, Hawkeye (aka Natto Bumppo and Leather Stocking) is nobly matched with Uncas, the Indian of the title.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Empowerment on 02-28-10

Riveting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-10

Riveting story..a bit wordy...but before radio, tv, the Internet etc. that was the norm. Nevertheless, very enthralling story. Well read, too.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Great American Short Stories

  • Volume 1
  • By: Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and others
  • Narrated by: various
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

This collection is a short-story lover's dream. Included are 17 classic works, representing the finest American writers in the genre. Included are "Bartleby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville, "The One Million Pound Bank Note" by Mark Twain, "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Selection

  • By Empowerment on 02-27-10

Great Selection

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-10

I listened to these sets in the "old days" when it cost about $40 on cassettes. Glad to see these Volumes are now on Audible as some of my tapes are broken and the price is certainly right. Great selections ( all three volumes ) and very well read.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Favorite Science Fiction Stories, Volume 2

  • By: Fredric Brown, Ben Bova, Frank Herbert, and others
  • Narrated by: Ben Hurst, Emmett Casey, Ran Allan Ricard, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

The second collection of science-fiction tales by Jimcin includes 31 stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories, great narrators

  • By Noah on 09-11-10

Some of the best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-10

I tend to be wary of sequels because they often are not as good as the original. Happily that is not the case here. This is an outstanding collection of stories by some of the best sc-fi authors. Having many readers - all good - also helps. Five stars!

48 of 49 people found this review helpful

  • The Colors of Space

  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

In The Colors of Space, young Bart Steele, Space Academy graduate, is waiting in a spaceport for a ship to take him home when something happens that suddenly thrusts him into the center of a quest for the secret of interstellar travel. The method of faster than light travel, called "warp drive" in later Sci-Fi stories, is a tightly kept secret of alien race known as the "Lhari."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff

  • By Edward on 01-23-10

Engaging

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-22-10

Very captivating story. Good narration as well.

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • The Door Through Space

  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

In this faced paced novel, Race Cargill, had at one time been the best Terran Intelligence agent on the complex and mysterious planet of Wolf. He had repeatedly imperiled his life amongst the half-human and non-human creatures of that sullen world and he had repeatedly accomplished the fantastic missions until his name was emblazoned with glory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good yarn

  • By Empowerment on 12-03-09

Good yarn

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-09

Marion Zimmer Bradley was one of my favorite authors when I was younger but somehow I missed this one.
Good yarn. In my opinion, the reader did a very good job. Don't really understand why he was trashed so badly but another reviewer.

27 of 27 people found this review helpful