LISTENER

Lee G. Stringer

Newfoundland, CA
  • 2
  • reviews
  • 1
  • helpful vote
  • 13
  • ratings
  • Taking Charge

  • The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964
  • By: Michael R. Beschloss
  • Narrated by: Michael R. Beschloss
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Taking Charge brings you into the room with an American political legend, still hated and revered a quarter century after his death. We hear Lyndon Johnson as he schemes and blusters, rewards and punishes, and reveals a bedrock core of unshakable political beliefs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great as an audiobook

  • By Amanda on 11-22-11

A Truly Original Experience

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

This is where Audible transcends regular books. There is a profound difference between reading history and actually hearing it from the mouths of those who uttered it when it was actually taking place. Hearing the tone of a person's voice alone can tell volumes about what's being said, and the atmosphere that accompanies it, and listening in on the conversations of Johnson in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history is spellbinding. I can't recommend this enough for history buffs.

  • Light in August

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,850

An Oprah's Book Club Selection regarded as one of Faulkner's greatest and most accessible novels, Light in August is a timeless and riveting story of determination, tragedy, and hope. In Faulkner's iconic Yoknapatawpha County, race, sex, and religion collide around three memorable characters searching desperately for human connection and their own identities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so large, so powerful, so conflicted

  • By Darwin8u on 09-17-17

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 09-21-12

To praise this masterpiece by the great Faulkner would only be repeating what has already been said countless times. As a writer myself I can't understand how a man could write this good and not go mad.

What I really want to comment on is the narrator, Will Patton. This is the finest narration I have ever heard. His voice brings alive the cadence and richness of Faulkner's style. He has the southern voice, but none of the farcical tone that a lesser reader imitating a southern voice might bring to it. He captures the soul of the words so that every scene plays in one's mind as if you're standing in the middle of it. Patton is a great example of how reading is an art all on its own. Actually, this is my only concern. How different is the experience of reading a novel compared to listening to it? Especially when someone as good as Patton is on the job?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful