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Thomas D. Kehoe

Boulder, CO USA
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  • First Man

  • The Life of Neil A. Armstrong
  • By: James R. Hansen
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

When Apollo 11 touched down on the Moon’s surface in 1969, the first man on the Moon became a legend. In First Man, author James R. Hansen explores the life of Neil Armstrong. Based on over 50 hours of interviews with the intensely private Armstrong, who also gave Hansen exclusive access to private documents and family sources, this "magnificent panorama of the second half of the American twentieth century" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) is an unparalleled biography of an American icon.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not really 'unabridged'

  • By A Reader on 06-06-18

Loved but the abridged version might be better

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

This book sometimes has too much detail. I didn't care what pieces of his wife's jewelry each astronaut brought. There's a lot of technical details that an engineer might be interested in (Armstrong was an engineer first and a pilot second) but most people wouldn't care about. Now to compare the book to the movie. The book is much better! My friend didn't read the book before we went to see the movie and she was often lost as to what was going on, e.g., what the Columbia was and why it orbited the Moon, what the Agina was and why Gemini 8 docked with it, etc. The actor who played Armstrong didn't seem like the Armstrong in the book.

  • The Airbnb Story

  • How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions…and Created Plenty of Controversy
  • By: Leigh Gallagher
  • Narrated by: Christine Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 298

This is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, the online lodging platform that has become, in under a decade, the largest provider of accommodations in the world. At first just the wacky idea of cofounders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia, and Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb has disrupted the $500 billion hotel industry, and its $30 billion valuation is now larger than that of Hilton and close to that of Marriott.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Modern Day Example of "The Innovators Dilemma"

  • By Boyd Tschaggeny on 06-17-17

Can't stand the narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-18

I gave up after a chapter. The story might be good (the first chapter wasn't) but I couldn't stand the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

  • Stories
  • By: Denis Johnson
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, Michael Shannon, Dermot Mulroney, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from Denis Johnson. Written in the luminous prose that made him one of the most beloved and important writers of his generation, this collection finds Johnson in new territory, contemplating the ghosts of the past and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RIP Denis Johnson

  • By Thomas B. Houghton on 01-19-18

Love or hate Denis Johnson?

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

"Train Dreams" is one of my favorite novellas. "Tree of Smoke," "Jesus' Son," and this book I couldn't get past the first few chapters. The writing is good in places but the characters are so unappealing and the stuff that happens is so awful, these books are just depressing.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The English Patient

  • By: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 412

With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English patient, the nameless, burned man who lies in an upstairs room and whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminates this audiobook like flashes of heat lightening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4 lives in the aftermath of WWII

  • By Leslie A. Foote on 07-08-07

Couldn't get past the first chapter

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Slow start, lack of plot or characters. Couldn't get past the first chapter. Confusing, poorly edited.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • King Zeno

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathaniel Rich
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

New Orleans, 1918. The birth of jazz, the Spanish flu, an ax murderer on the loose. The lives of a traumatized cop, a conflicted Mafia matriarch, and a brilliant trumpeter converge - and Crescent City gets the rich, dark, sweeping audiobook it so deserves.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a convincing New Orleans narrator

  • By Jane on 03-18-18

Couldn't get past the first chapter

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

The first chapter was about a "Negro highwayman" robbing people. Not my type of a story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Infinite

  • By: Jeremy Robinson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,661
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,648

The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries 50 scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth's nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity's best hope. After 10 years in a failed cryogenic bed - body asleep, mind awake - William Chanokh's torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him...by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a rather complex science fiction story

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-26-17

Horrible story

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I suffered through this for almost two hours before giving up. There's only one character, who is both boring and unlikeable. The writing is mostly technical explanations about how things will work in the future. There's violence, disgusting scenes, and a romance with a woman frozen in cybersleep. The author has the maturity of a 14- or 15-year-old boy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Magic

  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Set two years before the events of The Will of the Empress and Melting Stones, this adventure reunites plant mage Briar; his mentor, Rosethorn; and his young apprentice, Evvy, who has a talent for making stones...do things. The three journey eastward to the forbidding land of Yanjing, where they discover a danger that threatens the home temple of the Living Circle religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight to listen to

  • By g.robbins on 01-08-15

Woo woo for Nancy Wu!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

I enjoyed Battle Magic, even though I’m about 40 years past it’s target audience. :-) I especially enjoyed Nancy Wu’s performance. I don’t know how she does so many different voices!

The review by “Jane” is unfair. It sounds like she’s read the other books in the series, which were produced with a full cast. If you’re used to hearing a character performed by one actor, and then you hear another actor perform the same character, of course they’ll sound different. When I read “Winnie the Pooh” I remember my mother’s voice for each character. I can’t watch the Disney movies because Disney cast other actors with the “wrong” voices. As an adult I understand this and I don’t blame Disney’s actors for bad performances.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Skygods

  • The Fall of Pan Am
  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Originally published by Wm. Morrow, in 1995, Skygods is the saga of America's most glamorous airline - from its meteoric ascent to its plunge to extinction. Pan Am blazed the way across the world's oceans with its magnificent Clipper ships, launched the first international jet service, was the first to fly the behemoth 747, was the lead customer for America's SST and the Concorde, and was even taking reservations for the first commercial flights to the moon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Absorbing Slice of Social History

  • By S. Perry on 06-01-14

Great narrator!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

The book is well-researched and written and held my attention through the long story. The surprise was the narrator! His voice characterizations are hilarious! Just the way he reads the chapter numbers had me laughing! :-)