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  • Bust Hell Wide Open

  • The Life of Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • By: Samuel W. Mitcham Jr.
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

The legacy of General Nathan Bedford Forrest is deeply divisive. Best known for being accused of war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow and for his role as first grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan - an organization he later denounced - Forrest has often been studied as a military figure, but never before studied as a fascinating individual who wrestled with the complex issues of his violent times. Bust Hell Wide Open is a comprehensive portrait of Nathan Bedford Forrest as a man: his achievements, failings, reflections, and regrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By B. Wood on 02-23-17

Best Bio I’ve read on NBF

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

What this book does that’s superior to other books I’ve read on the man is that it focuses ON THE MAN—his humanity, manifested its complexity—and how he interacted with the time and place he occupied. His battles are certainly covered as they have been elsewhere, but in this book a 3D character arises from the narrative. The book is neither sensational or sentimental. A very fine balance has been achieved by the author, in my humble opinion...

Memphis should be ashamed of how they have besmirched his name (and desecrated his grave!), but it is not really any different from many inflammatory things said about him in his own time, not just by Yankees (who didn’t know any better), but even by some of his former comrades (who did know better).

I feel I’m a little better for having spent time with him via this production.

  • Stinker Lets Loose!

  • By: Mike Sacks, James Taylor Johnston
  • Narrated by: Jon Hamm, Eric Martin, Andy Richter, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 916

Mike has teamed up with director Eric Martin to adapt the novelization into a fully immersive cinematic audio experience, and an epic all-star cast has come together to introduce Stinker to a whole new generation of fans! It's Smokey and the Bandit meets Every Which Way But Loose meets Smokey and the Bandit Parts 2 and 3. Feel the thrill as Stinker teams up with old pals Boner and Jumbo, plus new friends Buck and Rascal the Chimp, for a crazy ride across the highways and byways of Bicentennial America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Live performance at end is worth it!

  • By Frank on 02-23-18

A rare gem discovered (or a petrified turd found)

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

There was a time in the not-so-distant past, before political correctness and post-modern pretentiousness, when people like Stinker and his merry band of misfits were not at the receiving end of an Antifa rally or the subject of an angry feminist studies doctoral dissertation.

While considered vulgar at the time and a textbook example of misogyny and sexism in our own time, the production is a reminder of how uptight and politicized America has become.

This s not a book to be studied or analyzed, it is to be enjoyed!

Let the lusty language and Southern fried shenanigans wash over you like a warm beer bath--without judgement, without guilt, without shame...

Let yourself laugh at Stinker, laugh with Stinker...

If you are uptight l, stressed out, and feel all hemmed in, a little Stinker might just be what you need... it might just be what America needs!

Is Stinker a rare gem recovered, or a petrified turd found?

I vote for the former!

It was a blast!





5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Up from Slavery

  • By: Booker T. Washington
  • Narrated by: Noah Waterman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276

Booker T. Washington fought his way out of slavery to become an educator, statesman, political shaper, and proponent of the "do-it-yourself" idea. In his autobiography, he describes his early life as a slave on a Virginia plantation, his steady rise during the Civil War, his struggle for education, his schooling at the Hampton Institute, and his years as founder and president of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, which was devoted to helping minorities learn useful, marketable skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality Check!

  • By Mickens on 06-08-16

Alas!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I lament what should and could have been. I fear that any true reconciliation, such as the one advanced by Mr Washington—of personal merit and mutual interdependence (in contradistinction to neo-Marxist class/race/sex conflict theory)—is beyond reach. At least presently.

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,297

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

Fascinating, but preachy

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

The stories are superb, the tone sarcastic, the conclusion preachy. I almost didn't get through the last 10 minutes. Passion I get, but moral high-horsing is like nails on a chalk board.
I recommend it with a caution. Smart assery is abundant. Look past that and it's

  • V for Vendetta

  • By: Alan Moore
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,077

Imagine a Britain stripped of democracy, a world of the not-too-distant future in which freedom has been surrendered willingly to a totalitarian regime which rose to power by exploiting the people's worst fears and most damning weaknesses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral Vindictive Vicarious Vicissitudes?

  • By John on 09-06-08

Leftist Distopia

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

Reviewed: 08-24-17

Let me. I gin by stating that Zi loved the movie and this version of the book which follows it almost exactly. It was written from the screenplay, the original version being a graphic novel.
The enemies of humanity, unlike those of 1984, were right wing politicos--fascist, although not in the old sense of the word a la Mussolini, but the new meaning a la AntiFa. The main character, V, is compelling and the struggle to be free from an oppressive government was quite moving. All the while, my mind returned to the new left, their covered faces, and their violence directed towards Facist (in the new sense, which is hard to pin down). It would not at all surprise me if the organisation was inspired by the book/movie.
I recommend it to be read with 1984. Together they paint a compelling picture of the dangers of totalitarian ideology, regardless of its political leanings...

  • Jordan County

  • By: Shelby Foote
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Before Shelby Foote undertook his epic history of the Civil War, he wrote this fictional chronicle, "a landscape in narrative", of Jordan County, Mississippi, a place where the traumas of slavery, war, and Reconstruction are as tangible as rock formations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Southern Literature at its finest

  • By Paul C on 07-29-17

Southern Literature at its finest

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

Eclipsed by the massive a justly praised epic "Civil War" narrative, is this lesser known but equally impressive collection of short stories.
I knew Foote was a Literary man, but I had no idea how incredibly talented and compelling he was. His name should be listed among the great 20th century Southern writers. Compelling and well worth your time. If you like Faulkner, O'Conner, McCarthy, Chappell, and others greats of the 20th century Southern literary tradition, do yourself a favour and get to know Foote outside the confines of the "Civil War."

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  • The Oedipus Plays

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sophocles, Ian Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Jamie Glover, Hayley Atwell, Michael Maloney, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660

The three Theban plays by Sophocles - Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus and Antigone - are one of the great landmarks of Western theatre. They tell the story of Oedipus, King of Thebes, who was destined to suffer a terrible fate - to kill his father, marry his mother, and beget children of the incestuous union. He does this unknowingly but still has to suffer terrible consequences, which also tragically affect the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Well Done!

  • By LacyADM on 07-12-16

Marvelous

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

Bought on a whim as a audible daily deal. These kind of productions are difficult to get right, but this one was true to the spirit and form of the work, not just the words---full of ancient wisdom worthy of one's time and reflection.
Just one man's opinion. Take it with a grain of salt.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Moviegoer

  • By: Walker Percy
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 347

A winner of the National Book Award, The Moviegoer established Walker Percy as an insightful and grimly humorous storyteller. It is the tale of Binx Bolling, a small-time stockbroker who lives quietly in suburban New Orleans, pursuing an interest in the movies, affairs with his secretaries, and living out his days. But soon he finds himself on a "search" for something more important, some spiritual truth to anchor him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Percy's Prose Dances with Grace, Charm and Style

  • By Darwin8u on 10-11-12

Strange

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

I don't know how to describe this book or how a book of this kind held my attention. I was there with Jack. I enjoyed his company. I was interested in what he had to say. His thoughts, uncomplicated and honest, had an unexpected depth in their simplicity. I was sad when the book ended and I couldn't find out how his life continued. Strange.

  • Confederate Outlaw: Champ Ferguson and the Civil War in Appalachia

  • Conflicting Worlds: New Dimensions of the American Civil War
  • By: Brian D. Mcknight
  • Narrated by: Alex L. Vincent
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

In the fall of 1865, the United States Army executed Confederate guerrilla Champ Ferguson for his role in murdering fifty-three loyal citizens of Kentucky and Tennessee during the Civil War. Long remembered as the most unforgiving and inglorious warrior of the Confederacy, Ferguson has often been dismissed by historians as a cold-blooded killer. Here, biographer Brian D. McKnight demonstrates how such a simple judgment ignores the complexity of this legendary character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The southern answer to the tyrannical yankees

  • By AlexIndia on 02-25-14

Mixed Bag

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

The story of C.F., even with a strong Nationalist/anti-South bias, is fascinating and engaging, albeit (at times) annoying.

The reader's voice & diction is good, but he trips over his words at times and seems to be reading this material cold.

I cannot recommend it, although I cannot say that I am sorry that I took the time to listen to it.

A wonderful example of "Glorious Union" apologetics in its closing chapters.

Good luck!

  • Three Months in the Southern States

  • April-June, 1863
  • By: Arthur James Lyon Fremantle
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

The author of this book, Arthur James Lyon Fremantle, has, perhaps, achieved more renown in recent years than at any time since the publication of his literary efforts. Those familiar with the film Gettysburg will recall the unusual figure of a British Guards officer attired (inaccurately) in his full dress Guardsman's scarlet uniform among the ranks of the Virginians at the famous and pivotal battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great subject matter and excellent narration

  • By J. Keith Jones on 04-13-17

fastastic

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

fantastic 1st hand account of the state of dixie and het people during their war for independence! I recommend it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful