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  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb

  • 25th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Richard Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 37 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620

Here for the first time, in rich human, political, and scientific detail, is the complete story of how the bomb was developed, from the turn-of-the-century discovery of the vast energy locked inside the atom to the dropping of the first bombs on Japan. Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly - or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity, there was a span of hardly more than 25 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow... Grade A+ ... Exceptional.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-15-16

Brilliant writing, deserves a better rendition.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

Rhodes' epic is rightly considered THE definitive narrative on this subject, however Holter Graham manages to infuse his narration of Rhodes' work with a tawdry, pompous, almost cartoonish quality which detracts from the overall effect almost fatally. Graham's performance (not narration) is marked by weird pacing; random a-contextual over-emphasis; occasional sing-song cadences; sudden outbursts of nasal, flat, vowels; and a pathetic failure with non-English words, phrases and names. Add to this his attempts at voices; and accents which creates cartoonish caricatures rather than evinces any believable characterization, and what should be a profound and powerful exploration of one of the seminal events in human history becomes a monument to the egoism of Mr. Graham more akin to a local NPR kids' show, to the extreme detriment of Richard Rhodes writing. A professional narrator, or a grown-up should record this important work and do it the justice it so richly deserves.

  • Glorious War

  • The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer
  • By: Thom Hatch
  • Narrated by: James C. Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Glorious War, the thrilling and definitive biography of George Armstrong Custer's Civil War years, is nothing short of a heart-pounding cavalry charge through the battlefield heroics that thrust the gallant young officer into the national spotlight in the midst of the country's darkest hours. From West Point to the daring actions that propelled him to the rank of general at age twenty-three to his unlikely romance with Libbie Bacon, Custer's exploits are the stuff of legend.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Painful

  • By Toisach on 07-10-17

Painful

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

What did you like best about Glorious War? What did you like least?

The Civil War record of GAC deserves the telling, and this book is an aid, although riven with prose whose purpleness out-flashes John Pelham's flying artillery at dusk. Plenty of tactical and operational information which does much to elucidate Custer's "Rock Star" status which arose during the conflict and which haunted and drove him for the rest of his life.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James C. Lewis?

Almost anyone. Mister Lewis clearly knows next to nothing about the subject matter, and throughout, his serial mispronunciations are one of the less endearing features of his oddly paced, strangely emphasized and occasionally sing-song narration. In combination with the sometimes melodramatic prose, it often comes across as nearer to parody than history.

  • At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,466

This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Lovecraft

  • By Brian on 02-03-14

Perfection

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Hell yes!

What did you like best about this story?

Not for the faint-hearted, Lovecraft's flawed classic is just that. While Lovecraft has recently undergone the joys of a post-mortum Purge at the hands of the ever-viligant People's Commissars of Political Correctness, he nonetheless still holds an important place in the development of horror and science fiction and has been and is still a major influence, despite his public denunciation and current "non-person" status.
"Mountains of Madness" is, in some ways, his "Heart of Darkness," a first-person narrative of the psychological and perceptual unraveling of the narrator when confronted with primordial dread. Whereas Conrad accomplishes feats of sparsity, Lovecraft is wallowing in a prolixity which has caused most "literati" to dismiss him utterly. They miss the effect produced by his approach however, especially when read aloud, and Herrmann captures it masterfully.

What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Herrmann is the ideal narrator for this story. His inflection and delivery are the very incarnation of that Lovecraftian ideal of New England hauter and unflappability, while he also perfectly encompasses the cold, rational, scientist faced with a reality that utterly undermines his rational world-view.
Herrmann, as we know, was an educated man, and he effortlessly delivers Lovecraft's cyclopean, eldritch prose convincingly--no small feat in itself--and does so in a perfectly natural, fluid, and believable way that is really remarkable.
The combination of his many talents makes his over-all performance of what is, at best, a complex, difficult and at times tediously labored story, engaging and psychologically effective.

Any additional comments?

A real tour de force!

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