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  • Alas, Babylon

  • By: Pat Frank
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,685

This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly contemporary

  • By SomervilleWhereElse on 12-25-10

Interesting story line but depressing

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the reader for sure. While he was reading people talking he seemed to almost be whispering. It really got on my nerves. Also he sounded extremely depressed while reading the story.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Will Patton?

Not sure. I won't search him out, that is for sure.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Possibly.

Any additional comments?

This book had some good aspects as far as how people react to tragedies and how creative they can be when coping. But I thought the reader just made it way too depressing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Loved Lucy

  • My Friendship with Lucille Ball
  • By: Lee Tannen
  • Narrated by: Lee Tannen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Few people knew America's comic sweetheart Lucille Ball the way Lee Tannen did. Lee first met Lucy as a child but cemented their close and enduring friendship as an adult. During the last 10 years of Lucy's life - years mostly lived out of the spotlight and mainly around a backgammon table in New York; Beverly Hills; Snowmass, Colorado; and Palm Springs - Lee was fortunate enough to be sitting opposite Lucy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why We All Love Lucy

  • By grace on 12-12-13

My Life by Lee Tannen and how Lucy played a part.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can't imagine anyone really enjoying this book if they buy it to get some insight on Lucille Ball.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Tannen again?

Absolutely not.

What didn’t you like about Lee Tannen’s performance?

He comes across as a very flaming Jewish self absorbed gay man. I have nothing against these traits individually but all together they were too over done.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Loved Lucy?

His impressions of her.

Any additional comments?

Please don't waste your time or money on this book. There are better ones available.

  • Hearts Touched by Fire

  • The Best of Battles and Leaders of the Civil War
  • By: Harold Holzer
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett, Traber Burns, Robin Field, and others
  • Length: 51 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

In July 1883, just a few days after the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, a group of editors at the Century magazine engaged in a lively argument: Which Civil War battle was the bloodiest battle of them all? One claimed it was Chickamauga, another Cold Harbor. The argument inspired a brainstorm: Why not let the magazine’s 125,000 readers in on the conversation by offering “a series of papers on some of the great battles of the war, to be written by officers in command on both sides.”

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good audiobook with one big flaw

  • By William M. on 12-03-15

Great personal histories

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

If you could sum up Hearts Touched by Fire in three words, what would they be?

Emotional, riveting, interesting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I have been following Robert E. Lee's history a little more. Although he/or his writings are not in this book, it was interesting to hear other people's versions of him and his actions.

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

Most of the readers voices are very enjoyable although there is one of them I don't enjoy as much. I am not familiar with his name either.

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

There are several places in the book that are touching, but for the most part it is basic history covered.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • volume1

  • By chris on 08-26-10

Very good history.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

What did you love best about Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1?

I enjoyed all the different perspectives in this book. Listening to Northern and Southern soldiers both and their observations (sometimes on the same battles).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not sure if I had a favorite but U.S. Grant was prolific in his writings.

What aspect of Jonathan Davis’s performance would you have changed?

I enjoyed most of the readers and their inflections, there was one reader I didn't really enjoy the voice or cadence of, but overall it was good.

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

Nothing outstanding to sway me either way in particular. I was moved by the scenes of the surrender at Appomattox though.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee

  • As Recorded by His Son, Captain Robert E. Lee
  • By: Captain Robert E. Lee
  • Narrated by: Bill Wallace
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

This book fleshes out the man and reveals the workings of a great military mind and a warm, understanding, and generous human being. It shows all the facets of the general during the war; at the conclusion, when he was an outspoken proponent of a reasonable peace which would allow the South to rejoin the Union; and after the war, when he served as president of Washington College.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good read.

  • By Sarah Sidell on 03-11-13

A very good read.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-13

What did you love best about Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee?

I enjoyed hearing the closeness General Lee had with his family. The personal touches of reading his actual letters was an enjoyable way to learn the mans personality.

Who was your favorite character and why?

General Lee obviously was my favorite, but after that probably his sons.

Which scene was your favorite?

One of them was how he responded to the loss of his fellow general and friend, General Stonewall Jackson.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was really moved by his very earnest faith and how he wasn't afraid to show it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On Secret Service

  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

On Secret Service is the story of a war within a war on various levels: the North versus the South, the Union's Pinkerton Detective Agency versus the Confederacy's agent provocateurs, and youthful idealism versus youthful lust. It chronicles the lives and times of four young Americans, from the war's early tremors in January 1861 through its bloody conclusion: Lincoln's assassination and John Wilkes Booth's murder in May 1865.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Deal!!

  • By DMHVetSurveyor on 06-04-07

Very good read

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

What did you love best about On Secret Service?

I enjoyed all the twists to the story but still keeping real life history intertwined.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not sure which agent I enjoyed best. My least is Pinkerton though.

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

I enjoy the readers voice, nice and smooth, enjoyable to listen to for long periods.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Possibly

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Theodore and Woodrow

  • How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom
  • By: Andrew Napolitano
  • Narrated by: Scott Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

A harsh and revealing political exposé of two beloved presidents. Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how Teddy Roosevelt, a bully, and Woodrow Wilson, a constitutional scholar, each pushed aside the Constitution’s restrictions on the federal government and used it as an instrument to redistribute wealth, regulate personal behavior, and enrich the government. Theodore and Woodrow exposes two of our nation’s most beloved presidents and how they helped speed the Progressive cause on its merry way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not being a libertarian!

  • By Jerry on 04-15-13

A very enlightening history lesson.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The time was very well spent. A good history lesson most people are not fully aware of.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I enjoyed the comparisons made between the two Presidents.

What about Scott Moore’s performance did you like?

Scott has an easy voice to listen to as well as good cadence to his voice.

Did Theodore and Woodrow inspire you to do anything?

Pay more attention to what is really being done by people in office as opposed to what they say.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,038
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,548

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • HHTGH - Lightly Fried

  • By J. Medany on 05-08-05

Hitchhiker's Guide

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

Reviewed: 11-14-12

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to be better than the print version?

I would say it is as good.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoy the humor.

What about Stephen Fry’s performance did you like?

I thought Mr. Fry did fine on his performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no, not really. Not a "moving" book. I do really enjoy the British humor and that is why I listened to it.

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,295
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,200
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,271

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Fascinating story of strength

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

Reviewed: 10-08-12

What did you love best about Unbroken?

I enjoyed hearing all the details whether good or bad about WWII and this mans life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

The turn around after surviving POW camp and finding God.

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

Mr. Herrmann has a nice enjoyable voice to listen too. Knowing his voice ahead of time made it an easy choice to purchase this book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several.

  • The Killer Angels

  • A Novel of the Civil War
  • By: Michael Shaara
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,885

After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!!

  • By Joel D Offenberg on 12-27-09

Too difficult to listen too.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story just didn't seem to flow and was very difficult to listen too.

Has The Killer Angels turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, it has not turned me off to Civil War history and other stories, but it was like making my way through a swamp. Too hard to slog through, I lost interest very early on.

Was The Killer Angels worth the listening time?

No, I gave up early on.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful