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Stephen G. Smith

Ohio
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  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,689
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,653

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creative

  • By Sharey on 09-04-17

Pretty far fetched. And often incoherent.

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

An experiment that really didn't work out, imho. But it does make you think from time to time. But basically much too weird.

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  • Summer Moonshine

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

The hideous Walsingford Hall is home to an odd assortment of coves…The vile premises belong to Sir Buckstone, who is in a little financial difficulty. So for a little monetary help he puts a roof over the heads of people like (among others) Tubby Vanringham, the adoring slave of cold-hearted Miss Whittaker. His brother Joe has fallen head over heels for Sir Buck’s daughter, Jane. She, however, only has eyes for Adrian Peake, who has already formed a liaison with the terrifying - but superbly wealthy - Princess Dwornitzchek. Is there no end to the confusion?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All the Wodehouse regulars, but lacking in charm.

  • By NK Turoff on 08-07-12

Delightful!!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- that is not perfect about the combination of Wodehouse and Cecil!!

  • Engines of Change

  • A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars
  • By: Paul Ingrassia
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

America was made manifest by its cars. From the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66 and Jack Kerouac, America's history is a vehicular history-an idea brought brilliantly to life in this major work by the acclaimed author of Crash Course: The American Automobile Industry's Road from Glory to Disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Best listen in a while

  • By Geoff in NY on 05-11-12

Great stories! Great writing! Great narration!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

There's a lot that the listener cam learn here, even if you're
not a really big car guy.

  • Great Expectations

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Pip is an orphan, brought up in a village on the Essex marshes by his disagreeable sister and her husband Joe Gargery, the kind-hearted village blacksmith. Life is harsh and Pip has few prospects until he receives from an anonymous benefactor the chance of escaping the forge for a more promising life in London. But his expectations are fraught with difficulties as he is haunted by figures from his past such as the escaped convict Magwitch, the eccentric Miss Havisham, and her proud, beautiful ward, Estella.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Expectations delivered

  • By Neil on 02-06-10

Dickens' Finest Work!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-15

And narrated by one of the finest performers I've experienced in thirty-plus years of such listening. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

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  • The Mark Inside

  • A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con
  • By: Amy Reading
  • Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

In 1919, Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet lost everything he had in a stock market swindle. He did what many other marks did - he went home, borrowed more money from his family, and returned for another round of swindling. Only after he lost that second fortune did he reclaim control of his story. Instead of crawling back home in shame, he vowed to hunt down the five men who had conned him. Through Norfleet's ingenious reverse-swindle, Amy Reading reveals the mechanics behind the scenes of the big con.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very pleasant surprise!

  • By Stephen G. Smith on 03-09-15

A very pleasant surprise!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

Because I selected this book for the subject matter and not for any terrific reviews that were written about it, I wasn't really expecting much. But this is a wonderful piece of work!

Ms. Reading is a superb researcher and a very gifted writer. I hope she's got something new in the works.

And the narration is among the best I've heard in 30 years of listened to narrated books of various kinds.

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  • The Dog Stars

  • By: Peter Heller
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,296

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully written and narrated!

  • By Mike Naka on 06-08-14

Ridiculous story, ridiculous premise

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

Reviewed: 09-18-12

What disappointed you about The Dog Stars?

This book was probably written to be sold for the screenplay rights and made into a movie that would appeal to teen-age boys: plenty of shooting, plenty of sex (with, of course, the pretty girl who just happens to conveniently pop up), plenty of action having to do with airplanes. But otherwise basically rather ridiculous and highly implausible. And not even very well written. The occasional attempt to describe the scenery of a burned-out Colorado in poetic terms, aside, I'd be willing to bet that among the three most used words in the book was "F-----" and all its variations. Seriously, in ten hours of listening, it was probably used at least 400 times. Not hugely creative. I'd never heard of Peter Heller before -- and doubt that I'll ever order up something of his again. Ah well, win some, lose some. Sometimes you never know.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful