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Leslie

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  • Tearing the World Apart

  • Bob Dylan and the Twenty-First Century (American Made Music Series)
  • By: Nina Goss - editor, Eric Hoffman - editor
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Bob Dylan is many things to many people. Each Bob Dylan joins a collective cast that has made up his persona for more than 50 years. No version of Dylan turns out uncomplicated, but the postmillennial manifestation seems peculiarly contrary - a tireless and enterprising antiquarian; a creator of singular texts and sounds through promiscuous poaching; an artist of innovation and uncanny renewal. The collection of essays does justice to this difficult Bob Dylan by examining his method and effects through a disparate set of viewpoints.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly fairly recent albums

  • By Walter on 10-25-18

Insightful looks into a true poet's work.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

This book deals with the post millennial Bob Dylan and focuses on ‘Love and Theft’, ‘Modern Times’ , ‘Tempest’ and the film ‘Masked and Anonymous’. The various chapters are very insightful and offer much food for thought. However they are not always easy to listen to since they are mostly written by scholars.

There is a depth to many of Dylan songs that not even most of his fans are aware of. This book gives insight into the work of a great songwriter and yes...a poet. I enjoyed it immensely and finished the whole thing in just two days.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten

  • By: C. Snelling Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 516

In mid-1943, Snelling Robinson joined the crew of the Fletcher class destroyer USS Cotten as a newly commissioned ensign. The Cotten sailed to Pearl Harbor in time to join the Fifth Fleet. Under the command of Admiral Raymond Spruance, the Fifth Fleet participated in the invasions of Tarawa and Iwo Jima and several naval battles in the Philippine Sea and the Leyte Gulf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book and Recording. Five Stars.

  • By Martin on 12-27-14

Enjoyable and historical

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

Would you listen to 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten again? Why?

Yes...but not for a while. It's just a fascinating book.

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

Yes, and as usual he did a very good job. I felt like it was the author talking to me.

If you could rename 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten, what would you call it?

Original name sounds fine to me.

Any additional comments?

The is one of the best audio book I've heard...and I've heard a lot of them.

45 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • Reconsidering the American Way of War

  • US Military Practice from the Revolution to Afghanistan
  • By: Antulio Joseph Echevarria
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

This audiobook challenges several longstanding notions about the American way of war. It examines US military practice (strategic and operational) from the War of Independence to the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan to determine what patterns, if any, existed in the way Americans have used military force. Echevarria surveys all major US wars and most every small conflict in the country's military history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent overview of complex subject

  • By Joe on 11-25-14

Very insightful

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

Would you listen to Reconsidering the American Way of War again? Why?

Yes. This is a rather "dense" book. I intend to listen to it at least once more.

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

I have. He does his usual excellent job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

This is not the kind of book that could be made into a film.

Any additional comments?

As other reviewers have said...this should be required reading for anyone involved at high levels of the military and for all politicians. We should not keep making the same mistakes over and over.

40 of 42 people found this review helpful

  • At the Mind's Limits

  • Contemplations by a Survivor on Auschwitz and Its Realities
  • By: Jean Amery
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

At the Mind's Limits is the story of one man's incredible struggle to understand the reality of horror. In five autobiographical essays, Amery describes his survival - mental, moral, and physical - through the enormity of the Holocaust. Above all, this masterful record of introspection tells of a young Viennese intellectual's fervent vision of human nature and the betrayal of that vision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Deep Thoughts" in Incredible Book

  • By Ronald on 02-01-15

Powerful and Inciteful

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

Would you consider the audio edition of At the Mind's Limits to be better than the print version?

Audio version was good. Don't have the print version so can't compare.

What was one of the most memorable moments of At the Mind's Limits?

Torture episode in the camp.

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

Very intelligent reading. Well done.

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

Quite a bit of it, actually.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • A World Called Crimson

  • By: Darius John Granger
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Darius John Granger was one of the best and most prolific writers of the "Golden Age" of science fiction. Many critics consider "A World Called Crimson" his best story. Think of it as The Lord of the Flies in reverse, with a setting on a faraway planet!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Leslie on 08-27-09

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 08-27-09

Increbibly imaginative story - mixture of sci-fi and fantasy. Liked the reader, too.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs. Packletide's Tiger

  • By: Saki
  • Narrated by: Michelle Ford
  • Length: 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

In "Mrs. Packeltide's Tiger" the title character,a society lady, decides that "bagging a tiger" is the perfect way to trump her rival. She goes on a safari and pays a great deal to lure a very old tiger within range. The results, however, are very different from what she had planned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Leslie on 08-27-09

Great story

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

Reviewed: 08-27-09

Great story and love the narrator's voice.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Day of the Boomer Dukes

  • By: Frederik Pohl
  • Narrated by: Kevin Killavey, Ran Alan Ricard, Brian Killavey, and others
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In this story, a young man from the far future is bored, so he escapes in a time portal to find a more exciting life in the past. His goal is to take some weapons from the future and join up with "The Mafia" in New York City. One of the groups of people he meets is a street gang called "The Boomer Dukes." He asks them to "take me to your Mafia." Very interesting results follow

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Leslie on 08-09-09

Great Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-09

Pohl was one of my favorite SF authors when I was a kid but somehow I missed this one. Great story.
Told in five parts and the fact that each part is told by a different narrator made it even better.
Wonderful!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful