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Empowerment

Middletown, RI, USA
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  • Present at the Creation

  • My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America's Game
  • By: Upton Bell, Ron Borges
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Upton Bell grew up at the knee of the NFL's first great commissioner, his father, the legendary Bert Bell, who not only saved the game from financial ruin after World War II but was one of its greatest innovators. Present at the Creation details Bell’s firsthand experiences. Over the past 53 years, Bell has been an owner, a general manager, a personnel executive, a scouting director for two Super Bowl teams, a television commentator and analyst, and a talk-radio host. He has seen the NFL from the inside and has experienced many of the most important moments in NFL history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For more than Football fans.

  • By jimbokline on 02-04-18

This Man Knows Football

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Would you listen to Present at the Creation again? Why?

Yes, but not for a while. The Epilogue maybe sooner. Lots of interesting tidbits there.

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

Yes. One of my favorite narrators.

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

The description of his Father's death while watching his favorite team, the Eagles, in the same stadium where he was a star college quarterback Powerful stuff.

Any additional comments?

Got to see Football from a whole different angle. Not just on the field, but in the locker room, in their houses and in the meeting rooms.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Green Mansions

  • By: W. H. Hudson
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman, Jim Roberts
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

W. H. Hudson was born in 1841 in Buenos Aires and seems to have been a sort of permanently displaced person. He moved to London in 1869 and wrote a series of remarkable books, most with a wilderness setting. In 1904, when he was 63, he focused on an Indian legend for Green Mansions, a memorable romance of the jungle for which he is now chiefly remembered. His epitaph reads, "He Loved Birds and Green Places and the Wind on the Heath, and Saw Brightness of the Skirts of God."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, escapist story

  • By Glenn on 12-09-09

Fascinating story

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-09

Fascinating story and well read.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Bremen Town Musicians

  • By: Brothers Grimm
  • Narrated by: Cindy Hardin Killavey
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

In this delightful tale, three animals who have been cast out by their masters, a dog, a cat, a rooster and a donkey decide to form a musical group together.Their first "concert" turns out to be not what they expeced when they run into a gang of criminals.

  • out of 5 stars
  • we loved it

  • By Empowerment on 12-05-08

we loved it

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-08

Kids and parents loved it!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Beginning of the Armadillos (Dramatized)

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Cindy Hardin Killavey
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

This is a selection from Kipling's Just So Stories for Little Children. The "just so" stories are highly fantasized origin stories that are among Kipling's best known and, arguably, best works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full cast

  • By Empowerment on 08-03-08

Full cast

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-08

This is a full cast not just one reader.
Very well done.

  • The Cat That Walked by Himself (Dramatized)

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Cindy Hardin Killavey
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

This is a selection from Kipling's Just So Stories for Little Children. The "just so" stories are highly fantasized origin stories that are among Kipling's best known and, arguably, best works.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great but...

  • By Empowerment on 08-03-08

Great but...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-08

Great story but it's done by more than the one reader listed.
There is a whole cast of wonderful characters.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman, Walter Covell
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Watson visits Sherlock Holmes at Christmastime and finds him contemplating a battered old hat, brought to him by the commissionaire Peterson after it and a Christmas goose had been dropped by a man in a scuffle with some street ruffians. Peterson takes the goose home to eat it, but comes back later with a precious carbuncle that his wife found in the bird's crop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific

  • By Empowerment on 08-03-08

Terrific

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-08

Terrific reading of good Sherlock mystery.
The two reader complimented each other very well.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

"The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist" is one of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was originally published as part of The Return of Sherlock Holmes in 1903.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WoW

  • By Empowerment on 06-16-08

WoW

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-08

Couldn't believe price on this one. Our school library has been paying
over twelve dollars for story CD's. This one is very cheap and very good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Favorite Story Poems

  • By: Alfred Noyes, Robert Browning, Edgar Allan Poe
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

This recording features some of the best known narrative poems ever written. It includes: "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes, "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning, "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe, "Gunga Din" by Rudyard Kipling, "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" by John Keats, "Kubla Khan" by William Taylor Coleridge, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" by Oscar Wilde, and "The Hound of Heaven" by Francis Thompson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice variety

  • By Empowerment on 06-04-08

Nice variety

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-08

Nice variety of narrative poems done by a number of narrators.
All very good.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • They

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman, Cindy Hardin Killavey
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Kipling was a British author and poet, born in India. He is best known for the many children's tales, his Indian spy novel Kim (1901), a number of poems, and many short stories. This gentle supernatural story is one of his best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific

  • By Empowerment on 06-04-08

Terrific

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-08

This is great story and the two narrators did a wonderful job.
Highly recommended.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calavaras County

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

Here is Twain's hilarious tale of "Smiley" and his extraordinary frog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • well done

  • By Empowerment on 06-04-08

well done

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-08

Very well done reading of classic story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful