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  • This Old Man

  • All in Pieces
  • By: Roger Angell
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Long known for his range and supple prose (he is the only writer elected to membership in both the Baseball Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters), Angell won the 2015 American Society of Magazine Editors' Best Essay award for "This Old Man", which forms a centerpiece for this audiobook.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A treasure

  • By Charles A. Kimball on 02-07-18

Books change as we age.....

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

Struggled and did not finish. Its me not the book. 10-15 years ago I would quickly finished it.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,775
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,110

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

Many illusions shattered...................

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

It was something of an effort to finish but shattering facts kept emerging. This story makes most other examples of racism pale in comparison. Really a blood fueled lust for money that defies comparison. I kept thinking the brutal killings would stop but they went right on. A government sanctioned way of life. In a way this story never ended.

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  • Fifth Business

  • The Deptford Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Robertson Davies
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 462

This first novel in The Deptford Trilogy introduces Ramsay, a man who returns from World War I decorated with the Victoria Cross but who is destined to be caught in a no man's land where memory, history, and myth collide. As we hear Ramsey tell his story, we begin to realize that, from childhood, he has influenced those around him in a perhaps mystical, perhaps pernicious way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Been waiting for this

  • By Vinity on 12-10-11

Not for me...wish I'd not started it.

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

Would you try another book from Robertson Davies and/or Marc Vietor?

Veitor yes.

What do you think your next listen will be?

have not decided

What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

Such as it was he handled the material very well.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifth Business?

I don't know...

Any additional comments?

no

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • First Over There

  • The Attack on Cantigny, America's First Battle of World War I
  • By: Matthew J. Davenport
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

At first light on Tuesday, May 28th, 1918, waves of American riflemen from the US Army's First Division climbed from their trenches, charged across the shell-scarred French dirt of no-man's-land, and captured the hilltop village of Cantigny from the grip of the German Army. Those who survived the enemy machine-gun fire and hand-to-hand fighting held on for the next two days and nights in shallow foxholes under the sting of mustard gas and crushing steel of artillery fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very personal insight into a historic battle

  • By Bruce Miller on 02-28-18

Over and over and over.................

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

Reviewed: 04-30-17

Would you try another book from Matthew J. Davenport and/or Mel Foster?

Yes to both

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I don't know - stopped reading just over half way.Grew weary of "he fell dead" etc etc etc....

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

I don't know.

Was First Over There worth the listening time?

Sort of.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed parts about Senator Sam Ervin D NC.His taking a demotion from commissioned officer to PFC just to remain in the war was remarkable.This after he was cleared of a dereliction of duty charge.

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,786

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So many 'hard to listen to' moments

  • By jksullycats on 12-27-16

Had no idea what I'd ordered.......

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

What did you love best about All the Ugly and Wonderful Things?

It was almost exclusively about society's underbelly. Huge crack operation treated as normal day to day life in this book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wavy's college room mate. Not intimidated by the odd dynamo in her room she added a different angle on Wavy than rest of book.

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

Remarkable range of characters she creates with her voice. Not an easy thing as you learn from listening to various narrators with sometimes painful efforts to do the same.

If you could rename All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, what would you call it?

That title in no way describes this book.So about anything else would work as well or better.

Any additional comments?

Had I understood content better before ordering I probably would have passed but glad I listened.

  • No Man's Land: John Puller, Book 4

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,105

John Puller's mother disappeared nearly 30 years ago. Despite an intensive search and investigation, she was never seen again. But new allegations have come to light suggesting that Puller's father - now suffering from dementia and living in a VA hospital - may have murdered his wife. Puller is officially barred from working on the case and faces a potential court-martial if he disobeys the order, but he knows he can't sit this investigation out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uncle Sam likes his deniability...

  • By shelley on 11-16-16

I love Baldacci but it seems the total package is

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

If you could sum up No Man's Land in three words, what would they be?

weak female performer

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rodgers. Most complete character in book easily.Best horse in a weak field.All the stars are his.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kyf Brewer?

No time soon....

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

The man who could not be blamed.

I think Baldacci's long successful history helped this one get published.

Any additional comments?

No,I've angered enough readers already I suspect !

  • Robert E. Lee and His High Command

  • By: Gary W. Gallagher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gary W. Gallagher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Few events have captivated students of American history like the Civil War. Its most striking personalities seem somehow outsized, magnified beyond the ability of books or even legend to contain them. And few among those personalities have ever held our attention like General Robert Edward Lee.With his Army of Northern Virginia, Lee came to embody the cause of the Confederacy itself

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Review of Lee's High Command

  • By Brad on 09-20-13

I thought I knew this story........

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

If you could sum up Robert E. Lee and His High Command in three words, what would they be?

Needed cannon factory.

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

Hearing a retelling of the incredible carnage of young men dead in their prime about made me cry.The north started out with much larger population and the South was set back at least a hundred years of regional progress as a result.

Any additional comments?

Dr Gallagher disabused me of some very long held opinions about the CSA.Plus - in enough detail that I was thoroughly convinced of my misunderstandings.It took me a while to adjust to Dr Gallagher's often breathless delivery and I realized the man was/is excited about the story he's telling.

  • Something Rich and Strange

  • Selected Stories
  • By: Ron Rash
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

No one captures the complexities of Appalachia - a rugged, brutal landscape of exquisite beauty - as evocatively and indelibly as author and poet Ron Rash. Winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, two O Henry prizes, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, Rash brilliantly illuminates the tensions between the traditional and the modern, the old and new south, tenderness and violence, man and nature.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exhibit #1

  • By W Perry Hall on 11-28-14

Near flawless story telling...............

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

What did you love best about Something Rich and Strange?

Rich characters and story lines.No two alike.Felt like I knew many of the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Young man with boat and put upon man in grave robbing story.
I could feel their complex situations.

What about Christian Baskous’s performance did you like?

So multi faceted it was hard to beleive.Loved it.

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

Too many.

Any additional comments?

Trying to figure out which Ron Rash book to order next.

  • Wilde Lake

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney, Nicole Poole
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 448

Luisa "Lu" Brant is the newly elected - and first female - state's attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home. It's not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard County doesn't see many homicides.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My Least Favorite...

  • By Karen Stokes on 05-06-16

Is this Harper Lee's second book ?

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

If you could sum up Wilde Lake in three words, what would they be?

Formulaic. Long.OK.

What other book might you compare Wilde Lake to and why?

To Kill a Mockingbird. Well there was big brother,precocious little sister, and the neighbor kid in the bushes.And of course they had a widowed lawyer father that knew everything,for a while..( Several more similarities.) And they went forward living.
Scout had way more early grit than Little Lu but I suspect their lives were not all that different over time.

What does Kathleen McInerney and Nicole Poole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't know.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the narration.

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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,667

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

You must pay attention..............

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

What did you love best about The Cuckoo's Calling?

....good story with tons of detail & characters to keep up with. Performance was splendid.

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