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  • The Armchair Detective Mystery Double Bill: Special Editions

  • By: Ian Shimwell
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis, Sara Nichols
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Unearth the mystery of the Mayflower Court flats, and play find-the-lady at the murky, yet majestic, manor house. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and short- just what I needed!

  • By korourke on 06-22-18

Fun and short- just what I needed!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This was two funny, basically short stories, that passed an hour and a half of dreary car driving time perfectly! Originally thought it would be for the kids, since it was rather short. But it was above the head of my 10-year-old and the accents threw off my 13-year-old (both antsy boys) However I loved it! There are only two actors, but they create a number of distinct characters and voices even though all of the characters had a variance of British accents.

The mysteries themselves are fairly simple and not difficult to solve quite a bit sooner than the detective in the story, but it was still fun listening to the banter between the two journalists who solved each mystery.

If you want a couple of short stories to pass some time, nothing too heavy, nothing too serious, nothing too lengthy, this is a perfect fit. And I am sure there are other children who would enjoy it tremendously.

  • Invading Nirvana

  • A Chicagoan in the City of Angels
  • By: Kevin Theis
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Chicago theater veteran Kevin Theis, co-author of the cult classic Confessions of a Transylvanian: a Story of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror presents: Invading Nirvana: a Chicagoan in the City of Angels the story of one actor's quixotic odyssey into the heart of the entertainment industry: Hollywood, California. From the early preparations for his trip to La La Land to his search for representation, his encounters with the famous (and soon-to-be famous) as well as his deep-dive exploration of this unique and fascinating city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A honest Primer on making it in La La Land

  • By cosmitron on 05-18-18

Fun to read, plenty of laughs

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Learned more about my home town from this book than I ever knew - guess I took it for granted. Really enjoyed the stories, the smiles, the wit. Was waiting for the big career breakthrough... it's coming.... :)

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,954
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,091
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,025

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

Didn’t want it to end!

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

Yes, in spite of the great length of this book I just didn’t wanted it to end. The abridged edition just could not do it justice. Ron Chernow’s writing is almost as elegant as Alexander Hamilton‘s himself. He weaves together the different pieces of Hamilton‘s life in a way that keeps you completely engaged even during the chapters on what might otherwise be dry administrative and political information. Of course, I’m a huge fan of Hamilton the musical, and this book just gives you an even more in-depth picture of his remarkable life.

It also gives you a less romanticized picture of life and behavior in the revolutionary war era. We tend to idolize the founding fathers and this book gives a much clearer picture of their humanity, their faults, and a period of time in which we were just as fervently and insanely divided as we are today politically.

The narration is excellent. Perfectly paced, and no easy task with the grandiose vocabulary of the author. After listening for a while I often found myself speaking in that flowery way to my family. LOL. it does make you wonder how we went from such beautiful spoken and written language to the sloppy slang (by comparison) we all use today.

Interestingly, as the book progressed I became more and more disillusioned with Thomas Jefferson, who is someone I previously admired. It’s obvious that Chernow has a real affection for Alexander Hamilton and so maybe there was a tiny bit of bias in describing Jefferson. However, this book seems so well and deeply researched I have to respect his comments on Jefferson. This book has made me eager to read a biography on Jefferson and see what others have to say about some of his more egregious hypocrisies.

I look forward to his books on George Washington and Ulysses Grant and wish they used the same narrator.

Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic of Alexander Hamilton or the revolutionary war. In general.

  • Common Sense

  • By: Thomas Paine
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Primer or Review

  • By korourke on 05-09-18

Great Primer or Review

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

As so many, the decades of facts in my brain’s filing cabinet get unwieldy at times. This was a great review of a topic I’ve studied many times before. Succinct yet a great reminder of all that occurred during this important time. I like the narration as well- his gravitas suits the subject very well.

  • Confessions of a Transylvanian

  • A Story of Sex, Drugs and Rocky Horror
  • By: Kevin Theis, Ron Fox
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 105

Confessions of a Transylvanian is a one-of-a-kind, backstage look at the greatest cult movie phenomenon of all time - the live Rocky Horror Picture Show - told by those who lived it. The highest-rated Rocky Horror book on the market, Confessions is a moving snapshot of life in a Rocky Horror cast that captures the grit, language and teenage angst of a group of fishnet-clad performers as they explore a world where the only rule was: Don't dream it. Be it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narrator makes this book entertaining.

  • By cosmitron on 05-16-18

What a story.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Such a funny story, it’s even more amazing that it’s true! With Theis’ descriptions I could visualize the entire adventure, seeing him and his compatriots climbing parking garage walls like Spider-Man. 🤣. Lots of fun to read even if you’re not a Rocky Horror fan because the movie is just the backdrop for a story about friendship and camaraderie at a time in life when we all cherish it most.

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  • World War II in 50 Events

  • From the Very Beginning to the Fall of the Axis Powers
  • By: James Weber
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Do you want to learn how the bloodiest military conflict of all time began, was fought and ultimately won by the Allies? Learn about the 50 most important events of World War II, from the very beginning to the fall of the Axis Powers. This book is perfect for history lovers. Author James Weber did the research and compiled this huge list of events and battles that changed the course of history forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Succinct and informative.

  • By korourke on 06-18-17

Succinct and informative.

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

A great quick review of WWII, especially for those who want a crash course. Well spoken, easy to follow, definitely recommend. If you have a decent knowledge of history already, it's thin, but a good overview. Enjoyed the narration - well done.