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Mary A. Ward

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Great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-17

I listened to the book in one day. Gripping, real people, real children. I loved everyone in the story. I just don't understand why the narrator (whom i rate in the top for women) chose to give the romantic leading character from Chicago an accent that was a cross between Boston and Long Island. Chicagoans are Midwesterners with hard R's, not easterners who drop them. Not only was it incorrect, but a distraction from the sympathetic character. He sounds like a low level Mafioso who is faking his accent.

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Koontz is more than a mystery writer

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-17

As always, Mr. Koontz gives us depth of character along with suspense and plots that always surprises

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The unabridged version is a classic however this abridged version is a travesty

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-17

The book itself deserves a five star rating, but this abridged version deserves one star. I couldn't bring myself to give the impression that the book was so bad. Why do they bother with abridged productions? I first read this book at seventeen years old and it changed my life. I have since read it at least three times. The title picture of the audible book doesn't indicate that it's abridged, so when my favorite parts were missing, I was very disappointed. I compared it with the hard copy to find that sentences and paragraphs were cut that were crucial for the reader to understand the facts of Merton's life and the reasons why, where and how he did what he did. Also facts about his relatives and his guardian who played significant part in his life. Too bad, I would love the unabridged version in audible.

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Tour de Force

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

Reviewed: 12-24-16

Agatha Christie turns in a deep psychological mystery, her grandson's favorite of her works, which is why I read it. Darker than her others and a masterful delineation of the human heart. But I must talk about the masterful performance of Hugh Fraser. He plays the slightly dense sidekick of David Suchet's Poirot. He seamlessly transforms his voice from Englishman to American and male to female and young to old in such a convincing manner that the listener is never jarred out of the story. Most especially, his female depictions don't sound like a drag queen in a comedy show, but a believable human being, and switches back to the Englishman, etc. Such skill and talent. Far above anything I have heard on Audible.

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Patton's death not an accident?

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

What made the experience of listening to Killing Patton the most enjoyable?

History that gets into the hearts and minds of the historical characters, along with pertinent information on the events in question.

What did you like best about this story?

The book is well written and compelling. (Although I read Hitler's Last Days first, and discovered it is made up of sections of this book lifted verbatim. Strange.) Patton is a fascinating person, and after reading the book on Hitler, wanted to go on to this one. I was shocked that the movie Patton misrepresented the circumstances of Patton's death completely!! (I have my theory about who was behind his death, and I agree with O'Reilly that there should be an investigation.) Patton was outspoken and got in trouble for it in the political arena. If he would have been listened to in a timely fashion, thousands of lives would have been saved by cutting the European theater of war by months, if not years.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

If you like O'Reilly's voice on TV, then disregard the following. Unfortunately, Mr. O'Reilly narrates this book. Too bad it's not Edward Herrmann or Robert Petkoff. O'Reilly reads this like he is doing the Talking Points, like a TV journalist, going off text, dropping his voice at the end of sentences like he is reading a grocery list and is getting either tired or bored. He uses the same tune over and over regardless of the text. It's OK for 5 minute Talking Points, but for more than 5 hours? O'Reilly is not an actor, and his vocal training only went so far, if he ever had any. He has a resonating voice in the lower register, but it's grating in the higher. I give him a "B-." Too bad he is going to narrate the Reagan book. I use the whispersync when I can, so I don't have to listen to him all the time.

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

Patton in the hospital bed after the accident; his spirit in the face of even that horrible experience was very moving. I wish I would have known him.

Any additional comments?

I commend Mr. O'Reilly for his great work writing these accessible histories. He makes history fun.

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Accessible and compelling

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book for its ease of understanding and the information it contains on historical events and the people who were part of it.

Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly - introduction and Robert Petkoff ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was the first I read by performed by Robert Petkoff. He is excellent. Bill O'Reilly's reading is good for the introduction. I'm glad that Petkoff read the text of the book though, since his voice is much more pleasing to the ear and he obviously has acting training. His phrasing ability to portray the thoughts and words of the characters is top notch.

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

I never want to listen to a book in one sitting unless it is a murder mystery with the whodunit in the last 5 pages like one by Dean Kootnz. Even then, I would prefer to extend my enjoyment of a work of art by a consummate artist. That said, this book is gripping and moves along. It grabs the imagination.

Any additional comments?

I commend Mr. O'Reilly for making the effort to put history before the hearts and minds of youth and even adults with this book. We need citizens who know history.

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