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David Briner

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  • The Bully Pulpit

  • Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 36 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,596

Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes You Forget You Live in the 21st Century Good

  • By Cynthia on 01-11-14

a new love for history

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

the greatest review I think I can give is that of my own experience. I have always considered history to be a bore. Dorris has given me a love for history, as well as a love for politics. to this I thank her.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,471

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive and almost unbearable

  • By kanyn on 10-22-18

king keeps getting better and betrer

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

I figured d that most authors diminish over time, but Kings work continues to grow. new aspects meet old style. like always his characters are stunning. highly recommended, thought an extremely dark story for survivers.

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  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,122

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook! Editing Clarification

  • By jeverett on 10-06-17

First horror book

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

This was my first horror book. I've read suspense and mystery, but never horror. I've always thought that this genre of book would not appeal to me. I'm pleased to say that this has got to be my favorite book of the year.

The book is gripping and exciting while also remaining deep and complex. King creates characters to fall in love with. I feel like I have become a part of the journey, however terrifying that may be.

  • Invisible Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Ralph Ellison
  • Narrated by: Joe Morton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,754

Ralph Elllison's Invisible Man is a monumental novel, one that can well be called an epic of 20th-century African-American life. It is a strange story, in which many extraordinary things happen, some of them shocking and brutal, some of them pitiful and touching - yet always with elements of comedy and irony and burlesque that appear in unexpected places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterfully written; perfectly narrated

  • By Imhokhai on 03-04-13

Good book, over dramatic performance

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

I like the story a lot, it's much different than anything I've ever read. I really enjoyed the main character.

I didn't, however, like the performer. I thought he over dramatized the voices. I prefer the words to speak, this performer overdid it.

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,381
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,055

A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman ( Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Even better as an Adult!

  • By Rick on 01-10-17

Funniest story I've ever read

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

This is a comical book. Filled with the ideas of childhood, yet described with such eloquence and hilarity.

The narrator is a perfect match for this book. Many southern authors are lumped into narrators with over zealous southern accents, mr offerman does a brilliant job standing to the side and letting he story tell itself.

  • The Vertical Self

  • How Biblical Faith Can Help Us Discover Who We Are in an Age of Self Obsession
  • By: Mark Sayers
  • Narrated by: Mark Sayers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

It's time for a return to Radical Holiness. Welcome to the 21st century, where you can now purchase and exchange personalities, depending on mood and circumstance; where you are told that you can be anyone you want to be, and identity is no longer based in a sense of self but rather in the imagery you choose at that moment. The Bible contains a radically different way of understanding our identity. The path that God has chosen for us to discover who we really are is the path of holiness....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of good take home points!

  • By Brittany on 04-03-18

Excelent understanding of our current culture

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

This book explores the depths of identity in profound and exciting ways. We are shown what it means to be true to our own identity while also viewing that identity through the power and movement of christ in us. Very well done.

  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

  • By: Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 60 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,314

One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book that Made Me a Better Person

  • By Coalition Deadboys Podcast on 03-29-13

I finished!!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

This is not a book for the average reader. I love this story, but this book is long. I had to work at finishing this. However, this is one of the most profound and insightful books on humanity and our connection with God. If God is not your thing, then you and victor Hugo would be friends. He was a agnostic pessimist. However, his insights on humanity and their connection with God are miles beyond other writers.

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  • Mr. Mercedes

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,059

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just terrible

  • By Daniel Vogel on 02-19-19

Simple and intense

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

Reviewed: 06-25-16

I'm fairly new to audiobooks. I'm also a Stephen King Newbie. My first Stephen King book was the stand. That's an entirely different book. I've always thought Stephen King was a horror writer, this book is not horror. This is an intense mystery. This book stand well on its own, but the rest of the trilogy increase in quality. I recommend this book to anyone.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful