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Porterville, Ca USA
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  • An American Genocide

  • The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873
  • By: Benjamin Madley
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Between 1846 and 1873, California's Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Benjamin Madley is the first historian to uncover the full extent of the slaughter, the involvement of state and federal officials, the taxpayer dollars that supported the violence, indigenous resistance, who did the killing, and why the killings ended. This deeply researched book is a comprehensive and chilling history of an American genocide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the faint at heart

  • By Rebecca Lindroos on 03-20-17

Not for the faint at heart

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

Reviewed: 03-20-17

What made the experience of listening to An American Genocide the most enjoyable?

The history - I read and listened to the book via Kindle. Amazing. I think the attention to detail is incredible here - Madley names the names, dates, and places of so many of the hundreds of massacres the thousands of emigrant gold miners of 1849-1870 and others perpetrated on the Native California Indians. He calls the 25- to 30-year span of virtually uncontrolled delegalizing, trafficking and killing a genocide (using UN definitions) for good reason.

What was one of the most memorable moments of An American Genocide?

When I realized what the "killing machine" was actually comprised of was "memorable." There were the local volunteers (newcomer miners and ranchers) electing like-minded congressmen who got funding to support the militias which were established and the money often refunded by the Federal government. Meanwhile the newspapers encouraged the carnage. Whole tribes were "exterminated" (the word used in primary sources) because a cow was supposedly stolen.

What does Fajer Al-Kaisi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Al-Kaisi gave life to all the data. I read parts in the Kindle version, too, but mostly I listened as one horror was piled on the next added to another atrocity and all piling up into a genocide.

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

" Know now" - ?

Any additional comments?

Not for the faint of heart but absolutely vital for anyone looking to piece together the history of California in terms of the Indians.

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  • His Bloody Project

  • Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae
  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 263

The year is 1869. A brutal triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish highlands leads to the arrest of a young man by the name of Roderick Macrae. A memoir written by the accused makes it clear that he is guilty, but it falls to the country's finest legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence. Was he mad? Only the persuasive powers of his advocate stand between Macrae and the gallows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting and enjoyable book

  • By Anne K on 01-12-17

Excellent Everything!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Would you listen to His Bloody Project again? Why?

Yes - it was fascinating in terms of history and the legal aspects. The "footnotes" were wonderfully well done. Thanks for including them!

What did you like best about this story?

How it all worked together - the history, the style, the plot, the characters, the structure, etc.

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

I don't think so but I might look for them now though.

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

I chuckled a time or two - mostly it made me think and wonder.

Any additional comments?

I loved the footnotes included - thank you.

  • LaRose

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Erdrich
  • Narrated by: Louise Erdrich
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013

North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence - but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he's hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor's five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story; wonderful narration by the author.

  • By sgonk on 08-22-16

Another great story from Erdrich -

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

Reviewed: 01-15-17

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

Native Americans, family, grief

What did you like best about this story?

The continuation of Erdrich's fictional little Native American community in Northern North Dakota.

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

- This is the downer - Erdrich is probably fantastic in small intimate bookstore readings where everyone is silent and focused. But listening to an audio recording frequently involves all sorts of distractions like noise from the gym or traffic. A bit more than a slow and wispy soft voice is needed.

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

I can't pick just one - they all fit together beautifully.

Any additional comments?

Pay attention - the story structure is complex. I read this on Kindle along with the Audio version.

  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,592

Winner, The Man Booker Prize, 2015 Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters - assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts - A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the 1970s, to the crack wars in 1980s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the 1990s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant!

  • By Philip on 01-30-16

Excellent, but ...

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

Reviewed: 01-06-16

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

Absolutely - in fact - I have recommended it to several friends and I gave it a 9.5 rating (out of 10) on my blog. This book won the Man Booker prize and deservedly so. Listening was a pleasure.

What other book might you compare A Brief History of Seven Killings to and why?

The Cartel by Don Winslow - maybe - but Seven KIllings is much better from a literary pov.

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

The narrators bring to life the rhythms of the Jamaican reggae language. The author wrote it correctly but in many places hearing the accents/dialects actually makes it easier to listen to the book than to read it.

Who was the most memorable character of A Brief History of Seven Killings and why?

No idea - lots of characters to choose from and some narrate their own portions as though they were being interviewed - others never really even appear. Maybe Bob Marley although I'm not sure I'd actually call him a character.

Any additional comments?

This book definitely needs a pdf file for the "Cast of Characters."

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  • Skippy Dies

  • By: Paul Murray
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Fred Berman, Clodagh Bowyer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,137

This touching and uproarious novel by author Paul Murray made everyone’s best fiction of 2010 lists, including The Washington Post, Financial Times, Village Voice, and others. Why Skippy dies and what happens next is the mystery that links the boys of Dublin’s Seabrook College (Ruprecht Van Doren, the overweight genius obsessed with string theory; Carl, the teenager drug dealer and borderline psychotic; Philip Kilfether, the basketball-playing midget) to their parents and teachers in ways that no one could have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, touching, entertaining

  • By Chicago Laura on 01-22-11

Extraordinary performance!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-14

What did you love best about Skippy Dies?

This is probably one of the very best listens I've ever enjoyed due in large, large part to the quality of the readers and their director. The story is great, too, but the reading makes it come alive. I've listened to hundreds of books over the years and this is in the top 10 for performance. I rarely, rarely write reviews.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Skippy Dies?

I suppose in the cemetery where the history teacher took the class.

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

No - this is a group designed for this experience.

Any additional comments?

Okay, so it's a tad long and it sometimes gets a bit strained with the adolescent humor, although it is very funny and what the heck - we've all been teens! But I think the length is necessary to deal with the main theme which is more clearly revealed toward the end. The humor is definitely necessary (and wonderful) to deal with the tragedy of it.

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  • The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon

  • No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 14
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Lisette Lecat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037

Precious Ramotswe has taken on two puzzling cases. First, she is approached by the lawyer Mma Sheba, who is the executor of a deceased farmer’s estate. Mma Sheba has a feeling that the young man who has stepped forward may be falsely impersonating the farmer’s nephew in order to claim his inheritance. Mma Ramotswe agrees to visit the farm and find out what she can about the self-professed nephew. Then the proprietor of the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon comes to Mma Ramotswe for advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comfort, Comfort, Comfort

  • By Carole T. on 02-06-14

Thank you, Alexander McCall Smith!

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

What made the experience of listening to The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon the most enjoyable?

I've been a fan of the #1 Ladies' Detective Agency books since book 1 in 1999. I started getting hard covers then I started listening - usually on the day they were released. I've been looking forward to this addition to the series for 2 months! And I was not disappointed - it was well worth the wait.

No, these are NOT traditional mysteries although there are always a couple of puzzlers for Mma Precious Ramotswe to work on. The main thrust of the series is the growing relationships between the major characters. In The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon Grace Makutsi is married and having a baby. Regular readers will know who she is married to, how they met, what sorts of troubles they have. But Smith is good and does a bit of background work - not overdoing it. If necessary the book can stand alone.

One criminal plot thread involves a possible gaining an inheritance meant for someone else. Another small crime involves the slander of a beauty shop (hence the title). And winding through this book is the theme of modern Botswana vs old fashioned Botswana in several aspects.

Listening to Lisette Lecat is a joy. I smiled all the way through and occasionally I laughed out loud.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Gods of Gotham

  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Steven Boyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898

It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one!

  • By Kelly on 11-06-12

Fine listen

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

Reviewed: 09-03-12

HIstorical novel set in 1844 when the New York police department is just being set up and the bad side of New York, Five Points, is worse than the worst parts of London. Faye has the history right, the characters nicely developed and a fast-paced yarn to tell.

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,930
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,905

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

This Murakami Fan Loves It

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

Reviewed: 11-03-11

I've read quite a number of Murakami's books and have really enjoyed them all. I'm not sure this one is quite as good as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle but time will tell - I just finished 1Q84.

IQ84 is probably for readers of science fiction more than any other genre - the title's allusion to George Orwell's 1984 is great - but it's not quite that. The world of 1Q84 is just a fraction different from our own and may be running alongside it. The thing Murakami does best is blur the edges of reality and imagination and for this aspect 1Q84 is probably better than The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle because Murakami has it all smoothed out and you don't really know if you're in a reality or a fantasy and it switches all the way through - seamlessly.

The other thing that 1Q84 does better than any of Murkami's prior works is keep the suspense up all the way through virtually every page of a 925 page / 47 hour book! Granted, it's a bit bloated and I even detected some repetition (which may have been deliberate considering the theme) but even so - this is a page turner - hour burner.

The narration was superb. Kudos!

Enjoy!

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  • Life

  • By: Keith Richards, James Fox
  • Narrated by: Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901

Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ins and outs

  • By Jesse on 11-07-10

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-17-11

Fascinating story of how Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones went from London laddies to world class superstars. How they, especially Keith but others, too, lived, loved, drugged, preformed, interacted, - it's all covered. I'm not sure I believe that Richards is telling the whole truth in some cases - but what memoirist with his background would? He lambastes some people and honors others. There seem to be no holds barred on that.

I wasn't fond of the Joe Hurley narration but fortunately it doesn't go on too long. I believe he was chosen because of his friendship with Richards and Hurley knows the music part. Actually, I didn't think I'd be that interested in the music technique part but it was quite interesting - Hurley or not. I did get a bit bored in the drawn out drug trips.

Richards lets other people in his life tell bits of the story from time to time, and I think that's a great technique, but listening to it is a bit confusing sometimes when the story-teller changes and then goes back.

Overall though - and I've listened to hundreds of books- I highly recommend this one.

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  • The Adventures of Augie March

  • By: Saul Bellow
  • Narrated by: Tom Parker
  • Length: 22 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

Augie is a poor but exuberant boy growing up in Chicago during the Depression. While his friends all settle into chosen professions, Augie demands a special destiny. He tests out a wild succession of occupations, proudly rejecting each as too limiting - until he tangles with the glamorous perfectionist Thea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful reader

  • By Sarah on 02-07-11

Different but good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-28-10

This is a really peculiar book, a very American picaresque bildungsroman, about a young Jewish man growing up in Depression Era Chicago and traveling a bit - to Mexico. What makes it peculiar is that Augie just seems to tumble from one escapade to another always managing to land on his feet and continue the journey. He goes from one group of people to another, one woman to the next, times of money and no money, etc. His basic employment seems to be that of book thief, but he's open to much of what comes along although some troubles he just lands in though his own life mismanagement. His survival skills, physical, emotional and material, are certainly well-honed. The message seems to be that "Local boy can never quite get it together and stays lost."

A lot of it is quite funny and Augie is certainly an engaging protagonist. Bellow is an excellent stylist and the dialogue is top-notch. The reader, Tom Parker, was a bit irritating at first but after I got used to it his voice was perfect - the accent of young Chicago 50 years ago.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful