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Chuck Sadler

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  • The Heritage

  • Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism
  • By: Howard Bryant
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

Today, sports arenas have been transformed into staging grounds for American patriotism and the hero worship of law enforcement. Teams wear camouflage jerseys to honor those who serve; police officers throw out first pitches; soldiers surprise their families with homecomings at halftime. Sports and politics are decidedly entwined. But as journalist Howard Bryant reveals, this has always been more complicated for black athletes, who from the start were committing a political act simply by being on the field.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A NPR Fresh Air brought me here

  • By Chuck Sadler on 02-07-19

A NPR Fresh Air brought me here

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Interesting recounting and history of Black activism within sports. A little long at some parts and the performance didn’t help the subject matter but it was overall interesting.

  • Red Country

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,219
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,854

They burned her home. They stole her brother and sister. But vengeance is following. Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she'll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she's not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb's buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justice can have what's left when I'm done.

  • By Lore on 10-02-13

Wow. Fantasy moves to becoming a Western.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

This book is only missing pistols to be a western. I love how Joe bring back (Logan) for one more story. Also, just a fun story. Increasing tension. Good locations. Interesting tie to the lore of the First World through the Dragon people. I wish Cold Shivers was in there a bit more but his additions were perfect.

  • The Heroes

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,574
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368

They say Black Dow's killed more men than winter and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given, and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Aaron on 10-04-16

Awesome addition to the First Law world

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

Wow. This one is just awesome. It takes place I. Such a short amount of time and in such a tight geographical pace but so much happens. Great characters on both sides. So much POV. The only critique I could have is too much POV because some characters POVs are brief and then they die lmao. Still, awesome and I really enjoyed it. Narration is amazing as usual for the First Law world. Love the performances!

  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,885
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,597

There have been 19 years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, and behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • as good as the main trilogy

  • By mohamed on 02-25-16

I just love the First Law audiobooks

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

Stephen Percy does an amazing job. Story was amazing. I loved it. It was awesome to see the characters from the first trilogy move on and do new things!

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,982

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

I could have used more from the Performance

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

I love the Jurassic Park Novel but I found this performance to be lack luster. There were just many periods while listening where it fell flat for me. Jurassic Park is a scientific book and there is a lot of explanation but I found the narrator got into a repetitive tone that would just bore me.

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  • The Desert and the Sea

  • 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast
  • By: Michael Scott Moore
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

In January 2012, having covered a Somali pirate trial in Hamburg for Spiegel Online International, Michael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to write about piracy and ways to end it. In a terrible twist of fate, Moore himself was kidnapped and subsequently held captive by Somali pirates for 977 days. Yet Moore’s own struggle is only part of the story: The Desert and the Sea falls at the intersection of reportage, memoir, and history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Jonathan on 08-04-18

So interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I heard the FreshAir interview with Micheal Scott Moore and I immediately got interested. I didn’t know what to expect from this novel. It is just a Fascinating listen. So much mundane crap love through is so interesting and unusual in our normal western lives. I really enjoyed this novel and I highly recommend it to anyone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last Argument of Kings

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,293
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,804

Logen Ninefingers might have only one more fight in him - but it's going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the king of the Northmen still stands firm, and there's only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy: It's time for the Bloody-Nine to come home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti-Genre within the Genre

  • By Joe Kraus on 05-08-17

Amazing Performance

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I read the first two First Law books. I had an audible credit so I got the book. Steven Pacey does such an incredible job with each character. He really brought more life than I expected to final installment than I expected. I’m considering hearing the other books on audible too.

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,937

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Shocking but amazing.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

This book shines a lot of light in the recent events by POTUS and the current administration. I wish this book was fiction. Sadly, it is probably not.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Republicans

  • Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush
  • By: Mark K. Updegrove
  • Narrated by: Milton Jeffers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 95

In this balanced, illuminating audiobook, Updegrove tells the story of the Bushes' relationship from the birth of George W. through their postpresidential years and Jeb Bush's failed candidacy. Drawing on exclusive access and interviews with both presidents and the key people in their lives, Updegrove reveals the Bushes' views on the current state of the nation and the GOP and how the party they both led and helped build is undergoing a radical transformation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Father and Son Presidents

  • By Jean on 02-14-18

A fascinating in-depth look at the 41stand 43rd presidents.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

I’m not a political person but I can’t deny that the whole arena and establishment interests me. Epically after the rise of trump, the Republican Party is looking stranger and stranger. Bush 41 and Bush 43 cast some interesting light on the party in the decades before.

I enjoyed their personal history more than their political history. George HW Bush had an amazing like. Serving in WWII and then striking out on his own in Texas. George W also had his own journey. Both men are quite intriguing and the book does a wonderful job of weaving their lives together and apart. The author certainly romanticizes both of the Bush legacies, and it’s still a interesting read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,970

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

A book everyone should read/listen too.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

I read this in a seminary for a course on dying and grieving. I find that this book is incredibly important for all families young and old. The questions and discussions around death are hard. Death is hard to deal with. This book has many tools and conversation points to make those conversations just a bit easier for all involved.