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  • Tearing the World Apart

  • Bob Dylan and the Twenty-First Century (American Made Music Series)
  • By: Nina Goss - editor, Eric Hoffman - editor
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Bob Dylan is many things to many people. Each Bob Dylan joins a collective cast that has made up his persona for more than 50 years. No version of Dylan turns out uncomplicated, but the postmillennial manifestation seems peculiarly contrary - a tireless and enterprising antiquarian; a creator of singular texts and sounds through promiscuous poaching; an artist of innovation and uncanny renewal. The collection of essays does justice to this difficult Bob Dylan by examining his method and effects through a disparate set of viewpoints.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly fairly recent albums

  • By Walter on 10-25-18

Takes a bit of brain power but worth it.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

What I mean by the title is that the people who dissect Dylan's songs in this book are college professors's for the most part, and like most college professors, they get a bit "deep" at times.....lots of "big words.

If you are willing to put up with that, it's well worth the listen Dylan is more than just a songwriter. He is a poet and a great one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Psychology of Golf

  • By: Leslie Schon
  • Narrated by: Jim Killavey
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Though written many years ago, few books have equaled this little volume in explaining how the mind is so important in the game of golf and how psychological control and techniques can improve your game as much, and perhaps more, than improved physical techniques. We've all seen golfers with terrible form who do very well. They have the "mind game" if not the physical grace. For those who can put them both together, the sky's the limit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Head game

  • By Glenn on 06-04-18

Head game

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

More head game than mechanics. Many good tips about your score regardless of physical skill.

Well read and I enjoyed it very much.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Present at the Creation

  • My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America's Game
  • By: Upton Bell, Ron Borges
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Upton Bell grew up at the knee of the NFL's first great commissioner, his father, the legendary Bert Bell, who not only saved the game from financial ruin after World War II but was one of its greatest innovators. Present at the Creation details Bell’s firsthand experiences. Over the past 53 years, Bell has been an owner, a general manager, a personnel executive, a scouting director for two Super Bowl teams, a television commentator and analyst, and a talk-radio host. He has seen the NFL from the inside and has experienced many of the most important moments in NFL history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For more than Football fans.

  • By jimbokline on 02-04-18

Very good

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Where does Present at the Creation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In top 5

What did you like best about this story?

Inside info by an insider.

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

Yes. Did his job.

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

No..too long.

Any additional comments?

Well done. Never lost interest.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Test of Magnitude

  • The Torian Reclamation, Book 1
  • By: Andy Kasch
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Welcome to the Tora star system, home of the spectacular Cardinal-4 space station overlooking Amulen and Banor, twin worlds that share the same orbit. One visit and you'll understand why this station is the pinnacle of Torian achievement and a wonder of the Erobian Sphere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great sci-fi story

  • By Ronald on 03-05-15

Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

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

Yes if they like sci fi

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mip 7 - likable alien.

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

Did a good job with many voices.

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

Not really. Just a lot of fun.

Any additional comments?

Glad to see there ia a sequal.

44 of 47 people found this review helpful

  • 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten

  • By: C. Snelling Robinson
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 511

In mid-1943, Snelling Robinson joined the crew of the Fletcher class destroyer USS Cotten as a newly commissioned ensign. The Cotten sailed to Pearl Harbor in time to join the Fifth Fleet. Under the command of Admiral Raymond Spruance, the Fifth Fleet participated in the invasions of Tarawa and Iwo Jima and several naval battles in the Philippine Sea and the Leyte Gulf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Book and Recording. Five Stars.

  • By Martin on 12-27-14

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 08-17-15

Would you consider the audio edition of 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten to be better than the print version?

Yes. Never would have had the time to read print version. Listened during daily drives.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 200,000 Miles aboard the Destroyer Cotten?

Occupation of Japan.

Which character – as performed by James Killavey – was your favorite?

The author.

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

no. Too long.

Any additional comments?

Fascinating Real life story. Well read, too.

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

The story involves a huge diamond, the moonstone, originally stolen from an Indian shrine. The gem is given to an English girl on her 18th birthday but disappears that same night. What follows is a spellbinding mystery that to this day has the power to draw the listener into its world of danger, suspense, and surprise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Lisa on 10-19-06

Wonderful Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-09

One of the greatest mysteries ever written. I never wanted it to end. Loved the way the different sections were read by different readers.
Some were better than others but the overall effect was excellent.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Green Mansions

  • By: W. H. Hudson
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman, Jim Roberts
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

W. H. Hudson was born in 1841 in Buenos Aires and seems to have been a sort of permanently displaced person. He moved to London in 1869 and wrote a series of remarkable books, most with a wilderness setting. In 1904, when he was 63, he focused on an Indian legend for Green Mansions, a memorable romance of the jungle for which he is now chiefly remembered. His epitaph reads, "He Loved Birds and Green Places and the Wind on the Heath, and Saw Brightness of the Skirts of God."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, escapist story

  • By Glenn on 12-09-09

Good, escapist story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-09

The type of story that transports you to a totally different place. Reader was good but had a bit of a Northern accent. This didn't bother me but I suggest you listen to the sample to make sure it's ok for you.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Gulliver's Travels

  • By: Jonathan Swift
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In 1725, Jonathan Swift published Gulliver's Travels, a book universally acknowledged as one of the most fantastic adventure stories and best satires on the human condition ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good reader's voice

  • By Len on 06-28-08

Excellent

Overall
out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-09

Excellent reading of this classic tale.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Eyre Affair

  • A Thursday Next Novel
  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a gem!

  • By Susan on 09-08-03

Strange but Good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-08

Terrific book. Very strange but very good.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Brothers Karamazov [Jimcin Recordings Edition]

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell
  • Length: 37 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Dostoevsky studied human nature with passion and precision. He plumbed the depths and never winced at what he found, even when it was beyond his understanding. This extraordinary novel is a recital of his findings, told in the story of four brothers: Dimitri, pleasure-seeking, impatient, unruly; Ivan, brilliant and morose; Alyosha, gentle, loving, honest; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov, sly, silent, cruel. What give this story its dramatic grip is the part these brothers play in their father's murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is one of the reasons I joined Audible!

  • By Paul Z. on 01-15-10

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-08

This is one of those life-changing books that has a profound impact on all who read it. On one level it is the story of a murder in which the murdered man's sons share varying degrees of complicity. However, it also has a deeper level. It portrays the spiritual drama of the characters moral struggles between faith, doubt, reason, and free will. Wonderful story, though not exactly light reading. Walter Covell is one of my favorite readers and he did his usual excellent job. Five stars.

45 of 46 people found this review helpful