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Cully Hamner

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  • The Men Who Would Be King

  • An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks
  • By: Nicole LaPorte
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

For 60 years, since the birth of United Artists, the studio landscape was unchanged. Then came Hollywood’s Circus Maximus---created by director Steven Spielberg, billionaire David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, who gave the world The Lion King---an entertainment empire called DreamWorks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, even-handed

  • By Richard on 07-15-10

Interesting book. Annoying reader.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is what it is-- a mildly bitchy expose of Hollywood movers and shakers. But just about anything the reader *could* mispronounce, he *does* mispronounce. One would presume that any potential listener would be interested in and familiar with the people and work named in the book. So to hear so much of it all regularly mispronounced was terribly distracting, albeit hilarious after a while.

Would you recommend The Men Who Would Be King to your friends? Why or why not?

Sure. Reader aside, it was gossipy and fun.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen Hoye?

Scott Brick.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe, if it were a BARBARIANS AT THE GATE-style satire.

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  • They Killed Our President

  • 63 Facts That Prove a Conspiracy to Kill JFK
  • By: Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 50 years, you're aware of the many hypotheses that the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was not done by one man. Whether you've listened to one or a dozen of the audiobooks on this topic, there's no way to fully grasp the depth of this conspiracy. For the first time ever, New York Times best-selling authors Jesse Ventura and Dick Russell have teamed up with some of the most respected and influential assassination researchers to put together the ultimate compendium that covers every angle - from the plot to the murder - of JFK.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and informative. And a great reader.

  • By DE Burke on 12-31-13

Worth A Listen, But...

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

Reviewed: 08-30-14

Any additional comments?

...Is there really a need for the reader to verbally spell out all of the weblinks or URL's in the book, as if people are going to copy them down? Wouldn't it have been more helpful to simply say "this video can be seen at my official Facebook page," and leave it at that? It gets supremely annoying after a while, especially with long links that including periods, slashes, pound signs, and the like. That said, this is a very informative book with a very good performance, and love him or hate him, author Ventura has a way of pointing out when official dogma that one has never thought not to accept is actually *ridiculous*. The best thing for an open mind is an open book.

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  • Destiny Betrayed, Second Edition

  • JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case
  • By: James DiEugenio
  • Narrated by: Paul Neal Rohrer
  • Length: 23 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

If you enjoyed the chilling experience of In Cold Blood and were at the edge of your seat while watching Oliver Stone’s JFK, you’ll love this investigative look into all the facets of one of the top conspiracies of the 20th century and beyond. DiEugenio, who has spent decades researching the Kennedy assassination, takes both an analytical and conversational approach to his fascinating exploration of the pivotal historical events and scandals surrounding that day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Essential Book but Narration Almost Ruins it

  • By Nathan D. Backlund on 09-20-16

Interesting book, annoying reader.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Filled with information that doesn't often get attention in the mainstream media.

If you’ve listened to books by James DiEugenio before, how does this one compare?

It's my first book by this author, so... moot point.

What didn’t you like about Paul Neal Rohrer’s performance?

Most annoying is his apparent need to do an accent or voice impression for every figure or character in the book. His accents are terrible, his JFK impression is laughably, cartoonishly bad. For some reason reason, he decides to give Jim Garrison a heavy, HEAVY Southern accent he didn't have in real life.

And although he generally speaks well and has a nice voice (when he's not doing those terrible accents, anyway), he routinely mispronounces names and common words. It's jarring.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Sure.

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  • Who Shot JFK?

  • By: Robin Ramsay
  • Narrated by: Bob Sinfield
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

After nearly 1000 books, half a dozen journals, two official inquiries, several million pages of declassified documents, dozens of TV documentaries and hundreds of Websites, is there anything left to say about the assassination of President John F Kennedy? Hell, yes. The Kennedy assassination remains both the greatest whodunit of the post-World War Two era and the best route into recent American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Rare 5 Star.

  • By Patrick Weldon on 03-05-10

Interesting Book...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-26-10

...So far, but do we really need to hear ALL the footnotes read aloud? It's really distracting, especially when spoken by a John Cleese sound-alike.

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  • The Twilight Zone Companion, 2nd Edition

  • By: Marc Scott Zicree
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

The Twilight Zone Companion is the complete show-by-show guide to one of television's greatest series. Zicree's well-written account is fascinating reading for even the casual fan. Coverage of each episode includes a plot synopsis, Rod Serling's opening narration, behind-the-scenes stories from the original artists who created the series, and a complete list of cast and credits.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fave-- Glad It's Finally On Audio...

  • By Cully Hamner on 11-17-09

A Fave-- Glad It's Finally On Audio...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-09

I got this book for Christmas when I was a kid, and have read it many times. I'm glad that I can now listen to it while working or traveling. My only quibble is with the reader, Tom Weiner. He's done a fine job on other books I've listened to, but here he has an unfortunate tendency to do a REALLY bad impression of Rod Serling's distinctive clipped vocal delivery whenever Serling's quoted. Also, I was annoyed that he mispronounces the last name of noted TZ writer Earl Hamner, Jr.'s last name (a surname I share, incidentally) as "Hammer."

Aside from these two minor annoyances, though, this is well worth the download.

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