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Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album audiobook cover art
  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album
  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins

Not worth your time

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

a whole lot of drama dramatization and gossipy attitude made this book very unsatisfying. has no substance has no real story. very disappointed that there was no there there... If you know history and you knew anything about Johnny Cash you would have known all about this. The way the book was marketed and the story pumped up the beginning you think that there was some unknown truth to be revealed.

In fact the author even says this is a detective story... well there was no detective story there was no unknowns revealed just the cheap dramatization and scandalizing of the end of a man who threw his life away and was unable to escape his inner demons.

The tone and timbre of this book is more like a gossip whispering in the corner then it is any serious journalism or anything satisfying with substance. VERY disappointing, don't recommend at all.

The Killer Angels audiobook cover art

Still one of the greats

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

At a time where revisionist history has cast Robert e Lee poorly, this story of the Battle of Gettysburg and the men who fought on both sides stands apart from most other books of history.

Some may feel that the author makes light of the brutality and evil of slavery, but if we are to retain any semblance of intellectual integrity, we must accept that the people on both sides had good and bad traits, made good and bad decisions, and were flawed just as each of us are flawed.

As a northerner with long family ties going back before the civil war, I've never understood the evil of slavery. As the author clearly portrays this was the common position of most in the North. I think what I appreciate most about this book is it focuses on and allows us to see the men in the center. too often it seems we cast greatness aside and soil the memory of great Americans because not every area of their life was spotless.

I find this particularly troubling and extremely hypocritical for who amongst any of us are perfect in all that we know and do? today it seems we want to grasp at the EZ low-hanging fruit and not look farther into the branches of the tree of history or knowledge or experience satisfying our base outrage and hypocritical sense of morality.

Each of the characters in this novel should be used as a mirror that each of us can gaze into to see who we are how we respond and how we act.

Perhaps what stood out most to me in this book, is that although men are different and come from different ethnicities, nationalities, religion, class, educational and societal strata, war and direct fire combat is the great equalizer... men at war are the same.

There's a reason this book continues to draw attention it is because of the human story found within perhaps one of the bloodiest battles in American history and the darkest times of our nation.

The United States in 2019 has become soft-handed hard-hearted and empty-headed... I hope that we can learn and turn from our current course, lest we repeat the horrors of the past.

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Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

Overall I found the book disappointing. It is disorganized, and its approach is thin on content and lacking the so what... I also found the modern revisionist liberal perspectives on several of the characters troubling. I'd suggest the author's relook history stop reading modern liberal educators revisionist commentary, and put those portraits of Robert e Lee back up on the wall and books back on the shelf. none of us are perfect, but Lee was a better man than most of us will ever hope to be. to even include a profile on Lee with someone as evil and horrible as and Islamic terrorist psychopath is scandalous disappointing and frankly disgusting.

No one reading this book will walk away with a better understanding of leadership or any real clear points to learn from any of the baker's dozen that were profiled.

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Great Story

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

What a great story and look into the life of presidents and the important job of the secret service. Mr Hill did a great job relating his story and his experiences and what I appreciate most is that he avoids this sensational gossip that too many seem to engage in these days. one of the things that stood out to me was to be reminded how chaotic things were in the late 60s and early 70s. I remember some of those days being born in 1964, I lived in New York City and remember there being periods of time where it was unsafe to go outside due to the violent protests, and particularly the violence threatened by the Black Panthers and others, Vietnam War protesters hippies Etc.

too often we overlook the people in these important positions, and I was struck and touched by the sense of duty and devotion are secret service members hold towards our country and the president's they serve.

the book was well-written and story well-told. the narration was outstanding and the book well-produced. I'm definitely going to be picking up the other two books written by mr. Hill and wish him the best.

may God bless our country and give us more people like this...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Last American Vampire audiobook cover art

A unique read

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

overall this was a very well-written book. The narration was outstanding and the overall plot very interesting.

The idea of what a vampire would see over centuries and the rise of the modern age is a good one. where the story gets a little bit hokey is the idea that this vampire was a key person in all of these key places meeting all of these obscure oddballs threaded throughout history.

several times during the last two or three chapters I almost put the book down because I said out loud even come on not another.

but that is just about the only criticism I have. The content the historical accuracy the very real and raw emotions expressed and conveyed make this an outstanding book and one I would recommend.

Lord of the Flies audiobook cover art

still a classic

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

like every other teenage boy I read Lord of the flies several times from age 10 to 14. I'm 55 now and really enjoyed listening to this, particularly being read by the author with some of his personal insights. was interesting to see how revisiting the story as an adult had a completely different impact on me. there are several versions of this available in audible and I'm glad I got this one. highly recommended

Of Mice and Men audiobook cover art

One of the Best

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

it's been years since I've read Of Mice and Men and I forgot what a great story it was. Gary sinise does an outstanding job at narration probably one of my favorite narrators so far on audible. Great job all around!

Hearts in Atlantis audiobook cover art

Almost Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Love the book, love the story, but the narration is so odd, off tempo, and uncomfortably parsed and paced, it is hard to listen to..... I will likely avoid other books adapted by this narrator (William Hurt) whenever possible. Disappointing as I like Hurt as an actor.

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a real disappointment

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

I suffered through the soap opera nature of the account in hopes that there would be some real substantial history. Unfortunately the book ends exactly where in my opinion the story would become interesting, particularly the development of the atomic bomb. Super disappointing very frustrating would not recommend at all unless you're interested in hearing about the sexual trysts and interpersonal drama of people. the telling of the story was almost voyeuristic and childish in my opinion.

my assumption is the author is hoping that people will want to read the sequels to find out the details and information on all of the key characters, but this guy would not waste a second or penny on it.

The Foundation Trilogy (Dramatized) audiobook cover art

Ok......

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-17

The sound effects and transition computer voice really took away from the narrative and value of the story. Was often difficult to listen to.