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Pedro Oliveira Jr.

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  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,771
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,224

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

You better keep Eli Gold on memory

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

I like Alan Cumming as Eli Gold (The Good Wife), but this memoir book is awful. We should empathize with the abuse he suffered as a kid, but the bitter tone of the book makes it very hard to enjoy.

  • The Second World War: Alone

  • By: Sir Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998

"After the first forty days we were alone," writes Churchill. This edition is part two of Churchill's own abridgement of his original six-volume history of the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the rest of the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-13-08

It's hard to choose the best quote

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

Reviewed: 02-11-15

Even if you don't like audiobooks this is one I recommend. Super narration of the audiobook by Christian Rodska, it seems that Sir Winston Churchill himself is telling the history. It's hard to pick the best quote from this book.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few

or maybe

We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

or else

I would say to the House as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering.

  • The Forgotten: John Puller, Book 2

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Military criminal investigator John Puller is drawn closer to home when his aunt is found dead in her house in Paradise, Florida. The local police have ruled the death as an accident, but Puller finds evidence to suggest that she may well have been murdered. On the surface the town lives up to its name, but as Puller digs deeper he realises that this town and its inhabitants are more akin to Hell than Paradise. His belief is confirmed as evidence of strange and inexplicable events come to light.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book Great Narration

  • By Lia on 09-20-18

David Baldacci in his worst moment until now

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

What would have made The Forgotten: John Puller, Book 2 better?

I simple wouldn't write it. It seems in some moments that Baldacci is outsourcing his writing.

Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

I suppose so. I like his books, but this one was awful.

What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

They are very good narrators and saved the book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I hope Baldacci returns to being himself. The characters of this books are so shallow I don't have any empathy with them.

  • The Potato Factory

  • The Australian Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,039

Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook of the year!

  • By karen on 11-30-05

Great Australian Book

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

Reviewed: 02-15-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Potato Factory to be better than the print version?

I never saw the print version, but the narration is fantastic.

What other book might you compare The Potato Factory to and why?

It was a very pleasant reading and I look forward to completing the series.

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

His voice adds life to the characters.

If you could rename The Potato Factory, what would you call it?

Mary Abacus

  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

  • By: Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,827

Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Only Churchill could have done this.

  • By John M on 10-30-08

Great book about the War and outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 02-05-13

What made the experience of listening to The Second World War the most enjoyable?

Sir Winston Churchill in a first hand account tell us the steps that put the World in jeopardy during WWII.

What other book might you compare The Second World War to and why?

It's one of the books in my Top 10 list.

  • Semper Fi

  • Book One in The Corps Series
  • By: W. E. B. Griffin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612

From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Cannot Believe I Passed Up Griffin For Years!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 04-02-12

A nice book but not complete in itself

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

Reviewed: 10-29-12

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

Nice but incomplete

Would you be willing to try another book from W. E. B. Griffin? Why or why not?

yes, I guess so, since without reading the other books of the series you get an unfinished history.

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

He's a very good narrator

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

No. But the Pearl Harbor and Philippines parts are very interesting

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  • The Reversal

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Michael Brandon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

When Mickey Haller is invited by the Los Angeles County District Attorney to prosecute a case for him, he knows something strange is going on. Mickey's a defense lawyer, one of the best in the business, and to switch sides like this would be akin to asking a fox to guard the hen-house.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Master orchestration of Connelly's best characters

  • By PAOLO on 01-02-12

Good entertainment, no more than that

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

Reviewed: 10-04-12

Would you listen to The Reversal again? Why?

No. Once is enough for most books and definitely for this one.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The history starts well but it unwinds in very forecastable manner.

Which scene was your favorite?

When one of the defense witness fall apart.

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

No.

  • No Easy Day

  • The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
  • By: Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,100

From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear

  • By Darwin8u on 09-04-12

Very important historical document

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

Reviewed: 09-25-12

What made the experience of listening to No Easy Day the most enjoyable?

I was very curious about the operation Geronimo that killed UBL. That book answered most of my questions

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,200

Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book *and* a classic audiobook

  • By Karen on 01-30-03

Great book and outstanding narration

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

Reviewed: 09-21-12

Where does Angela's Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of the best Audiobooks I've read at Audible.com

What other book might you compare Angela's Ashes to and why?

Its kind unique in it's details and depiction of the 40's in Ireland. But I think Jessica, from Bryce Courtenay is as powerful as this.

Which character – as performed by Frank McCourt – was your favorite?

I think Frank McCourt is the center of the book and the best character.

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

I think the actual tagline is good: "The Hopes of a Mother. The Dreams of a Father. The Fate of a Child."

  • Power Play

  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 246

When a band of backwoods hunters crash a corporate retreat in the wilderness, executives find themselves held hostage by men who will do anything to get the largest ransom in history. The corporate big shots hadn't wanted junior exec Jake Landry there. But now he's the only one who can save them.

  • out of 5 stars
  • Power Play A Must Read

  • By Charles Atkinson on 09-13-07

Nice history and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 09-13-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Power Play to be better than the print version?

I'm not sure since I never read it in print.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. The book is pretty entertaining and the author keeps the suspense on.

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

I think the narration was very good and gave life to the characters.

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

Actually no. But it was fun.