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Ken Rupkalvis

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  • Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry

  • By: Harry Kemelman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

As Rabbi Small and his temple congregation solemnly prepare for Yom Kippur, a non-practicing member is found dead behind the wheel of his car - in his own garage. The police call the death an accident, and the insurance company insists that it’s suicide. But Miriam, Rabbi Small’s wife, believes the mishap could only be cold-blooded murder. With his congregants splitting over the possible cause, the young rabbi must discover the truth, or forfeit all hope for peace in the temple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and the narration is the BEST!

  • By Kathi on 02-21-14

You don't need to be Jewish to enjoy the story.

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

Any additional comments?

Kemelman shares a little known niche of our society. Who understands the Jew? These Rabbi stories are marvelous in opening a window to a world so little explored. The explanations interwoven with the story bring a whole other view point of life as seen by the Hebrew people. These stories are presented in away that gives readers the option of following conventional thought or you can try to adapt to the Rabbi's thinking. Both are strains of thought are convincing but only one can be right. No one else on the planet could do these narrations and give them due justice as George Guidall's does. I would listen to Mr. Guidall read a telephone book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Skystone

  • Camulod Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jack Whyte
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 21 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 490

Everyone knows the story-how Arthur pulled the sword from the stone, how Camelot came to be, and about the power struggles that ultimately destroyed Arthur's dreams. But what of the time before Arthur and the forces that created him?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating new series

  • By Jim R. Whitt Jr. on 08-27-13

Not another Arthur Story

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

Reviewed: 09-13-13

What did you love best about The Skystone?

I didn't want to hear just another Arthur story. This is a Roman to Britain transitional story. I very much enjoyed the flow of the story. I enjoyed the historical detail. When places and buildings are described I recognized them from accounts of archeological diggings.

What did you like best about this story?

The flow and it's ties to historical accounts and legends.

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

I love Kevin's performance. All of his performances are his best!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Maelstrom

  • Destroyermen, Book 3
  • By: Taylor Anderson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,566

Lieutenant Commander Matthew Reddy, along with the men and women of the U.S.S. Walker, are once again at war. Having sided with the peaceful Lemurians against the savage, reptilian Grik, they now find themselves scrambling to prepare for the attack that is sure to come, searching for resources to support their forces - even as they look for allies to join their struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating story continues to expand and evolve

  • By David on 04-29-12

Thrilling Story Line in a Tough Genre

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

Reviewed: 05-03-12

Taylor Anderson's highly imaginative story/series is made even more exciting and entertaining by William Dufris's interruptive reading. This genre of alternate earth is a tough one to keep fresh. With thrilling action, despicable villains, humorous situations, lovable characters and plot twists keeps this book/series moving along. William Dufris's imaginative character/creature voices puts this reading experience on a higher plain. I often find myself taken into the action or chuckling to a situation. I look forward to each book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Inner Circle

  • By: Brad Meltzer
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,589

When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By FAC on 12-29-11

All My Children Go to Washington

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-11

If you like dialogue where people are hard of hearing "wait, say that again" or refuse to pay attention to each other, and will argue that what they have just found out is what is really important and not the other guys discovery, you will love this book. I was intrigued with the History Channel's show in which Mr. Meltzer told the foundational story of the original spy ring. I was sadly left wanting by the book. On the other hand Scott Brick's performance was incredible! I sense he had a great time doing the narration. Mr. Brick's performance is animated as well as passionate. Truly the only reason I bothered to finish the book (other then I had paid for it) was Mr. Brick's performance. My opinion boils down to that I did not enjoy the literary strategy and techniques that Mr. Meltzer employed. I did get a kick out of the notion that a 72 year-old, blind in one eye guy did drives a blue mustang.

  • Making Money: Discworld #36

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,531
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,727

The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must for Discworld fans

  • By Darren on 09-24-07

Amazing, yet again

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-07

The fertile imagination of Terry Pratchett brought another side splitting story. The humor is fast paced and its worth a second listen to catch the one liners that you miss the first time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Starfist

  • First to Fight
  • By: David Sherman, Dan Cragg
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39

Stranded in a hellish alien desert, stripped of their strategic systems, quick reaction force and supporting arms, and carrying only a day's water ration, Marine Staff Sergeant Charlie Bass and his seven-man team faced a grim future 75 light-years from home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Future Marines

  • By Ken Rupkalvis on 07-30-03

Future Marines

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-03

Loved it! A great read by guys who know what its like to be a grunt.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful