James Gammill

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  • Eating Animals

  • By: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Even-Handed

  • By Natalie on 10-27-11

Not really as represented.

2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-09

Although represented as a blend of philosophy, literature, science, memoir, etc, this book is really about the abuses of factory farms. Any health benefits of a vegetarian diet are not even considered. Although I agree with the writer's opinion that our eating meat supports a cruel industry, I would not have purchased the book just to hear that theme repeated hour after hour. I expected something more thoughtful.

4 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • World Without End

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,950

In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 40 hours too short ...

  • By Henrik on 11-03-07

Great Historical Fiction

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-07

Many reviews rightly emphasize the great story and characters. Thankfully, there are many books that do the same. But what makes this story extraordinary is the historical context. The challenges faced and decisions made by these characters are the issues that brought us out of the Dark Ages and into the Early Renaissance. This story illustrates the pain of change on a grand scale; the decline of the feudal system, the fading power of the guilds on economic life, the first signs of the weakening influence of the Church over all aspects of society, and questioning of mindless adherence to tradition.
Many times throughout the story, I was reminded of Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. The theme of both books is that individuals of ability and courage can shape their destiny and change the course of history.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Great American Short Stories

  • Volume 1
  • By: Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and others
  • Narrated by: various
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

This collection is a short-story lover's dream. Included are 17 classic works, representing the finest American writers in the genre. Included are "Bartleby the Scrivener" by Herman Melville, "The One Million Pound Bank Note" by Mark Twain, "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Selection

  • By Empowerment on 02-27-10

Try any other book

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-07

I have read works by most of these writers that I enjoyed very much. These stories focus on character description, but the plots are flat. Maybe we have experienced so many great stories written in the last hundred years, that these from the 1800s come across as amateur attempts. The only truly great story here is "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge". You would be better off trying any of the new books that are available.

3 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Empire: The Empire Duet, Part 1

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science-fiction and fantasy works. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near-future scenario: a new American Civil War. The American Empire has grown too fast, the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point, and the war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Says the Oracle

  • By Eddie D. Moore on 06-13-17

Civil War?

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-06

If you are an Orson Scott Card fan because of the science fiction aspect of his stories, expect something different from this book. However, his books are really about intrigue, political maneuvering, and strength of character. Empire brings those elements to a current setting.
Be prepared for the range of emotion that would be inevitable if you witnessed another Civil War in America. Some parts are painful; more so than if they were taking place at a future time and place instead of here and now.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

  • By: Gordon Dahlquist
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49

It began with a simple note: a letter of rejection delivered to Miss Temple on her maid's silver tray. But for Miss Temple, her fiance's cruel rejection will ignite a harrowing quest for truth, plunging her into a mystery as dizzying as a hall of mirrors. Thus begins Gordon Dahlquist's spectacular literary debut, a novel of Victorian suspense that shatters conventions and seethes with danger and eroticism.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Please Note This is Abridged!

  • By Susan on 12-29-07

A Casual Listen? Not Quite!

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-06

This is a complex storyline with lots of characters to keep straight. If, after reading hundreds of books, you search for writers and stories with some evidence of original thought and imagination, then you should be pleased with this selection. The book cannot be easily classified: Action-Adventure, Suspense/Mystery, and Erotica could all apply.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Devil and Miss Prym

  • A Novel of Temptation
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Linda Emond
  • Length: 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 182

A community devoured by greed, cowardice, and fear. A man persecuted by his painful past. A woman searching for happiness. In one eventful week, each of them will face questions of life, death, and power, and each will choose their own path. Will they choose good or evil?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic.

  • By Kourosh on 11-21-07

The Art of Storytelling

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-06

This is classic storytelling, and it is well done. Good vs. Evil with the hero/heroine facing a moral delima. The ending is not quite what I had wished, but if everything were as we expect, where is the suspense?

3 of 4 people found this review helpful