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Grumpus's comments from the Audiobooks group.

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June 2015 (55 new)
Jun 01, 2015 06:15AM

596 I'm listening to George Washington And Benedict Arnold: A Tale of Two Patriots. While not the book in which the AMC network's series TURN: Washington's Spies is based upon, it is still an excellent companion.
May 25, 2015 08:27AM

596 Introducing Audiobook group member Grumpus (click to view full profile)



Location:   Naperville, IL

Goodreads member since: June 2007

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Audiobook group member since: August 2007 - or 7 years 10 months
Number of months taken to join Audiobook group: 2 (I created it)

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Currently reading:

      The Presidents and UFOs  A Secret History from FDR to Obama by Larry Holcombe
The Presidents and UFOs: A Secret History from FDR to Obama

Shelved as audiobook? YES

Last update:    May 25, 2015

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Interests:

Example of a favorite author: Ron Chernow

Example of a favorite book:

      Over the Edge of the World  Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

Also a member of: Time Travel

Example of a favorite quote:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.
May 25, 2015 08:26AM

596 I have an idea that I’d like your opinion on. I’ve been thinking about something like this for a while as a way to find people who have similar interests or just a way to meet new people based upon their profile other than books (e.g., other groups quotes, etc.,). It involves some work on my part, so please be honest if you don’t like this idea or would object in any way.

You know how there is a rotating list of “Featured Groups” on the Groups home page? Well, I was thinking of posting a Featured Member on the Audiobooks group. Every week or so (time permitting), I will choose a random number between 1 and however many members we have, and based upon the date joining our group, showcase that member in a manner that I’ll post below. I will select that member provided they have been active on Goodreads in the last 6 months. If not, I’ll choose then next one that meets that criteria.

I don’t write code, so it might not be pretty. Instead, I hope it generates interest not only about their books, but also about other interests you may have in common, maybe they live in a place near you or an area you once lived?

Again, be honest. Is this something of interest or does it get too personal? If your profile is not private, I assume these are the types of things that you’d be open to. So what do you think?
May 21, 2015 06:18AM

596 I'm a market researcher, I have to quantify stuff (its a curse really). So, I created a poll for us to see what the average number of books members are reading at once. Click on the "Polls" link in the right hand column to vote.

So, even if you've previously gave your response in the comments here, please respond to the poll as well.
May 2015 (374 new)
May 20, 2015 08:07AM

596 Bill (Just a) wrote: "Grumpus wrote: "Non-fiction checking in. . . just finished In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette. Harrowing adventure during the time when..."

I'm into history, though primarily US but not exclusively. I also like science. Since I've been a platinum member at Audible since 2005, I'm generally into the new releases and rarely find anything in their sales of interest to me. The buy 4 get $10 sales allow me to get what I want off my wishlist. I'll be sure to post if I ever finding any good non-fiction in a sale.
May 2015 (374 new)
May 19, 2015 11:35AM

596 Non-fiction checking in. . . just finished In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette. Harrowing adventure during the time when exploration of the planet still had discoveries to be made. Brave men and struggle for survival. We were a different breed back then.
May 18, 2015 10:49AM

596 CatBookMom wrote: "Janice wrote: "Is there not a whole folder dedicated to promotions by authors and narrators? Am I mistaken in thinking that this thread's purpose is for members of the group to discuss Audible's o..."

Weekends are busy but I'm generally around during the week if work permits. I've responded to Bryan in the "General" thread. Let me reiterate, we ask that members that wish to promote their work do so in the proper thread. This is not to be nit-picky (well, maybe a little) but more because we want to ensure that members that are looking for promotions will be able to find everything in a common place. This will also ensure that your message hits the target audience you seek without annoying those that might not be interested. Thanks everyone for your help.
May 2015 (374 new)
May 18, 2015 10:40AM

596 Jan wrote: "I'm listening to Dissolution by C.J. Sansom narrated by Steven Crossley. It's a great mystery that takes place during the Tudor time period and the narrator is doing ..."

I love this series and narrator. I've listed to all of them and highly recommend.
May 18, 2015 10:39AM

596 I usually have two going simultaneously. I'll have an audiobook for the commute and either a physical book or Kindle version for reading in bed. Sometimes, if I can get the book in the correct format, I'll have a 3rd using www.rapidreader.com.
May 2015 (374 new)
May 14, 2015 01:35PM

596 CatBookMom wrote: "Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* wrote: "William Roberts' narration was phenomenal and immediately sucked me in. ..."

I rather wish I'd bought that version, rather than the new narration by Scott Brick...."


I hope I'm not opening a whole can of Scott Brick worms but we've had many comments about him good and bad. I, am a fan. My comment is that is that I believe you stated perfectly what many find annoying about him and those who like him would not necessarily disagree with -- "he is SO earnest, and gives so much emphasis to ordinary words." It struck me as dead on.
596 I also use the "Look inside" feature to view table of contents and to just flip through some pages if you will.
596 John wrote: "Thanks!

One trick I use before deciding on a book is to read the free Kindle sample first; in this case, I realized the book wasn't for me after all."


I do the same thing.
May 2015 (374 new)
May 12, 2015 11:24AM

596 MissSusie wrote: "Kristie wrote: "The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry was really fascinating. It was more than a look at the issues; it was a look at Jon Ronson's process of l..."

I had to return this one to Audible. I heard positive things as well but could not seem to follow what was going on. I gave up after about 2 hrs. It was my first Audible return in about a year.
May 2015 (374 new)
May 11, 2015 11:04AM

596 Sue wrote: "Thanks for everyone's feedback on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. It's been put to the side, again, mostly because....Cassandra Campbell. I need to start getting along better w..."

I would say Cassandra is one of my favorite narrators. I loved her in Nefertiti but not quite as much in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I don't know if it was the story (not a fan) or the fact that it seemed to have been narrated exceedingly slow.
May 2015 (374 new)
May 11, 2015 09:20AM

596 Finished The Wright Brothers. Quick listen written and read by David McCullough. I wasn't happy with his last book, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris but I am not an artist or art historian which would be helpful to maintain interest. Still I'm glad to see that McCullough is back to his old form!
Audible Survey (25 new)
May 11, 2015 06:53AM

596 Just curious. . .did the surveys come direct from Audible? Or did they come through a survey company (such as Survey Monkey) or research panel? I did not receive it and I've been with Audible for 8 years.
May 2015 (374 new)
May 08, 2015 09:48AM

596 Kristie wrote: "+1 for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Fascinating story that brings up all kinds of ethical issues. Well written and well narrated. Enjoy!"

I agree well written and well narrated but overall, I was definitely in the minority on this one
May 2015 (374 new)
May 08, 2015 09:43AM

596 Kristie wrote: "I'm half-way through Moloka'i, and it's a very interesting story. I knew nothing about the Hawaiian leper colony, so it's really been fascinating. I work in public health, so it was als..."

This was an amazing listen. I enjoyed this one very much.
April 2015 (414 new)
Apr 28, 2015 12:00PM

596 Listening to A Man Most Driven: Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and the Founding of America. What a charmed life he lead up to coming to America. Not that I would want to trade lives with him but wow, the stories he could tell about his life. Amazing.
March 2015 (472 new)
Mar 26, 2015 05:45AM

596 J. wrote: "I'm pretty excited about this Ready Player One news - Spielberg."

Yesssssssss!
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