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Bill

New Lenox, IL, United States

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  • Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies' Table - Our Journey Through the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Carl Medearis
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Is it really possible to love one's enemies? That's the question that sparked a fascinating and, at times, terrifying journey into the heart of the Middle East during the summer of 2008. It was a trip that began in Egypt, passed beneath the steel-and-glass high-rises of Saudi Arabia, then wound through the bullet-pocked alleyways of Beirut and dusty streets of Damascus, before ending at the cradle of the world's three major religions: Jerusalem.

    Roy says: "Love Your Enemies?"
    "Thought-provoking"
    Overall

    This is a very worthwhile book. I found myself regularly reflecting on a fact that I've often found to be true. We (Christians, Muslims, Jews, mankind in general) are much more alike than we are different. The key, as this book reveals, is to see ourselves in each other.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1897)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (756)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
    "Vivid and compelling"
    Overall

    This is a vivid, intimate and compelling account of the 2008 Presidential campaign on both sides of the aisle. The players in the campaign become more real and understandable. This is not for the faint of heart. None of these players are saints, all of them have very positive aspects. They are people and this is the story of the incomprehsible drive it takes to become President. Read this only if you are not afraid to get to know the real people who embody the office of President.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Chris Anderson
    Overall
    (2396)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1140)

    The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

    Christopher says: "A fascinating listen"
    "Everyone should read this book"
    Overall

    I found such value in Anderson's observations that I developed an honors college course around it. This book details the transforming power of the internet and its use of minimal incremental cost to change the marketplace. Those who understand "FREE" will rule the future. Those who don't will fail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5087)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1322)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "This is not "Kite Runner", but it's still good"
    Overall

    The only fault in this book is that it follows "The Kite Runner". Without the expectations I had after reading TKR I would have loved this book. I still 'love' it, but it leaves me wanting more. The story reveals a great deal more about the Afghani people and their culture. At the end of a Hosseini book I'm left loving the characters. They are so real and so Afghan. This is a great read, but beware of heightened expectations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relentless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (154)

    Best-selling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children's book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed "Spooky," and a non-collie named Lassie, who's all but part of the family. So Cubby knows he shouldn't let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him.

    Derek B. says: "I cant sleep!"
    "Love it! Love it! L-o-o-o-o-v-e it!"
    Overall

    I love everything Dean Koontz ever did. (Even the early days.) But this is one of his best. Great characters, great development, wonderful plot, and the good guys win in the end. What's not to like?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can't Predict the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orrin Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This book shows that the quantitative mathematical models policy makers and government administrators use to form environmental policies are seriously flawed. Based on unrealistic and sometimes false assumptions, these models often yield answers that support unwise policies. Writing for the general, nonmathematician reader, the authors begin with a riveting account of the extinction of the North Atlantic cod on the Grand Banks of Canada.

    Bill says: "Interesting, useful...but..."
    "Interesting, useful...but..."
    Overall

    This book is fascinating for someone interested in the Philosophy of "knowing". Scientist are regularly trying to capture magnificently complex systems in mathematical models that are, at best, applicable within a small range of parameters. No big deal...scientists do that. What is a big deal is that politicians and regulators then use those mathematical models to make decisions in the real world. Some of those decisions have had tragic results. If that interests you (as it did me), please read this book. If not you'll be bored to death.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All the King's Men

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Penn Warren
    • Narrated By Michael Emerson
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

    Bill says: "No wonder this is a classic"
    "No wonder this is a classic"
    Overall

    The development of the characters in this book is unexcelled anywhere. The plot takes us on a surprising, yet inexorable, march through decades in the lives of the characters. It is both cynical and stirring. It exposes the love affair between (some) politicians and the people. After reading this book I felt drained and hopeful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Kevin Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote many wonderful romantic and realistic short stories and a few incredible "on the edge" fantasy and supernatural stories. Although the story of "Benjamin Button" is quite different than the 2009 movie, the premise is the same - a man is born old and lives his life backwards! Fizgerald says he got the idea from Mark Twain's remark that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end.

    Edward says: "Great story"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall

    Fitzgerald wrote this just to see if he could. He couldn't. The entire book rides on a single notion; life in reverse. It makes for an interesting convesation over cocktails, but it can't carry a novel.

    0 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Sinner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (303)

    The cloistered grounds of the convent have traditionally represented a place of faith and peace. Now, that peace is shattered as two nuns are found, one dead, one mortally wounded. The killings appear to be without motive, without an obvious suspect, and are further complicated by the murder and mutilation of a third woman. Together, medical examiner Maura Isles and intense, moody homicide detective Jane Rizzoli uncover an ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters.

    Margaret says: "Outstanding"
    "Good...but not great!"
    Overall

    This was a decent read, but it didn't really excite me. Gerritsen has a good plot with interesting and unique events and relationships, but the characters are not deeply developed and the coincidences necessary to complete the plot line were a little bizarre.

    For what it is this book is functional, but it's certainly not great literature.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4242)
    Performance
    (2408)
    Story
    (2410)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "A love story about Marines"
    Overall

    This is an outstanding novel. Marlantes' development of his characters is excellent and in many cases they are developed to die in a war that was at the same time senseless and important, inane and necessary. The flow of the story takes you through the fears and hopes of diverse people thrown into a desperate situation. At times the tension is so thick you can cut it with a K-bar. At other times the release is blinding and passionate.

    This is the story of war in all of its manifestations. It exposes the senseless suffering of soldiers who go without food and supplies for days on end due to the incompetence of their superiors. And then it reveals how the soldiers get blamed. It highlights the commitment of fighting men to each other...it exceeds the will to live. It describes the simple pleasures of life in a combat zone.

    This is a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 101 Theory Drive: A Neuroscientist's Quest for Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Terry McDermott
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    It's not fiction: Gary Lynch is the real thing, the epitome of the rebel scientist - malnourished, contentious, inspiring, explosive, remarkably ambitious, consistently brilliant. He is one of the foremost figures of contemporary neuroscience, and his decades-long quest to understand the inner workings of the brain's memory machine has begun to pay off.

    Joe says: "Fascinating tale of a scientific maverick's lab"
    "Fascinating! Interesting, accessible science"
    Overall

    This book charts the life work of a fascinating, complex man in his effort to understand the mechanics of of memory. The biographical approach and the brilliant treatment of complex information make the science accessible to everyone with an interest. And the nature of the scientist keeps the 'read' very interesting.

    I really enjoyed this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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