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Scarborough, ON, Canada | Member Since 2012

  • 9 reviews
  • 24 ratings
  • 889 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Hannah Arendt
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sparking a flurry of heated debate, Hannah Arendt's authoritative and stunning report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared in The New Yorker in 1963. This revised edition includes material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript. A major journalistic triumph by an intellectual of singular influence, Eichmann in Jerusalem is as shocking as it is informative - an unflinching look at one of the most unsettling (and unsettled) issues of the 20th century.

    Darwin8u says: "Both a Monster and a Clown"
    "Ad nauseam"

    Ad nauseam is a Latin term used to describe an argument which has been continuing "to [the point of] nausea". Everyone and everything is inferior to Hannah Arendt in her world. If everyone just had her insight and intellect the world would get it right the first time everytime. This is not so much a book about Eichmann in Jerusalem as an excuse for Arendt to show how bright she is in her own mind. Hannah Arendt, like all contraians, desperately seeks attention through manipulation, Don't bother getting sucked into her convoluted, self-agrandizing, attention seeking arguments. Save your money and just learn about Eichmann and his trial through Wikipedia.

    6 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac: The Shocking True Story of the Nation's Most Bizarre Mass Murderer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert Graysmith
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    After Jack the Ripper and before Son of Sam there was only one name their equal in terror: the deadly, elusive, and mysterious Zodiac. Beginning in 1968 the hooded mass murderer terrified the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area with a string of brutal killings. A sexual sadist, his pleasure was torture and murder.

    Zentaro says: "Interesting"
    "Not Worth It"

    The Zodiac story is interesting but this author distorts a lot of the information. Endless speculation. Reasearch this book on the internet before buying and save a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "A very special book"

    This book provides insight into a situation very few of us would ever undertand if it were not for Ms. Duggard. This audio version of the book is the only one I would recommend because how she speaks her story is almost as important as her writing the story. What a wonderful person who has given us the wonderful gift of getting to know her. What an inspirational woman.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Coming Out of the Ice: An Unexpected Life

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Victor Herman
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt

    In 1931, a young American named Victor Herman accompanied his parents to the Soviet Union, where his father was to set up a Ford Motor Company plant. In 1938, he was inexplicably thrown into a Soviet prison. It was 45 years before he was able to return to America.

    On The Road says: "Unordinary personal content"
    "An incredible story."

    This is one of the most fascinating stories I have ever read. I had never heard of Victor Herman nor did I know anything about this book but I took a shot at buying it based on its ratings. Herman turns out to be a very good writer on top of having had one of the most interesting lives I have ever read about. I really enjoyed Christopher Hurt's narration. If you are having trouble finding a good book to read then try this one. If there really is something called "chick lit" then this is probably "his lit" though I think most people would find the story interesting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall—from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frank Brady
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer’s, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his life—he began as a brilliant youngster, then became the pride of American chess, then took a sharp turn, struggling with paranoia and mental illness. But nobody truly understood him.

    Roy says: "A Trajedy"
    "A most unique individual"

    I thouroughly enjoyed getting to know more about Fischer. Though any book about Fischer can only begin to scratch the surface of his complexity at least this book presents us with a thourough overview of just how complex he was. Fischer is far more bizarre than I could ever have imagined. He is so unique in the history of humans that I strongly recommend that the reader suspend their judgment of anything he said or did. Though he said some very dispicable things none of them make sense when you consider who he was. A Jew hating Jew???? A true American Hero of the Cold War who ends up hating America???? Someone who definitely challenged the boundaries of free speach. In fact, Fischer challenged authority in ways so few of us would every begin to consider. It is a wonder he didn't spend more time in prison or get shot. No wonder he was paranoid, is there any powerful group he didn't piss off. One of the most truly unique figures in history.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Center Cannot Hold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Elyn R. Saks
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Professor of psychiatry Elyn R. Saks writes about her struggle with schizophrenia in this unflinching account of her mental illness. In The Center Cannot Hold, Saks draws readers into a nightmare world of medications, a misguided health-care system, and social stigmas. But she would not be defeated. With a strength and force of will that most can only imagine, Saks reclaimed her life and went on to achieve great success.

    glamazon says: "Schizophrenia Inside Out"
    "They are NOT Crazy"

    This a great book to familiarize yourself with Mental Illness. There are people that are crazy in our society but they do not include the mentally ill. Mentally Ill people have a biological problem not of their choosing, but crazy people are those without any excuse but choose to behave very badly. Many of societies leaders fall into this category. Elyn Saks is a wonderful person who has persisted against tremendous adversity to fullfill her dreams. She is one of my heroes. Read this book to get to know one of America's true heroes, it is worth the time and money spent. .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

    Eileen C says: "You must buy this audio only if..."
    "The Real Deal"

    You will probably not like what this guy did but he is the real deal. If you want to know what ticks in the mind of a murderer than this is the guy to read about.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wolf at the Table: A Memoir of My Father

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Wolf at the Table is the story of Augusten's relationship with his father, John Robison, Sr., a man only briefly touched upon in Running With Scissors. Told with shocking honesty and penetrating insight, A Wolf at the Table is more than the companion volume to Running with Scissors - it's a story of stunning psychological cruelty and the redemptive power of hope.

    James Gordon says: "Embarrassingly Bad"
    "A tear for Augustin...but only one."

    If someone wants to they can write a book about anything they want to. A publisher, if they want to, can publish whatever book they want to. A consumer can purchase, if they want, whatever book they want to. That is how things come to be sometimes. This is a book that should never have been written, should never have been published and I should never have purchased.

    The subject matter attracted me to the book since I lived with a real Wolf at the Table. Many reviewers warned that this book was not worth buying. I thought to myself, I just had to read it to see if it was like what I went through with my father. Also, I wanted to see if it was as bad as some had written or if they just did not understand. I do not mind the authors writing style, how he reads his material or the songs. In fact, I liked all of those things. What I did not like at all and was actually offended by, was Mr. Burroughs interpretation of a bad father and his interpretation of how bad his father was towards him.

    Let me explain. Suppose there was a scale to measure a fathers parenting and supposes the scale ran from -10 for an extremely bad father to 10 for the best of fathers. On that scale I would rate Mr. Burroughs father as a 1 and I would rate my experiences with my father as a -6. I know living with my father was horrendous but I also know that some people have suffered far greater than I did. I at least have some perspective on this subject, Mr. Burroughs has none or he would have been too embarrassed to write this book. Too embarrassed because so many others have suffered so much more. It would be like a soldier whining about the terrible desk job he had to suffer through during the war while others that actually saw battle had all their limbs blown off along with their balls. It is sad when anyone suffers but Mr. Burroughs comes across as a spoiled whining brat. Oh if he only truly knew of what he speaks, he would never have spoken.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hit Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Keller possesses all the qualities of a professional killer. He's cool, confident, reclusive, icy, and ruthlessly efficient. But this seasoned hit man is also prone to self-doubt as he finds himself caught in the clutches of a mid-life crisis.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Surprisingly Terrific"
    "Robert Forster is the man!!!!"

    The book is well written, imaginative, witty and smooth flowing. Best narration I have ever heard. If there were Oscar's for book narration Forster would get one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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