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Marco

Stony Brook, NY, USA

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  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By John Lescault
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    One of the most extraordinary achievements in world literary history. Too good to be relegated to the dustbin of high-school required reading, the first of Homer's epic poems tells of the counsel of Nestor, Achilles' slaying of Hector, and the defeat of the Trojans by the Greeks. (Translated by Samuel Butler.)

    James M says: "Illiad at three or four times the price worth it?"
    "Well read and recorded"
    Overall

    If, like me, you've always wanted to read the Illiad, this is your chance. It's an excellent story and it is hard to believe it was written thousands of years ago. So much did I enjoy listening to The Illiad, that I am now listening to The Odyssey (which unfortunately is not nearly as good a translation and recording).

    I found the recording and reading to be very good. It was easy to comprehend, and I believe the translation to be good.

    If you do decide to listen to the book, it may be a little difficult in the beginning to follow the names, but stick with it!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Brian Jones, Noam Chomsky
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    For more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of staking out the globe. Our leaders have shown themselves willing, as in the Cuban missile crisis, to follow the dream of dominance no matter how high the risks. Now the Bush administration is intensifying this process, driving us toward the final frontiers of imperial control, toward a choice between the prerogatives of power and a livable Earth.

    Jazz Listener says: "Great book, lousy reader"
    "Interesting material... but a tough listen."
    Overall

    While the material is fascinating and, in my opinion, very believable, I unfortunately have to fault the way the book was written and the person reading the book.

    First, let me start with the reader... the book was read very fast and in what I perceived as an angry mono-tone (almost Dennis Leary like). To me, this greatly distracted from the material in the book. Being that this is an audio book, this needs to be considered before you buy it.

    As for the content of the book, I can easily find most of it believable. Unfortunately, I do have to fault the way it is presented. The book comes out more like an ongoing rambling of world events. Making it, in my mind, difficult to follow. It does not provide enough historical background, factual references, and build-up to the events it describes.



    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (141)

    This engrossing piece of undercover reportage has been a fixture on the New York Times best seller list since its publication. With nearly a million copies in print, Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America's working-class poor.

    Melissa says: "of COURSE she has an agenda..."
    "Good concept, but poor execution."
    Overall

    The concept of this book is very good. Is it possible to live on a minimum wage salary? This book raises some very interesting social and political issues.

    The problem I have with the book is the editorializing, and even more so, the incessant whining of the author. Also, much of the writing has an "elitest" tone to it. If you are going to try your hand making a living as a maid, you should not be surprised about having to clean toilets or carrying a vaccuum. If you are going to work at WallMart, don't be shocked about having to return clothes to the a rack.

    Sometimes it seems that the author never held a real job in her life. Employees complaining about managment, drug testing, ineffectual and demoralizing management is as much a "white collar" (and high pay) issue as it is a "blue collar" (minimum wage) issue. Of course, the white collar employees have a home to return to at the end of the day.

    Hence, my main complaint about the book is that the author should have spent more time analyzing the housing issues, aide for the poor issues, job market issues, rather than whine about her minimum wage jobs.

    In summary, I believe the book is raising some serious issues about "the working poor", it is unfortunate that it is too painful to listen to the authors complaints to get the the heart of the book.

    55 of 73 people found this review helpful
  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton
    • Narrated By Murphy Guyer
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    Getting to Yes is a straightorward, universally applicable method for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting taken -- and without getting angry. It offers a concise, step-by-step, proven strategy for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict -- whether it involves parents and children, neighbors, bosses and employees, customers or corporations, tenants or diplomats.

    John says: "Beats a new age CD for falling asleep"
    "Surprisingly useful technique."
    Overall

    When I was first listening to this book I was thinking, "This isn't very useful for everyday life situations." It seemed more geared to "diplomatic" or "big business" negotiations.

    Since then, I have used the technique of principled negotiation a couple of times in "every day life" situations. I was so happy by the results, that I took the time to re-listen to the book.

    This is not a "quick gimmick" book, but a well thought out and fair approach to negotiations. Much of it may be common sense, but often "common sense" is the first thing to go in negotiations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2516)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (226)

    People learn to work for money...but never to have money work for them. That's what Robert Kiyosaki says in this guide about what rich dads tell their children that poor dads do not. Browse all Rich Dad titles.

    TomD says: "Good starter"
    "Phony get-rich motivational book."
    Overall

    I thought this was a financial advice book, instead it is a phony get-rich motivational book.

    I would best sum up the financial advice given in this book with the following analogy:

    "If it hurts when you bang your head on the wall, stop banging your head on the wall".

    In other words, the basic advice given in the book is that if you want to become rich, you need to buy things that will make you money. Du'h. Oh yeah, and while you're at it, don't bury yourself in debt. Simply genius.

    Don't waste your time or money.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2570)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (345)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Great story and excellent reading."
    Overall

    Like others have said this is a fantastic book. I enjoyed everything in it: the premise, the characters, the writing style, and the way it was read.

    For those looking for an "action adventure shoot'em up" time traveler story, this is not it. This is first and foremost a love story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4325)
    Performance
    (1804)
    Story
    (1821)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Enjoyed the book overall"
    Overall

    This is a hard book for me to review, I would say the writing and that story are mediocre at best.

    However, and I guess this is what matters, I did enjoy listening to the book. I think that if the story was condensed and the endless analogies and metaphors spoken by Odd Thomas were reduced, that the book would read much better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6818)
    Performance
    (1581)
    Story
    (1619)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Fascinating."
    Overall

    This book has two aspects to it: the story and the history. The story itself is a typical fast paced interesting mystery, complete with some twists and turns. I found the story to be average.

    What makes this book stand out in my mind is the history it presents. DaVinci's painting of the last supper will never look the same after you read this book.

    To me, this book was a pseudo-history book hidden in a mystery book. Bearing in mind that much of the history discussed in the book deals with Catholic religion, having an open mind is a must to enjoy the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Greece, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    A History of Greece is the thrilling story of the rise to power and influence of the greatest civilization the world has ever known. As Cyril Robinson's exquisite narrative unfolds, we find ourselves plunged into mankind's greatest and most magnificent adventure. Also, listen to A History of Greece, Volume 2.

    Jeff Parent says: "To get the most out of this book..."
    "A difficult book for the history novice"
    Overall

    My biggest complaint is that the book read more like a "college textbook" stating brief facts and stories, rather than a story of which I became a part of.

    Too many interesting topics, people, and stories received barely a passing mention. Too many references to a person or story as being "well known" were made. I would have preferred a much deeper delving into fewer topics.

    Also worth mentioning is that I thought the narrator read too fast (making it difficult to keep the ancient names and places straight) and that he read as if though to a British audience (making analogies to British government or history).

    In all, if you are a history novice (like me) I would not recommend this book as a starting point.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Airframe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Frances Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (284)

    Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

    Robert Solomon says: "Try it, you'll like it."
    "Kept me interested... though somewhat unbelievable"
    Overall

    I have mixed feelings on this book. On the one hand, I found it very interesting (being an engineer, I enjoyed the technical details). Much of the book seemed very factual, including a behind the scenes look at the making of weekly "news shows".

    On the other hand, I guessed at the ending early on... this didn't bother me too much since I had to keep listening to see if I was right. What I most disliked was the unbelievable (at least to me)underlying conspiracy story (including murder attempts).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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