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Vicki In Crete

Chania, Greece | Member Since 2008

  • 8 reviews
  • 70 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014

  • Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ken Perenyi
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ten years ago, an FBI investigation was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, experts, and major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure”. Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this audiobook, Caveat Emptor, is that artist, Ken Perenyi’s, confession.

    Tina M. says: "Forgery to Story Telling"
    "Pop art and an attitude"

    Well read autobiography that captures the irreverant attitude of the times. The author has a talent for description - using just enough (but not too much) to set the scenes. So often truth is stranger than fiction and much more interesting - as were the twists and turns in Ken Perenyi's life. He tells everything even bad judgement calls from his youth and young adulthood and ends up sharing a full character study (of himself) for the reader. The insights into the 1960s NYC art scene are very telling of the times and the generation.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Six beverages and lots of history"

    I enjoyed this "guided tour" through history. Only six beverages and I have a better understanding about the differences and the similarities between world cultures. Enjoyed listening to Sean Runnette. What must have been a jigsaw puzzle for the author was enlightening - painless learning one might say!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, Elizabeth Bear, and others
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan, Scott Brick, Kandyse McClure, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Armed camps of eco-survivalists battle purveyors of technology in this exclusive, original production featuring five sci-fi masters and five all-star narrators.

    james says: "Not a wasted credit"
    "Many perspectives so we imagine a fictional future"

    I've enjoyed listening to the stories because they are written from so many different perspectives; we can imagine a global view of this fictional time and place. I say this experiment in cooperative writing is an absolute success. The first story is layered, descriptive so we glimpse the past that created such a future. ("In the Forest of the Night" is nothing like "Wind Up Girl", not a useful comparison.) The rest of the stories fill in the picture or I could say fit the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of this imagined world into a whole. Each story stands well on its own, but I enjoyed listening to one right after the other. I will be listening again, too. My mood affects my perceptions and I'll build a new Metatropolis each time.
    This is very obviously a piece of fiction tied together delicately with common elements. Fiction is not the same as social planning nor the same as corporate propaganda. So relax, read and fantasize . . . forget the television so you can use the building blocks the characters offer you . . . to build new communities in your head.
    (p.s. "polis" means "city" in Greek; perhaps the title means a city in metamorphosis?)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Free First Chapter: Narrows Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jim Fusilli
    • Narrated By Joe Pantoliano, Joe Barrett

    A powerful epic novel in the spirit of The Godfather and On the Waterfront, Narrows Gate follows the lives of three men as they clash with the dangerous and seductive environment of a Mob-riddled New Jersey waterfront town before, during, and after World War II.

    Vicki In Crete says: "web of love or web of deceit?"
    "web of love or web of deceit?"

    Here is a slice of life story of a time and place when secrets seemed the only refuge, immigrants wore their nationalities on their sleeves and loyalties were constantly pushed to the limit. I enjoy the story and am already intrigued by the friendship that started when the two were only five years old. Nice reading with all the appropriate accents,and for me much easier to keep characters straight. (and Joe Pantoliano? Wow!)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Phenomenon: W. E. B. DuBois - A Free Essay from Profiles in Leadership

    • UNABRIDGED (35 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson (editor), Annette Gordon-Reed
    • Narrated By Nicholas Hormann

    What made FDR a more successful leader during the Depression crisis than Hoover? Why was Eisenhower more effective as supreme commander during World War II than he was as president? Why was Grant one of the best presidents of his day, if not in all of American history? What drove Bobby Kennedy into the scrum of electoral politics? Find the surprising and revelatory answers to these questions and more in this collection of new essays by great historians.

    Vicki In Crete says: "Necessary USA History"
    "Necessary USA History"

    I enjoyed this essay. Narrator has nice voice. I realized this is a part of history I need to know. I hope it is now being taught in public schools; I'm sure I never learned about Mr. DuBois.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • METAtropolis Free Story: 'In the Forests of the Night'

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jay Lake
    • Narrated By Michael Hogan

    “In the Forests of the Night” is from the Hugo and Audie Award-nominated METAtropolis, an intelligent and stunning creation of five cutting-edge science-fiction writers, performed by an amazing cast of elite narrators and stars from TV’s Battlestar Galactica. METAtropolis takes place in a future where cities have transformed or died, and technologists, eco-survivalists, and civilization itself vie for continued existence.

    Robert says: "Great writer-narrator combination"
    "Even anarchists need a shared mythology"

    "Come, all of you, gather around. Come close to the fire, pile up with your cousins to hear the foundation story of our tribe. Listen and remember, because this will tell you of heroics and challenges so you will understand why we live this way." --- I enjoy the narration very much. Mr. Hogan reads the difficult text so smoothly, quietly and intimately that I feel that, perhaps, this will be the myth that will bind my grandchildren together.

    Jay Lake has a very nice way of intertwining history, contemporary times and the future to tell a story with descriptive phrases and metaphor that builds a new civilization evolving from the paranoia and securitized times of now. This genre is a difficult one to tackle and Jay Lake is a master.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • All Tomorrow's Parties

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rydell is on his way back to near-future San Francisco. His job has him convinced that his career is going nowhere, but his friend Laney, phoning from Tokyo, says there's more interesting work for him in Northern California. And there is, although it will eventually involve his former girlfriend, a Taoist assassin, the secrets Laney has been hacking out of the depths of DatAmerica, the CEO of the PR firm that secretly runs the world and the apocalyptic technological transformation of, well, everything.

    Laura says: "Worth several listenings."
    "Best production, great listening experience"

    Thank you for the great narration, Jonathan Davis. I can't image how you accomplished such a great listen; is very enjoyable.
    I ended up enjoying this book the most of the trilogy. I've read "All Tomorrow's Parties" a couple of times, but listening to this version is much better.
    William Gibson has a great talent for describing the past, present and future (all at the same time) with a great tongue in cheek style.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Caryatids

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bruce Sterling
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The world of 2060 is divided into three spheres of influence, each fighting with the others over the resources of fallen nations and an environment degraded almost to the point of no return. There is the Dispensation, centered in Los Angeles, where entertainment and capitalism have fused with the highest of high-tech.

    Vicki In Crete says: "Cloned Sisters Rule!"
    "Cloned Sisters Rule!"

    Bruce Sterling offers a brilliant new frame of reference for science fiction-the voice of women (cloned no less, but still each of them all woman). And as Sterling is science fictions incarnation of Jane Austen, we have a very perceptive author at work.
    The narrative's starting point - what would happen if a woman in modern times decided to bring by forming an empire. Many men have done this throughout history and now we see a feminine take. Many layers of ideas, life styles, human use of earth and space make this an spellbinding listen.
    Jay Snyder's reading is amazing and helps greatly the listener more easily understand the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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