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  • 4 reviews
  • 79 ratings
  • 179 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • The Fountainhead

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann

    The Fountainhead studies the conflict between artistic genius and social convention, a theme Ayn Rand later developed into the idealistic philosophy knows as Objectivism. Rand's hero is Howard Roark, a brilliant young architect who won't compromise his integrity, especially in the unconventional buildings he designs.

    MD says: "One of the great books, but long."
    "This is a romance novel."

    Warning to all who are reading (listening to) Ayn Rand's works for the first time: This is a romance novel. It has the social/philosophical message that you're probably expecting, but the reasoning behind the message is in such strong contrast to the backdrop of absurd, pathological, personal relationships, that the messengers lose their credibility and the issue declines in the priority of problems that need fixing.

    If you enjoy romance novels, you probably won't notice any of this, and my opinion should be irrelevant to you purchasing decision.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moby-Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Labeled variously a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and eccentric characters, a symbolic allegory, and a drama of heroic conflict, Moby Dick is first and foremost a great story. It has both the humor and poignancy of a simple sea ballad, as well as the depth and universality of a grand odyssey.

    Alice says: "I felt totally swept up in this world"
    "Why is this book considered a classic?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author should have focused on character development and dialogue appropriate for the characters.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Herman Melville again?


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Frank Muller did a good job with the material he had. He was consistent and clear with each character, so I was never confused as to which character was speaking.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was bored most of the time.

    Any additional comments?

    The author spent so much time describing whaling as an industry that I thought the book was commissioned by a whaling association or the Chamber of Commerce of Nantucket. The majority of the book is about whaling and whales, leaving a minority of the book about the actual story and the characters. The character development is shallow.

    The author, like Shakespeare, has a tremendous optimism about the articulation and eloquence of people from all walks of life, no matter the lack of education. Not only did this detract from good character development, but it bordered on the absurd when a ship's officer is trying to motivate the oarsmen during a whale hunt with a long, steady stream of similes and metaphors. It reminded me of a role playing game where super heroes and arch villains are encouraged to deliver paragraphs worth of taunting lines between blows in a furious fight.

    If, like me, you are listening to classics to fill holes in your education, either skip this book or listen to an abridged version. Most of "Moby Dick" should be extracted and printed as a new "Dummies" book on whaling.

    I am now more desperate than ever for George R. R. Martin to finish the next book in the series "Song of Ice and Fire".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Bill Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    President Bill Clinton gives us his views on the challenges facing the United States today and why government matters—presenting his ideas on restoring economic growth, energy, job creation, financial responsibility, resolving the mortgage crisis, and financial responsibility, and offering a plan to get us "back in the future business".

    Christine A. Haimann says: "Great and it all makes sense"
    "A call for reason"
    What did you love best about Back to Work?

    Former President Clinton backs his views with data and reasoning. He calls into question conservative rhetoric that is not consistent with historical data. This book challenged the efficacy of many of my political and economic beliefs. I recommend this book to all critical thinkers, regardless of their political affiliations.

    If you could give Back to Work a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A call for reason

    Any additional comments?

    The narration refers to charts that are in the viewable versions of the book. I found it useful to buy an ebook version so that I could review the charts.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
    • Narrated By Po Bronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring - because key twists in the science have been overlooked.

    Carin says: "I liked it and I don't even have kids."
    "Relevant, actionable information"
    What did you love best about NurtureShock?

    The information provided by this book is understandable, supported by science and is actionable. Parents can listen to this book and apply what they've learned for the benefit of their children. The usefulness of this book is its greatest feature.

    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to the author/narrator. The information is presented in a conversational tone with plenty of anecdotes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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