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M. Evans

New York, NY | Listener Since 2004

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  • 73 titles in library
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  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1547)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (732)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "well worth it"
    Overall

    The narrator does a really great job switching from voice to voice. I normally don't enjoy audible fiction as much because of how difficult it is to narrate dialogues in a convincing way. But this book was a pleasure.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In the opening scene of Falling Man, Keith Neudecker emerges from the smoke and ash of the burning tower where he worked, and makes his way to the apartment of his ex-wife and young son uptown. Throughout this bold and haunting novel, DeLillo traces the way the events of September 11 kindled or rekindled relationships, reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory, and our perception of the world.

    T. C. Pile says: "Since the planes..."
    "bad narration"
    Overall

    It's rather difficult following the dialog, since the narrator doesn't try to distinguish between voices. The narrator is also very flat, indifferen and numb-- I recommend actually reading the hard copy on this one, since the audio version doesn't seem to do it justice.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, & Broke

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Suze Orman
    • Narrated By Suze Orman
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous, & Broke is financial expert Suze Orman's answer to a generation's cry for help. They're called "Generation Debt", people in their 20s and 30s who graduate from college with a mountain of student loan debt and are stuck with one of the weakest job markets in recent history, yet they're painfully aware of the urgent need to take matters into their own hands.

    Anthony says: "Much needed for my generation"
    "a good primer"
    Overall

    Of course, all of the advice here can be found elsewhere and probably for free. What makes this book worth it is the straight forward and simple delivery. Suze Orman doesn't just give out financial advice, she talks about life in bigger terms and asks readers to really analyze themselves-- their financial personality-- and to question their goals and priorities in life. For someone in their twenties-early thirties, this book is GREAT. A quick read, easy to digest. It gets you thinking not just about your money, but about where you're going in life and how you're getting there.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Thomas L. Friedman is the foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times and an extensive world traveler. Offering up an engrossing look at international systems, Friedman deftly explains the current trends toward globalization that are radically changing our world. With a first-class narration by George Wilson, this book is an engaging and highly informative listening experience.

    Virginia says: "Thought-provoking but worrisome"
    "Perhaps the abridged version could be better?"
    Overall

    I'm a huge fan of Friedman's new york times columns, but I did not enjoy this book as much. What I love most about his columns is the clarity and brevity with which he frames complex and multifaceted issues. With a 20 hour audio book, there were long portions that either dragged or felt old and dated. i noticed that there is an abridged version available. Since I didn't actually try the abridged, I can't recommend it, but I certainly would suggest looking into it. Also, keep in mind that this book was written before 9-11, so a lot of what he talks about no longer applies to today's situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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