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Bill

Palm City, FL, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (368)

    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Sharon says: "A Must Read"
    "Disappointing read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, It was not as interesting as I thought it would be


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    As expected.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kirsten Potter?

    doubtful


    Did Five Days at Memorial inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, be more careful of reading the hype associated with mediocre books!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Thats enough wasted on this book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Charles C. Mann
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (490)

    In this riveting, accessible work of science, Charles Mann takes us on an enthralling journey of scientific exploration. We learn that the Indian development of modern corn was one of the most complex feats of genetic engineering ever performed. That the Great Plains are a third smaller today than they were in 1700 because the Indians who maintained them by burning died. And that the Amazon rain forest may be largely a human artifact.

    Case says: "Hotly debated new theories, but NOT revisionism"
    "A boring way tto tell an interesting story!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made 1491 better?

    A better reader. A story which flowed. This was a boring presentation


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Didn't anyone know this is why kids hate history in school??


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Johnson’s performances?

    I would avoid it like the plague!!


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

    Dismal disappointment.Great topic ruined by boring presentation.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I strongly recommend that this book be removed from the library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sherman Alexie
    • Narrated By Sherman Alexie
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (607)

    Born poor and hydrocephalic, Arnold Spirit survives brain surgery. But his enormous skull, lopsided eyes, profound stuttering, and frequent seizures target him for abuse on his Indian reservation. Protected by a formidable friend, the book-loving artist survives childhood. And then - convinced his future lies off the rez - the bright 14-year-old enrolls in an all-white high school 22 miles away.

    FanB14 says: "Absolutely Entertaining Memoir"
    "Growing up an Indian in today's world"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in three words, what would they be?

    incomprehensible to whites


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian?

    Going to the Prom


    What does Sherman Alexie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A teenage voice and perspective


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting story- one which whites will have a tough time believing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (870)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "Scientology- A religion or a Scam??"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a very informative book. Assuming it is true, LRH is an incredible individual with the power to convince people to follow him despite his numerous faults which included bigamy, kidnapping, excessive lying, and a tendency to elevate himself above the "crowd". And that is only some of his faults!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail to which the author described LRH


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, very much so in my opinion


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    LHR's continual lying about his WW2 service record.... and the absolute proof that he was not where he claimed to have been. He was no war hero, but instead a coward.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second book I have read about Scientology. This is much better researched and informative. Great read!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (330)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "Outstanding Read!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fascinating story of an immigrant who faced so many obstacles and overcame them to become a well known and revered chef in the US.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yes, Chef?

    His first impressions when he first got to the US


    What does Marcus Samuelsson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has feeling and sentimentality.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The racial bias he encountered in Nice when looking for a job


    Any additional comments?

    One does not have to be a "foodie" to appreciate this story!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (1735)
    Story
    (1735)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "It is nice to "see" Odd Thomas once again!!"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As with all Odd Thomas books the story is way out there!! Once you let your imagination go, you will enjoy this book!!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was fine, just took a leap of one's imagination to buy into the basic premise!!


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His performance was very good in my opinion


    Did Odd Apocalypse inspire you to do anything?

    Well, I know I won't be staying at any old homes in Northern California for quite some time!!


    Any additional comments?

    Odd Thomas is a cult unto it's own. You either like it - and read the entire series, or you hate it and only read one book. I enjoy the escapism.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (122)

    Great companies can fail: not because they do anything wrong, but because they do everything right. Meeting customers' current needs leads firms to reject breakthrough innovations, "disruptive technologies", that create the products and opportunities of the future.

    3.14 says: "See "The Innovator's Solution" Instead"
    "Too ancient a reference"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nice business book for an MBA student.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The theory was fine. The examples were dated and boring.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Don Leslie?

    No idea


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the overall theory holds today.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spy the Lie: Former CIA Officers Teach You How to Detect Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, Susan Carnicero, and others
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (484)

    Imagine how different your life would be if you could tell whether someone was lying or telling you the truth. Be it hiring a new employee, investing in a financial interest, speaking with your child about drugs, confronting your significant other about suspected infidelity, or even dating someone new, having the ability to unmask a lie can have far-reaching and even life-altering consequences. As former CIA officers, Philip Houston, Michael Floyd, and Susan Carnicero are among the world’s best at recognizing deceptive behavior.

    Kim says: "Excellent, with one disappointment"
    "Lot's of promise, but a disappointment"
    Overall
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    Story
    What disappointed you about Spy the Lie?

    Just seemed to repeat and repeat the same thing throughout the reading. Dull, uninteresting and lacking in the things I wanted to hear. The book cited several examples of successful use of the author's techniques which I found completely unbelievable and contrived. Sure, a spy is going to give up his previous life of spying for another governent with a mere question.... uh, huh. Yup. Not in my lifetime!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spy the Lie?

    Actual examples of alledged incidents could have held promise


    What didn’t you like about Fred Berman’s performance?

    He did fine, but the material was repetitious


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Interesting premise which could have been provided within an hour!!


    Any additional comments?

    I don't recommend this one to my friends and family!!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3551)
    Performance
    (3165)
    Story
    (3176)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Outstanding Read!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Killing Lincoln to be better than the print version?

    It was a fast paced history of the entire plot to kill Lincoln which might not transfer to print as well as in Audio format. Audio made it more intense in my opinion.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details of the plot and the involvement of so many others in the attempt to remove the Union/US Governemt leadership.


    Have you listened to any of Bill O'Reilly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    One other, it was a good but this was much better.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I believe the death scene of John Wilkes Booth moved me. I never knew that so many people were in pursuit of him.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to anyone with historical interests in the Civil War or the life of Abraham Lincoln.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Guantanamo Diary: The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mahvish Rukhsana Khan
    • Narrated By Shelley Johnson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Mahvish Khan is the only Afghan-American to walk into Guantanamo of her own accord. This unique book is her story, and the story of the men she grew to know uniquely well inside the cages of Guantanamo. Mahvish Khan is an American lawyer, born to immigrant Afghan parents. She was outraged that her country, the United States, seemed to have suspended its tradition of equality for all under the law with regard to those imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, and so she volunteered to translate for the lawyers acting pro bono for the prisoners.

    Robert says: "Stories that need to be heard."
    "The Gitmo Innocent"
    Overall

    This is undoubtedly one of the most bias accounts of the Gitmo prisoner situation I have ever encountered. If, as the author asserts, all the Afghans in custody are innocent goat herders and shop keepers I have to assume we should be looking to provide other folks like Hitler, Stalin and Osama the Congressional Medal of Honor.

    If ever there was a case for sending an American born Afghan back to where her roots are, this is it.

    Pure garbage with a tinge of traitor in the mix.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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