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Michael

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11683)
    Performance
    (10117)
    Story
    (10094)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Excellent biography"
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    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    I was not sure what to expect from this book. I’ve never used a Mac or an Apple product, but I like biographies and have enjoyed the author’s previous work. I also was interested in learning more about Jobs and the legions of devotees he has inspired. The book was excellent. The research and interviewing was strong.
    The concern I had was it would be a tribute book to Jobs. It was not; the blemishes were there.
    I came away respecting Jobs, admiring his achievements but disliking him as a person. The book was enthralling throughout. The only criticism would be that on occasion, it became a bit repetitious. The author seemed to go a bit overboard in showing evidence that 1) Job was brilliant and 2) Jobs was a jerk.
    I also thought the narrator was excellent. He was clear, understandable and most importantly, to me at least, he did not get in the way of the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (624)

    In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

    Kurt says: "Hold on, we are going for a wild ride"
    "Outstanding book"
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    This book was hard to put down. It was this kind of story that made most of the series of books so interesting. It benefited also from not having the huge amounts of recaps that the later books in the series had. For someone who has read the other books, this one fills in a lot of gap and makes them make more sense. One item that is different from the other books is all or nearly all of the scenes involve the main character. There are a few glitches in the recording where some sentences are repeated but I've come across the same things in other audio books. It was a bit annoying but did not take away from my enjoyment of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3866)
    Performance
    (2181)
    Story
    (2232)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "excellent book--tough to put down"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Count of Monte Cristo the most enjoyable?

    The story and the characters were wonderfully developed. You hated the the evil doers and rooted for the good guys.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Count of Monte Cristo?

    The ending.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Too many characters to pick just one.


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

    The parting of Edmund and Mercedes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlemarch

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By George Eliot
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (182)

    Middlemarch is a recognized masterpiece that explores the complex social world of 19th century England. It is concerned with the lives of several ordinary people, albeit ones with high social standing. The novel explores the very fabric of Victorian society in the 1800s, showing how various human passions, heroism, egotism, love, and lust, interrelate within this society.

    Francis says: "Such books make reading sacred..."
    "a classic disappointment"
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    What would have made Middlemarch better?

    Either a much shorter book or much more interesting characters. I cheered the ending--because it was the end, not because it had a good ending. The story read like a soap opera without the titillation.


    Has Middlemarch turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    Perhaps.


    What character would you cut from Middlemarch?

    George Eliot (the author)


    Any additional comments?

    I very rarely fail to finish a book, but this one came really close to reaching that level. I wished I had stopped after part 1, but I had heard how great the book was and figured it was just a slow starter. By the final part all hope of greatness was over, but finishing it was like completing a race--in mud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1144)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (998)

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
    "A home run"
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    What made the experience of listening to Moneyball the most enjoyable?

    The behind the scenes look at how the team and its GM made "Moneyball" work


    What did you like best about this story?

    The behind the scenes look with what seemed to be unfettered access. Also the tale of how this "can't miss" star missed.


    Any additional comments?

    I stopped following big league baseball in October 1994, when MLB cancelled the season and the World Series. So I was dubious about my interest in this book. But after reading how St. Bonaventure University women's hoops coach Jim Crowley read this book and used Moneyball principles to remake a losing program and save his job, I was intrigued. I'm very glad I choose to listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1920: The Year of Six Presidents

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Pietrusza
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (72)

    The presidential election of 1920 was among history's most dramatic. Six once-and-future presidents--Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt--jockeyed for the White House. With voters choosing between Wilson's League of Nations and Harding's front-porch isolationism, the 1920 election shaped modern America.

    D. Littman says: "A fascinating view into the US at the end of WWI"
    "A mixed bag"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have liked a tighter focus. It seemed the author reached in some areas to provide background and side stories that detracted from the main theme. Also the reading off of the vote tally in round after round of convention polling was tedious. It may have been less so in the printed book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Pietrusza? Why or why not?

    Not sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first portion of the book, part 1 of the recording, was the strongest. It weakened after that.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I learned quite a bit about Harding, Wilson and Coolidge, presidents I had little knowledge about. Also I enjoyed reading about that time in U.S. history. I either never learned over forgot about some of the issues, such as the violence and bombings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2038)
    Performance
    (1777)
    Story
    (1777)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Excellent book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is an excellent book that is well-written and well-narrated. The three-pronged approach to the subject: Garfield himself, the assassin Guiteau and Alexander Graham Bell worked well. It also tied in changes in science and medicine, as well as society.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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