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Jay

Bradford, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ron Rash
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese, Robert Petkoff, Prentice Onayemi, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash turns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in unforgettable stories that span from the Civil War to the present day. In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss' gruesomely unusual war trophies. In "The Trusty", which first appeared in The New Yorker, a prisoner sent to fetch water for his chain gang tries to sweet-talk a farmer's young wife into helping him escape, only to find that she is as trapped as he is.

    FanB14 says: "24 Karat Collection"
    "And then depression set it..."
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    I'm on the fourth story and looking forward to an uplifting one. I don't think I'll get it, but I can't help but listen on to characters in the real / surreal life. Well written and well narrated. nuff said!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12408)
    Performance
    (4813)
    Story
    (4847)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Brilliant read by John Lee!"
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    Was The Pillars of the Earth worth the listening time?

    umm. Ok. if you push me then the answer is "no". I can however say, I came, I listened, I reviewed.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a fan of the Game of Thrones series and most certain that GRRM was inspired by Pillars. This book is ambitious, but failed to engage me with respect to the characters -- through no fault of the excellent narration by John Lee. His characters remained real and true throughout the book.

    At a certain point I just didn't care about some of these characters the way I should have -- perhaps with the exception of the main character Prior Philip and the main antagonist William Hamleigh. The other main characters and antagonists were fun at times, but ultimately a bit boring.

    Ultimately, I wasn't as compelled to sit in my car and miss a meeting or dinner with my family to listen until the end of chapter like I have been with other audible books. Sometimes I had to push myself to listen to Pillars and not a podcast that I downloaded.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11056)
    Performance
    (9560)
    Story
    (9528)

    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"
    "Amazing life story"
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Thus far, my favorite book on Audible.


    Any additional comments?

    I lived through and avidly recall all of Steve Job's major highs and lows, reading about him/Apple/Next rise and fall. Great to understand more of the detail and dirt behind what was going on that the newspapers and mags did not cover. The whole Apple versus IBM versus Microsoft versus itself is very compelling as well as Steve's relationship with Steve Wozniak, his daughter Lisa and others is a study in and of itself in physiology. Crazy, crazy, crazy, but brilliant man.

    What I didn't expect is how this book has changed me and others that I have referred. Steve's obsessive and neurotic view for ANY products' fit, form and function had an almost life changing affect on the way I view my company's final product (even though I am in the services business) and the way I shop for products as a consumer.

    A must read/listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2492)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1100)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Interesting, but could have been better. Short."
    Overall

    Best parts are when he talks about his family, but these parts are just a very small part of the book. As a fan some interesting stuff, but could have been better. At times I laughed out loud to hear Steve repeat some of his old stuff, but overall this book is not a comedy book, but a kind of biography. Doesn't go beyond the movie "The Jerk" as far as his career is concerned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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