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Monterey, CA, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 58 ratings
  • 78 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Embracing Defeat

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By John W. Dower
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This illuminating study explores the ways in which the shattering defeat of the Japanese in World War II, followed by over six years of American military occupation, affected every level of Japanese society. The author describes the countless ways in which the Japanese met the challenge of "starting over", from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes, fears, and activities of ordinary men and women in every walk of life.

    Keith R. Finch says: "Pulitzer Prize Winner!"
    "The Narrator lets the Author Down"

    This is an amazingly complete and fantastically researched history, delving deeply into many elements of late-war and postwar Japan that I knew little or nothing of. The extensive use of Japanese sources adds a most interesting element to the book.

    The narration, however, was well below the quality of the author's work. I do think it would be a challenging book to narrate -- with many Japanese terms -- but that doesn't excuse the many instances of surprising pronunciation of even English terms and the many instances of inappropriate verbal emphasis.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Voyage Long and Strange

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tony Horwitz
    • Narrated By Tony Horwitz

    On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz makes an unsettling discovery. A history buff since early childhood, expensively educated at university - a history major, no less! - he's reached middle age with a third-grader's grasp of early America. In fact, he's mislaid more than a century of American history, the period separating Columbus' landing in 1492 from the arrival of English colonists at Jamestown in 160-something. Did nothing happen in between?

    Nathanial says: "A great read/listen"
    "Interesting, informative"

    The book provides a wonderful reminder of the earliest instances of European contact with the new world, providing excellent accounts of the pre-Mayflower period, too neglected in the history studies of most Americans. I would recommend the book to those who would like to better understand the earliest history of the development of the New World by Europeans.

    I would have been happier with a bit less on the present-day goings on at many of the sites discussed in the book and the detailed descriptions of activities of some of the descendants of the earlier peoples. Frankly, a very long discussion of the process of sitting in a smoke-filled, very hot tent as some sort of reenactment of an old ritual was pretty boring.

    The few negatives I perceived were far outweighed, though, by the positives.

    Tony Horwitz is a better writer than he is a narrator. I found his voice and spoken style (and too-frequently mispronounced words) to be a bit grating. The audio book would have benefitted form a better narrator.

    But it is DEFINITELY worth your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Same High Standard"

    Connelly never disappoints. Great characters, plausible behavior, tightly-constructed plots that make sense in retrospect, but are mystifying beforehand. One of the best authors in the genre.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items stolen. It is clearly the random work of someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as Davenport looks more closely, he begins to wonder whether the items are actually so small and the victims so random; if there might not be some invisible agenda at work here. Gradually, a pattern begins to emerge, and it leads him to...certainly nothing he ever expected.

    Queenb says: "Another great read"
    "Good Plotting"

    Good, tight plot, including things that give you early clues, but which you don't recognize. The story hangs together -- just a bit of humor, but not forced or phoney. Enjoyed it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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