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Palo Alto, CA, USA

  • 5 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 60 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julia Flynn Siler
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in California's lush Napa Valley and spanning four generations of a talented and visionary family, The House of Mondavi is a tale of genius, sibling rivalry, and betrayal. From 1906, when Italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi passed through Ellis Island, to the Robert Mondavi Corporation's 21st-century battle over a billion-dollar fortune, award-winning journalist Julia Flynn Siler brings to life both the place and the people in this riveting family drama.

    Gerald says: "The House of Mandavi"
    "Is this worth a listen?"

    I am listening to this recount of the trials and tribulations of the famous California wine family and their dysfunction. This is a true story culled from interviews with the principals and other verified sources by the author. It reads like a novel. We experience dramatic highs and lows, legal wranglings, adultery and betrayals. Unfortunately, the narrator for this recording was not good. He narrates the story as though it is his first read through with emphases and pauses in all the wrong places. He has a pleasant enough voice, but his inflections and voice modulations are the same for most of the phrases and sentences and is very distracting and annoying. The content is however worth it. My choice were I to do this again would be to skip the audiobook and read the book on my Kindle.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "You don't have to be from Leningrad"

    Leningrad is under siege and it's people suffer untold hardship and death. There is a massive food shortage, and most women and children and the elderly have escaped. Two unlikely comrades meet in the city's worst jail awaiting execution. One is a Jewish teenager who is the son of a semi-famous poet. He is charged with looting because he took Schnapps and a knife off of the body of a dead German paratrooper who happened to land in the street in front of the apartment building he was guarding. The other is the oversexed son of a Cossack who left his Red Army regiment to seek his carnal pleasure only to be picked up as a deserter. Awaiting certain death, they are approached by the highest Colonel who will spare their lives if they can do one thing. The Colonel's daughter is getting married in one week, and he needs one dozen eggs for the wedding cake. If they cannot provide the eggs, they will be executed. They take off and the adventure unfolds as they experience one horrendous war story after another. They hate each other in the beginning and create a bond as the story ends in incredible ironies. The descriptive writing is compelling and immerses the reader(listener) into the character's cold, dark, funny and horrible experience. I couldn't wait to get more. Ron Perlman dose a very fine job telling the story, and the short musical interludes at the end of each chapter drive up the production value.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Mo rteads Stiff"

    Can anything ever be funny about a cadaver, or a corpse or a dead guy? This witty expose most certainly confirms the case. A very interesting read for medical people or the morbidly curious, but not for the faint of heart. There were times that as I read it I was getting tired of hearing about dead people, but the fascination drove me on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Compass: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Edward M. Kennedy
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this historic memoir, the late Ted Kennedy takes us inside his family, re-creating life with his parents and brothers and explaining their profound impact on him. For the first time, he describes his heartbreak and years of struggle in the wake of their deaths. Through it all, he describes his work in the Senate on the major issues of our time - civil rights, Vietnam, Watergate, the quest for peace in Northern Ireland - and the cause of his life: improved health care for all Americans

    Mark says: "A Walk through the 20th Century"
    "Mo reads Ted."

    A timely look into the life of a devoted, respected and often misunderstood Senator, politician, Father, Husband, Uncle, Brother and Son. I was engrossed through the entire listen. This book serves as a terrific study in modern American politics from 1930 to the present. His final chapters on his feelings about the Senate are thoughtful and engaging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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