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S. Perreten

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  • Writers Speak: A Collection of Interviews with Writers on Fresh Air with Terry Gross

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Terry Gross
    • Narrated By Terry Gross
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This audio is like an informal writing clinic, as you listen to these writers talk about their lives, experiences and, of course, their writing. While you are listening, Terry Gross draws out from these great writers the answers to your questions, just as the query begins to form in your own head.

    S. Perreten says: "Writers Speak"
    "Writers Speak"
    Overall

    Endlessly fascinating and well produced. Gross is a great interviewer and leads rather than dominates the conversation.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Wire: Marie Colvin's Final Assignment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Paul Conroy
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Marie Colvin, described as "the greatest war correspondent of her generation", was killed in a rocket attack in February 2012 while reporting on the desperate suffering of civilians inside Syria's besieged Homs. Paul Conroy, who had forged a close bond with Colvin as they put their lives on the line time and time again to report from some of the world's most dangerous conflict zones, was with her.

    S. Perreten says: "A riveting read"
    "A riveting read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author


    Any additional comments?

    It is totally annoying that you want us to can a review to your templates. If we are going to write a review we don't need you pushing us into pigeonholes that may, or may not, suit the book, or what we have to say. These questions assume your readers have middle school mentalities, single digit IQs and can't think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3666)
    Performance
    (2049)
    Story
    (2053)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Faithful Place"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Tana French and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

    I don't know why I could never get interested in the characters. The performance is wonderful, the dialogue is realistic. Perhaps it's because the personalities are dreary in the extreme. I found my mind wandering while I listened and I never became curious about who the murderer was.


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

    Perhaps. It would need a great Director and cinematographer to breathe life into it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11540)
    Performance
    (9993)
    Story
    (9968)

    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"
    "I have to differ"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

    No, probably worse by a lot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jobs...The book is about his life.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Clumsy rendition with tone and emphasis that began to seem condescending and snotty.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I am surprised by the extremely unflattering picture painted of Jobs - which was exaggerated by the reading. I would have thought there would be a lot of criticism of this aspect of a really fascinating story. Perhaps if I had read the book rather than listening to it I would have had a different opinion. You could almost think Bill Gates had hired the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Djibouti: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Tim Cain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Dara Barr, documentary filmmaker, is at the top of her game. Looking for a bigger challenge, Dara and her right-hand-man, Xavier LeBo, head to Djibouti to film modern-day pirates hijacking merchant ships. They learn soon enough that almost no one in the Middle East is who he seems to be. The most successful pirate, driving his Mercedes around Djibouti, appears to be a good guy, but his pal, a cultured Saudi diplomat, has dubious connections.

    S. Perreten says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Totally implausible. You can only suspend so much credulity....then it becomes either silly or boring, or both.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Tess Gerritsen
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (367)

    Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Back and forth through time"
    "Beautifully read"
    Overall

    This is a highly entertaining listen and the reader does a terrific job. It's a good, old fashioned story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (214)

    From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

    John M says: "Fascinating book about a little-understood time"
    "Reading disappoints"
    Overall

    This is a fascinating book, read so badly it would be better to buy the print edition - which would have the advantage of maps.

    The reading is done with a persistent inflection that becomes tedious to the point of stupefying. Nautical terms are mispronounced, which is really irritating. For example: Lead-line is pronounced as 'leed'. Leeward is pronounced as lee-ward rather than lew-'ard.

    This is the first time a reading has spoiled an Audible book for me in almost 2 years. I really regret wasting money on it, though the book itself is superb.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Dirty Girls Social Club

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
    • Narrated By Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In this heartfelt and absorbing novel, Valdes-Rodriguez opens up the lives of six upwardly mobile Latina friends in their late 20's. These women, who come from widely varied backgrounds, meet at Boston University and, after graduating, reunite every six months to share their stories. Facing the complications and pressures of everyday lives, the Social Club offers a chance to meet regularly, dish, dine, and help each other over the bumpy course of life and love.

    Jennifer says: "Lots of fun!!"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    I loved this delightful, human book. It is wonderfully read, and I was sorry when it was finished.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By David Brooks
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    It used to be pretty easy to distinguish between the bourgeois world of capitalism and the bohemian counterculture. The bourgeois worked for corporations, wore gray, and went to church. The bohemians were artists and intellectuals. Bohemians championed the values of the liberated 1960s; the bourgeois were the enterprising yuppies of the 1980s.

    S. Perreten says: "Bobos in Paradise"
    "Bobos in Paradise"
    Overall

    Brooks has a wry sense of humor, a gift of gab, and a good way with words. This is probably a better book to read than listen to, as the overworked parts could be scanned or skipped. His reading style, with constant portentous emphasis, becomes dull, and then irritating. Just as composers of music should not usually conduct the orchestra, writers who are amateur readers should let pros read their prose. (Ummm...sorry..) His reading almost kills an otherwise amusing, light read.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Journey in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Apsley Cherry-Garrard
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    This gripping story of courage and achievement is the account of Robert Falcon Scott's last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by surviving expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Cherry-Garrard, whom Scott lauded as a tough, efficient member of the team, tells of the journey from England to South Africa and southward to the ice floes. From there began the unforgettable polar journey across a forbidding and inhospitable region.

    A. Massey says: "What a story!"
    "Fascinating in every aspect"
    Overall

    This book is superbly read, and a riveting account.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (150)

    This engrossing piece of undercover reportage has been a fixture on the New York Times best seller list since its publication. With nearly a million copies in print, Nickel and Dimed is a modern classic that deftly portrays the plight of America's working-class poor.

    Melissa says: "of COURSE she has an agenda..."
    "Important book"
    Overall

    The negative reactions to this book may be caused by the occasionally arch tone of the reader. The choice of which words to emphasize sometimes makes the author sound supercilious. However, this is a close and personal look behind the statistics we tend to ignore, or pay only cursory attention. It is a healthy thing for those of us who are not the working poor, to have a look at the fragile existence of those struggling to get by on low wages. The writing is excellent, of course, and engaging.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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