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Warren

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Portrait of a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (961)
    Story
    (956)

    Haunted by his failure to stop a suicide bomber in London, Gabriel Allon is summoned to Washington and drawn into a confrontation with the new face of global terror. At the center of the threat is an American-born cleric in Yemen who was once a paid CIA asset.

    jb says: "Superb New Volume in Silva's Gabriel Allon Series"
    "Boring story, poorly developed, unconvincing plot"
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    What did you like best about Portrait of a Spy? What did you like least?

    Best-the subject matter.
    Worst-poor character and story development. Plot was unconvincing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Silva again?

    Maybe.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Gabriel Alon


    Did Portrait of a Spy inspire you to do anything?

    Be more selective next time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2358)
    Performance
    (1532)
    Story
    (1530)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "A Seminal Work!"
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    What did you love best about The Emperor of All Maladies?

    The way Siddhartha Mukherjee weaved facts, history, and personal stories into a poetic work. The sum total was an inspiring book that is likely to influence young physicians and scientists to enter the world of cancer research.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Emperor of All Maladies?

    The description of the discovery and development of the drug, Herceptin, for the treatment of advanced, recalcitrant breast cancer. The realization of what the discovery of this class of drugs means to the future of cancer therapy, brought tears to my eyes.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Hoye’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but the narrator was perfect!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hope! Cancer may someday have a cure.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a brilliantly written book. The author takes a subject that has traditionally been very difficult to understand and formulated it into cohesive, understandable and well organized work. The science of cancer has often been as chaotic and erratic as the disease itself. Studying chemotherapeutic agents is a true form of torture. Dr. Mukherjee has found a way to present the subject not just in a way that is easy to understand, but in the manner of a great story teller, that made me almost sad the book had to end.The reader comes away believing that modern day cancer researchers are true heroes and had I read this book in my 20's, I likely would have pursued a career path in cancer research.

    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
    (12697)
    Performance
    (5072)
    Story
    (5110)

    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....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Held my attention, even thru 40 hours of audio"
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    Would you listen to The Pillars of the Earth again? Why?

    Doubt I'd listen again because of its sheer length, but did enjoy going thru it once.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pillars of the Earth?

    The violation of Aleana.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The hanging of William Hamley.


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

    The birth of Tom builder's son.


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed it. Will likely listen to other similar novels by Ken Follett.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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