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Chris

Roswell, GA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • The Places in Between

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rory Stewart
    • Narrated By Rory Stewart
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    In January 2002, Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan, surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day, he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past.

    James says: "Nice Choice"
    "Interesting, educational and moving."
    Overall

    This book is an amazing eyeopener as the US prepares to escalate our military commitment to Afghanistan. Mr Stewart's experiences clearly illustrates the logistical nightmare that is Afghanistan. The lives of the average Afghan is almost like going back in time. This country is full of poor, illiterate, isolated people who are none the less hospitable to a total stranger, sharing their very meager resources with him.
    If I have any quarrel with Stewart it is that someone from such wealth and privilege (Dragon and Oxford) begging the bread out of the mouths of people so desperate and on the edge.
    I am trying to imagine the success of travelling across this country the same way. "I have a letter of recommendation from your State Senator, may I have a nights lodgings and dinner?" Even though most of us have guest bedrooms and plenty of food, how many of us would open our doors?
    I like when authors of non-fiction read their own works. While he doesn't do different voices or emote- he is British after all- it is more important to me to have the accuracy and first person account than showmanship. Their is one very emotional aspect to the book, that added to the story, but I wont go into it in the review. Just say it increased my interest in finishing the book to the very end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cork Boat

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Pollack
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the late 1990s, John Pollack was working as a Washington speechwriter when, frustrated by the cynicism and hypocrisy on Capitol Hill, he quit his job to pursue a boyhood dream: to build a boat made entirely of wine corks and take it on an epic journey.

    Jackie says: "Interesting"
    "The Long Journey"
    Overall

    What I liked about this book is the sense of adventure and whimsy. Pollack proves that you can convert any experience into a life changing and worthwile event with dedication and perseverance. I liked how he mixed in life and career into the quest to make his boat. Only negative- the reader could not have sounded more like a blowhard. Look up pompous in the dictionary and his voice comes out. Combined with the presidential speachwriter prose it was over the top snooty!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dispatches from the Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Anderson Cooper
    • Narrated By Anderson Cooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (70)

    Striking, heartfelt, and utterly engrossing, Dispatches from the Edge is an unforgettable memoir that takes us behind the scenes of the cataclysmic events of our age and allows us to see them through the eyes of one of America's most trusted, fearless, and pioneering reporters.

    Andrew says: "A Powerful Listen"
    "What a great book!"
    Overall

    Anderson Cooper does a fantastic job narrating his story- intermixing his personal life that is the motivation behind the relentless drive he has to travel, explore and understand. It is ironic that a man who so studiously avoids dealing with his own personal pain and tragedy can so eloquently share the stories of suffering of others in such a compassionate and intimate manner.
    I found one aspect of his personality to be particularly refreshing- his views on wealth and privilege. Remember when the wealthy used to be humble, self-deprecating and believe they had a duty to serve some higher purpose for all they had been given? (Or at least had the decency to pretend to be?) Well, that is Anderson to a T! He is not one of the annoying trust fund babies; born with 10 million bucks that thinks that makes them a financial genius. He is the anti-Paris!
    The only tiny negative- I have heard so many excerpts of his story in Vanity Fair, on Oprah, on his show- that parts do seem repetitive.
    I greatly enjoyed listening to this book and highly recommend it to everyone.
    Chris

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ivy Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Karen Quinn
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (193)

    Fans of New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries will rejoice in this wickedly hilarious novel, which acclaimed author Katharine Weber says is "much funnier and darker". Optioned for a major motion picture starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, The Ivy Chronicles skewers the twisted priorities of America's well-heeled elite.

    Vicki says: "Probably Better as an Audiobook then in Print"
    "Silly funny"
    Overall

    Another reviewer complained about the babyvoice of the reader, but in the story the main character talks about how she has a baby voice and she could do cartoon voiceover work. The audio problem that was slightly nausiating for me is the slurpy/ saliva sounds at the end of the chapters. I feel bad for the reader- I'm sure that is a sound problem and that should have been edited out. Distasteful to listen to. Yes, Nanny Diary crowd, but if you can't make fun of Manhattan's Uber Class- who can you. Next it will be unacceptable to mock West Virginians for marrying their cousins!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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