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Nicholas

Lakehills, Texas, United States

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10145)
    Performance
    (9189)
    Story
    (9269)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Entertaining Dan Brown as Usual"
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    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    I probably won't listen to Inferno again, although I found the first listen entertaining and memorable. Personally, this type of fiction is just a good escape and though I certainly don't share Robert Langdon's eidetic memory, mine functions quite well and will probably remember the story for a long time; so no need to reread, or in this case listen, to the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    Without ruining the story for anyone, I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of St. Mark's Basilica!


    What does Paul Michael bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed Paul Michael's reading of the story, he has a great voice. He brings a proper pronunciation of many Italian, Latin, and Turkish names that I would certainly mispronounce if left to my own reading. I did not, however, like the faked female voices and would have much preferred either a straight male voice reading of those parts, or a female actress. Personally, its a little weird hearing a man strain his voice to fake female tones.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I plowed through this book in relatively little time, listening to it each chance I got which included a bunch of windshield time.


    Any additional comments?

    I find Dan Brown books really entertaining if a little unbelievable at points. They always seem to refresh my memory on historical and archeological locations; which in turns peaks my interest and gets me reading actual non-fiction about the places, persons, and history touched on in the Dan Brown story. I enjoyed Inferno, its classic Dan Brown and I think it will make an interesting movie as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Detroit: An American Autopsy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlie LeDuff
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (252)

    In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age - mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs - Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city.

    Avid Reader and Listener says: "WOW"
    "Car wreck fascinating"
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    Was Detroit worth the listening time?

    Detroit takes several story lines and weaves them together to give the reader a broad, but depressing, view of the largest bankrupt city in the world. The book revolves around Charles LeDuff's family experiences in the city, with a healthy dose of stories mixed in from his days as a Detroit newspaper journalist. It definitely held my interest, the power, corruption, death, and inability of Detroiters to quit swirling the drain by backing the same policies over and over definitely makes for a gripping story. It tends to blend together sometimes, and you have to pay attention to the plot line carefully, but Detroit's an interesting read none the less.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (420)

    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Patrick says: "Great overview of Middle East troubles"
    "Chocked full of historical perspective."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would strive to make the first half of the book more entertaining. I found the first half a little dull; yes, packed with necessary information about causes, and relevant facts and vignettes that lead to the war, but dry none-the-less. Maybe my anticipation of learning insight about the strategy and tactics employed in the actual battles ruined my appreciation of the build-up in the book.

    Also, as a person unfamiliar with arabic names, I found it somewhat difficult to understand some of the pronunciations and found myself backtracking to avoid missing important facts. Overall though, a good book packed with a lot of interesting information about the Six Day War.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9964)
    Performance
    (4463)
    Story
    (4476)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Entertaining and thought provoking!"
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    If you could sum up Outliers in three words, what would they be?

    intriguing, entertaining, useful


    Any additional comments?

    Outliers connects the dots on seemingly unrelated subjects and makes a convincing argument for the role that circumstances, luck, and advantages play in the success of popular, wealthy, and notable figures. Interesting and useful in a way, especially in regard to planning education and children's involvement in sports! Example: makes me want to hold back my young pre-kinder child instead of starting her early, for an explanation, read the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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