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I LOVE BOOKS! I have a service business (large salon). 'What are you reading' is heard all day everyday.

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  • 13 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 803 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2015

  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    MCRedding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Dilemma? LET'S EAT!!"

    The intimate details of the author’s experiences make this a difficult review. I’ve recommended this book more often and for more reasons than I can mention. Its entertainment value alone is worth the price of admission.. The knowledge gathered and imparted by the author is fascinating at times, disturbing at others. One of my measures of a good book is its ability to spank my naivete. In other words, the more often I can honestly say, “I didn’t know that”… the greater the book. Surprisingly, I was spanked quit often throughout. If you enjoyed “Super Size ME” or “Fast Food Nation” you’ll really like The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Free Kevin, but chop off his fingers and tongue."
    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a bitter sweet story. As an IT pro, I want to punch this guy in the head. As an IT pro, it's important to give credit to Kevin as he was one of the first to expose the vulnerabilities of technology (new and old). The story itself is interesting from a retrospective view in that Kevin's antics where viewed as magical and mystical. By today's standards, he looks like a common thief, a huge nuisance and a decent CON man.

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

    Ray did an EXCELLENT job. Smooth and articulate.

    Was Ghost in the Wires worth the listening time?

    ...yes, this is important reading for any nerd. Kevin got away with a lot of criminal acts. His perspective (in retrospect) is that the general public was overly paranoid. '...just doing it for fun...' However, what he did was WRONG, unethical, intrusive, criminal and he KNEW it.
    ...but I'm the guy that would love to chop the fingers off of spammers, criminal grade hackers and malware devs.

    Any additional comments?

    Woz wrote the forward for this... he's one of my all time hero's in the biz. Again, bittersweet. If Woz thinks this guy (Kevin) is alright, then... grant mercy on Kevin's nerd soul. On the other hand, was Woz 'Socially Engineered' by Kevin...probably yes?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Glenn Greenwald
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser

    In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security....

    Dean says: "Excellent! Engaging, thoughtful, and illuminating"
    "Snowden's alright - the story isn't over yet."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Greenwald spends a majority of first portion of the book admitting his lack of technical prowess, his unwillingness to embrace (Snowden’s) constant prodding to use encrypted forms of communication, etc. He discounts himself in this manner throughout, thus undermining his side of this story. There’s quite a bite of unnecessary drama (insisting on publishing under my deadlines, my terms) throughout. Greenwald must have insisted that this be published ‘AS IS’ without a professional editors consultation.
    "Who do I think would enjoy this book" - Any other narcissistic 'reporter'.

    What was most disappointing about Glenn Greenwald’s story?

    Very self indulgent. While toting the 'Snowden wanted to make certain this wasn't about's about abuses'... the author could have followed that mantra. Is this about Greenwald and his 'scoop' or is it about exposing abuses.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?


    Any additional comments?

    I'd picked this up with the intent of gaining knowledge about 'Snowden' and his adventures / misadventures. I'll keep looking. I'm interested in the ONGOING ramifications of Snowden's willingness and ability to 'blow the whistle'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "This sort of tale is trending right now."

    Gillian Flynn on Prozac. This twisty tale would've been more appealing to me with a lot less introspective whining, some better character development and a lot more spice (murder, mayhem and gratuitous sex).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "My favorite Martian...story ever"
    Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?'s full of complex and interesting detail. Think McGyver on crack with a fantastic sense of humor.

    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    I've got a FAT library... HUGE! I can't think of anything that comes close. It did remind me (remotely) of the movie GRAVITY...but this story was much, much better. I'm looking forward to the movie....oh yeah...

    What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The typical...if I would have actually READ the book, I'd have missed out on all of the fantastic chores I was able to do WHILE listening to Bray's narration. He does an excellent job!

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

    The indomitable spirit of the protagonist. Although made me think "I'm a wimp...cause I would have totally give up at this part". The protagonist goes through trails and tribulations that where daunting...and all with a sense of humor.

    Any additional comments?

    READ IT. I'd recommending this to all my book buddies.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Yellow Star

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jennifer Roy
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1939, the Germans invaded the town of Lodz, Poland, and moved the Jewish population into a small part of the city called a ghetto. As the war progressed, 270,000 people were forced to settle in the ghetto under impossible conditions. At the end of the war, there were about 800 survivors. Of those who survived, only twelve were children. This is the story of one of the twelve.

    Amazon Customer says: "Amazing! Truly touching"
    "An important story. Whining narration."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Anyone interested in the Holocaust should read / listen to this story. It's short. Told from the child perspective. HOWEVER, the narration was a challenge. Most of the narration was told in a whining voice. Tough to tolerate even for a short story.

    What other book might you compare Yellow Star to and why?

    Perhaps "The Book Thief" is the only story I can put close this. Only because its from the same era.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Tavia Gilbert’s performances?


    Could you see Yellow Star being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    A movie would be an interesting attempt.

    Any additional comments?

    The story is important to hear. The narration (for a surly old man like myself) was a challenge. Perhaps read from a stronger perspective. My opinion is that a child's perspective (normally very malleable and possibly in a constant state of change), is challenging, and is seldom static. It's very (VERY) hard to imagine the main protagonist speaking in the narrators whining tone. Bring your cheese!!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

    Tad Davis says: "Riveting!"
    "OCD or CHECKLIST disorder!!"

    As a private pilot, I KNOW the value of a simple check list. Simple tasks such as SECURE AND LATCH PASSENGER DOOR can become lost in the routine and could become a fatal mistake. Defining simple, yet critical tasks and consistently reviewing them removes untold volumes of liability. Thank you Mr. Gawande. I have a checklist, not OCD!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Rebecca, what an AWESOME job"

    Exceptionally well wrought!! A history, biology and genealogical story cleverly wrapped in well narrated format. I truly enjoyed this listen and appreciated the author's painstaking patience with the Lacks family and the in-depth explanation of the HELA cell's science. It's hard to imagine a biology lesson being presented in any better arrangement. Thanks and BRAVO Rebecca!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "A lifetime supply of whine and cheese!"

    Booo! Markopolos whines, complains, and demeans his way through 10 years of attempting to expose the greatest Ponzi scheme ever. Perhaps my expectations where way off the mark as I was looking for a broader perspective or deeper insight of the entire Madeoff operation and story, maybe an intimate glimpse inside the sausage factory. What I got was No one would listen or Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, guess I'll go eat worms. If you truly enjoy tireless whining and ongoing redundant depreciative remarks (10 years worth) this is a must read / listen.
    Markopolos claims a Whistle Blowers status in a circumstance that imploded on its own as he admits it had to as "all Ponzi schemes eventually have to fail". Prevailing GLOBAL circumstances exposed Madeoff more than this crybaby. Like an earthquake geologist sending you anonymous emails (for 10 years) telling you There's going to be an quake! and when it finally happens, he gets some perverse pleasure in saying I told you so and you wouldnt listen you stupid moron. Sorry Harry your messages are in my spam folder!! Brick's narrative is awesome as always.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Teacher Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Now here at last, is McCourt's long-awaited audiobook about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. Teacher Man is also an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, McCourt records the trials, triumphs, and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.

    Mark says: "Fun, quick, well done!"
    "Fun, quick, well done!"

    "Quit bothering me, man". I don't know how ANYONE can tolerate teaching teens. God bless'm! I have some of my own. It is my opinion that teachers should be held in the highest esteem, paid exobintantly and worshipped by all. Teachers have the most important jobs in any society (no, I'm not a teacher). "Teacher Man" was absolutely fantastic and enjoyable. Read well... My only wish was that it was longer.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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