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Wayne

Manning, OR, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 1 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Pity the Billionaire: The Unexpected Resurgence of the American Right

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Thomas Frank
    • Narrated By Thomas Frank
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    From the best-selling author of What's the Matter with Kansas?, a wonderfully insightful and sardonic look at how the worst economy since the 1930s has brought about the revival of conservatism. Economic catastrophe usually brings social protest and demands for change - or at least it's supposed to. But when Thomas Frank set out in 2009 to look for expressions of American discontent, all he could find were loud demands that the economic system be made even harsher on the recession's victims....

    EC says: "another outstanding book by Thomas Frank"
    "Exactly what I was looking for"
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    This book explained to me better than any I have read what the Tea Party is about and why I have been so disappointed with the Democrats response to both the political right and the recession. I doubt many on the right will be able to listen to it all the way through - just as I haven't been able to listen to any extended writings from the radical right. Frank can be very harsh as he is illuminating. The book does not give any solutions but serves as a starting point depicting the Tea Party development and their relationship with the right. I have a much better understanding of how we got here and for the first time in a long time I feel some comradery with the Tea Party even though I still think they have gone down a very dangerous path for America.

    I will be thinking about this book for a long time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Time of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Barbara Hambly
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    As a student of medieval history, Gil Patterson is a woman familiar with dark stories. She knows well the Crusades, the Black Death, and the other horrors of the Middle Ages, but it is another kind of atrocity that has begun to haunt her dreams. She sees forces of evil assaulting a beleaguered kingdom, whose kind people are on the brink of annihilation, and awakes each morning in a cold sweat. Gil dismisses the dreams until a wizard appears in her apartment. He has crossed into her dimension, passing through the fraying fabric of the universe, to ask her help.

    Jennifer says: "Terrible Narration"
    "Almost ruined by the narration"
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    I saw another review before I purchased that said, "terrible narration." I ran the sample and it sounded like the narrator didn't know what word was coming next in the sentence. I checked the second book - the same. And then I checked samples from other books and they were completely different. Different voices, inflection, tone. Not a bad reader. So what happened? Has the narrator gotten to a place where she is in demand and can read it for the first time as she is recording it? Are they paying her so much less for Hambly's books and time doesn't permit a read through first? Did she not connect at all with the material? I don't know but she obviously can't compensate for not knowing or liking the material.

    I was so excited to see these books in the store. Barbara Hambly was one of my favorite fantasy authors in a time where True Blood and Vampire Diaries weren't even a dream of publishers. Fantasy was much smaller of a genre than science fiction. Now there is a glut of fantasy, especially urban fantasy.

    Barbara Hambly was one of the first to combine contemporary characters with fantasy worlds. I loved her for this and for all of her books. This series was one of my favorites. So I bought it and still enjoyed it but I wish that my life wasn't so time constrained that reading is difficult to fit in or I would have rather popped this off my shelf and read it.

    Other narrators are listed for some of her other books. I look forward to listening to my old favorites that lead me to love fantasy.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1791)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (630)

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Good up to a point"
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    I found the first half very entertaining. The second half began to drag and I could not keep my suspension of disbelief. The plot holes did me in. The author was aware of them and tried to explain them away. Unfortunately, the attempt wasn't successful.
    This is a children's book and that might explain it. Children might be able to ignore the flaws or not even notice them. For me, that was impossible.

    The reader was excellent.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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