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  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2593)
    Performance
    (2285)
    Story
    (2297)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Claudia says: "Make your life count - no matter what you do"
    "Watch the TED Presentation First"
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    Several times during this book, Sheryl mentions her TED talk. After the second mention, I watched it.

    While I ended up finishing the book, I believe that Sheryl pretty much made her point in the 18-minute TED talk. This six-hour audiobook didn't add all that much substance to her essential premise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • California: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Edan Lepucki
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable despite the isolation and hardships they face. Consumed by fear of the future and mourning for a past they can't reclaim, they seek comfort and solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant.

    Joel says: "Not Deserving of The Colbert Bump"
    "Not Worth the Colbert Bump"
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    I think like most people, I was directed to this work because of Stephen Colbert. But also because this is a genre that I read a lot of.

    First of all, the narrator sounds like Lisa Simpson. She did a tolerable job, but I don't think she should make a career of narration.

    Second of all, this doesn't really deserve to be categorized as dystopian. Although that is ostensibly the story background, it's really a juvenile romance. Although the characters are supposed to be in their 30s, they act like they are still in high school...except maybe for the psychopathic serial killer.

    Not recommended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Children of Men

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By P.D. James
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    The Children of Men begins in England in 2021, in a world where all human males have become sterile and no child will be born again. The final generation has turned 25, and civilization is giving way to strange faiths and cruelties, mass suicides and despair. Theodore Faron, Oxford historian and cousin to the omnipotent Warden of England, a dictator of great subtlety, has resigned himself to apathy. Then he meets Julian, a bright, attractive woman, who wants Theo to join her circle of unlikely revolutionaries, a move that may shatter his shell of passivity.…

    Mark says: "Narrator Nearly Ruins the Story"
    "Narrator Ruins It."
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    I did this book with Whispersync for Voice, but I found David Case (aka Frederick Davidson) unbearable. I find him to be one of the worst narrators ever. So, I read 99% on my Kindle, but I really enjoyed it.

    If you're into the whole dystopian apocalypse thing, you definitely need to add this to the repertoire.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (940)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Very Compelling Narrative"
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    While the number of books demonizing the food industry grows larger every year, this one deserves a place very near the top. Moss just lays out the economic and human drivers behind the fundamental alteration in the food chain. There is just a wealth of fascinating information, and human interest stories.

    But then there's Scott Brick. Why does every sentence have to sound like a roller coaster? It wears you out after a while. Luckily, this is a Whispersync for Voice book, so I can consume most of it on my Kindle.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26206)
    Performance
    (20017)
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    (20094)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "I'm Hooked"
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    My biggest problem is not getting spoiled by the HBO series, which is doing an incredible job with the material. That said, there is a lot more depth in the books, and they are worth reading/listening to.

    The narrator is very good, but perhaps not perfect. That said, I'm already into the second book, and will no doubt listen to them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michael Dobbs
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    When Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler's armies were on the run and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace - but instead set the stage for a 44-year division of Europe into Soviet and western spheres of influence. After fighting side by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was rapidly fracturing. By the time the leaders met again in Potsdam in July 1945, Russians and Americans were squabbling over the future of Germany and Churchill was warning about an "iron curtain" being drawn down over the Continent.

    Alan says: "Totally Outstanding. Bravo !"
    "A Fascinating Period in History, but"
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    But the book is not so fascinating. I've found that basing a book of history on a date (no matter how compelling the date. c.f. 1776), rather than a person or event doesn't make for a very good book.

    While there were some interesting stories in this book, the overall effect was not that impressive.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fatherland

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Michael Jayston
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (216)

    Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler’s 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin’s most prestigious suburb. As March discovers the identity of the body, he uncovers signs of a conspiracy that could go to the very top of the German Reich.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Gripping from start to finish"
    "Great Premise; Disappointing Execution"
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    As a history and historical fiction buff, I was looking forward to this book. I thought of all the possibilities of a world where Nazi Germany won WWII. However, Robert Harris didn't.

    This is basically a not very interesting murder mystery.There's one plot twist which isn't really fleshed out, and so isn't very compelling.

    I would not recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Exodus

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Leon Uris
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (187)

    Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon - the towering novel of the 20th century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies - the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era. Here is Exodus - one of the great best-selling novels of all time.

    Meaghan says: "My favorite book of ALL Time"
    "The book hasn't aged all that well"
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    A lot has changed in the middle east since this book was written, and a lot has changed in the way popular fiction is written. So this tome hasn't aged all that gracefully. That said, the narrator does a very good job with the material. I think the book is too long, although I made it all the way through.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1325)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Rachel's a Little Sloppy with the Facts"
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    I liked a lot of things about this book, but Rachel needs to hire a fact checker. The first thing that really bugged me was her telling of the invasion of Grenada. She said that Navy SEALs were riding in an Air Force jet. That doesn't happen. And then (three times, actually), she referred to ADMIRAL John Poindexter as a Marine.

    Mmmm, Rachel, please, really, hire a fact checker.

    In an average book, these faux paus might be overlooked, but Rachel is trying to guide military policy through her insights about the military. If you can't get basic facts about how the military works correct, you don't have a lot of credibility on the topic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snuff

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (1567)
    Story
    (1577)

    Sam Vimes is on a well-deserved holiday. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper. Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam - out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife) - must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done.

    Tim says: "Perfect Pratchett"
    "I'm Still Waiting for another "Going Postal""
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    I know I'm late to the Discworld world (if you will), but I started with Going Postal and it's still my favorite. I've listened to about a dozen others, but I still haven't heard one as good. My second favorite(s), oddly enough, are the so-called young-adult stories featuring Tiffany Aching. I really liked her development as a character through the four books, and her down-to-earth world view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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