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dom il Sung

Pyong-Yang, WA USA | Member Since 2005

  • 6 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 909 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Are you guys out of your collective minds???"

    This book was awefull! It was so predictable, so full of propaganda. Don't waste your time. A better title would be '800 pages of semi-useable scrap paper'. The US won the cold war, it was the right side and all that, but having won does not mean that our sh&t smells any better than the former communists'. This book was like a hit parade of propaganda (from all three sides actually, if you count israel) strung together between the big events in the life of the CIA of the past few years. Who published this thing ?

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "This is worse than Stephen King's worst!!"
    Would you try another book from Joe Hill and/or Kate Mulgrew?


    What was most disappointing about Joe Hill’s story?

    the annoying politically correct tropes abounding through his prose, and the very predictable and non-scary plotline

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    she was fine

    What character would you cut from NOS4A2?

    the author and his a channeling of Stephen King

    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste your time

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pale King

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff

    The agents at the IRS Regional Examination Center in Peoria, Illinois, appear ordinary enough to newly arrived trainee David Foster Wallace. But as he immerses himself in a routine so tedious and repetitive that new employees receive boredom-survival training, he learns of the extraordinary variety of personalities drawn to this strange calling. And he has arrived at a moment when forces within the IRS are plotting to eliminate even what little humanity and dignity the work still has. The Pale King remained unfinished at the time of David Foster Wallace's death....

    T. C. Pile says: "David Foster Wallace Lives"
    "Not perfect but very good"

    This book is about many things: Its about tedium, attention span, its about the joy of focussing on a task. The agony of drifting focus.
    I can see how these thoughts could be the meat of anybody that has to create for a living. In the IRS, he certainly found the best setting to talk about difficult tedious work requiring concentration.
    It's like an ADD manifesto, and minefield all in one.
    He describes the creative process or should I say the productive working process, his character's motivation and thought processes better than anything I have ever seen. I'm 70% so I don't know if he gets to put it all together at the end. But It is a really amazing Listen.
    But I have to say, no Evelyn Wood would ever get me through this thing. Definitely an audible-only recommendation. If you really liked "but eventually you become yourself" you'll love this.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Partnership: The Making of Goldman Sachs

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Charles D. Ellis
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz

    As a strategy consultant to Goldman Sachs for more than 30 years, Charles D. Ellis developed close relationships with many of the firm's past and present leaders around the world. In The Partnership he probes deeply into the most important chapters in the firm's history, revealing the key events and decisions that tell the colorful, character-driven story of how Goldman Sachs became what it is today.

    dd says: "All The glory and pageantry of one of those"
    "All The glory and pageantry of one of those"

    glossy investment junk mail brochures you get and immediately recycle as soon as you sign up for business week. The only difference, is how can one ever recycle 44 hours of their lives??
    Some of the history was interesting, but it rapidly degenerated into a meaningless gloss job over a history that is surely so much more interesting. Where are the details of the deals that this bank made. Where is the insight into the vision that directed this bank for ~80? years ?? Where was the crucial background history of what was happening on wall street during this time?? Why did they succeed, when so many others failed? This book reads like a book-length brochure of why you should be investing your valuable bank with all these 'brilliant' 'gifted' investment bankers. Boring and useless! Compare and contrast this awful book with anything by Ian B Stewart, who wrote classics like Den of Thieves (also available on Audible), or Michael Lewis or Roger Lowenstien or Ron Chernow (all available on Audible). These authors certainly have their occasional duds (avoid Disney War, new new thing); nonetheless, they at least demonstrate that at some point they actually took an interview or two.
    Is it so hard to interview people, to understand what they actually thought, what their fears were, why and how they made the decisions they made. None of these stories appear here. A sad waste of paper (and glossy paper to boot!!). I felt sorry for the poor narrator, probably the only person who had to actually read the whole thing. I just gave up about half-way through.
    Note to future finance journalists, when making mas market books about bankers: Give us details!! Compare and contrast strategies, this is our only chance to understand how these events take place!
    Your book should not be a big @ss-kissing bullet point in your resume!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "slightly better than the last two"

    Why do the bad guys always have to be christian ministers?? Come on steven mix it up a little !! How about a kitten raping rabbi next time.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Underworld: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Richard Poe

    National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award winner and best-selling author Don DeLillo crafts a magnificent tale laying bare 20th-century American culture as defined by the Cold War. Spanning 50 years, this is a story about human relationships and how they affect one another on global and local scales. Richard Poe's brilliant performance captures the essence of each character through five decades of change.

    Julie says: "this book is a gothic cathedral of literature....."
    "and the point is . . ."

    Ugh, I originally bought this book in hardcover, but only got through about 4 pages. I normally give a book a Steven King 50 but this one was off to the garage sale way before that. The only way I would ever get through it, I knew, was via audible. That poor narrator, how he must have suffered. I admit I bought it so that I could be cool with the in-crowd. I had read something about Delillio in one of those big thick magazines full of perfume adds. I had read an online review about a guy that took a whole year off from his english Ph.D. program to read and this was one of the books he chose. He never said whether he went back to school. It is very post-modern, which is code for pointless. I loved some of his dialogue though. All these fractured sentences that must have looked great all quoted up in the book. I like how he repeats certain phrases over and over again and rebuilds them with more stuff. He's good at that. But this is mere virtuosism. Post-modernize or deconstruct evrything and you will be left merely with ego, and it probably won't even be yours. The nice thing was that I did dawdle around the lab for two weeks listening to it running my gels, running my PCR reactions in a semi-catatonic state listening to the book as one would listen to some music. My experiments were sh@t the whole time, but it was fun.
    I give it two stars, three would be too much encouragement, and one star is the exclusive domain of Dan Brown and his ilk. Mr. Delilo should be happy I grade on a curve, he's just gotten a C, a passing grade.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful

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