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GH

Sherborn, MA, United States | Member Since 2018

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  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (8419)
    Performance
    (7057)
    Story
    (7044)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    Jonnie says: "Held my interest for 57 hours and 13 minutes"
    "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
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    Never before had I read a firsthand account, from primary sources, as damning as this book. All of the negative superlatives that one could pen I have not the number of commas in my repertoire to string them together. You get a striking picture of Hitler, who he was, what he did and how he failed. As grotesque as he may be, the intellectual flyweights he surrounded himself with defy understanding. How, intelligent and gifted military leaders allowed themselves to be led into the manifest slaughter of innocent people – well I have no words. Read the book and you too will be speechless.

    The book is built on primary reference materials and hence, I confess, unless I had listened to it, I would not have been able to get through it. It is essentially a 50 hour audio documentary. Although I could not listen at my usual three to four hours a day because I was so disturbed and depressed by the subject matter, I had to finish. And, to think, how close Hilter came to winning on at least four occasions makes me breathless about what evil he would have wrought and what the world would have been like today.

    Hitler came to power and in twelve short years of rule and conquest - five of them in war - caused over 30 million people to be killed, not mention the number of people forced to kill on his behalf or to fend off those trying to kill them. It is a testament to how a single perverted point of view with power to influence the masses can spin lies and deceit that move ordinary people to be puppets. Looking to today’s world situation, you have to ask yourself whether parallels exist. You must listen to this book! I also highly recommend the Winds of War and War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk which is a true story set with fictional characters. For a Japanese view of history, read Flyboys by James Bradley.

    This is must read for a serious historian. Do not expect to find gruesome details; expect to find a documented story that causes you to reconsider history and today’s world.

    143 of 153 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30666)
    Performance
    (28097)
    Story
    (28020)

    In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

    Evan M Carlson says: "Formula over fiction"
    "Typical Plot -- Though Interesting"
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    Fine, Every Dan Brown book has the same plot. Langdon, an attractive woman , time frame - one day, no romance, and social awkwardness. His books are usually packed with codes where Langdon and his memory are able to unravel just one step ahead of being killed. This book is that.

    This book is a little different in this plot is relevant to today and issues that we face as a race rather than the hunt for some ancient artifact. It starts out really slow, so you have to make it though the first two hours of listening, but then you'll be swept up. I giver it a thumbs up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Yuval Noah Harari
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6071)
    Performance
    (5380)
    Story
    (5342)

    Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

    Sam A. Havens says: "Life changing"
    "Fascinating and unexpected"
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    I expected the book to be interesting, a dry stroll through the millennia to to understand another perspective on the development of modern man. What I didn't expect was a rational, well thought out and plausible explanation for wealth, religion and nationalism. I didn't expect an explanation of why it extremely difficult to change perspectives. And, I certainly didn't expect the idea of story in our collective culture or the leverage of cooperation. This book is a great listen and it will provoke you thinking. There are many thinks in this book that will depress you, but also to enlighten. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Issued to the Bride: One Sniper: Brides of Chance Creek Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Cora Seton
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Jo Reed watched two of her sisters marry the men her father sent to help them on the family ranch, so when Hunter arrives, she's ready for him. She doesn't want a husband; she wants a house of her own where she can call the shots - and if the Navy SEAL wants to stay, he'd better build it to her specifications. More to the point, he'd better stop kissing her.

    GH says: "Can't wait till the next one"
    "Can't wait till the next one"
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    Each of the these novels is unique and interesting. This one is about Joe, the youngest daughter. She is in touch with the animals. The common thread in this book is loyalty. The message is a bit on the nose, but the sweetness of the book makes up for Seaton bludgeoning the message. That's the only negative. Audible has put up book four. Say alert. I give it a thumbs up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Questions That Sell: The Powerful Process for Discovering What Your Customer Really Wants, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Paul Cherry
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    As a salesperson your product knowledge is extensive, but that's not enough. If you fail to ask the right questions - the ones that uncover a customer's real needs - you will never close the deal. Questions that Sell reveals advanced questioning techniques that will help you sell your products or services based on value to the customer, rather than price - and increase your success rate as a result.

    AC says: "I found myself fast forwarding more that listening"
    "Interesting for a novice"
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    This is a great resource for someone leaning the art of questioning. For someone who has done a great deal of customer interaction, there is nothing in this book to help you. Its a good codification of lessons of hard knocks.

    I would recommend getting the paperback. Also, the book would have benefited from a PDF that summarizes all the areas and question types. It's okay for early career people, but the grizzled veteran should pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Economists' Diet: Two Formerly Obese Economists Find the Formula for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Christopher Payne Ph.D., Rob Barnett
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Combining the authors' personal weight-loss stories with their passion for economics, this bold new behavioral approach to dieting recommends micro habits and meta-rules that will enable dieters to control their impulses to overeat, approach food in a healthier way, and lose weight once and for all. Chris Payne and Rob Barnett are two formerly obese economists who met while working at Bloomberg. When they finally decided to do something about it, they lost weight by applying what they know best - economics - to their waistlines.

    whatithinkofstuff says: "Great Diet Book!"
    "Not substantive - Hard pass"
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    The authors write of weight loss from an economist point of view. I found this approach to be uninspired and superficial. They uncover nothing new and rehash mainly things that have been said over and over. If you are going to do a book like this, there has to be something new and insightful -- that did not occur in this book. I give this book a hard pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Zachary Webber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (591)

    For thousands of years, the scribes and singers of the Irin race have existed to protect humanity and guard the gifts of the Forgiven. They have lived in the shadows. They have kept their secrets. But the Irin aren't the only race with secrets.

    Aymie says: "Great conclusion!"
    "Wow squared!"
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    This third book in the trilogy delivers. Hunter pulls everything together and explains it all. You will find more romance and sweet moments in this book which makes that past 22 hours or listening worth the investment.

    In retrospect, I like the plot and the characters. The characters are interesting and each have their complexities which drive the emotional impact. If your like romance woven into an action story,and like super natural, you will love this series. I give this series a big thumbs up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Singer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Zachary Webber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (691)

    When you've lost everything you love, how do you fight the darkness? Ava left Istanbul with a new identity, new name, and new magic she could barely control. Laid low by Malachi's sacrifice, she searches for help from the fabled Irina. But will the secretive women of the Irin race welcome or shun her? Ava's origins are still a mystery, and her powers are darker than any they've encountered before. The Irin world hangs in the balance.

    The Elf in the Kitchen says: "I Sing for The Singer"
    "Searching ... Searching and Searching"
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    This is the second installment in the trilogy. This book is summed up by, you guessed it, searching. It is not really a cliff hanger as you know what is going to happen. It's really about the frustration you feel about getting what you want to happen to happen.

    This has a very low romance content and is all about drama and twists and turns of the plot. This book is about the background information of the plot. It is good. The middle book of trilogy are usually all about setup. You certainly can make that statement about this work. That said, it is a strong second book. Let's get to the third and last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scribe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Zachary Webber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (767)

    Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi's own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers. Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible... or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.

    Laura says: "Hooked! Enthralling story, exceptional narration."
    "Wow!"
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    This is a drama romance story. This is not your traditional romance story, it has a very strong drama plot with lots of suspense. It is set with a supernatural theme. Ava is the central character who is unaware of her unique history and associated powers. Malachi is a member of a race of angle descendants. He is drawn to her for some reason.

    This novel open slowly as Ava and Malachi discover each other. Ava learns a little about her background. Yet, there are many clues in book one to unresolved issues. This is a trilogy. t, so don't expect a great deal of resolution. Also, there is tragedy, be prepared for the roller coaster.

    Webber does a great job narrating. Hunter introduces many characters, it's challenging to keep track at first, but over time it smooths out and the story keeps you straight. This is heavy on action and drama preferring it overt sex scenes. I really liked this novel, thumbs up. On to book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Issued to the Bride: One Airman: Brides of Chance Creek, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Cora Seton
    • Narrated By Wendy Tremont King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Airman Connor O'Riley never believed in love until he saw proof of it in the most unlikely place - a battlefield in the middle of the Syrian civil war. Now he's in hot water with the Air Force, and if he wants to clear his name he'll have to put his new-found belief in love to the test-by convincing his superior officer's daughter to marry him.

    Kindle Customer says: "Recommended "
    "Great installment"
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    Saddie, the gardener of the sisters, has lost her connection to the land. That is, until Connor Reid shows up. I like this novel because Seton did a nice job giving Connor some flaws and character issues he must overcome. Her characterization of the sisters is a strong point for this series. I am not particularly fond of "The General". A little more color on him would be good.

    This story has a touch of mysticism, but is far from paranormal. King is a great narrator. I am awaiting the third book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Book of Big Weight Loss: 31 Rules to Live By

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Bernadette Fisers
    • Narrated By Bernadette Fisers
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Successful hair and makeup artist Bernadette Fisers struggled with her weight for years. She tried and failed many diets, but her life took a turn when her weight crept up to 287 pounds and her BMI, to 42. Bernadette decided to ditch the fad diets and take matters into her own hands. She asked the models she worked with about their eating habits and their tips for staying trim. She researched medical reports and nutrition papers. Finally - through trial, error, and a lot of experimentation - she created a healthy lifestyle plan that was easy to understand.

    GH says: "Great rules"
    "Great rules"
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    This is a solid set of rules. None of them were surprising or something I didn't know about. However, hearing them in one book in one hour was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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