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Grant

Torrance, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • My Life, Volume II

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

    Adam says: "Good book"
    "Too many names to keep track of"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think the first volume was much more interesting to listen to. The second volume got bogged down in names and dates. It could have been half as long and conveyed the same message. Still interesting to hear his perspective on how things happened.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robinson Crusoe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daniel Defoe
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (353)

    Shipwrecked and cast ashore onto an uninhabited island, Robinson Crusoe ingeniously carves out a solitary, primitive existence for 24 years. Eventually, he meets a young native whom he saves from death at the hands of cannibals. He calls him Man Friday and makes him his companion and servant.

    Nelson Mostow says: "True classic"
    "More spiritual enlightening than I anticipated"
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    I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about getting into this book and that it would be "old and stuffy", but I was surprised at how accessible it was and the nuggets of spirituality that were sprinkled throughout. It is certainly not a religious text, but posed some interesting concepts and made me think about isolation, corruption, religion, intelligence, self-reliance, morality and other concepts that one is faced with when forced to be alone with your thoughts for a long period of time. Give this classic a try!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (544)

    J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

    Christine says: "One of the best books I have read"
    "Production Value was HORRIBLE"
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    A bit dry - go for the Abridged version. The story was interesting but it got a little deep into some of the details of the science of creating the A-Bomb. However, my biggest issue was with the production value of this book. It sounded like it was pieced together from hundreds of readings. Sometimes one sentence would sound like it was a completely different studio and was inserted way after the fact. VERY distracting and beneath what I have come to believe is a high quality product in Audible. They need to redo this entire production in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (2233)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1341)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "Excellent narrator!"
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    He pronounces the African words beautifully and sounded characteristically 17-19th century African American when appropriate. Really draws you into the variations between white and black characters and was very enjoyable to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton, Erin Torneo
    • Narrated By Richard Allen, Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape and eventually identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken - but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After 11 years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed.

    Professor Sombrero says: "Listen for the story not the writing"
    "A surprisingly good book"
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    I think what stood out for me was the performances of the two main characters. I thought it was portrayed well and gave a good sense of one event through two (or more) different perspectives. Nice story of forgiveness and redemption.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (1771)
    Story
    (1764)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Maaavalous!"
    Overall
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    It was a nice mixture of Billy just reading and readings from live shows that added some energy and excitement to the book. I just wish I could see photos of people or situations that he spoke about. Not sure if they are in the printed book, but would love a PDF of images from books to be delivered with audio books. I know some do, but I wish it was all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charles Duhigg
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    Overall
    (5325)
    Performance
    (4507)
    Story
    (4479)

    At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

    Mehra says: "Nice! A guide on how to change"
    "Not much of a self help book"
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    There were lots of examples of habits, good and bad, and how they were changed, but it does not give very much real advice on how to go about changing habits into ones you want to keep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (619)

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Ear candy"
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    Just a nice romp through Tim's life and his experiences especially on Carol Burnett show. Good companion book to her book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20917)
    Performance
    (18756)
    Story
    (18823)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Best performed book of the year!"
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The two narrators/performers were EXCELLENT in this book and were able to create multiple characters that painted a very strong picture. I would pick a book just based on the fact that they were performing it. GREAT job!


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    See Above. Excellent performances from both. VERY strong. Would recommend the book on their performance alone.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice suspense throughout. The ending was a bit anti-climactic, but I was held capture throughout 99% of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13527)
    Performance
    (9366)
    Story
    (9425)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Nice historical perspective"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, good story that was engaging throughout.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Amazed at the facts about US troops that died outside of combat in WWII and how the Japanese treated POW's. Very powerful.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader / performer was EXCELLENT. Nice voice with great inflection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23173)
    Performance
    (14506)
    Story
    (14657)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Old time radio play"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    I liked the many different voices for characters. It felt like the old radio stories of the 40's & 50's with different people reading different characters. Made it come alive more. Nice job!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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