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Margaret

Plymouth, MN, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1360)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (543)

    Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

    Frank says: "On the precipice of genius (not quite)..."
    "A Whole New Mind"
    Overall

    I've listened to this enjoyable and informative book twice; there are too many pearls of wisdom to capture in one reading. I think it should be required reading for my high school senior and my college senior kids, as well as for my teacher friends and my employers. The message is bright, clear and timeless; we're entering the Conceptual Age. Pink explains how we got here, why we got here, and how to thrive in this whole new world with A Whole New Mind. Bravo to Daniel Pink!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2379)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1090)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    txkimmers says: "A great surprise"
    "This book feels like a dear, funny friend!"
    Overall

    For starters, Peter Altschuler is up there with Simon Vance as a narrator. Fantastic! He makes all of these wonderful characters distinct. I described this book to my book club as a hilarious summer read, but it is much better than that. Helen Simonson may become the Jane Austen of our day. I certainly hope so. I can't wait for her next book. I laughed out loud so many times, and when I wasn't laughing I was smiling or sighing during many a humorous and/or poignant moment. Put this book in your cart now!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22829)
    Performance
    (9486)
    Story
    (9559)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "A highly caffenated mystery!"
    Overall

    I started this book with a scant eye, but by the the end of the first chapter when I realized that Simon Vance who read "Great Expectations" (Audie winner, thank you very much)I knew it was going to be worth every penny of my Audible credit. I cared about each character and was riveted. Even the bad guys were complex and nothing was a given, which is what I love in a good mystery. On the beach, in the car or in front of a cozy fire, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is my hero, and this story is a must read if you want the best of current fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3114)
    Performance
    (1294)
    Story
    (1292)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "My only complaint is that it ended too soon!"
    Overall

    What a story! The narrative is told by many characters reading letters, telegrams, notes and more that takes you back to the Post War London as well as German occupation of the channel islands during World War II. It's a hero's journey with humor, history, romance, sadness and redemption blended together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3646)
    Performance
    (1981)
    Story
    (2028)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "The Count of Monte Christo"
    Overall

    The Count of Monte Christo is a great way to get away from the Recession and other woes. Beautifully written and beautifully read this classic novel is a must read for anyone who loves fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9417)
    Performance
    (3969)
    Story
    (3978)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Outliers"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book so much I listened to it twice. A must read for anyone with children, for anyone looking towards the future and anyone who loves to figure why things happen the way that they do.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Drew Gilpin Faust
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    During the Civil War, 620,000 soldiers lost their lives - equivalent to six million in today's population. This Republic of Suffering explores the impact of the enormous death toll from material, political, intellectual, and spiritual angles. Drew Gilpin Faust delineates the ways death changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation and describes how a deeply religious culture reconciled the slaughter with its belief in a benevolent God.

    D. Littman says: "a unique civil war perspective"
    "This Republic of Suffering"
    Overall

    Drew Gilpin Faust's perspective on the Civil War is a must read for anyone who loves history and understands how our past shapes our present. Although at times the details are unflinching and grisly, they are included to paint a graphic picture of the true cost of war, and to put pain, loss and grief in true perspective. This should be required reading for American history students.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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