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Ahsahka, ID, United States | Member Since 2005

  • 5 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 290 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Wolffe
    • Narrated By Richard Wolffe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Revival, by best-selling author Richard Wolffe, is based on exclusive and extensive interviews with President Obama and his inner circle inside the West Wing. It is an intimate and revealing portrait of the Obama White House at work in a critical period for the country and for the president.

    Amr says: "Disappointing"
    "A must listen for political pundits"

    Listening to Richard Wolffe, with his British accent, quote President Obama was a hoot! This being said, the book is a very serious, well-researched look at the insides of the White House. The author shows that a lot has been accomplished in a short period of time in the Obama Administration, despite being faced with heavy handed obstructionism. Wolffe is very good at in-depth coverage, like a professional journalist should be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
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    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Very good reader, but...."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to this book as I performed tedious, non-thinking work, but I could have better used the listening time for more worthwhile books. I felt that this book badly needed a good editor. It was chock full of cynical similes and negative descriptive words on top of meandering "stream of consciousness" narrative. The latter was "justified" in the last few minutes by the explanation of the story's having been written from a meticulous journal kept by the protagonist. The book seemed like endless word dropping (and drug and dope dropping) that expressed the author's belief that she knew a lot. However, at the end when she was expounding on her philosophy of life, she seemed rather confused and pretty muddled in what she was trying to express, much like the preaching of a young person who thinks he alone has just discovered the meaning of life. This book wasn't for me.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I plan on listening to Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century

    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    The performance was excellent. Pittu changed voice flawlessly and read with good expression. However, there were many passages that even Pittu's vigor could not raise above tedium.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book appeals to younger people who especially associate strongly with the New York ambiance. It also may appeal to gallery goers. I enjoy art and like learning about great work, but this book, while spending a lot of time on the inner appreciation of great art, bored me with its expounding on the subjective "understanding" of the works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Learn Spanish - Level 8: Upper Intermediate Spanish, Volume 1: Lessons 1-25

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Innovative Language Learning
    • Narrated By Michelle Diaz

    Start speaking Spanish in minutes, and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Intermediate - Spanish, a completely new way to learn Spanish with ease! Intermediate - Spanish will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and arm you with cultural insight and other information to utterly shock and amaze your Spanish friends.

    Elizabeth says: "Gringo espanol"
    "Gringo espanol"

    It is possible that there is good material in these lessons, but I found the appalling accent of the leading lady was a real turn off...literally.

    The accent was a very flat American. It sounded like someone who wanted to impress more with speed and street Spanish than someone who would like to converse with natives and show them respect by treating their language with respect.

    The other part that grated on my ears was the giggling in the background while talking with another member of the cast about something not important to the lessons.

    Do not waste money on this audiobook.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Planet India: How the Fastest Growing Democracy Is Transforming America and the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mira Kamdar
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
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    With in-depth research, interviews, and provocative analysis, Mira Kamdar offers a penetrating view of India and its cultural and economic impact on the United States and the world. From Bollywood to the Indian diaspora to India's effect on global politics, she reports on the people, companies, and places shaping the new India. Kamdar examines the challenges India faces while celebrating India's tremendous vitality and the opportunities this Asian democracy has to shape its own and all of our destinies.

    James says: "Blah, blah, blah"
    "A traveller's companion"

    I started this book before a trip to India and finished it afterwards. It was so full of information, that I wish I had read it TWICE before I left. This book really opened my eyes to the greatness of the Indian people, and this made my trip a truly memorable experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Riane Eisler
    • Narrated By Sandra Swafford

    The real wealth of nations, Riane Eisler argues, is not merely financial, but includes the contributions of people and our natural environment. Here, Eisler goes beyond the market to reexamine economics from a larger perspective - and shows that we must give visibility and value to the socially and economically essential work of caring for people and the planet if we are to meet the enormous challenges we face.

    S says: "An Important Book"
    "Could have been better organized"

    If the author had written a 10 page periodical article, the work would have been just as substantial, and much of the repetition would have been omitted. It seemed that the basic premise, women should be compensated for care-giving, was rehashed ad nausium without specifics of how it should be done. Under "care-giving" the author lumped all sorts of underpaid "women's work", but mostly focused on child rearing and elderly care. Since the specifics of enacting [monetary] compensation were lacking, the very long work seemed like a feminist manefesto without a defined cause. The topics the author touched upon have potential to be thought provoking, particularly in times of economic downturn, but this book did not rise to the call.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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