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Don

Panorama City,, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mark Harris
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    Here is the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Dolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde - and through them, the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood and America forever.

    Sharon says: "A good listen - A valuable book"
    "Eye-opening!"
    Overall

    As a director of 4 feature films, I found this audiobook to be transformative! It really reminded me of what filmmaking is really about...that is, ideas and attitude, which is what selected filmmakers of the 60's and 70's had in spades! The audiobook uses the past to remind us what future films have the potential to be!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Bordwell
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    David Bordwell argues that the principles of visual storytelling created in the studio era are alive and well, even in today's bloated blockbusters. American filmmakers have created a durable tradition - one that we should not be ashamed to call artistic, and one that survives in both mainstream entertainment and niche-marketed indie cinema. Bordwell traces the continuity of this tradition in a wide array of films made since 1960.

    Evan says: "A well-rounded analysis of story, then and now."
    "a must for lovers of movies"
    Overall

    David Bordwell is a master of the cinema. In this audiobook, he painstakingly provides the evidence for the faster pace of movies today. His insights are far reaching and must be taken into consideration, if one is to truly understand the impact of one of the most influential forms of entertainment.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
    • Narrated By Po Bronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (339)

    NurtureShock is a groundbreaking collaboration between award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. They argue that when it comes to children, we've mistaken good intentions for good ideas. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, they demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring - because key twists in the science have been overlooked.

    Carin says: "I liked it and I don't even have kids."
    "Very nice!"
    Overall

    As a parent of new twins, I found this book to be quite eye-opening. There's a lot of unexpected information about understanding young kids as they grow up. Check it out.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (661)

    The Greatest Show on Earth is a stunning counterattack on advocates of "Intelligent Design," explaining the evidence for evolution while exposing the absurdities of the creationist "argument". Dawkins sifts through rich layers of scientific evidence: from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record; from natural clocks that mark the vast epochs wherein evolution ran its course to the intricacies of developing embryos; from plate tectonics to molecular genetics.

    Joseph says: "Well read, well explained, scientific."
    "Extremely moving!"
    Overall

    I listened to this audiobook while visiting underwater world. Pink dolphins, baby sharks, strange jellyfish! Looking at all the amazing sea life really intensified the words from Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward and made me appreciate the evidence for natural selection even more! I am going to re-listen next week while visiting the zoo!

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The Evolution of God

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (273)

    In this sweeping narrative, which takes us from the Stone Age to the Information Age, Robert Wright unveils an astonishing discovery: there is a hidden pattern that the great monotheistic faiths have followed as they have evolved. Through the prisms of archeology, theology, and evolutionary psychology, Wright's findings overturn basic assumptions about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and are sure to cause controversy.

    Joseph says: "Very interesting and thought provoking"
    "Food for the mind!"
    Overall

    I listened to this book twice and found new details with each listening that deepen my appreciation for this important work. Give it a try!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6664)
    Performance
    (3431)
    Story
    (3451)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Sold!"
    Overall

    I am not a big Neil Gaiman fan, but after listening to "The Graveyard Book," I became one! Its stark simplicity makes this a rare story. The balance between creepy and warmth is something I have never encountered in modern stories. I hope they don't botch this up in Hollywood!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How Fiction Works

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Wood
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (25)

    Ranging widely from Homer to David Foster Wallace, from What Maisie Knew to Make Way for Ducklings, Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art, step by step. He sums up two decades of insight with wit and concision, resulting in nothing less than a philosophy of the novel, which has won critical acclaim nationwide, from the San Francisco Chronicle to the New York Times Book Review.

    Don says: "Educational!"
    "Educational!"
    Overall

    Written in short chapters, this book is a sensible diagnosis of narrative construction with good examples. What is not is a simplistic how-to book. It forces one to work a bit to understand. I especially like the chapters on "free indirect style," which I found useful as a concept that can be applied to not only writing but also filmmaking. Give it a chance!

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (51)

    In this new, greatly updated edition of The Return of Depression Economics, Krugman shows how the failure of regulation to keep pace with an increasingly out-of-control financial system set the United States, and the world as a whole, up for the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s. He also lays out the steps that must be taken to contain the crisis, and turn around a world economy sliding into a deep recession.

    John Satterfield says: "Buy the printed book"
    "Depressing necessity!"
    Overall

    So much of this book, I did not want to hear. The more I wanted to turn it off, the more I kept listening. Because I spend much time in Bangkok, Thailand, chapter 3 on how crony capitalism in emerging markets really got my attention. The detailed mechanism of the '97 Asian financial crisis, which seems to be repeating itself in the US now, was cogently delineated, albeit with an attitude. Chapter 6 on hedge funds also opened my eyes to the rise and fall of money. Hear it but be prepared to turn it off only to turn it back on again!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Martin Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (310)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Based on the single largest neuromarketing study ever conducted, Buyology reveals surprising truths about what attracts our attention and captures our dollars.

    Erik Cornelissen says: "What we think we know versus how we act in buying."
    "New perspective!"
    Overall

    As a person involved in advertising and TV commercial production, I found the information to be quite trenchant and revealing, offering a new point of view on the research of consumer behaviors. I really liked the research results of the worldwide government cigarette warning labels and how they actually make people crave cigarettes subconsciously, evidenced by the continued increase of smokers around the world. If the information is correct, which needs to be debated and counter-researched, the whole advertising world will be turned on its head. At the very least, it is an interesting hypothesis on why we have the purchase decisions that we have. I recommend it as the beginning of a new kind of research.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David A. Price
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (407)

    The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.

    Cameron says: "If you like Disney, Pixar, or Apple..."
    "Not bad"
    Overall

    Although I was expecting more analysis of each film in relation to the history of the company, the overall content was presented with authority and frankness. The ending of the audiobook, however, seemed too quick without much of a conclusion. Details of Steve Jobs' struggle to keep Pixar during his lean years was of most value, as was the way Jobs' orchestrated the IPO of Pixar with flair for maximum value. All in all, a valuable listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Boom!: Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Brokaw
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Boom! One minute it was Ike and the man in the grey flannel suit, and the next minute it was time to "turn on, tune in, drop out". While Americans were walking on the moon, Americans were dying in Vietnam. Nothing was beyond question, and there were far fewer answers than before.

    Patrick says: "Another Brokaw hit"
    "Nice!"
    Overall

    It was cool to get perspectives of the 60's from someone who was there and is able to articulate the stories from that time. I have this strange feeling that the stories in this book are destined to repeat itself in the near future, stories of wrongful wars, uprisings, political mishaps, etc. Good audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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