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Jimmy

I am a young-executive with a voracious appetite for great stories. I read and listen constantly, and am very proud of my book collection.

Powell, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4233)
    Performance
    (3548)
    Story
    (3556)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Jimmy says: "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
    "Epic, Remarkable, Easy & Enjoyable!"
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    The wonder of this book is that most of us intimately understand the subject matter, and Follet does a wonderful job of creating the emotion and devastation associated with this tumultuous era in World History.

    He seamlessly weaves the characters together in a believable and dignified way. The comparisons of cultures and the representative actors is achieved in a subtle and believable manner. I could not be more impressed with his point of view on what it would have been like to witness some of the 20th Century's most notable events.

    I highly recommend this book, as it is exactly what an audio book should be: entertaining, representative of a unique point of view, and enjoyable!

    35 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4414)
    Performance
    (4039)
    Story
    (4039)

    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"
    "The Slow Start in Retrospect Is Brilliant:"
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    I am embarrassed to say that I almost moved past this book, as I did not have the patience to tolerate being unable to predict the direction of this book. The action comes so fast and furious that I left behind my misgivings and held on for a realistic ride through the eyes of an archetypical American young man--brutally honest despite the risk to himself.

    This book is candid, the language direct, and a the action real and believable. This book is a large mirror for our Modern America, and at times you likely will not like what you see. Many themes are woven together to create this masterpiece: some delicate, love and longing, and some violent, drugs, terrorism, and theft! However, of hero, Theo, always has a good reason for his conduct and you cannot help but find sympathy for this flawed young man.

    This book is for anyone who loves the bitter sweet reality of this human experience. Theo happens to live on the edge, but it is through this lens that we see the real message: the human being is capable of joy despite horrible and devastating loss. Love finds its way into our hearts despite time blasting away youth's innocence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (426)
    Story
    (422)

    For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

    Sean Gately says: "Great Idea, terribly slow and painful listen"
    "Wanted to Hang Myself:"
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    Could have been more effective in a 5 hour book. Way too repetitive.

    Sorry, as I have giving a negative review but this was not good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5998)
    Performance
    (5430)
    Story
    (5423)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Excellent, Believable, & Dramatic:"
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    Grisham utilizes this famous and familiar setting and cast of characters in a truly remarkable way! This book was genuine, sincere, and very entertaining. As a lawyer I enjoyed the suspense created through this intensely battled will-contest. Grisham was able to weave the story and the action in such a believable way that I found myself upset when the book ended.

    I highly recommend this title for anyone interested in a good legal drama that thankfully does not require over the top death and violence. This is a human drama with many twists and turns. The action is intense and realistic--no hyperbole required here as the human drama more than satisfies!

    Great listen!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3705)
    Performance
    (3227)
    Story
    (3200)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Amanda says: "WOW, WOW, WOW."
    "Genius!"
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    I did not know what to expect from this monster book, as I just dove in without any background! It is an amazing feat of fiction, and the performances by the various artists are amazing!

    I love exploring new authors and this is my first experience with Haruki Murakami--could not be more impressed!

    The sci-fi overtures are limited, as this book is more about human beings and what drives them. The older I get, the more I can relate to many of these complex human themes.

    Do not doubt the value of this purchase for a second! Excellent Book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (512)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "I Want to Replay Over and Over:"
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    This book is one of those wonderful surprises that highlight the true genius of the human imagination. The concept is simple, and the writing is excellent. Ken Grimwood's insight into the future world from the point of view of 1986 is stunning--Muslim Extremism! He is able to effectively present the excitement and emotion of being stuck in a perpetual 25 year time loop. It really is about second, and third, and fourth chances etc. What would you do differently if you were able to re-live your vulnerable and naive early twenties until 43?

    I cannot speak highly enough of this book, and wish Mr. Grimwood would have kept his theme going longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beating the LSAT - 2011 Edition: An Audio Guide to Getting the Score You Need

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By PrepLogic
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
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    (6)

    Whether you’re in the gym conditioning your body, between classes conditioning your mind, or on the way to work conditioning your resume, this audiobook is the ticket to a higher LSAT score. We’ll tell you how to diagram analytical reasoning “games”, manage your speed and accuracy on the multiple choice section, and write the best essays. We’ll even tell you how to put logical reasoning to bed with an in-depth analysis of formal logic and logical fallacies....

    Jimmy says: "Waste of Money:"
    "Waste of Money:"
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    Take a Kaplan Course, as this thing was a colossal waste of time. They ramble on and one without really any great insight into how to tackle the many challenges present in the LSAT!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3139)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1487)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Phenomenal! Masterpiece!"
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    This book traces the adventures of one greatly flawed man whom finds redemption and peace in a loyalty born of a new world!

    I cannot speak highly enough of this novel, and I wish that it would have just kept going on and on.

    I can hear the sounds of the busy streets, and the friendships could not be more convincing!

    Hats off to Mr. Roberts and Mr. Bower as both have combined to create a wonderful epic masterpiece!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13640)
    Performance
    (11112)
    Story
    (11743)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Awful, Awful, Terrible, Awful!!!"
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    I found this book painful! I hated everything about it. I for the life of me cannot figure out all the hype. This book basically is a gigantic Penthouse Letters, with very little interesting plot! I wasted my money, and cannot believe that people actually like this nonsense.

    I have never been so disappointed in a book, as it started out ok. Oh, and the narrator stinks too. I am less intelligent as a result of this book!



    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Orhan Pamuk
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother's funeral. Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle-class youth, he is even more disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country: a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school.

    Elizabeth says: "All the good & bad that is Pamuk"
    "Excellent Insight into the Melancholy of Love Lost"
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    Orhan Pamuk masterfully illustrates the fate of one whom misses his last chance for love. This tragedy is set in a polarized political and religious climate, that lends excitement and illumination to the underlying character analysis.

    The book is not one you can turn up to 3x speed and breeze through. I struggled a little with some of the themes, but at the end of the day I really enjoyed this unique world presented in Snow. The story twists and turns and finds truth along the way!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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