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  • The Devil's Company

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Liss
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Benjamin Weaver is blackmailed into stealing documents from the ruthless British East India Company, he soon discovers the theft of trade secrets is only the first move in a daring conspiracy within the 18th century's most powerful corporation. To save his friends and family, Weaver must infiltrate the company, navigate its warring factions, and uncover a secret plot of corporate rivals, foreign spies, and government operatives.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very involving story"
    "Very involving story"

    You care about the characters in this story of a man caught in a web of other people's intrigues, and forced to act in the interest of a very nasty pair. the good guys are good folks. That's why you care. You care about the mystery. Nicely historical, the sights, sounds, smells, and almost the taste of the time and place.

    I manufactured instances to listen

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Well written pop science book is like gold"

    Makes a really good case for exercise for what ails you, with lots of up to date information. Fun listening worth the time. Is accessible without being condescending. worth listening and keeping

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish Phase 3, Units 1-30: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs

    • ORIGINAL (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    • Narrated By uncredited

    The beginning lessons of Phase 3 offer you the chance to expand your vocabulary and increase your fluency to an even higher level. You’ll gain experience participating in many informal and some formal discussions on practical, social, and semi-professional topics. You’ll skillfully form longer, more complex sentences, and most importantly, you’ll find yourself being understood, even by native speakers unused to dealing with foreigners.

    William Campbell says: "Excellent!"
    "right into your long term memory be fluent"

    I credit Pimsleur for being able to test out of a Spanish class even though I had not worked with Pimsleur.for years. they introduce present, past, and perfect tenses by using model words in conversation. You are tested continually but so that you are very often right .. positive reinforcement very positive very nice. Every day I take my mp3 player for a walk.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jean Carper
    • Narrated By Susanna Burney

    After best-selling author Jean Carper discovered that she had the major susceptibility gene for Alzheimer's, she was determined to find all the latest scientific evidence on how to escape it. She discovered 100 surprisingly simple, scientifically tested ways to radically cut the odds of Alzheimer's, memory decline, and other forms of dementia.

    Joseph Wolkowicz says: "Worth Listening"
    "Will the real cause please stand up"

    An interesting version of the round up article. Lots of good information ... probably lots of questionable information. Interesting to listen to. It is a compendium of what scientists think right now about what one could do to sort of bail the brain out by making new brain cells faster than it can leak and sink.

    the author repeats herself, and it is not clear from much of her evidence, that it is evidence for anything more than association. An increase in the chance of getting Alzheimer's is associated with eating more red meat. ... but is it a causal association, or do meat eaters also engage in other behaviors and dietary habits that increase the chance of Alzheimer's. If the association is not one of cause and effect then say eating less meat will not affect one's chances of getting the disease.

    My favorite was the fact that problems with balance predate Alzheimer's by some years. But does it follow that practicing standing on one foot will heal your brain? Both the dementia and the bad balance may have the same cause.

    When listening to this book, one should look for more than something like: "5000 women smoked more and remembered less." Often there is more .. animal experiments and direct observations of human brains before and after the beneficial or detrimental diet or behavior. One should look for these in addition to the association of a substance or behavior with the disease

    One should google her references and even look at the clinical studies themselves if possible (They are usually way technical and choked with arcane acronyms... but worth the effort to see what the experimenters were really measuring and how..

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Incredible"
    "Thanks Tana French for writing mysteries"

    I rarely buy any other fiction, and so was blessed to read this. Genre books often express the worst of contemporary vulgar in the sense of popular outlooks. They reflect their time the way 1930's fashons reflect their time. You put up with the banal parts for what's good about the story ... as you do with run of the mill TV.

    This book is literature ... readable all night, non-putdownable, even rereadable. I leave the plot to the other reviewers. Her books are worthwhile in almost all ways, but are not easy on their heroes and heroines. Oh well, in the end life isn't. But fiction like this can be very easy on the reader who savors character and atmosphere all tied up in a compelling story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton

    Why we think it’s a great listen: When it comes to author/narrator pairings, nobody tops James Lee Burke and Will Patton in the Robicheaux thrillers. Beloved Burke hero Detective Dave Robicheaux here returns to New Iberia to solve a series of grisly murders. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered. While the crimes have all the telltale signs of a serial killer, the death of Bernadette Latiolais, a high-school honor student, doesn’t fit.

    Gardner says: "Best Yet... Almost"
    "Family Endangered again depraved oligarchs again"

    Burke is a bit like Gabaldon. He is able to get away with murder figuratively and in his plots actually, and in octuplicate ( or more ). His prose is poetic and passionate. His plots and his characters are getting predictable,and he indulges in a bit in the pornography of violence. (Actually, a lot. But he gets away with it, as do his cops till it strains credulity.

    His villains are all the rich or the poor who are uncannily (wicked) and ugly. They are his dark and stormy night. They look like monsters. In this book he throws the reader several curve balls though. Are the uglies as evil as they seem? Are the beautiful people beautiful indeed? Will Dave and his Womenfolk survive? Don't bet on it. This may be Burke's last Robicheaux book. Maybe it should be. Still his characters are originals, and his prose is fine to hear.

    Dave is investigating the murders of several young women, very young women whom no one seems to care about since they were homeless, and/or black. Bad, powerful rich guys (any other kind in Burke's universe?) are behind it. Dave and his sidekick, are out to get them. If your really like Robicheaux you will hear this out to the end. If you are new to him, earlier Dave Robicheaux books might be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarecrow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Forced out of the Los Angeles Times amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, using his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career. He focuses on Alonzo Winslow, a 16-year-old drug dealer in jail after confessing to a brutal murder. But as he delves into the story, Jack realizes that Winslow's so-called confession is bogus. The kid might actually be innocent.

    P. Giorgio says: "Depth & Breadth"
    "an entertaining game of ping pong"

    You ping and pong between the reporter and his FBI girl friend, at one end, and the scare crow, a particularly nasty serial killer. The killer is a computer wizard who can snoop on and reach out to hurt people using the internet in a rather disturbingly realistic way.

    It is typical Connelly, and if you like Connelly, you will like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spanish III, Second Edition: Lessons 71 to 75: Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Pimsleur

    Includes two-and-a-half hours of spoken-language practice in five 30-minute lessons. Contains lessons 71-75 from the Pimsleur Comprehensive Level III program. Also includes a User's Guide to introduce you to the Pimsleur Method.

    Amazon Customer says: "spanish lessons that don't work like Ambien"
    "spanish lessons that don't work like Ambien"

    Want to learn Spanish? Use these tapes .. and a written grammer book. These engage you. You have to respond in Spanish; you get immediate feedback that stuffs your long term memory with words and phrases. I tested out of an intermediate Spanish class five years after listening to the Tapes. A great fluency builder. I am going through the advanced ones again and am surprised at how much I remember.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "An excellent book -fun to hear"

    the author unifies his treatment of happiness, with some rather happy metaphors, viewing new psychological research in the perspective of ancient wisdom.

    But in his treatment of hypocracy, he sounds rather silly, because he seems to deny the existance of good and evil. And almost in the next breath, he seems to say that judgementalism is , uh, dare we say "evil"?

    None the less, it is an excellent book on how to be happy -- not going Buddist, and disengaging from the joys of life to avoid the sorrows, but rather choosing the right sorts of pleasures, the ones that one can look back on and feel good about.

    19 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Face of Betrayal: A Triple Threat Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lis Wiehl, April Henry
    • Narrated By Pam Turlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    While home on Christmas break, a 17-year-old Senate page takes her dog out for a walk and never returns. Reporter Cassidy Shaw is the first to break the story. The resulting media firestorm quickly ensnares Federal Prosecutor Allison Pierce and FBI Special Agent Nicole Hedges. The three unique women are life-long friends who call themselves The Triple Threat - a nickname derived from their favorite dessert and their uncanny ability to crack cases via their three positions of power.

    Susan says: "Completely predictable"
    "four tales revolve around a murder"

    The story is woven on the framework of the real story of a real woman, who was killed in washington d.C. during an affair with a congressman. It's a good read with some draw backs from this old Oregonian's point of view.

    For one thing it is set in Portland OR, whose river, the Willamette the narrator pronounces not "wil LAM it" which is correct, but "william ETE".

    Equally irritating is the fact that the protagonist does not even consider carrying a gun even though Oregon is a free state, allowing concealed carry.

    Maybe it would take too long to get a permit ... something.

    Although she worked in a building that had metal detectors, she could probably have parked her pistol with security, or left it locked in her car. Then she could have called for an escort to get herself to and from the building.

    Well, if Hamlet had been able to make a decision, there would have been no play.

    Still it is hard to identify with a character who is too silly, or too cowardly to arm herself, when being stalked.

    The ladies do stand up against evil rather sanquinarily in the end as per formula. Well good for them and good for the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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