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Daniel

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Spokane, WA, United States

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  • 19 reviews
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  • 40 titles in library
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  • Things Fall Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Chinua Achebe
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (163)

    Okonkwo is born into poverty, with a wastrel for a father. Driven by ambition, he works tirelessly to gain the prosperity of many fields and wives and prestige in his village. But he is harsh as well as diligent. As he sees the traditions of his people eroded by white missionaries and government officials, he lashes out in anger.

    Darwin8u says: "Achebe's Magnum Opus"
    "Life's trials and tribulations"
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    A proud yam farmer struggles with adversities in his African village at the dawn of colonial age. Author intimates the unique African tribal life eloquently, yet interjects the universal theme of a man's toil under the burden of social tradition, selfish ambition and unstoppable force of changes.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Citadel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By A J Cronin
    • Narrated By Franklin Engelmann
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    New doctor Andrew Manson looks forward to his post in a Welsh mining community, but he finds practicing medicine in such primitive conditions very different from his training. He makes friends, but also enemies. First published in 1937, this book was groundbreaking in its treatment of the contentious theme of medical ethics. It is credited with laying the foundation in Great Britain for the introduction of the Nation Health Service a decade later.

    Archie says: "Incredibly bad recording"
    "Love and Respect for the Profession"
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    Dr. Manson started his career as an assistant in a poor Walsh mining town. By his own industry, professional friends' intervention, and his beloved wife's faithful support, he rose to the challenges of different medical practices in 1920's England, yet almost lost his soul in the lucrative but disingenuous London private practice. The beguiling plot centered on a man's love and respect for the his profession against the current of ignorance, greed, and convenience.
    The recording quality is very poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Handful of Dust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Andrew Sachs
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Evelyn Waugh's 1934 novel is a bitingly funny vision of aristocratic decadence in England between the wars. It tells the story of Tony Last, who, to the irritation of his wife, is inordinately obsessed with his Victorian Gothic country house and life. When Lady Brenda Last embarks on an affair with the worthless John Beaver out of boredom with her husband, she sets in motion a sequence of tragicomic disasters that reveal Waugh at his most scathing.

    Daniel says: "Saterical treatment of human decadence"
    "Saterical treatment of human decadence"
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    Tony and Brenda Last, well endowed with legacy, are the best of cultivated English aristocracy. That is until Brenda's inexplicable affair with the annoying and feckless John Beaver, fostered by the same suave aristocratic society, immolates the marriage. Tony, abashed by the hypocritical divorce proceeding, decided to take a life changing Amazon exploration where he received more than he bargained for. Handful of Dust is layered with comical cynicism, while its core lay bare the face of human decadence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Theodore Dreiser
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (163)

    An American Tragedy is the story of Clyde Griffiths, who spends his life in the desperate pursuit of success. On a deeper, more profound level, it is the masterful portrayal of the society whose values both shape Clyde's ambitions and seal his fate; it is an unsurpassed depiction of the harsh realities of American life and of the dark side of the American dream.

    beatrice says: "a period piece, still resonant"
    "Affecting and encompassing masterpiece"
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    Clyde Griffiths, an ambitious social climber with grave personal flaw, fell in and out of love with an adoring factory girl, but has to abandon his moral anchor when the opportunity of fortune and status avail itself in the affection of an upper-class dame. Affectingly developed characters, biographical realism and a simple, linear yet encompassing plot line lend this fiction its masterpiece mantle.

    Dan John Miller gave a titillating narrating performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5000)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2421)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Fascinating ideas, hokey James Bond like plot"
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    In the futuristic America, where corporation balkanized and ruled the land, a software programmer with samurai sword fighting inclination discovered a industrialist's evil plot to overtake the world. Fascinating idea of virus, memory and religion, though plot developed like a hokey James Bond movie. Masterfully read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Orphaned Portia is stranded in the sophisticated and politely treacherous world of her wealthy half-brother's home in London. There she encounters the attractive, carefree cad Eddie. To him, Portia is at once child and woman, and he fears her gushing love. To her, Eddie is the only reaason to be alive. But when Eddie follows Portia to a sea-side resort, the flash of a cigarette lighter in a darkened cinema illuminates a stunning romantic betrayal.

    John S. says: "Narration makes the story here"
    "Masterfully developed characters"
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    A guileless teenage girl with an unorthodox upbringing became a ward of her aloof half brother and his supercilious wife of the London elite where her authentic observation and affection clashes against the counterfeit fa├žade of the high society. Slow moving and uneventful plot, with masterfully developed yet conflicted characters, culminated to an intriguing climax and ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A High Wind in Jamaica

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Hughes
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Set in the 19th century against a backdrop of island life and the vast surrounding seas, A High Wind in Jamaica is the gripping story of the Bas-Thornton children, whose parents send them back to England following a hurricane in the postcolonial Caribbean they call home. Having set sail, the children quickly fall into the hands of pirates. As their voyage continues, things take an awful turn

    Dan Harlow says: "One of my favorite novels"
    "Epic adventure story with a dark undercurrent"
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    Colonial Jamaican high sea adventures in late 19th century seen through the eyes of displaced children whose not yet matured mind and rich imagination altered their and others' lives. This well penned classic is hard to categorized and grasp; it has the very construct of an epic adventure, yet deeper, the theme of perverted innocence percolates.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James D. Watson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Roger Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    By identifying the structure of DNA, the molecule of life, Francis Crick and James Watson revolutionized biochemistry and won themselves a Nobel Prize. At the time, Watson was only 24, a young scientist hungry to make his mark. His uncompromisingly honest account of the heady days of their thrilling sprint against other world-class researchers to solve one of science's greatest mysteries gives a dazzlingly clear picture of a world of brilliant scientists with great gifts, very human ambitions, and bitter rivalries.

    A. Lai says: "Fabulous book!"
    "Intricacies and idiosyncracies of Academic pursuit"
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    Autobiographical account of how the structure of DNA was discovered in 1950's. Watson's frank and honest revelation coupled with effortless prose and plot gives us a rare glimpse into the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of academic basic science research.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3226)
    Performance
    (1002)
    Story
    (1000)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "Amalgation of science, history and philosophy"
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    Author traced the origins of the four topical meals he ate: at MacDonald's, groceries from a Whole Foods store, products from an poly-phase organic farm and foods he hunt and gathered personally. The author seamlessly amalgamates science, history and philosophy into a classic that just may change how I eat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Balthazar: The Alexandria Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lawrence Durrell
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Audible presents a reading of the novel concerning love and murder in the streets, brothels, and drawing-rooms of Alexandria, Egypt.

    Daniel says: "transcendent prose, maturing plot and characters"
    "transcendent prose, maturing plot and characters"
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    A new layer of history, interpersonal intricacies, told through another point of view, was added to the characters of Justine, while the persona of the city Alexandria and theme of love and desires permeates and ferments like aged wines. Durrell's masterly prose is further enriched by germinating characters and maturing plots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (380)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Well Researched, succinctly presented"
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    Comprehensive history of Al Qaeda tracing to its Islamic, Egyptian root, how it was propelled by corrupt and brutal Middle Eastern regimes, fueled by Arab-Israeli conflict, and steered toward its anti-America focus by the charismatic yet quixotic Bin Laden. Shockingly, US had amble clues and leads that would have prevented the 911 attacks only to have faltered because of the intense antagonizing cultures between CIA and FBI. Well researched, and succinctly presented.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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