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  • Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (534)

    LAPD Detective Harry Bosch tackles three tough cases that span a legendary career in this never-before-collected trio of stories. Utterly unputdownable, they are proof that "Connelly never stops doling out the suspense.... Once it grabs you in those first few pages, it won't let go of you" (Boston Globe).

    Jane says: "Too short to do anything in depth"
    "Very good introduction to Connelly"
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    If you are considering reading Connelly, this would be a good choice to consider (especially at $3.95).

    There are three short stories included, that serve as very good examples of Bosch-style writing. Above average fare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paradise Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (65)

    In words remarkable for their richness of rhythm and imagery, Milton tells the story of man's creation, fall, and redemption, "to justify the ways of God to men". Here, unabridged, and told with exceptional sensitivity and power by Anton Lesser, is the plight of Adam and Eve, the ambition and vengefulness of Satan and his cohorts.

    David says: "Great Epic Poem Narrated Well"
    "Rewarding, but not for the faint-of-heart!"
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    Have you ever read the Book of Job?
    In the Book of Job, Lucifer approaches God and tells him that he has been to and fro across the entire world, and basically states that everyone in the world is a sinner and deserves to go to hell (paraphrase).

    God replies by asking Lucifer if he has seen his servant Job. Satan responds that Job is only good, because of all the good things God has blessed him with. "take away all those good things, and Job will curse God". And thus begins the memorable story of Job's testing by Satan, God's protection, and the ultimate blessing on Job for his faith in God.

    In Job, the reader is given a rare glimpse into some Heavenly workings, such as: what the armies of Heaven can be like, the Throne Room of God, Temptation from spiritual forces, and how God responds to rebel angels, and etc...

    Milton, in his book Paradise Lost, has taken the same approach in story-telling to show how Satan led one-third of the angels of Heaven in an attempt to usurp the throne of God for their own glory, God's reprisal, and later how the Fallen sought to disrupt God's creation(s).

    Although published in 1667, 'Paradise Lost' carries the power of religious truth that is still relevant today. The language, however, can present problems for modern ears. Milton seems to especially love to use words like: adamantine, obdurate, importune, and etc... Milton was obviously creating high-poetry on par with his subject, though sometimes it can feel almost too lofty to be attainable. The imagery, if patient, can be striking and profound, when Milton's voice is not so present.

    Anton Lesser does a fine job of speaking life into the words without seeming artificial (though occasionally it can take on the tone of a Shakesperian play).

    I would recommend this as an important listen, if you are in the right state of mind for such epic imagery (and sometimes tiring vocabulary).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Are All Weird: The Myth of Mass and the End of Compliance

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (155)

    We Are All Weird is a celebration of choice, of treating different people differently and of embracing the notion that everyone deserves the dignity and respect that comes from being heard. The book calls for end of "mass" and for the beginning of offering people more choices, more interests, and giving them more authority to operate in ways that reflect their own unique values.

    Steven says: "Nothing new"
    "Ignore the Title"
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    Seth Godin brings insight into the dilemma that modern Marketing is confronting. It may sound uninteresting, but it is fascinating to see the inner workings of such a subtle, and sometime subliminal profession.

    What is it? How it is changing? and, How it is changing us? How does the Internet and Globalism affect how we perceive wealth, and purchase things? These are some of the questions Godin explores.

    The book is really about 'how marketing affects our daily lives. It is about the way we see ourselves, and about how we want others to see us, and how often this is influenced by advertising'. It is about how the Internet and Globalism have created niche markets, rather than the "mass" markets that we have grown up with (for example: the major syndicates nbc, abc, cbs used to dominate the airwaves, now we have thousands of channels to chose from... and not one that everyone will talk about at the water-cooler the next day, except perhaps the Superbowl). This change, makes it hard for marketers, to know how to reach a growing and ever-differing modern audience.

    There are moments of brilliance, but I think overall, Godin makes a critical mistake by using the word "weird". Marketing by definition is: " the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers, for the purpose of selling that product or service.".

    By using the word "weird' so often, Godin makes it hard for the listener to embrace his arguments, which are often worth listening to. Godin could have used a word such as "unique" or "a-typical" to describe groups outside of the "norm". Instead he essentially calls us to embrace being "weird" and completely ignores the stigma that might prevent people from doing so. I mostly agree with his thesis, and think he brings forth many good points in a short, easy to listen-to book.

    * another minor gripe I have is when Godin introduces his political leanings. Although you can guess what they might be, you will see that they add nothing to the content of this book. I chose to ignore them altogether for the sake of the hearing his thoughts about marketing and the changing audiences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Body Language for Dummies

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kuhnke
    • Narrated By Kate Harper
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Actions really do speak louder than words, but you've got to be able to understand them. That's where Body Language For Dummies, Second Edition comes in handy. If you find yourself puzzled by other people, or want to improve the impression you give, having an insight into body language is key, and this audiobook will teach you to comprehend what people really mean, even if they say nothing at all, and how you can use your body and your expressions to make a positive impact.

    J. Yergin says: "This book says exactly what I thought it would..."
    "Simplistic but Understandable"
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    If you don't mind using a credit, or paying current price of $7 theres pretty good info (if concise) on the subject of Body Language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (497)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "The Title Says it All"
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    (sing with me ...REM)
    "its the end of the world as we know it..."

    The comet is coming, the comet is coming!

    A newly-promoted Detective is not going to let a little thing like death and dying get in the way of his dreams, especially when he senses foul play.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elmer Gantry

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sinclair Lewis
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    A greedy, philandering Baptist minister, Elmer Gantry turns to evangelism and becomes the leader of a large Methodist congregation. Often exposed as a fraud, he is never fully discredited. Elmer Gantry is considered a landmark American novel and one of the most penetrating studies of hypocrisy in modern literature. It portrays the evangelistic activity that was common in 1920s America as well as attitudes toward it.

    Erez says: "Halleluja, Brother Lewis!"
    "Heavy-Handed and Tiresome"
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    I would not recommend reading "Elmer Gantry", unless you desire bad feelings for the church (a church from about 100 years ago!).

    Elmer Gantry is the original "snake-oil" salesman, and the Anti-Hero of this story.

    The book chronicles his upbringing as a bully, his disgraces throughout seminary, and his later 'smooth' rise to the pinnacles of evangelical preaching. Written in 1926, Elmer Gantry echoes many sentiments we now associate with that time period: apple pie and ice cream socials, fear of “Communist Sympathizers”, racism, and (of course) loud and sanctimonious “Revival Preachers”.

    Sinclair hammers the reader over the head with the notion that all pastors (save but one or two cardboard cut-out characters) are immoral, liars, thieves, athiests, or all of the above. He brings up important points about the hypocrisy of "Professional Good Men", but I wondered often what he was actually trying to say. (?)

    The morals of the story seemed to be: All pastors are hypocrites; Religion is laughable: All religions have good points if not taken seriously; The congregation of a church is mostly made up of dumb sheep; and etc...

    Verdict: skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Silo Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (971)

    Wool introduced the silo and its inhabitants. Shift told the story of their making. Dust will chronicle their undoing. Welcome to the underground.

    Tango says: "Meanders, then races to a satisfying conclusion"
    "Slow start to a (mostly) satisfying ending"
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    The last book in the 'Silo' Trilogy.

    It starts out slow enough, and only really builds interest about half-way through. It wraps up the Silo trilogy in such a way that was somewhat predictable, and allows for another book to follow (if the movie options aren't immediately forthcoming).

    This was the weakest of the three books, and also the most confusing storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Ones: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robert Gregory Browne
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (250)

    Assistant District Attorney Beth Crawford and her sister, Jen, take a much needed vacation in Baja California, but the fun in the sun doesn't last long when Jen disappears without a trace on the streets of Playa del Sol. Now Beth must navigate the underbelly of a city she doesn't know, and the only one who can help her is Nick Vargas, a disgraced newspaper reporter on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cult with big plans for its annual celebration...on the Day of the Dead.

    shelley says: "Another winner from Robert Gregory Browne"
    "Mystery / Whodunnit / Trouble in Mexico"
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    A disgraced reporter needs a new story to pick up the pieces of his shattered career. Plagiarism, fraud and addiction to prescription meds can be hard for a newspaper man to recover from.

    He happens upon word of a missing American in Mexico, and smells a story, and a cover-up. That is where his trouble begins, and he witnesses movements of dangerous men.

    Several stories intertwine, and finally resolve in a mostly satisfying conclusion (if not slightly predictable). There are moments of brilliant writing throughout, most notably the moment where a main character is hit on the head and suffers a concussion. remember the writing here! if you choose to read this novel.

    If this description sounds like your cup-of-tea, you will likely enjoy this well-written novel.

    Narration by Scott Brick is solid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8635)
    Performance
    (6066)
    Story
    (6102)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Fantasy about Allomancy"
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    Although the story was 24 hours long, I thought it could have been shortened by half.

    There was simply too much explanation about the mechanics of the "magic" in this world. I know as much as the author does about this magic system. I don't think needed to know so much, and I am sure I did not want to know so much.
    As a previous review stated, the language was simple, but effective, with the occasional word that none has ever heard of (an which seems out of place).

    *I have read many of fantasy novels in my formative years, and perhaps that makes me unable to separate this from a book from a "YA Fiction". And therefore, I would only recommend this for teenagers and young adult.

    Narration was steady and enjoyable for the entire 24 hours of reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere [Adaptation]

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Christopher Lee, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, and others
    Overall
    (1384)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1304)

    A BBC Radio six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling novel, starring James McAvoy as Richard and Natalie Dormer as Door. Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere....

    Gayle says: "Superb"
    "Distracting Narration"
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    I really dislike group narrations (adaptations?). Reminds me of a hokey "radio-hour" rather than the reading of a novel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Truth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Peter Temple
    • Narrated By Michael Carman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Inspector Stephen Villani, head of homicide in Melbourne, Australia, has a full agenda: a murdered woman in a penthouse apartment, three men butchered in a sadistic rampage, a tattoo-faced drug dealer corrupting his rebellious daughter, and a crumbling marriage. As these seemingly unrelated events begin to unfold, Villani finds himself immersed in an unfamiliar world of political scandal and ethical ambiguity.

    Lucido says: "Poor Narration Can Ruin the Best Book"
    "Slow"
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    In "Truth", the story is a little slow and lacks suspense. On top of that, the 'mystery' of the initial crime is distracted by the Detectives sloppy lifestyle and inner turmoil. This might be fine, except that the reader is apt to miss the point.

    The main character's monologue, or the story's narrative, tends to switch topics without warning, making the storyline difficult to track (this, likely due to subtlety in the writing, stylistic differences of Australian crime-writing, and reader inattentiveness).




    Bottom Line: "Truth" is not a bad novel, just slow, and rather boring, but there worse ones out there. 50/50.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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