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  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
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  • 10 purchased in 2014

  • When the Wind Blows

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Blair Brown

    Frannie O'Neill, a young and talented veterinarian whose husband was recently murdered, comes across an amazing discovery near her animal hospital in the woods. Kit Harrison, a troubled and unconventional FBI agent, soon arrives on her doorstep with an agenda of his own.

    Deanna M Newton says: "Beginning of a new series?"
    "Eye Opener"

    In addition to telling a great story, When the Wind Blows makes you wonder about what is really being genetically developed behind closed doors. The ying/yang between good and evil aspects of genetically altered species is intriguing. Instead of being adverse to the evil creators, the beauty that they created, winged beings, is almost awe inspiring. It is easy for one to quickly forget the number of trial and errors that were undertaken before the final product was perfected. And, the rescue and safety of the winged children is the lasting overtone of the story and keeps you coming back to listen again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Bad Bio"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The question is not applicable. The book is for everyone. It offers information. It is the information in the book that determines whether or not you enjoy being informed.

    Has Steve Jobs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, what is in one book does not follow to another.

    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know if it was the narrator or the author, but the tone of the book was definitly demeaning. It portrayed Jobs as an uneducated, smelly, drug using, controlling little child. Not a genius.

    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, I now understand the logic behind the Apple computers design and appearance.

    Any additional comments?

    This book may have portrayed Steve Jobs correctly, but if he was such a genius this book did not portray him as such. He comes across as a stoned individual that used other people at all cost to attain success.

    I understand that if you maintain control of any computer environment that it can seem flawless or at least more easily correctable. As a software engineer, I know that master control of software and hardware make them easier to fix and personally would have preferred to worked in such an environment. In Steve Jobs case, it assured him that no other ideas interfered with his idea.

    I keep rewriting this critique because I tend to allow my emotions for Steve Jobs to override the content of the book. However, as a result of the book, I have a much lower opinion of Steve Jobs. He was 'ME' oriented to an extreme, not considering other people or their opinions at all.

    Did I enjoy the book? Not really. I was looking or information that would give me a more uplifting opinion of Steve Jobs. One positive thing that the book did accomplish was to give me a respect for the product that Steve Jobs produced. He had a vision and he stuck to it come hell or high water.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Tears

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders

    Police detective Harry Lyon is a perfectionist who likes his files error-free. To Harry's dismay, his partner, Connie Gulliver, embraces chaos, urging him to "get in touch with the rhythms of destruction." But when Harry and Connie have to kill in the line of duty, the ensuing surreal nightmare makes Connie's cynical world view seem all too accurate.

    Dan's Gal Sal says: "My first Koontz, but not my last!"
    "Brilliant Thriller"

    In a world of prolific book writers, Dean Koontz has time and again written the BEST thrillers. His imagination reaches into a realm that I would not ever allow my own imagination to venture. I have read and listened to 'Dragon Tears' twice and will probably listen to it again sometime in the future. It has made its place to my TOP TEN list of all time favorites. Moreover, Jay O Sanders reading of the book was brilliant 'INTeresting.' The portrayal of Harry, Connie, Woofer et al caused the words to leap off the pages, bringing the characters into my life where I could relate to them. This is a story of such dark dimensions yet the use of 'Woofer' added just the right amount of humor. It made you laugh out loud. Great Book! Thank-you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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