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Bob V.

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  • End This Depression Now!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro, Paul Krugman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (202)

    The Great Recession that began in 2007 is now more than four years old - and counting. Some 24 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and at recent rates of job creation we won’t be back to normal levels of employment until late this decade. This is a tragedy. Do we have to accept it? "No!" is the resounding answer given by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman in this call to arms. We have seen this situation before and we know how to fix it; all we lack is the political will to take action.

    Michael says: "Listen to this before you vote!"
    "Krugman shows the way"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about End This Depression Now!?

    The logical reasoning to understandable conclusions based on reliable economics


    What did you like best about this story?

    The hope it provides that we can kick start this economy if only we can develop the political will.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro and Paul Krugman – was your favorite?

    N/A


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no. There were a few funny parts describing the shenanigans of certain politicians.


    Any additional comments?

    This will make tea partiers nuts with anger.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3965)
    Performance
    (3242)
    Story
    (3210)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    Amazon Customer says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Not what I had been led to expect"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I saw Mr. Grisham on "Morning Joe" and I caught a few of the ads for this book. I needed some good laughs so I used a credit and got it. Unfortunately, Noel Coward it is not. There are some chuckles and mild amusement but more of a picket line than an actual laugh riot.
    What this book does do is tell a hero story in the context of law practice down where the rubber meets the road. It is an environment where judges grant delays until a client pays up, and lawyers find ways to cruise hospitals or run to the noise of an accident in their quest for clients. In a way the title is itself a bit misleading for none of the principals is actually a litigator in the sense that they try cases. Rather, they are negotiators seeking to get the best deal for their clients because that is the best deal for them. Greed and altruism are also in the mix of motivations that propel the law firm of Finley & Figg into disaster and beyond. "And there's a happy ending, of course." Not a bad listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deliver Us from Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1608)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (582)

    In South America a 96-year-old man of great wealth reads a book late one night and an hour later he lies dead in his bed, the secrets of his past starkly revealed. Six months later another mystery man lies dead at the bottom of his pool in a villa in Provence. This time, however, there's a witness at the scene: Shaw, the shadowy operative from The Whole Truth who barely escapes with his life.

    B. Bozeman says: "Disappointing"
    "no cigar"
    Overall

    I love audiobooks but had to struggle to finish this one. About halfway through it became very gee gosh golly gosh about how tough everyone was and the descriptions got weak and cliched. The reading was good, but nothing could save this from the poor writing. Baldacci should take a break and get back in touch with his creative side.

    0 of 0 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
    Overall
    (2265)
    Performance
    (875)
    Story
    (881)

    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"
    "A great combination"
    Overall

    A tropical setting, lush writing and expressive reading combine to the point that one could forget he was listening to a narration and actually "see" the story unfold in his mind's eye.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Heroes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history.

    Janet C. Walker says: "Excellent"
    "One genius magnifies another"
    Overall

    I am a white-knuckle flyer who desperately needs a distraction while in the air, but who gets a headache when he tries to read. This gem of a book and its narration by a talented actor of the highest caliber gave me flight without fear. I got so engrossed in the story that the thunk of retracting/deploying landing gear, the bumps of clear air turbulence and the whine of revving engines faded into the background of my consciousness. After my arrival at the Thanksgiving gathering I probably did not spend as much time with my dear in-laws as I should have because I kept trekking back to the guest room to listen to what would happen next. I agree with those who appreciate Mr. Herrmann's voicings which for me required no more than the usual suspension of disbelief in my theater of the mind. Once this was accomplished the story flowed seamlessly from beginning to end. Mr. Herrmann has on occassion expressed his concern about being typecast as a comic actor. I can see why, for some of the scenes he portrayed caused me to laugh out loud (much to the consternation of those around me.) There was a contextual problem in voicing this book which made it almost impossible for the narrator to avoid giving away one of the surprises in advance, but it was more of an "Aha, I knew it!" than a spoiler. For me this audio was a bargain even at the premium price. I wish you all the happy and satisfying listening experience that I believe this audio will provide.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Conscience

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Blish
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Father Ruiz-Sanchez is a dedicated man - a priest who is also a scientist, and a scientist who is also a human being. He has found no insoluble conflicts in his beliefs or his ethics...until he is sent to Lithia. There he comes upon a race of aliens who are admirable in every way except for their total reliance on cold reason; they are incapable of faith or belief. Confronted with a profound scientific riddle and ethical quandary, Father Ruiz-Sanchez soon finds himself torn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent audio book of a Hugo winning story"
    "Moldy Oldie still gets it done"
    Overall

    This is a decent listen. Once I had started I kept going back to hear more even when it was not so convenient. Some strange anomalies such as space travel and tape recorders in 2050 were a little offputting. But this sort of thing fits into the "Where is my flying car?" category of criticism. The crux of this novel is a moral dilemma forced on a Jesuit priest.
    There is no evidence to suggest that James Blish published this work himself. The novel is knowledgeably critical of the RC church, but no more than of mankind as a whole. The ending is anticlimactic in that while a world is destroyed, nothing is really settled. If you are interested in an off-the-wall take on original sin, the fall, and salvation as viewed by a writer-scientist of the mid-twentieth century this would be just your meat.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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