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Louise

Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

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  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (129)

    In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

    Douglas says: "suffers from abridgement"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    I had no idea what a fascinating man Ben Franklin was. Do yourself a favor and download this fabulous book. You won't be bored for a moment and you will learn so much about Ben, early America and the founding of our country.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Alan Deutschman
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    From the acclaimed Vanity Fair and GQ journalist - an unprecedented, in-depth portrait of the man whose return to Apple precipitated one of the biggest turnarounds in business history.

    Thomas says: "Awesome background on Apple, NeXT, and Pixar."
    "Please Read This Book!"
    Overall

    I am so fed up with the "experts" on TV who think they know everything about Steve Jobs and what he has done for Apple. This book gives specifics regarding the steps Jobs took to get Apple back on its feet. This is a real businessman who knows what he is doing and knows how to run a company. Not just for the Apple enthusiast, this book will give you a real look at business today and how to get it right.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Axeman's Jazz

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Smith
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Edgar Award-winning author Julie Smith's sequel to New Orleans Mourning follows the rising career of police officer Skip Langdon. Recently promoted to detective, she finds herself chasing a killer who is preying on members of New Orleans' various 12-step programs.

    Louise says: "Darn!"
    "Darn!"
    Overall

    I loved the author's other book "New Orleans Mourning" which is a love ode and guide book to the city of New Orleans and a very good detective mystery. This book has its moments but the author's obsession with twelve step programs bored me to tears. Skip the chapter on the programs and you may have fun trying to guess murderer and motive.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Last Car to Elysian Fields

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    When Dave Robicheaux, learns that an old friend, Father Jimmie Dolan has been the victim of a particularly brutal assault, he returns to New Orleans to investigate, if only unofficially.

    Joseph says: "Another winner."
    "Crap!"
    Overall

    It's another one of those "I hate the South books" in which all blacks are innocent saints tortured by all whites (except the protagonist, of course). All white women are either naive snobs or crack whores. And yet, the author says people who call Southerners racist, "have their own agenda." Duh! That's you, Burke! When someone's phone is tapped to capture a terrorist, he is told it is the, "George Bush Era." Not the "Osama Bin Laden Era", not the "9/11 Era", not the "War on Terror Era." I am furious. I have sat through 3/4 of this racist, facist crap and I can't take it anymore.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • New Orleans Mourning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Julie Smith
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    This Edgar Award-winning work offers a revealing glimpse into the hidden world of New Orleans high society and an intricately plotted murder mystery. The novel introduces rookie cop Skip Langdon, as she investigates a seamy Mardi Gras murder.

    MB says: "Tiresome"
    "What a blast!"
    Overall

    Not only is this an exciting mystery with lots of twists, turns and interesting characters, but it is also a wonderful text for those of us planning on attending our first Mardi Gras. The author goes into great detail concerning New Orleans neighborhoods, accents, class structure. She even names a few good and a few overrated restaurants. I am so ready for Mardi Gras 2005 now.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Your Mac Life, July 1, 2004

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Shawn King
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Louise says: "Especially good show!"
    "Especially good show!"
    Overall

    Nice coverage of the WWDC and Tiger possibilities. Good to hear the real info from Konfabulator creator and not what the media has distorted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams, Hopes, Accomplishments Part 3

    • NONE (20 mins)
    • By Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Howard Hughes, and others
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Louise says: "Grace Under Fire"
    "Grace Under Fire"
    Overall

    This is a lesson to all of us because we will all face great tragedy at some point in our lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cajun Folktales

    • ABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By J.J. Reneaux
    • Narrated By J.J. Reneaux
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Nationally acclaimed storyteller J.J. Reneaux grew up Cajun for true, surrounded by the stories, music, food, and culture of rural communities in southeastern Texas and southern Louisiana. A traditional storyteller who collects by word-of-mouth, Reneaux has developed her repertoire over years of collecting: on front porches, school playgrounds, and her beloved fishing trips, as well as at nursing homes, airports, and at neighborhood fais-dodos.

    Louise says: "Charming."
    "Charming."
    Overall

    I'm going to New Orleans next week so I wanted to prepare and this was a great way to start. The stories are charming, good for adults and kids. The Cajun language is fun and the reader has a lovely voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iliad

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Homer
    • Narrated By Roger Rees
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Originally meant to be heard rather than read, this great epic returns to the oral form for today's listeners.

    Tad Davis says: "An impassioned reading"
    "Get ready for Troy"
    Overall

    I thought it would be fun to reread the Iliad before seeing the movie Troy which comes out in May. I was right. This book was wonderful. I had forgotten how exciting it is. These are some of literature's greatest personalities. I'm only sorry I didn't get the unabridged version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Empress Orchid

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Anchee Min
    • Narrated By Alexandra O'Karma
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Seventeen-year-old Orchid belongs to an aristocratic family that has fallen on hard times. Unexpectedly, she is chosen as one of the emperor's lesser concubines. Within the Forbidden City are thousands of women hoping to bear the emperor a son and become his empress. Orchid, determined and resourceful, schemes her way into the royal bed and seduces the emperor. But as the opium trade erodes the might of the Ch'ing dynasty, Orchid find herself at the center of a crumbling nation.

    Stacey says: "Empress Orchid"
    "Orchid Ennui"
    Overall

    The last empress of China was a fascinating person and a great leader. This book has little history and is mostly an account of court etiquette. I was bored most of the time. The reader has an interesting voice but a bad habit of swallowing hard every few minutes. So, if you want to learn more about the Forbidden City and the extravagant court life of the Chinese emporers, this may interest you. Otherwise, check out some real history books.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2570)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (345)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "If you want a love story . . ."
    Overall

    Married people are boring, even if one of them is a time traveler. There are some interesting Sci Fi concepts and some really poignant moments. Imagine your future husband visiting you when you are six years old. The book is well written and very well read. But I got so sick of descirptions of pregnancy, furniture, family and friends. Thought I was listening to my sisters' friends talking about their lives. Anyway, if you like Sci Fi and love a love story, this is for you. If you hate yucky love stuff, it's not.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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