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Okemos, MI, USA


  • Winner Takes All: Wynn, Kerkorian, Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Christina Binkley
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway

    Steve Wynn. Kirk Kerkorian. Dr. Gary Loveman. The first two are world-famous for their flamboyant, often outrageous efforts to dominate Las Vegas. But it's the third - an economist from Harvard Business School, unknown even to most of the guests at his high-profile casinos - who may now have the most impact.

    Pete Kokkinis says: "Fabulous book! Narrator was bleh."
    "Some hilarious mispronunciations"

    The book is a bit tepid, possibly because the style is dry, but mostly because the narrator sounds like a zombie. Best of all, however, are her mispronunciations. Apparently this narrator knows no foreign language or even English words with more than four syllables. For example, at one point when describing Steve Wynn's attempts to attract top chefs she pronounces the French word "eau" "ewww," then, alas, tries to render Wynn's quotation about Americans confusing "eau" with "eww" as if the words were pronounced exactly the same way. It would be nice to have a better standard for narrators so one could at least hear language pronounced somewhat close to the way it's supposed to be pronounced.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

    Michael says: "Very enjoyable listen!"
    "Too bad"
    What would have made Cooked better?

    Michael Pollan, an author I generally liked, tries so hard not to be sexist that he is pretty darned sexist. Gee, he didn't discover cooking. And now that he has, I guess it is important. Cannot finish listening to this. He probably has a broken arm from patting himself on the back.

    Has Cooked turned you off from other books in this genre?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He cannot pronounce "culinary."

    Any additional comments?

    Gee, why are you telling us how to structure our reviews?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher: Anatomy of a Mafia Psychopath

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Born in 1954 and raised in Gravesend, Brooklyn, Tommy Pitera was a thin boy with a high-pitched voice who was bullied because of his feminine voice. As a teenager, he became obsessed with martial arts and with a religious fervor began studying karate to protect himself. After winning a karate tournament, Pitera traveled to Japan, where he was trained by a martial arts expert for three years.

    Marc Worley says: "Slow and dull"
    "This is hilariously bad writing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I enjoyed the book, but partly because it is so badly written that its repetitions, passive voice sentences, the whole trite shebang was amusing. The good thing was the parallel of the stories of the hit man and the DEA officer. But this author actually uses about four adjectives in the place of one and they all mean exactly the same thing.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Butcher?

    Half of the adjectives

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James Stewart: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Donald Dewey
    • Narrated By Tom Parker

    In the most penetrating and in-depth biography yet written about the beloved screen icon, award-winning author Donald Dewey delves beneath the persona into the usually unremarked turmoil of the actor's private life and behind the earnest Capraesque image so often accepted as the Stewart identity.

    Jan says: "Love Jimmy Stewart"
    "A bit anti-intellectual"

    This biography might be better if the author were not so critical of Stewart's values of work and discipline. Apparently, this author views the Scots-Irish as about a foot less intolerant than the Klan. The guy is also quite unfortunately anti-intellectual, taking gratuitous pot-shots at academic material that he obviously does not understand or where he has clearly missed the point. Most of the negativity is not necessary and produces a kind of ambivalent view even of Stewart himself.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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