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Stephen

Evergreen Park, IL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Leslie T. Chang
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (123)

    A book of global significance that provides new insight into China, Factory Girls demonstrates how the mass movement from rural villages to cities is remaking individual lives and transforming Chinese society, much as immigration to America's shores remade our own country a century ago.

    Roy says: "Cumulative Effect"
    "Well Done"
    Overall

    Very well written, good narration, and good audio quality. I was a little disappointed in that there was very little mention of non-migrant workers who also are in the same boat as the authors friends. Specifically, what is the fate of institutionalized girls within the factor workforce?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spook Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (140)

    Bobby Chombo is a "producer" and an enigma. In his day job, Bobby is a troubleshooter for manufacturers of military navigation equipment. He refuses to sleep in the same place twice. He meets no one. Hollis Henry, an investigative journalist, has been told to find him.

    wendy says: "Loved it"
    "Slow start.....good ending"
    Overall

    I had a hard time caring about any of the characters until about half way through... then it got interesting. From the beginning you know that these people are inter-twined but the author doesn't reveal any clues until the half way point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5632)
    Performance
    (3812)
    Story
    (3820)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "As always great story (not so good ending)"
    Overall

    The line was very well developed, typical level of detail. However, the ending seemed rushed (like there was a deadline or vacation nearing). There was far too much wrapped up in the final 4 or 5 chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Ember

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Daniel Levin
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    When Jonathan's firm sends him to Rome to discredit the testimony of a prominent U.N. antiquities official, a chance reunion leads to a hunt for the legendary Tabernacle Menorah: solid gold, eight feet high, stolen 2,000 years ago and never recovered. As Jonathan and his friend scour Rome's ancient sites for hints to its whereabouts, they quickly realize they are not alone and the precious menorah is a key to controlling history itself.

    John says: "Rich in action and historical detail"
    "Just Okay"
    Overall

    As far as crime / investigation stories go, this is just okay. Fairly predictable and a little too much of a scavenger hunt. The characters were well developed; overall boring.
    The narrator was good, but the mixing was a little amateurish (back ground noise & tonal fluctuations).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neighbor: A Detective D. D. Warren Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card, Kirby Heyborne, Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1376)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (715)

    It was a case guaranteed to spark a media feeding frenzy: a young mother, blond and pretty, disappears without a trace from her South Boston home, leaving behind her four-year-old daughter as the only witness and her handsome, secretive husband as the prime suspect. But from the moment Detective Sergeant D. D. Warren arrives at the Joneses - a snug little bungalow, she senses something off about the picture of wholesome normality the couple worked so hard to create.

    KSK says: "Listen to "Say Goodbye" first"
    "Blah, blah, blah - get on with it!"
    Overall

    The key clues to solving the characters inter-relationships and the storyline are dangled in front of the reader but not exposed until the end; a lazy author. This is especially annoying when the character in question is speaking in first person - they KNOW what they experienced and should be able to describe that event in detail.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Liars & Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Guerin Barry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (170)

    Tommy Carmellini is sent to post guard duty at a farmhouse in Virginia's remote Blue Ridge Mountains, where top government operatives are debriefing a star defector: the ultimate KGB insider, a man with records on every operation and every dirty trick the shadowy intelligence agency has ever run, from Lenin to Putin.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast Paced - Good Read!"
    "Fair Storyline, Poor Quality"
    Overall

    The editing on this recording was not good - volume fluctuations, echoing, background noise, etc.

    The storyline was just okay; there were many more interesting aspects of the storyline that were not explored. Basically, the author took the easiest route and focused on a single character-line. There were a few lame attempts to expand the storyline beyond the single character focus, but they were short lived and overall ineffectual.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Choke

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (149)

    Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's controversial and blazingly original debut novel, introduced a fresh and even renegade talent to American fiction, one who has retooled the classic black humor of Terry Southern and Kurt Vonnegut for the lunacy of the millennial age. In this novel, Choke, he gives listeners a vision of life and love and sex and mortality that is both chillingly brilliant and teeth-rattlingly funny.

    Pamela says: "Oh please, not another abridged!!!"
    "Delivery"
    Overall

    Chuck - don't read your own books, hire a professional. Good story by the delivery leaves something to be desired.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Missed Fortune 101: A Starter Kit to Becoming a Millionaire

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Douglas R. Andrew
    • Narrated By Douglas R. Andrew
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Missed Fortune 101 is like no other money guide. Author and financial strategist Douglas R. Andrew dares to question the conventional wisdom on personal finance that most people accept. He shows you how to seize financial opportunities you never knew existed. With Missed Fortune 101 as your guide, you'll never view your house, your mortgage, your retirement plans, your investments, and your other assets the same way again.

    Stephen says: "Do Not Listen to this advice"
    "Do Not Listen to this advice"
    Overall

    To start with the author never stops 'selling' the book ("you will learn how to...", "I will teach you...” etc) it goes on and on. The narrator’s monotone delivery doesn’t help the matter.

    Secondly, the first half is personal finance 101 for Homer Simpson, "duh".

    Finally, [and yes, the author does eventually get to a point] the advice offered is logically flawed and potentially dangerous. The book makes the naive assumptions of continued economic growth and strong personal discipline on the part of the reader. You would do better investing the money you would have spent on this book and buy lottery tickets!!

    25 of 44 people found this review helpful

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