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Al

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  • The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (503)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (195)

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    Kenneth says: "Great history, poor analysis. TERRIBLE recording."
    "Good Writer, Poor Reader"
    Overall

    This book's content is engaging and might have become engrossing if a professional narrator would have read it. Kirkpatrick is a good journalist and he should just stick with that. And if what he writes about Zuckerberg is accurate then the reader may have been taken for a ride. After all, Kirkpatrick has no serious criticism to offer of FaceBook or Zuckerberg, and he even points out that Zuckerberg usually gets what he wants -- and he wanted a book written about his company! So here it is. Clearly, Kirkpatrick is mostly in awe of the entire Facebook Effect, and that MAY be valid, but we can't be sure from this book because there is simply too much cheerleading going on for us to be too trusting. Nevertheless, good information abounds here so the book is worth the time to either read or listen to it Truth be told, Kirkpatrick's narration (and odd breathing) totally exasperated me about half way through so I downloaded the book and read the rest of it on a Kindle, and I enjoyed the read much more than the listen. Too bad John Lee or Scott Brick didn't get the nod for this one.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3718)
    Performance
    (3185)
    Story
    (3166)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Linda says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Enjoyable for Regulars"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The plot is fairly predictable, but the execution of the narrative is the reason you read/listen to a Vince Flynn book. George Guidall is excellent as the narrator and makes listening to the story a fun experience. People who like Flynn will love this and people who haven't tried Flynn might be a little confused by the characters. The cast is pretty much the same as other "Assassin" books and Flynn doesn't bore his regular readers by reconstructing his characters, but newbies might not understand or appreciate some of the conflict between characters. So it is a good book but not one that new Flynn readers should start with.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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