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Scott

EASTON, MD, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ben Fountain
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (238)

    A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal" - three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew - has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide Victory Tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys....

    Melinda says: "Oh-ooo Say, Can We See?"
    "Interesting but kind of a let down"
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    Didn't really live up to the reviews I read prior to purchasing the audiobook. The first half of the book was kind of dull but picked up in the 2nd half. I suppose to make a good story everything needs to be taken to an extreme (behavior, emotions etc...). This just felt too extreme and out of the norm for a situation like this.

    Not a bad story but nothing I would recommend.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Paul Torday
    • Narrated By Paul Torday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (27)

    Author Paul Torday makes his debut with this clever absurdist novel. Fisheries scientist Dr. Alfred Jones is approached by an extravagantly wealthy sheik with a novel plan. To foster goodwill, the sheik would like to introduce salmon fishing to Yemen - the same Yemen that is largely a desert - and politicians think it's a great idea.

    Sarah says: "Lovely book"
    "Haven't seen the movie but really enjoyed the book"
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    Good read. Had a little bit of everything in it. Politics, satire, comedy, relationships and some fishing. I would highly recommend it. Don't let the title fool you. Fishing is part of the story but really only plays a minor role.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Organized in the Google Era: How to Get Stuff Out of Your Head, Find It When You Need It, and Get It Done Right

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Douglas Merrill, James A. Martin
    • Narrated By Douglas Merrill
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Whether it's a faulty memory, a tendency to multitask, or difficulty managing our time, every one of us has limitations conspiring to keep us from being organized. But, as organizational guru and former Google CIO Douglas C. Merrill points out, it isn't our fault. Our brains simply aren't designed to deal with the pressures and competing demands on our attention in today's fast-paced, information-saturated, digital world. But it doesn't have to be this way.

    Paul says: "Meh..."
    "Good Book"
    Overall

    I thought this was a really good book on how to get organized using Google and other apps. Merrill brought up good points and examples on how to search and use different applications.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Craig Nelson
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (188)

    A richly detailed and dramatic account of one of the greatest achievements of humankind. At 9:32 A.M. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. It carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins to the last frontier of human imagination: the moon.

    Joseph says: "DeJavous"
    "Very Enjoyable Book"
    Overall

    I have read other Apollo/NASA books but this one stands on its own. Really enjoyed the discussion of the "space race" and the engineering feats it took to take the US to the Moon first. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in what it took to get to the Moon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (230)

    Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

    Mark says: "Truly Inspiring and Meaningful"
    "Don't waste your time"
    Overall

    Not really worth the read. Many reviews seemed to recommend this book so I gave it a try. Too sappy and really nothing earth-shattering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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