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Susan

Benicia, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (195)

    Every marketer tells a story. And if they do it right, we believe them. We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $80,000 Porsche Cayenne is vastly superior to a $36,000 VW Touareg, which is virtually the same car. We believe that $225 Pumas will make our feet feel better, and look cooler, than $20 no-names...and believing it makes it true.

    Oscar says: "Just OK for me."
    "Great Tips on Marketing Communications"
    Overall

    Seth offers some very useful insight into what works in marketing communications today and offers some good advice for getting customers to notice your product. It's all about experience and what they believe, not truth or facts or features and benefits. I've used his ideas successfully to structure some recent marketing campaigns.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Whittaker Chambers
    • Narrated By John MacDonald
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (46)

    First published in 1952, Witness came on the heals of America's trial of the century, in which Whittaker Chambers accused Alger Hiss, a full-standing member of the political establishment, of spying for the Soviet Union. In this penetrating philosophical memoir, Chambers recounts the famous case as well as his own experiences as a Communist agent in the United States, his later renunciation of communism, and his conversion to Christianity.

    Susan says: "Great history about Communism"
    "Great history about Communism"
    Overall

    I paid attention in history class, but Whitaker Chambers was never mentioned in my education. I knew about Alger Hiss and Senator McCarthy's pursuit of communists, but I didn't know about Chambers until I heard a Princeton professor discussing him on a C-Span book review show. I have never read a non fiction work with such a soul searching narrative of how a man becomes a communist, what it means to be a communist, how the communist party operated in the US in the 1930s and 40s, and how difficult, lonely and terrifying it is to leave the communist party and be persecuted by the liberal media, the government and public opinion. Whitaker Chambers is a great writer and a very courageous man, and in the end his allegations against Hiss triumph but not without a great personal sacrifice. I was deeply moved by his story and his courage.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6173)
    Performance
    (4199)
    Story
    (4171)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "A compelling tough guy thriller"
    Overall

    This is my first Jack Reacher novel and I am already adding others to my wish list. Jack Reacher is a little bit Sam Spade, a little bit Dirty Harry and a little bit Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly's famous detective). The beginning of the story reminded me of Kafka's Metamorphosis. You don't know Jack, you don't know how he got into his predicament, you don't know if he's a good guy or a bad guy and he doesn't tell you much, at least not at first. Listening to it with Dick Hill's great narration, was more like watching a great episode of the old Twilight Zone series in richly textured black and white with great character actors. To be sure, there are some implausible plot twists, and Jack is a little slow to grasp some clues, but the complexity of the plot and the fact that it is simply told in the first person by Jack, progressing the story in chronological order rather than the modern method of presenting various, simultaneously-occurring scenes and plot threads then weaving them together, made this a refreshing and very satisfying read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6140)
    Performance
    (1724)
    Story
    (1749)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Science Vs. Religion"
    Overall

    A well done story pitting science against religion in which, amazingly, both come out winners. Great plot twists and a wonderfully satisfying travel tour of Rome with some interesting backgound on papal history.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (567)

    Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

    Greg says: "Wonderful Book"
    "Mesmerizing"
    Overall

    I thought Crime & Punishment was tedious when I read it in high school, but listening to this reading was a completely different experience. I was spellbound by the vivid imagery and the art with which Dostoevsky paints characters' emotions. So many interesting characters with so many interesting traits and range and a fascinating examination of conscience, guilt and atonement. George Guidall is an excellent reader. His ability to differintiate between characters makes this particular book more like a performance than a reading.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Real-Time Marketing

    • NONE (57 mins)
    • By Regis McKenna
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Marcos Henrique Faco says: "Old Ideas"
    "Visionary, but dated"
    Overall

    Regis McKenna is always interesting to listen to, but this speech is at least 7 years old. I heard a speech very similar to this from him 10 years ago and much has happened in marketing since then. It would be great if Audible could get some more recent content from Regis, though I suspect he is retired by now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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