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  • That's Not in My American History Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas Ayres
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Most people don't know that Benjamin Franklin almost killed himself trying to electrocute a turkey; the Wright brothers were not the first to fly an airplane; there was a 14th state that the original 13 wouldn't let join the Union; and that Benedict Arnold helped save the American Revolution. All this and more is revealed in That's Not in My American History Book.

    TR says: "A Great Book!"
    "A Great Book!"
    Overall

    If only you could remember half of what's in this book... Depending on your personality, you could be the next Cliff Clavin or teach American history. I listen to a lot of history books and find myself going back to listen to something covered in this book. The trouble is - I end up listening to the rest of the book in it's entirely because it's so interesting. I've probably listened to this book about 10 times - I could never delete from my iPod. I wish there was a sequel.

    Do yourself a favor and put it in your shopping cart!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10071)
    Performance
    (9123)
    Story
    (9201)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Time I will never get back..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Dan Brown fans will love this book because they love Dan Brown. Too many convenient coincidences and ridiculous plot twists to be believable.


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Characters flip-flopped constantly. They were good, then they were evil. This seemingly private army runs amok through the streets of Florence without ever bumping into actual policemen. Some sense of reality would have been hugely appreciated.


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    Paul Michael was ok. Not great. The story was so bad that no narrator could have pleased me.


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    Oh, where to start! The doctor with the open sores on his face seems to be the one most expendable, although there were several others who were more annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really hoping Robert Langdon would be killed off. Dan Brown caught lightning in a bottle with the DaVinci Code. The Lost Symbol was good, but the others have such unbelievable elements to them that they frustrate me. Robert Langdon survived a helicopter explosion by surfing back to earth on a piece of the fuselage. I think I'm done with Dan.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • America's Prophet: Moses and the American Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Bruce Feiler
    • Narrated By Bruce Feiler
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    The exodus story is America's story. Moses is our real founding father. In this groundbreaking book, New York Times best-selling author Bruce Feiler travels through touchstones in American history and traces the biblical prophet's influence from the Mayflower through today.

    TR says: "Another great book"
    "Another great book"
    Overall

    Probably the most amazing thing about this book is that it illustrates how Moses has been a central character in the history of our country and nobody knew it. But it's all there and Bruce does a great job of moving through US history - from the Pilgrims on the Mayflower to George W. and Obama. Scholarly and entertaining. I am fascinated about American history and have read and listened to just about anything I can get my hands on and yet, I was constantly educated with this book. I've already started it over again. Well worth the money!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1721)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (635)

    The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

    Marc Swanson says: "Difficult to listen to!!!"
    "Awful narration"
    Overall

    The story was probably pretty good, but the narration...UGH! Buy the paperback.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Friendship: 70 Simple Rules for Making Meaningful Connections

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, and others
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Real friendships, that rarity in our modern life of casual attitudes and frantic schedules, are on the brink of extinction. This stylish and elegant primer on making and maintaining authentic friendships throughout one's life is the antidote. Thoughtfully composed by Roger Horchow, legendary retail magnate, and Sally Horchow, Roger's daughter, this audiobook explains how making true connections greatly enhances one's experience of life.

    TR says: "Unlistenable"
    "Unlistenable"
    Overall

    Make sure you don't make the same mistake I did and buy this without listening to the entire sample. The authors narrate parts of this book and they are not very good. Actually, that's an understatement. This might be a fantastic book in print - or might be a great book with different narrators - but I wasn't able to get past the first hour before I threw in the towel.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Instinct

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    Jason Steadman is a 30-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for an electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He's a witty, charismatic guy who's well liked at the office, but he lacks the "killer instinct" necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason's been sidelined.

    Emma says: "Mediocre at best"
    "predictable"
    Overall

    I think the story is pretty predictable. Read the publisher's summary and you've got the book. And I'm sorry, but I don't get the whole Scott Brick-thing. To me, he is overly dramatic and certainly can't pull off a regular guy, much less a tough guy like Kurt Semko. He reminds me of Thurston Howell III. I know I'm in the minority. I think this may be my last Finder book and my last Scott Brick listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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