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Jo

San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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7
REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
7

  • The Anderson Tapes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    This novel represents the first appearance of Lawrence Sanders' most famous character, Edward X. Delaney, and the masterpiece of murder and suspense that launched Sanders' career. This suspenseful classic is brought to life by a full cast, including L. J. Ganser, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett, Zoe Hunter, Gabra Zackman, Lauren Fortgang, Kevin T. Collins, Josh Hurley and Peter Ganim.

    Dave Cole says: "Poorly Suited to Audio Format"
    "A little dated"
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    I enjoy all of the author's Matthew Scudder books, but found this early work a little dated and stiff. It was Ok, but not my most enjoyable listen.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joseph Berger
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In this eloquent and glorious memoir, New York Times reporter Joseph Berger reflects upon his days growing up in Manhattan’s Upper West Side following World War II. Berger and his family, Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust, arrived in New York in 1950. Their fascinating story of adaptation in a strange, new world speaks universally of the trials millions of American immigrants have faced.

    Jo says: "Best type of memoir"
    "Best type of memoir"
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    I alternate my listening between fiction and non-fiction. For non-fiction listening I enjoy memoirs and autobiographies and this is one of the best I have heard. I enjoyed this book because of the combination of personal stories mixed with history. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy this book although I do think there will some extra resonance for Jewish listeners in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3775)
    Performance
    (3363)
    Story
    (3377)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Good Popular History"
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    I read a lot of history and I had read a lot about the Lincoln assasination, but I still learned some new facts from this book. For those who don't usually read history books, I think this would be an enjoyable new type of reading. The events are laid out in a logical and very dramatic way-more like a story than the usual history book. My one objection is the narrator. O'Reilly should not read his own books. He should have a professional do the job. I know he is a TV personality, but being on TV and being able to read a book for an audience are not the same. Also, I have to agree with another reviewer who noted that O'Reilly doesn't say the word cavalry properly. O'Reilly says calvary when he means cavalry and after awhile it really gets annoying because the word cavalry comes up a lot. .

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10733)
    Performance
    (9741)
    Story
    (9761)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Kept Me Listening"
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    This book is not my usual type of book. When I purchased it, I thought it was a straight forward mystery. but I found it has a sci fi twist. I am not usually a sci fi reader, but the premise of this book was intriguing and kept me listening. Usually I am doing some type of light work while I am listening, housework, etc, but 14 was so interesting that at times I just stopped work and sat down to listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I'm a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    After living in Britain for two decades, Bill Bryson recently moved back to the United States with his English wife and four children (he had read somewhere that nearly 3 million Americans believed they had been abducted by aliens - as he later put it, "It was clear my people needed me." They were greeted by a new and improved America that boasts microwave pancakes, twenty-four-hour dental-floss hotlines, and the staunch conviction that ice is not a luxury item.

    Lynn says: "How strange! Not as recently written as described."
    "Dismal and putrid"
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    I listen to an average of 3 or more audible books per month and have done so for awhile. I usually don't bother to review books, but this one was so bad I was compelled to write a review. I have read other Bill Bryson books , At Home & his Shakespeare book, & enjoyed them, but this one is a dud. It is a collection of columns he wrote for a British newspaper in the 90's. The colums are dated and consist mostly of bashing Americans to amuse the Brits. I wouldn't mind the bashing if the columns were witty, but these are not. I realize Bryson has made his living as a "professional American" among the Brits, and these columns probably were his bread and butter in the UK, but this book just leaves a bad taste in my my mouth. In these columns Bryson panders to the Brits making sure to emphasize what unsophisticated rubes Americans are. Also, there is a little too much political correctness involved and all the preachy left wing drivel is at odds with the humor he is trying to invoke. I listened to the first part and part of the second, but couldn't finish the book. This is the first audible book I have ever abandoned. After listening to this twadle, my main thought was that our idea to separate ourselves from the British was THE BEST IDEA EVER. I know we have plenty of faults, but thank goodness we are independent.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune Cookie

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (238)

    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    Lia says: "Enjoyable easy listen"
    "Great Story Telling"
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    This was the first Bryce Courtenay book I have listened to, but it won't be the last.Courtenay really knows how to tell a story. Humphrey Bower's narration makes the book. Also as a personal preference I really like a longer book, more time to get to know the characters and feel lost in another world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (440)

    Jay Gatsby is still in love with Daisy, whom he met during the war when he was penniless. Having made himself wealthy through illegal means, he now lives in a mansion across the bay from the home of Daisy Buchanan, who has since married for money. Holding on to his illusion of Daisy as perfect, he seeks to impress her with his wealth, and uses his new neighbor, Nick Carraway, (our narrator), to reach her.

    Tad Davis says: "Didn't realize how good this was"
    "A classic"
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    Even though I have read this before, listening is another dimension allowing one to really savor both the wit and the underlying sadness and cruelty of this classic American novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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