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Paul

I don't care what anyone says - When I say that I've read a book, even if I've listened to it, it's all the same.

Philadelphia, PA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 8 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 887 titles in library
  • 121 purchased in 2014
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  • Clarence Thomas: In Conversation at the 92nd Street Y

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Clarence Thomas
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks with Jan Crawford Greenberg on his career in the court system, his shift in ideology from radical to conservative, and his opinions on affirmative action and the limits of the power of the court. Clarence Thomas is a graduate of Yale University Law School and the author of My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir.

    Paul says: "Wow!!"
    "Wow!!"
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    I would probably be classified as a liberal (what's up with these labels anyway). I really wanted to understand the mindset of an African American 'Ultraconservative' being African American myself and somewhat successful. Well, I have come to the conclusion that the end result is determined by the journey - and what a journey it was for Justice Thomas. He has a place reserved on my study wall right next to Truman, Obama, Einstein and yes Malcolm x.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (347)

    George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

    DebaDeb says: "There's an app for that!"
    "Wow!!!"
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    Robin Cook nailed this one! I work in Health Care and the idea of an app that controls a patients care is not outrageous.

    If one thinks of the just how much technology is used in health care and the outrageous cost of care in this country coupled with the use of social media for communication it doesn't take a lot of imagination to see where things COULD go.

    I found merit in both the arguments of the insurance company and the protagonist.

    An EXCELLENT book and George Guidall is icing on the cake.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4274)
    Performance
    (3735)
    Story
    (3704)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Not Bad"
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    Story

    I listened to this book based on a review that rated it as 'Almost Excellen't. Well from my perspective it was a three star.

    The story starts out really well but there were some aspects of the story that I wish the writer had spent more time developing - these aspects leaned more towards the scifi/fantasy bend of the story. I listened to the entire audio hoping that this would happen but it didn't.

    This book was very hard for me to rate. It held my attention for 40 hours but there are so many unanswered question.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12117)
    Performance
    (11004)
    Story
    (11030)

    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!!"
    "I didn't expect for it to be this good......"
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    14 will definitely keep you interested. I have found a new writer and narrator too search for and if their other works are as good as this, I'm in for a treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Stiglitz
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (383)

    The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live." Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable. He examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

    Grant says: "Dense, but important."
    "Very Informative"
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    The roots of the hyperpartisanism were clearly explained - at least this authors hypothesis. What was really interesting are the games that politicians play to get what THEY want and there are times that what they want is not in alignment with what is best for their constituents.

    I was of the belief that the present lack of bipartisan cooperation was due to Obama being an African American (and I do believe that plays a big part especially in the minds of some very vocal voters) but I have come to realize that there are bigger issues at play.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18696)
    Performance
    (16642)
    Story
    (16604)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Somewhat Different"
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    The narrator is PHENOMENAL. The story is not typical King but it's pretty good. There were parts that seemed to drag-on but I didn't stop listening. The listening experience was strange in that way. Some books are so good that I would listen to them again if given the opportunity but this is not one of those.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ironfire: A Novel of the Knights of Malta and the Last Battle of the Crusades

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Ball
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (130)

    Best-selling author David Ball has won widespread critical and popular acclaim for his sweeping novels, including Empires of Sand. With Ironfire Ball delivers a stirring historical epic of the Crusades. In the 16th century, only the Knights of Malta stand against the Ottoman Empire of Suleiman the Magnificent and his 40,000 brutal warriors.

    Corey says: "Masterpiece !!!!"
    "Phenomenal"
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    The story is excellent. There are several characters that are well developed and transitions from one subplot to another is extremely clear. The story is told from the point of view of several people and each tale is extremely captivating. David Ball is an excellent writer and George Guidall...... well, you can't go wrong listening to ANYTHING that he reads.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • American Empire: Blood and Iron

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    In 1920, as veterans question the very nation they fought for, socialist Upton Sinclair challenges Teddy Roosevelt for the presidency. And in the defeated Confederacy, a fiery racist whips his followers into a frenzy.

    Paul says: "Alternate History????"
    "Alternate History????"
    Overall

    Initially, I thought that the idea of 'Alternate History's' was kind of crazy. But, after listening to this book, I have found the genre very interesting. The narrator is top-notch and the story line is captivating. I have found myself actually searching for more audios of this type.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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