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Member Since 2014

  • 6 reviews
  • 241 ratings
  • 583 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2015

  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Excellent Read"

    John Barry's treatment of the epidemic couched in the context of the historical setting is great. The development of the characters, the wealth of research, the US (and some world) medical science history and the political environment all combined to make the actions and choices during this pandemic take on a significance they would otherwise lack.

    I particularly enjoyed the analysis and thought process employed to evaluate individuals' and governments' choices and actions along with their impact on the lives of millions world wide and the possible implications for current and future generations. It begs the questions of the reader "what would I have done in that situation?"; "What should I be doing now?"

    The balance between the education and the story worked well for me. It would be great to have other subjects in history treated in the same fashion. For me, it is always better to view the events of history with more education and context in which to frame them.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Howard Gardner, Katie Davis
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    No one has failed to notice that the current generation of youth is deeply - some would say totally - involved with digital media. Professors Howard Gardner and Katie Davis name today’s young people The App Generation, and in this spellbinding book they explore what it means to be “app-dependent” versus “app-enabled” and how life for this generation differs from life before the digital era.

    Douglas says: "A Great Companion Read..."
    "Not the Book I was Sold"
    Would you try another book from Howard Gardner and Katie Davis and/or Tristan Morris?

    No!!! This was more of an exercise in trying to express how intelligent the authors want everyone to think they are vs. the intended topic. I listed for over an hour and the book never got to any material specific to the Generational characteristics of the Millennials.The dizzying descriptions around technology and its proposed and current uses, where way over the top. Having spent a number of years working for a company the built and distributed software, I was confused by the approach. It seemed as though they were trying to intentionally make simple concepts complicated and difficult. I will request a refund and know not to select anything else by these authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Great Story - But Too Much Smut"

    The story was extremely well written. I found myself laughing out loud and having to explain to my wife what it was I was listening to at the time. The relationship between the main characters was well done and explored the range of human emotion as well as common and not so common situations that we may find in our own lives. However the graphic description of their personal intimacy was way over done and over the top. I used the click wheel on my iPod to get past it, but it was not a necessary component of the story and really ruined the book for me. I wish Audible had a rating system in place that would warn about this kind of content. The narration was exceptional and really added a lot to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Navigator

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Eoin McNamee
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne

    One day the world around Owen shifts oddly: time flows backwards, and the world and family he knew disappear. Time can only be set right when the Resisters vanquish their ancient enemies, the Harsh. Unless they are stopped, everything Owen knows will vanish as if it had never been. And Owen discovers he has a terrifying role to play in this battle: he is the Navigator.

    Scott says: "Fun Book"
    "Fun Book"

    I enjoyed both the story and the narration. Lots of characters in the book and some needed a little more development, but the main characters were well done. Transitions could have used a little more time to get worked out. Some seemed rushed and because less than congruent. However, the whole is fun and a pretty quick read. I am looking forward to the other two books in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

    Davis says: "An outstanding biography"
    "Great Man, Great Book, Marginal Narrator"

    David McCulough's research, analysis and writing style are all very much to my liking. I enjoyed everything about this book, but the narrator’s lapses in concentration. His voice was very , but I thought at times it was John Adams himself come back from the dead, but only just. I estimate that the pauses and heavy breathing took up almost two hours of the book. For the first few times, I thought my iPod had run out of battery. It seemed as though they kept the tape rolling while he found his place or took a break. It would have been a much better experience if they simply edited out these pieces or non-pieces. I give the book a 5, but with the narration I can only rate the audio a 3.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Suite Francaise: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Irene Nemirovsky
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes, Barbara Rosenblat

    Irene Nemirovsky was arrested soon after completing the second part of Suite Francaise. Ten days later, on August 17, 1942, she died of typhus in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her husband, Michel, perished in a gas chamber on November 6. Their daughters, Denise and Elizabeth, survived, hidden in safe houses and convents, carrying a suitcase packed with clothes, photographs, and their mother's manuscript written in tiny letters to save paper.

    Robert says: "The best book I've read all year"

    Wow, what a bore. the whole book could have been summarized into anout 35 minutes and it would have been a much better book. This was meaner through the lives of patty the wholely unintersting.

    This book again proves that even an interesting and significant subject can be treated so poorly that you just scratch your head after sloggin through it.

    1 of 21 people found this review helpful

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