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Caroline

Alameda, CA, United States

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  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2216)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (906)

    Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his #1 best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.

    Rudi says: "Not Gladwell's best - and a recording problem"
    "a little long"
    Overall

    I've read all 3 of Gladwell's prior books and was excited to purchase this one. Its similar to his other books although it gets tedious at points. I've found myself skipping to the next chapter out of boredom with some of the essays. His reading is a little slow and the weird music that suddenly interrupts chapters is distracting. Some chapters/subjects are more interesting than others. All in all an interesting listen, but I'm ready to be done with it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13107)
    Performance
    (5553)
    Story
    (5619)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    Wonderful story (although a little dark and sad in the beginning), enhanced by David LeDoux's narration. Couldn't wait to get in my car every day to pick up where I'd left off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3428)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1162)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Very good"
    Overall

    This kept me interested in spite of its length. Loved the narrator and the story kept moving along at a good pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (269)

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Kimberly says: "Good book, poor editing ..."
    "could barely get started"
    Overall

    I fought to like this book and kept at it hoping it would get interesting. Just as it showed some promise, I had to turn it off because of the descriptions of killing whales (guess I should have expected that!) and other marine life. Just couldn't stomach being sad and depressed on my way to work.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Know You Anywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Laura Lippman
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (291)

    In the summer of 1985, when she was fifteen, Eliza was kidnapped by Walter and held hostage for almost six weeks. He had killed at least one girl and Eliza always suspected he had other victims as well. Now on death row in Virginia for the rape and murder of his final victim, Walter seems to be making a heartfelt act of contrition as his execution nears. Though Eliza wants nothing to do with him, she's never forgotten that Walter was most unpredictable when ignored.

    Susan says: "I found the reason compelling"
    "Good not great"
    Overall

    This kept me entertained enough during my commute but I wasn't consumed as i have been with some others (Cutting for Stone for one). I kept waiting for some exciting twist of the plot that never came. Narration was good-not great, not horrible.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4741)
    Performance
    (2151)
    Story
    (2159)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "Beautiful!"
    Overall

    Not only is this a beautifully written story, the narrator really makes it something special. At first I thought I'd have trouble with the accent, but within a matter of minutes I realized it added depth, richness, and authenticity to the story. The narrator makes this book. I can't imagine reading it, although i'm sure its still very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1363)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (545)

    Lawyers. Accountants. Software Engineers. That what Mom and Dad encouraged us to become. They were wrong. Gone is the age of "left-brain" dominance. The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers - creative and emphatic "right-brain" thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn't.

    Frank says: "On the precipice of genius (not quite)..."
    "should have listened to Joseph"
    Overall

    I agree with Joseph "a hole in my mind". I just couldn't get into this and was glad when it was over. There was nothing particularly interesting or fresh. The first half was better than the second. I found myself fast forwarding to get it over with. His voice started to irritate me too. Why do so many of these authors have to read so slowly?!

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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