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Brent

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  • Nuclear Jellyfish

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Serge is upset that his beloved state isn't getting its proper recognition, so he sets up his own wildcat Internet travel service site, hyper blogging his way down the coast with his perpetually hammered sidekick, Coleman. Unfortunately Serge's Web presence catches the attention of his nemesis, Agent Mahoney, and the chase is on.

    Brent says: "Twisted sense of humor"
    "Twisted sense of humor"
    Overall

    Not for everybody. I think Dorsey is a riot. As a mental health clinician, I see "Serge" walk into my office several times a day. Unfortunately, the real life characters aren't nearly as entertaining. SO maybe for me, Dorsey is therapy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Financial Lives of the Poets

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Jess Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (220)

    A few years ago, small-time finance journalist Matthew Prior quit his day job to gamble everything on a quixotic notion: a Web site devoted to financial journalism in the form of blank verse. When his big idea - and his wife's eBay resale business - ends with a whimper (and a garage full of unwanted figurines), they borrow and borrow, whistling past the graveyard of their uncertain dreams.

    Suzn F says: "Our Economy is In Trouble and How to Win? Not!"
    "Enjoyable writing. Pathetic lead character."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who appreciate adult males who feel victimized.


    What about Jess Walter’s performance did you like?

    HE was enjoyable to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the writing style enjoyable and will go read more by the author. But if the main character is representative of today's male, then we do belong living in low rent housing hoping our wives will pay attention to us and praying that our children don't recognize that we have failed in taking care of them the way children should be .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (918)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Scientology Exposed."
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    Where does Inside Scientology rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    [unsert sarcastic response] - what a silly question


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inside Scientology?

    The Lisa McPherson story of course, but actually the story of the young woman raised in Scientology who is preparing to enter law school. Its a small bit and really not detailed much until the epilogue. But I would like to hear more about her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved the CEO forcing his staff to play musical chairs to see who would lose their jobs.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Someone else thinks psychiatry and big pharma are dangerous.


    Any additional comments?

    What I did not get from the book was the essence of what attracts a cohort of generally intelligent group of people into such an insane and dysfunctional world. I liked this book because it confirmed my suspicions that LRHubbard was brilliant but schizophrenic. It also demonstrated the degree to which people will tolerate intolerable conditions to meet some undefined inner need. I want to know more about the actual religious doctirne. Who is Chthluthu? Can we channel Xenu at our next dinner party?I want ot know what hooks them, though. What keeps people there once they've walked through the door the first time. I want to know more about the educational theories that LRH was espousing. MAny of the children educated under the system seem well educated, though indoctrinated. I'd go visit an org but I doubt that I'd be welcome. I'm a psychiatrist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Isle of Joy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    New York, late 1958. Walter Withers had given the best years of his life to the CIA, setting honeytraps and reeling in the victims of his plots. But Withers has returned to his hometown for an easier, safer life as a private investigator. Manhattan in the late ’50s is alive with new possibilities, new sounds, and new faces, including young presidential hopeful Senator Joe Keneally. Withers is assigned as a bodyguard for Keneally’s girlfriend at a society gathering, a simple enough job.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Loved this period mystery!"
    "Nice change for Winslow"
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    If you could sum up Isle of Joy in three words, what would they be?

    vintage clever intrigue


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marta - I think I knew her.


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A bit slow in the reading but his delivery fit the times.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Its nothing like "Savages" or "Mike Hammer with class"


    Any additional comments?

    The best thing I can say about Winslow's books is they aren't formulaic. HE can range from riveting to dull so choose his books carefully. Isle of Dreams, Power of the Dog, Frankie Machine were tops. And then they go and make a movie on Savages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Alice Schroeder
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    Here is THE book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. The result is the personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as "The Oracle of Omaha."

    Mike says: "Fantastic!"
    "A Worthwhile listen"
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    If you could sum up The Snowball in three words, what would they be?

    I well done story about an interesting man.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I listened to the abridged version because I am not a business man and I expected the unabridged version would have been excessivley detailed. This abridged version was just about right for my level of understanding.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I can't sit for that long but it did pull me along quite well.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish someone had taken the time to explain business to me when I was younger.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4290)
    Performance
    (3105)
    Story
    (3103)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Not one of Anne Patchett's better efforts."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The main character is naive, obsequious and unbelieveable. I've been on long wilderness group trips before. We would have fed HER to the anaconda.


    Has State of Wonder turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Have you listened to any of Hope Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hope Davis is excellent Highly recommended.


    Was State of Wonder worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    It is difficult to believe this is the same author that wrote Bel Cante. As excellent as BelCante was, State of Wonder was dreadful. One dimensional characters and a wholly improbable plot. I will still read Patchett. But I recommend giving State of Wonder a pass.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4011)
    Performance
    (3455)
    Story
    (3429)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Pop psychology straining the data"
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    What would have made Quiet better?

    A consistent working definition of "shyness". It seemed to change as the need to apply research to this concept was twisted to support the thesis.


    Has Quiet turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Charleston

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    Charleston follows the lives, loves, and shifting fortunes of the Bells - saints and evil-doers mingled in one unforgettable family - from the American Revolution through the turbulent antebellum years to the Civil War and the savage defeat of the Confederacy. Delving into our country's history as only he can, Jakes paints a powerful portrait of the Charleston aristocracy who zealously guarded their privilege and position, harboring dark family secrets that threatened to destroy them all.

    Susan Snyder says: "Book is great-person reading is all wrong"
    "Read this while visiting Charleston"
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    Where does Charleston rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not really my usual choice but I was visiting Charleston and wanted to understand that incredible city better. A little heavy on the romance and melodrama but those descriptions seem to characterize the times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The history.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Headhunters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (296)

    Roger Brown is a corporate headhunter, and he’s a master of his profession. But one career simply can’t support his luxurious lifestyle and his wife’s fledgling art gallery. At an art opening one night he meets Clas Greve, who is not only the perfect candidate for a major CEO job, but also, perhaps, the answer to his financial woes: Greve just so happens to mention that he owns a priceless Peter Paul Rubens painting that’s been lost since World War II - and Roger Brown just so happens to dabble in art theft.

    Matt says: "Dragon Tattoo(esque)....but......"
    "Very tight plot. I loved it."
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    If you could sum up Headhunters in three words, what would they be?

    Staywith it.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost gave up on this book several times. The lead character is not a likeable guy and he is presented by the narrator as being arrogant and condescending. Turns out that these are both necessary for the plot. Don't give up on it and you will be pleased.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lay the Favorite: A Memoir of Gambling

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Beth Raymer
    • Narrated By Phoebe Zimmermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Beth Raymer arrived in Las Vegas in 2001, hoping to land a job as a cocktail waitress at one of the big casinos. In the meantime, she lived in a $17-a-night motel with her dog, Otis, and waited tables at a low-rent Thai restaurant. One day, one of her regular customers told her about a job she thought Beth would be perfect for and sent her to see Dink, of Dink Inc. Dink was a professional sports gambler looking for a right-hand man. She got the job.

    Roy says: "A Real Hoot"
    "What is the over/under on how much is fiction?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Because I am taking the under. The essential structure of this story may be based in reality. But an awful lot does not ring true.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Beth Raymer again?

    No. And I am shocked at the info on the movie coming out based on the book. The best parts were the characters. Bruce Willis as Dink? My guess is that this movie may be fun to watch but will be pure fiction.


    Did Lay the Favorite inspire you to do anything?

    The narrator saved this book. I will look for more from her.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Eamon Javers
    • Narrated By Raymond Scully
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Today's global economy has a dark underbelly. Using cutting-edge technology and age-old techniques of deceit and manipulation, corporate spies are the hidden puppeteers of globalized business. In his gripping, alarming exposé, Eamon Javers recounts the sordid history of this hidden world - from Allan Pinkerton, the nation's first "private eye" through Howard Hughes's private CIA, to the shocking realities of a vast modern-day spying network with tentacles reaching into virtually every corner of the globe.

    Brent says: "Interesting but not riveting"
    "Interesting but not riveting"
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    What did you like best about Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the descriptive history of investigation and spying. The employment of taxpayer trained government officials in the private sector working toward whoever pays the highest dollar rather than serving the country is offensive. These spies and mercenaries are no patriots and are owed nothing by their country.


    Do you think Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was well performed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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