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E White

Gainesville, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4580)
    Performance
    (2220)
    Story
    (2223)

    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "Fascinating book with invaluable lessons"
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    The case studies and examples cited by Gladwell are fascinating in and among themselves. When combined with Gladwell's narration and the conclusions presented, they become part of a great book with lessons that can be applied every day.

    There are countless events, from the mundane to the extreme, for which the causes can be hard to determine. The Tipping Point gives some compelling arguments and ways at which to look at situation to better understand how the right "little" factors can be the cause of something big -- sometimes very counter-intuitively.

    Great listen -- highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26816)
    Performance
    (20680)
    Story
    (20879)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    A User says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Can't stop now"
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    Once again, great narration. Pleasing finalle to the series, though the end drags out a bit too far (which seems ironic given how abruptly the first two books seemed to end). If you enjoyed Hunger Games and Catching Fire, you won't be able to resist this one, either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29319)
    Performance
    (22491)
    Story
    (22648)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Must-read sequel"
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    I originally listened to Hunger Games just to learn why if was so popular, and did not intend to listen to the other stories in the series. Before I was finished with Hunger Games, though, I knew I had to hear them all.

    Collins does a good of cranking up the action for the sequel without feeling like just a juiced-up rewrite of the first book. Catching Fire definitely does not stand on it's own, though, and seems abruptly cut off at the end (maybe if you consider it like paying two credits for a single book you can just have Mocking Jay ready to play and pretend like it was just a break in the files).

    McCormick again does a great job with the narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34568)
    Performance
    (25684)
    Story
    (26043)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Have to get the next one"
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    A surprisingly captivating novel, that leaves you demanding the next book right away -- it seems clear that the three books in this trilogy were conceived as a single story. Top-notch narration, with character and feeling contributes well to the enjoyment of the book.

    The story is very enjoyable despite being targeted at a young-adult audience. I am reminded of Ender's Game in the way the story engages the listener (though it is not quite on par in terms of originality or depth). Listen for the pleasure of it and you won't be disappointed.

    Though it is targeted at young adults, it can be vicious and gruesome in a very adult way, and may be too much for younger readers. Probably a bit too intense and graphic for readers younger than 13, and a bit older may be more appropriate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3282)
    Performance
    (1276)
    Story
    (1279)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Magical and enchanting"
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    Terrific book and superb narration! Ms. Clarke's language and imagery make this book a joy to listen to regardless of the story itself (which is itself a joy). Realistic characters in a fantastical (yet familiar) world bring this alternative history to life. And the story is classic in a very Dickensian sense.

    Mr. Prebble's narration compliments Ms. Clarke's prose wonderfully. His portrayal of characters and accents, along with a very propper voice of the narrator could not be better matched for the story. My only note is that it plays better at 2x speed (I found normal speed a bit too slow).

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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