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Robin

Tampa, FL, USA

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  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (301)

    Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

    Howard says: "You won't be able to stop the player"
    "Not Michener, Not Hailey, but fun"
    Overall

    I saw the movie and got the book hoping to learn more about the fashion industry (I loved Meryl Streep’s discourse on how fashion trickles down to Casual Corner- a view which the NY Times rebutted in “The Devil Knows Nada”). This isn’t one of those learn- by-osmosis books written by James Michener or Alex Hailey. But it is entertaining and, even though I sometimes sided with Miranda that Andrea was a slacker, I thought it actually more compelling than the movie (which changed everything). The narration was ok- the narrator didn’t do so well with male voices but was clear and understandable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2763)
    Performance
    (1500)
    Story
    (1493)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Not lightweight, late night intellectual snobbery"
    Overall

    I highly recommend this book for persons exploring their faith or the impact of religion on government.

    I purchased this was some trepidation- Hitchens persona on the late night shows is amusingly snarky and bon vivant. But his articles in Vanity Fair are thoughtful and readable, suggesting the persona is merely affect. Having just read Garry Wills' series What Jesus Meant and What Paul Meant, I thought to get the other view. I found Hitchens to be highly informed and actually consistent with Wills. I enjoyed this book, both the thought-provoking content and the delivery (not snarky and no cheap shots, but not without wit either), though I disagree with atheism as the "logical" conclusion. I can't imagine anyone but Hitchens narrating and despite his gravely rumblings, well worth turning up the volume in the few places he drifts.

    I would love to see Wills and Hitchens in a true conversation. Wills concludes that religion killed Jesus and Paul- and their true meaning. Yet, Wills is a practicing Catholic. Hitchens concludes that religion kills all true spiritual leaders and meaning, thus we should be atheists.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Spook Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (142)

    Bobby Chombo is a "producer" and an enigma. In his day job, Bobby is a troubleshooter for manufacturers of military navigation equipment. He refuses to sleep in the same place twice. He meets no one. Hollis Henry, an investigative journalist, has been told to find him.

    wendy says: "Loved it"
    "Spookily brilliant"
    Overall

    This book is lower key than Gibson's Neuromancer series, which created cyberpunk, but yet as well-written, creative, and perhaps more compelling because in the end, it becomes more Tom Clancy than Tom Clancy about current events. Gibson avoids moralizing and trusts his audience to "get it." When we finally figure out the heroes and the villains, we are left praying that there still exists Americans like that. A bit more Le Carre and Greene than Clancy, hard care techophiles bear with it, the high tech war of spies unfolds and then builds. For hard core literati, no fears, the tech never overwhelms the story.
    Art, as always, remains a major motif, and his take on virtual reality (the emerging locative art set) as the potential to be cluttered with a thousand uninteresting visions from mediocre artists is a strong contrast to the exuberant geekiness in Vinge's equally brilliant Rainbow's End. His bon mots on music are breathtaking.
    The narration is good, not outstanding, but the book is so good, heck I could probably read it out loud and people would still enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Far From Home: A Story of Life and Death in Space

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Jones
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    In November 2002, U.S. astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox, and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin, left on what was to be a routine 14-week mission to maintain the International Space Station. But then, on February 1, 2003, the Columbia space shuttle exploded beneath them. With the launch program suspended indefinitely, these astronauts had suddenly lost their ride home.

    Dan says: "Very good story"
    "Almost too far from delightful"
    Overall

    This book is factual, well-meaning... and ultimately a bit dry. I recommend this for anyone with an interest in the space program, but don't expect it to be riveting or have much emotional impact. A review in the NY Times (which was how I came upon this) indicated it was a fabulous long article that was now expanded into a book. I can certainly believe that it was a brilliant article- the book has good sources and details, and loses its way in presenting them. I had read Challenger Park earlier and it was fun seeing the amount of "fiction" in that book was actually truth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flush

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Michael Welch
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (77)

    You know it's going to be a rough summer when you spend Father's Day visiting your dad in the local lockup.Noah's dad is sure that the owner of the Coral Queen casino boat is flushing raw sewage into the harbor, which has made taking a dip at the local beach like swimming in a toilet. He can't prove it though, and so he decides that sinking the boat will make an effective statement. Right. The boat is pumped out and back in business within days and Noah's dad is stuck in the clink.

    Book reader says: "Adequate, but something's missing"
    "Great family listening"
    Overall

    No, it's not as drop dead funny as Hoot. But it is more appropriate and easier for an 11 year old to follow, enjoy, and discuss the decisions each person makes. It's fine for a fan, but even better for kids.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God Is My Broker

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Brother Ty, Christopher Buckley, John Tierney
    • Narrated By Mark Linn-Baker
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    One fateful day, Brother Ty - a failed, alcoholic Wall Street trader who had retreated to a monastery - decided to let God be his broker. He saved his monastery and discovered the Seven and a Half Laws™ of spiritual and financial growth. Now, for the first time, Brother Ty reveals his secrets and tells you how you can get God to be your broker.

    Malcolm Trevillian says: "An entertaining fiction"
    "Delightful satire"
    Overall

    These effortless comedy relies on real self-help books to skewer the self-help craze. And given the religious wars between different self-help gurus, Chopra, Covey, and such, what better venue than a monastery? Laugh out loud!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6705)
    Performance
    (2014)
    Story
    (2031)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "To kill a mockingbird"
    Overall

    This book was a treat and to have it read by the author in perfect English and to hear Farsi pronounciations was a gift. The story is nothing like the classic To Kill a Mockingbird and yet has the same emotional impact with similar themes (prejudice, relationships, love, honor, standing up to bullies), the same elegance of structure and trust that the reader will connect the dots on a deeper level, and same transportation to a different community.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3364)
    Performance
    (1572)
    Story
    (1580)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Great book, ignore narration"
    Overall

    Altered Carbon turns out to be an excellent and thoughtful sci-fi book, well deserving of its Hugo nomination. Thought provoking themes suddenly emerge out of the film noire/Bladerunner genre to make this more than an action tale.

    Don't let the a bit over-the-top noir first chapter or the truly awful narration scare you off (listen for Mr. Burnes, Principal Skinner, and other voices from the Simpsons being channeled here!). The book quickly settles down and eventually you get used to the narrator. The material is fine and actually sheds light on the appeal of the whole noir genre-- the protagonist is hard-boiled but still at some level innocent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Challenger Park

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen Harrigan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    At the novel's center: Lucy Kincheloe, an astronaut married to an astronaut, the loving mother of two young children, with a fierce ambition to excel in the space program. Her husband, Brian, a rigorous man whose dreams of glory have been blighted by two star-crossed missions. And Walt Womack, the steady, unflappable leader of the training team that prepares Lucy for her first shuttle flight.

    RHS says: "Disappointing on many levels..."
    "Overall good, lovely details"
    Overall

    The book is well worth listening too, especially for women who are trying to be super moms with indifferent self-absorbed husbands, and people who are interested in the space program. The details are amazing and seem dead on.

    The book was inches from being great. I struggled to figure out why. Her children seemed a bit too needy- wouldn't they have been raised to be proud that Mom was an astronaut rather than everyone being apologetic? Wouldn't Lucy have been more focused and thrilled with being in space- and in earning a huge place in the pantheon?

    In the end, I think the author conveyed the operations, but not the wonder, of space.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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