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Pawel

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  • Without Feathers

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Woody Allen
    • Narrated By Woody Allen
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (254)

    Now in audio for the first time, Without Feathers is narrated by Woody Allen himself. Here they are: 16 of the funniest tales and ruminations ever recorded, by one of the great comic minds of our time. From "The Whore of Mensa", to "Fabulous Tales & Mythical Beasts", to "No Kaddish for Weinstein", old and new Allen fans will laugh themselves silly over these sparkling gems.

    Vincent says: "Surprisingly good"
    "Hilarious, topsy-tourvey, Monty-Paytonish ... if"
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    Where does Without Feathers rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    great light listen - high on the list of comedies


    What did you like best about this story?

    comic story, ever changing , situation jokes, play on words, but also some deep thoughts (as usual)


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    you need to like Woody Allen's voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    Hilarious stories sprinkled with Topsy-tourvy story line logic (or lack thereof ... :-)) makes these short books a great listen for all the fans of Monty Python-like humor. Well, you need to like the voice of the author, though.

    Highly recommended as an interlude to your regular

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Graeber
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (341)

    Every economics textbook says the same thing: Money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems - to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. The problem with this version of history? There’s not a shred of evidence to support it. Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom. He shows that for more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods - that is, long before the invention of coins or cash.

    E. J. Ford says: "Stands Economics on Its Head"
    "Must read if you are interested in economy"
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    If you could sum up Debt in three words, what would they be?

    A very interesting angle on how debt developed, where money come from and many more. Despite many references, this is not a book on archeology. Many of author's remarks in history and discovery of ancient civilizations make the book so much more worthwhile as well as trustworthy.
    great read, highly recommended


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Conflict of Interest: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2183)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1790)

    Alex Miller is a criminal defense lawyer leading the life he always imagined. At thirty-five, he is the youngest partner at New York City's most prestigious law firm, with a beautiful wife and a perfect daughter. When Alex's father suddenly passes away, Alex is introduced to Michael Ohlig, a rich and powerful man who holds an almost mythical place in his family lore. But Alex is surprised when Ohlig admits that he's in serious legal trouble, accused of crimes involving hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Melinda says: "My 2 Cents"
    "For die hard court room drama lovers only"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story starts in an intriguing way - there is a bad guy and a good guy and distinction blurs as the story develops before clarifying (not so unsurprisingly) at the finale.
    But somewhere in one-third it seems like the author has just realized that he should be adding some good 200 pages for the book to look serious in hard cover. The story meanders into unnecessary details which for me neither give color to any of the characters nor are at epic highs.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Adam Mitzner? Why or why not?

    I will give a try but need to forget this experience now. Maybe other Mitzner's stories contain more mystery.


    What didn???t you like about David LeDoux???s performance?

    The voice differs within the same paragraph (recorded in parts?), sometimes tone seems adjusted to the character/situation, sometimes is flat - I prefer uniformity


    Could you see A Conflict of Interest being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This may be a good material for a TV series


    Any additional comments?

    one book that I did not like just proves I otherwise love audible content

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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