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Blake

Toronto, ON, Canada

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  • Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Browne
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (153)

    January 1970: the Beatles assemble one more time to put the finishing touches on Let It Be; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are wrapping up Déjà Vu; Simon and Garfunkel are unveiling Bridge Over Troubled Water; James Taylor is an upstart singer-songwriter who's just completed Sweet Baby James. Over the course of the next twelve months, their lives---and the world around them---will change irrevocably.

    Kathy says: "Fascinating information, easy to listen"
    "Pleasant Attempt to Be More than it Is"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book is an interesting overview of the paths of several artists in the music field, and how they variously came to crossroads of their careers in the year 1970. The book's thesis is that this was a watershed year for these artists, and how extraordinary was that. But I feel the author stretches awfully hard to make events fit his premise. Still, an interesting collection of the arc of these artists' careers.


    Has Fire and Rain turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Perhaps only in the sense of being cautious of how much more there is to say about the period.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator reads very well. However he makes a grave error (perhaps the error of the producer) in attempting a range of accents to portray various characters in the book. While it might not bother most people, his attempts at various UK accents - English, Scots - are all, in fact, Irish. Which is only distracting if you know the difference or care. For myself, it's similar to Joey, on the sitcom Friends, thinking his pseudo-Jamaican accent is, in fact, Southern US. It simply pulls you away from the text. But only if you care about such minutiae.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If it were able to document on film or video some of what it presents as fact, or have the artists in question interviewed and enlarging on those ideas.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3974)
    Performance
    (3354)
    Story
    (3340)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ed says: "Grisham Light"
    "A Fine and Diverting Story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Racketeer the most enjoyable?

    Grisham knows his legal territory very well, so right off the bat you are drawn into the world he creates. What the most intriguing surprise is that he (Grisham) takes off in a slightly more free-form plot, with no research (according to him), that gives the overall story an intriguing journey to amble along on.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (7444)
    Performance
    (2210)
    Story
    (2199)

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Liz says: "encore!"
    "One in a Wonderful Series"
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    If you could sum up Blink in three words, what would they be?

    Concise, incisive, illuminating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gladwell weaves several stories to illuminate his ideas about how we make decisions, and the strengths and weaknesses inherent in that.


    Any additional comments?

    Malcolm Gladwell writes about ideas, individuals, and cultural sensibilities that affect and impact us all. Blink is a collection of these, all sharing a common thread. He won't change the way you think so much as he will change the way you see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joy in the Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Trapped in rural Steeple Bumpleigh, a man less stalwart than Bertie Wooster would probably have given way at the knees. For among those present were Florence Craye, to who Bertie had once been engaged...and her new fiance 'Stilton' Cheesewright, who regarded Bertie as a snake in the grass...also Zenobia Hopwood and her guardian Lord Worplesdon, whose violent antipathy to 'Boko' Fittleworth amounted to obsession...and that biggest blot on the landscape, Edwin the Boy Scout.

    Tiffany says: "Great story & reader, quality is not wonderful!"
    "A Classic P.G. Wodehouse Story and Performance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of P.G. Wodehouse's best Jeeves books, with an excellent performance by Jonathan Cecil. Narrations of Wodehouse's works can be uneven, but Cecil's work is first class.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2101)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (676)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "Wonderful Bryson"
    Overall

    A wonderful introduction to the country and Bryson himself. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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