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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” CS Lewis

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  • Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Clay Shirky
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    A revelatory examination of how the wildfirelike spread of new forms of social interaction enabled by technology is changing the way humans form groups and exist within them, with profound long-term economic and social effects - for good and for ill. A handful of kite hobbyists scattered around the world find each other online and collaborate on the most radical improvement in kite design in decades. A midwestern professor of Middle Eastern history starts a blog after 9/11 that becomes essential reading for journalists covering the Iraq war.

    David Turkington says: "Sorry I don't see the magic"
    "brilliant!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was inspiring and encouraged my mind to wander and imagine opportunities and new possibilities.


    Any additional comments?

    Serendipitous. That's the word for this work. I was pleasantly surprised at the turns and twists of this book, providing a strong case based on history and current events that we are at the beginning of a new age. We have only begun to realize the potential and fruit of massive, cheap, and easy connectivity. For good and bad.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (17299)
    Performance
    (15654)
    Story
    (15778)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Good for teen girls...adult males? Not so much."
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Veronica Roth again?

    Veronica Roth should not be reading for male characters, unless those characters are Bart Simpson or some other preteen. The character of Tobias is already rather flat, masculine, and one-dimensional, but when voiced as a high-pitched butch female he becomes simply redonculous. Imagine the "romance" between Tobias and Beatrice, the back-and-forth, quite secret conversations...no thanks. Awful!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Multiple performers would have definitely helped. The characters in the book were not written with enough depth to stand on their own.


    Did Divergent inspire you to do anything?

    Abandon all hope ye who enter here: teen fiction. It's getting more and more McFiction. At least there were no vampires!


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect for the teen girl. Full of doting male-esque characters, brooding self-absorbed females, and a gentle giant for good measure.

    Within one month our protagonist learns to all the basics of self-defense and can apply it against stronger males that have been training for years and years. Fiction indeed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tale of Despereaux

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (102)

    This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.

    Kimberly says: "A fabulous family adventure!"
    "Delightful for whole family"
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    Where does The Tale of Despereaux rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best family-friendly audiobook we've heard yet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Perfect listening for my 6 and 9 year olds. A bit too much for the 4 year old. Had just enough depth as well to keep adults well-interested.


    What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

    Differentiated the various character's with nuance and proper passion.


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

    It did make one member of the family cry at the end and there were many laughs throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Great length for kids too - four hours or so? Perfect for road trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tony Hendra
    • Narrated By Tony Hendra
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    This runaway New York Times best seller is a book to savor and treasure. Author Tony Hendra, a National Lampoon and Spy magazine veteran and one of the world's greatest satirists, delivers a beautifully written, humorous, and profoundly moving memoir reminiscent of Tuesdays with Morrie.

    Alco says: "Rivetting Read"
    "Baffeled"
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    What did you love best about Father Joe?

    I was looking for an inspirational book about Catholics when I stumbled upon this audible.
    Two quick warnings:

    1. This book is not really about Father Joe. While Father's influence on the author is inspiring and wonderful, Father remains one-dimensional. I finished this book thinking


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of a D-List Supervillain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jim Bernheimer
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer, Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (619)

    Exploding from the pages of Horror, Humor, and Heroes, Volume One - it’s the full length adventures of the one and only Mechani-Cal! So grab your battlesuit and prepare to get a little nasty.

    Raquel S. says: "Memoirs of a Supervillain turn Superhero"
    "It's Fun"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fun little story. Good way to get your mind off things for a bit, and hey, for that reason alone it's worth it's price.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the cost.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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