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Somerville, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 103 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014

  • The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Toobin
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation - and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative.

    Jean says: "A look at the Supreme Court"

    Well written, expertly read. Granted, it comes across as partisan and favors personal over corporate interests, but the information and background give you a real sense of how important the court is to our everyday lives. I now look at the makeup of the court and its cases as an unfolding drama.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Robert Crais keeps getting better"

    It's fun to ride along and watch Crais explore new territory and to grow in his craft. This is a great story with an unusual twist and a fine performance. I only wish it was a little longer - the end seemed to come way too soon, and there was much more that could have been done with the cop and his dog. This may well be intentional, with a follow on book or maybe a new recurring character. I hope so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Masha Gessen
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress, making his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.

    John says: "very good points, but bias is evident"
    "Interesting, Engaging"

    Very good book - the material was fascinating and well written. At first it seemed silly to hear the narrator switch to her Boris-and-Natasha voice when reading dialogue, but it does work, and eventually becomes disappointing when switches back to non-accented English. I've heard Masha Gessen interviewed and would have rather heard her do the book, but it was still very good.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Just Awful"

    This book is completely pathetic. It's almost unbelievable that the reading is as bad as the book itself. Wozniak comes off as a 10 year old, proclaiming over and over "I can't believe how smart and talented I am! And I'm not bragging - I really am! Not only that, I'm self-aware and I really care about other people too!" The technical parts are so pedantic and boring the details can't even save the book from itself. The reader sounds like the guy who plays Bill Gates on the Apple commercials, with pretentious enthusiasm and unaware of how clueless he is. I wanted to like the book but it just kept getting worse and worse, chapter after chapter, and I just couldn't take it anymore. I will probably go back to it a few more times, trying to finish it, giving up repeatedly as the pain returns. I gave it one star because the review process won't seem to allow me to submit this with no stars.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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