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Dean

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  • An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tyler Cowen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Food snobbery is killing entrepreneurship and innovation, says economist, preeminent social commentator, and maverick dining guide blogger Tyler Cowen. Americans are becoming angry that our agricultural practices have led to global warming-but while food snobs are right that local food tastes better, they're wrong that it is better for the environment, and they are wrong that cheap food is bad food. The food world needs to know that you don't have to spend more to eat healthy, green, exciting meals. At last, some good news from an economist!

    Sean says: "Rambling"
    "Enlightening and interesting"
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    I have had to curtail myself from repeating lessons from this book too often. They are numerous and widely applicable, but friends do eventually tire of hearing about them.

    The book did suffer from some tiresome sections that felt like little more than padding, but the bulk of it was fascinating and useful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jane Maas
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Mad Women is a tell-all account of life in the New York advertising world of the 1960s and '70s from Jane Maas, a female copywriter who succeeded in the primarily male environment portrayed by the hit TV show Mad Men. Fans of the show are dying to know how accurate it is: did people really have that much sex in the office? Were there really three-martini lunches? Were women really second-class citizens? Jane Maas says the answer to all three questions is unequivocally yes....

    Ellis H. Pines says: "An alternative history of the Mad Men era"
    "Interesting Listen"
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    I was initially worried that this would simply be a dumb little book cashing in on the success of Mad Men, but I was wrong. Jane Maas brought us right into the advertising world and gave an wholly believable and otherwise excellent account of what life was like as a working mother in a male dominated industry in the 60's. She made sacrifices, she had victories, she experienced sexual harassment, she got through it with many stories to tell. Lucky for us, this book is here to tell those stories

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3147)
    Performance
    (2564)
    Story
    (2535)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "It's more Harry Bosch"
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    I often turn to Bosch books to listen something mindless and entertaining. The plots are simple, twisting and turning just enough to be believable and interesting.

    Bosch doesn't save the world, he doesn't make all the right decisions, he doesn't follow all the rules (nor does he break them all), and he occasionally learns his lesson. He's just a good detective solving some crimes and I love following him through the process. This book is no exception, just another solid entry in the saga of Bosch.

    I will complain that Len Cariou tends to speak a little too slowly at times, hanging on words that don't need the extra time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (2433)
    Story
    (2434)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Horrific but not gratuitous."
    Overall

    Too often do I find authors who add as much gratuitous violence as possible in order to make their novels appear more shocking.

    Perhaps it is simply because the characters in those novels never seem to react properly to that violence, but those passages always stand out, ugly and wrong.

    This novel had the violence, but it wasn't about convincing you, the reader, that these things are terrible, it was about how the characters in the book handled the horrors of Vietnam.

    The characters are so brilliantly painted and the reader does such an excellent job of voicing them that this easily rises to being amongst my favorite audiobooks of 2010.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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