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Pauly Morefuss

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  • Conservatives Without Conscience

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John W. Dean
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    John Dean's last New York Times best seller, Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, offered the former White House insider's unique and telling perspective on George W. Bush's presidency. Once again, Dean employs his distinctive knowledge and understanding of Washington politics and process to examine the conservative movement's current inner circle of radical Republican leaders, from Capitol Hill to Pennsylvania Avenue to K Street and beyond.

    A User says: "A Book Every American Should Read"
    "Highly Perceptive"
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    What made the experience of listening to Conservatives Without Conscience the most enjoyable?

    The narration is excellent.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Dean has an intelligent and perceptive understanding of the motivations and subsequent actions of a group of Americans who stop at nothing to get what they want.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Kathleen Chalfant, Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.

    Cynthia says: "Senior Stateswoman in need of Editor"
    "Magnificent"
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    For me, this is a truly beautiful book. It is a surprising blend of being well-researched, historic, and heart-warming. I am in awe of her accomplishments, intelligence, and patriotic service to our country.

    The length of the book was a concern only at first. When I began listening to the equally talented narration, I was transfixed and didn't want the book to end! I plan on buying a copy of the book to enjoy again.

    As I listened, I was reminded of others who face these kinds of incredible responsibilities and whose outstanding and inspirational books I would also recommend to add to your library*.

    "Madame Secretary: A Memoir" by Madeline Albright
    "A Fighting Chance" by Elizabeth Warren
    "Back to Work" by Bill Clinton
    "My Beloved World" by Sonia Sotomayor
    "Conservatives Without Conscience" by John W. Dean
    "Swim Against the Current" by Jim Hightower

    *They are all available from Audible and your favorite bookstore.

    7 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

    Darwin8u says: "Hottest Economic Beach Read of the Season"
    "Genius!"
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    This is a classic. Amazingly well-researched and comprehensive. Extremely educational. He writes so well I was able to follow it and understand his work even though it is quite advanced in some sections. The pdf downloads are very helpful. I would also enjoy having another class in Economics just to study and discuss this book with others and have further challenges from an Economics professor.

    I'm so appreciative when a book like this comes along to enrich my understanding of the world. Well worth the hours of listening. I also plan to purchase the book and will read it to help me understand the more technical sections. Fabulous. Thank you, Mr. Piketty for your hard work, dedication, and honesty. The narrator was outstanding.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Fighting Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Warren
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Warren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (293)

    As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family’s modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but 15 years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington, DC, to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

    Jean says: "The fight for the middle class"
    "Smart, Compassionate, Inspirational"
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    This is one of the few books I've ever listened to several times in a row, She makes me believe we have "a fighting chance". I'm going to purchase her other books!

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (553)

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    Jason says: "Clear thinking is valuable beyond measure!"
    "Good Information"
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    Learned a great deal and the lecturer had a pleasant, easy to listen to, speaking voice.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3253)
    Performance
    (1469)
    Story
    (1477)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Rating the Rating System"
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    For quite some time, I've desired a consistent, somewhat objective rating system for the audiobooks so that customers don't have to do so much gambling with our time and hard-earned money to have an enjoyable or satisfying listening/reading experience.

    Currently, for the listening customer, Audible categorizes the books, and customers rate the books on a one to five scale, and they can write a review. I think there are more ways to rate the audiobooks that would be helpful.

    Perhaps we could also consider....

    Use the ratings we have for movies, podcasts, music, video games.

    For example, this book would seem to be rated: R-17, for Graphic Violence, Torture, Explicit Sex, Drug Use.

    This type of rating could be one of my first steps or filters in making a decision.

    I think the five star ratings of story, performance, overall, try to cover areas too broad to be effective. We could use a number or star rating system to rate by characteristics. We would have a Story Score, Performance Score, and a Listener Satisfaction Score.

    The rating scale could be used to rate the story by: characters, setting, plot, dialogue, conclusion. Performance could be rated by several characteristics of voice quality, pronunciation, ability to create voices for characters (if fiction).

    Listeners could also give a rating from their personal reactions. These could be believability, held my interest, thought provoking, satisfying, no fluff, compelling characters, good dialogue, liked the ending.

    Finally, there would still be the written reviews for people to express their personal thoughts and feelings about the books for others to read.

    Personally, I do not care for the orange words at the end of a review where people can click on, "# of People Who Found This Review Helpful. YES NO" I think that's too judgmental and has a potential for being misused. I want to encourage people to write about a book and not be worried about how they'll be judged.

    To summarize, I've suggested adding the use of a movie rating to books. I'd also recommend using of a "click it" rating system to create a Story Score, Performance Score, and a Reader Satisfaction Score. Finally, continue using written reviews without being told if you're opinion is "helpful" (a vague and misleading term).

    So, what did I think of Altered Carbon? I really wanted to like it more than I did. I liked the creativity of some of the ideas about the future. As I was listening to it, I thought if they made this into a movie, it would require a lot of editing to make it something that would appeal to a wider audience.

    I hope we never actually have a future that bleak. I would like to think we could evolve and improve so that we do not have such divisions of wealth and poverty. I don't want a future world that is so violent, dark, and has so much suffering. I would like to think our future could be better than this.

    I found if hard to finish. It didn't "flow" easily for me. I had to listen again to several chapters. The characters were not as well-developed as I would have preferred. I had to fast forward through some of the events in the book that were too uncomfortable for me to listen to.

    I would have preferred an abridged version. I felt sleepy a lot while listening. The author's voice was trying to have that "noir" sound which puts me to sleep when I watch the old detective movies. The story also got too wrapped up in what I thought were unnecessary details which made me lose my concentration. Instead of so many details, I'd hoped it would be a more thoughtful book.

    Everyone has something different they want from a book. I really appreciated reading all the reviews for this book that have been submitted. I read all the reviews for this book on Audible. I read a lot of the reviews and ratings from "goodreads", Amazon, Barnes & Noble, New York Review of Books, and others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (1082)
    Story
    (1078)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "Gritty, Depressing, Formulaic"
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    Would you try another book from Adrian McKinty and/or Gerard Doyle?

    I probably won't read another book by this author. The reader seemed okay.


    What could Adrian McKinty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Be inventive. I didn't appreciate the obscenity and sexual content.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gerard Doyle’s performances?

    Perhaps


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cold, Cold Ground?

    A good story doesn't have to rely on obscenities and gratuitous sex.


    Any additional comments?

    The general idea of the story made it seem like it would be a good book, but I was disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2859)
    Performance
    (2050)
    Story
    (2055)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "20 Hour Infomercial?"
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    Smart. They're all super smart. Big. Google is big. It's very big. Everyone at Google is smart. It's very smart. Big and smart.

    Did I mention they're all smart? Yes, it's smart. And it's really big.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fault Line

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Goddard
    • Narrated By Philip Franks
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    A search for missing documents in an international mining company becomes a voyage into dangerous waters. A dead friend, a lost lover and a clutch of mysteries from Jonathan Kellaway's youth in Cornwall and Italy in the late 1960s come back to haunt him when he is tasked with discovering why there is a gaping hole in his employer's records - and to tempt him with the hope that he may at last learn the truth about the tragedies of those years. It is a truth that has claimed several victims before.

    Sandy says: "When you really want a good book try Goddard"
    "Meh"
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    Okay, there's nothing technically wrong with the author's writing style or story-telling ability, so, I'll give it that.

    I just didn't enjoy this story. The main character seemed toadying and priggish. The values in the book didn't jibe with recent events like the economic meltdown and Occupy Wall Street. Getting to the top of a company by being in good with the boss just turned me off.

    I also did not enjoy the dysfunctional family which is most of the story of the book. It's a 1% family with 99% dysfunctional behavior. I could not sympathize with them. I'm tired of reading, hearing, or seeing families who hate each other or who seem to have no social skills, especially rich ones, with all kinds of deviant, antisocial behaviors, or mental illness issues.

    This story was too negative for me. I work as an elementary school teacher in an area that used to be middle class, but is now a devastated, low socio-ecomic area. Everyday, I deal with cruel poverty, broken homes, stressed out desperate families and all the consequences it brings on a community.

    So, when I want to listen to something, I need an uplifting or thought provoking story, not the depraved antics of a dysfunctional, selfish, clueless rich family.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4553)
    Performance
    (2609)
    Story
    (2610)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Mediocre"
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    There were elements in this book that were highly interesting and enjoyable. It had so much potential. It drew me in anticipating a suspenseful detective story.

    My enthusiasm waned when I encountered long passages that were tedious and boring. Then, there were several sections that were cliched and formulaic. This made it difficult to come out with an enthusiastic recommendation.

    Finally, I was glad when it ended. Based on the reviews, I expected more. The reader was good, but it was not enough to significantly change the overall experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6796)
    Performance
    (3842)
    Story
    (3869)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Cool, Hip, Smart"
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    This clever story is further strengthened by a superb reader.

    An appealing aspect of this book is its talented use of the expositional technique of "incluing". Throughout the story, the technological information we need for effective comprehension is skillfully positioned and presented to smoothly maintain the action and storyline without sudden stops to explain or clarify.

    Hang on for a riveting experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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