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Matt

SANTA FE, NM, United States

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  • 9 reviews
  • 36 ratings
  • 163 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein identify two overriding problems that have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional collapse. But they offer a panoply of useful ideas and reforms, endorsing some solutions, like greater public participation and institutional restructuring, while debunking others, like independent or third-party candidates. Above all, they call on the media as well as the public to focus on the true causes of dysfunction rather than just throwing the bums out every election cycle.

    Scott says: "A No-Nonsense Look at our Current Political Crisis"
    "Too Short"
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    This book has some great information as to why our government is disfunctional and how we got to this point. I didnt look at how short the book was which feel the price is steep for such a short book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6226)
    Performance
    (5391)
    Story
    (5386)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Did I Miss Something?!?!?!"
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    So many good reviews on this book and talk about uneventful & flat. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen and no deal.... If your looking for a snoozer this is the book for you!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12550)
    Performance
    (11360)
    Story
    (11457)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Fantabulous!"
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    I admit the first book didn't fully have me begging for more but after book 2 I am begging! I liked it so much I had to go back and listen to the first book and see what I didn't pick up on the first time around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (7412)
    Performance
    (4416)
    Story
    (4449)

    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.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Cured my Good Book Craving"
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    Was a little scared to get this book as I was expecting it to be intended for the geek squad. I am in the trenches with technology but not quite obsessed with it so I was curios what "techno thriller" is. Turns out this book was amazing with never a dull moment. It did take a few chapters to get my interest addicted but once it did...watch out! considering when this book was written it does amaze me how much knowledge the author had at the time on where we were going.

    I feel the second book was a little better than the first but still super enjoyable and lost of action with new ideas and insights on how technology can intertwine with our world.

    This would be an amazing movie... hope to see it out one day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5340)
    Performance
    (3288)
    Story
    (3308)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Damn Good!!!!"
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    I cant say this story would be for everyone as the plot of the story ties in a lot of technology which some people may not enjoy but even for people not fully caught up in technology would still be able to follow the story.

    For anyone that has a tickle for technology this is a must read. The book is like roller coaster taking you up and down and all over never to be left bored. I now consider this one of my top 5 books and will listen again. Just wish it was a trilogy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Variant

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robison Wells
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (320)

    Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life. He was wrong. Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive. Where breaking the rules equals death. But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape - his only real hope for survival - may be impossible.

    Crystal says: "Didn't see it coming!"
    "Interesting twist with a cliff hanger"
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    Seems like just about anyone could enjoy the twists and turns this book takes. The book is an easy enjoyable listen with a few various aspects from suspense, to a little young romance with a big helping of mystery.

    The book did keep my interest through the entire story and the twist revealing the schools secret was unexpected. The ending left me thinking WTF?! with a million ideas on what was going on. I will be keeping an eye out for the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18883)
    Performance
    (17073)
    Story
    (17218)

    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."
    "Morphing Review"
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    I'm a little confused how to explain my review as when I originally listened to this book I thought it was OK and would have given it 3 stars. I delayed getting to book 2 but kept with it since the reviews on Insurgent were much better and they were right. I deeply enjoyed book 2 and after finishing book 2 I had a new appreciation for Divergent and had to go back and listen to it again. I'm glad I did because after being more familiar with the story and characters I picked up on a lot more than I did for my first listen.

    I originally had a hard time following this book due to trying to keep the various factions separate being some have similar names but each one represents something specific which I was stumbling through trying to associate each faction to each character. This also lead to problems keeping the many characters in check that started out in one faction and changed to another followed by changing their name etc. Maybe I have a simple mind but I enjoyed the book more the second read after I was more familiar with the characters & factions.

    I would recommend this book but warn anyone that may feel unexcited with it to continue with Insurgent to smooth out the edges and give you new insights into the original book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27661)
    Performance
    (14249)
    Story
    (14302)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The Benchmark for Audio Books"
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    I usualy dont purchase fiction books but since I missed the movie thought I'd settle for the audio book. The story & writing on their own were amazing but then you add in the awesomeness of the narrating and wow! I have not had a better experience with an audio book as of yet. This audio book took every second of my free time and stole some of my daily life as well. If you dont get this one you are missing out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11988)
    Performance
    (10384)
    Story
    (10360)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "The Wonder Years"
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    Wasn't a huge Job's fan and tended to steer away from Apple products due to the excessive prices & closed ecosystem they created but I do admit after the book I do have more respect for the products and Steve Jobs. The book has some interesting insights and some annoying insights. A fan or not this is an interesting story being able to see inside views of the creation of an empire. Interestingly there wasnt a word on the exclusive deals Apple had with specific mobile carriers for the Iphone?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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