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Christine

Fox Point, WI, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Shalimar the Clown

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Aasif Mandvi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (104)

    When Maximilian Ophuls is murdered outside his daughter's home by his Kashmiri Muslim driver, it appears to be a political killing. Ophuls is the former U.S. ambassador to India and America's leading figure in counter-terrorism. But there is much more to Ophuls and his assassin, a mysterious man calling himself "Shalimar the Clown", than meets the eye. One woman is at the center of their shared history, a history of betrayal and deception.

    Barry says: "Incredible"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This is the first book that I've heard/read by Salman Rushdie. I had no sense of his writing capabilities and found myself floored by the beauty of the writing and the epic nature of the story. He flawlessly mixed fact and fiction to create a bold story of high emotional content. It did take a while to get my head adjusted to the complexities of the story and the writing style, but I ultimately became so attached to the book that I was sad to reach the end.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Colony: The Harrowing True Story of the Exiles on Molokai

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By John Tayman
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    In 1866, 12 men and women and one small child were forced aboard a leaky schooner and cast away to a natural prison on the Hawaiian island of Molokai. Two weeks later, a dozen others were exiled, and then 40 more, and then 100 more. Tracked by bounty hunters and torn screaming from their families, the luckless were loaded into shipboard cattle stalls and abandoned in a lawless place where brutality held sway. Many did not have leprosy, and most of those who did were not contagious.

    Christine says: "Interesting"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    I liked this book quite a bit. Perhaps my positive assessment is bolstered by the fact that I "read" it while on my way to the island of Molokai. Having heard the story prior to gazing down upon that remote peninsula from 2,000 feet above is quite an experience. I also have a positive opinion of the reader, but he admittedly may be an acquired taste. Still, the book is shocking and engaging. The reader is left in the position of learning about the disease along with the real-life characters. It felt very real. I highly recommend the book.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • 25 Things to Say to the Interviewer to Get the Job You Want

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Dexter Hawk
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    If you're looking for a job that lets you do what you're good at and pays you what you're worth, listen to this book. And if you want to make your dreams come true, listen to it over and over again.

    Jack says: "I worry less now"
    "laughable"
    Overall

    Some of the tips in this book might be okay to use -- such as "I'm competitive" "I have serious goals", etc. Maybe 45 minutes of listening is a small price to pay for some tips to keep in mind. However, the supporting logic is pretty bad. Essentially, the book argues in amazingly non-profound ways to keep your head down, crank out work, don't complain and definitely don't disagree with your boss...."This is the way to the corner office." If you had a nickel for every time that last quote is mentioned this book would be free.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas.

    David says: "Great Work"
    "emotionally stirring"
    Overall

    I wrote a review for part 1 of this book intending that it be for the entire book. However, since I can also review part 2, I will do so. The entire book is simply superb, and not enough praise can be said. If forced to choose, part 2 is the real treat. By the time you finish part 1 you know John Adams and every turn in his life feels like it is happening to someone close to you. Looking at the other reviewers I see my opinions are shared. It is that good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas.

    Kevin says: "John Adams"
    "Wow! what a book, what a story"
    Overall

    This book is better than you think it is, and I don't doubt the praise it has received paints an already favorable picture. The story of John Adams, and in particular the portrayal in this book, is nothing short of amazing. The book begins ordinarily enough, but as the years go by you begin to know John Adams and ultimately become quite moved by the events in his life. I found myself emotionally drawn into the story, particularly during his waning days. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2101)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (529)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Decent read"
    Overall

    This book is unlikely to be considered one of Michael Crichton's best books. It definitely has a political argument to make and does not hide that fact. The book fell on sympathetic ears with me, and I believe it does an excellent job of pounding home the point to be careful of conventional wisdom and media portrayal. In giving it three stars I attempted to disregard my personal feelings and agreements with the book's primary lessons. As far as the story goes, it is pretty mediocre for Chrichton but not bad. The narration left a little to be desired due to the mouth noises.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Den of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By James B. Stewart
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Stewart's Den of Thieves tells the full story of the insider-trading scandal of the late 1980s that nearly brought down Wall Street. Stewart reveals how some of the biggest names on Wall Street (Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, and Dennis Levine) crafted a scheme to grab billions before a band of downtrodden detectives brought them to justice.

    A User says: "Riveting story that will leave you incredulous"
    "Great book"
    Overall

    I read book this after reading DisneyWar (also by James Stewart) because I liked that book so much. Den of Thieves is also excellent, and I give it five stars due to the in depth research and excellent story telling. In my opinion the primary flaw with this book is that there was clearly some bias -- The author chose a couple people to denigrate and a couple to uphold as remorseful heros. I was curious and did some other research and feel the portrayals may be somewhat jaded. Nonetheless, I have rarely found a book this fascinating and educational.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (136)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "Anecdotal, tedious, boring, poorly researched"
    Overall

    Read carefully the comments about this book. It is perhaps the worst book I have had the displeasure of hearing. The stories are anecdotal, the conclusions non-profound and it is packed with filler material...There are actually transcripts of conversations with a call center in India. I also agree with several that the narration is annoying, but a better narrator could not help this book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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