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Chiang

ShanghaiChina | Member Since 2009

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  • The Story of Classical Music

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Darren Henley
    • Narrated By Marin Alsop
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    The lives and music of the great composers of classical music unfold in this entertaining account, introduced by the conductor and musical personality Marin Alsop. In 1200 years, classical music grew from the chanting of medieval monks through the symphonies of Beethoven and the grand operas of Wagner to the huge orchestral sound-world of the 21st century, with its electronics and its film music.

    Boulderite says: "Interesting, informative, easy"
    "the story of classical music"
    Overall

    A must listening book for both adults and children, especially for school children. It is easy to be followed with very enjoyable music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3352)
    Performance
    (1083)
    Story
    (1100)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "very good one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Confession in three words, what would they be?

    a lot of insights


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have never thought of such a lausy legal system in the US


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the behavior of the governor


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    almost


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2632)
    Performance
    (2386)
    Story
    (2379)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "it is a big book title but boring story telling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no idea


    What was most disappointing about Chris Kyle and Scott McEwan ’s story?

    killing, killing and killing, nothing but killing, no insights, boring


    How could the performance have been better?

    insights of the war


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    nothing, it is a book only


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8510)
    Performance
    (2763)
    Story
    (2829)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "The lost symbol"
    Overall

    very exciting book, full of imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promises in Death: In Death, Book 28

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (497)

    Amaryllis Coltraine may have recently transferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta, but she's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant. When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment, killed with her own weapon, for Eve the victim isn't just "one of us."

    Erin says: ""Promises" Delivers!"
    "Promises in death"
    Overall

    interesting book, but the narrator was average, though she tried hard

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Privilege

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (195)

    When private detective Dana Cutler is hired by an attorney with powerful political connections, the assignment seems simple enough: follow a pretty college student named Charlotte Walsh and report on where she goes and whom she sees. But then the unexpected happens.

    Lu says: "Entertaining"
    "Executive Privilege"
    Overall

    nothing exciting. no fantasy, but chasing the temporary favor in the market. It does not worth hearing

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her 30s, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance.

    Maha Bali says: "not bad at all!"
    "Eat, Pray, Love"
    Overall

    boring for male reader

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Buyology: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Martin Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Based on the single largest neuromarketing study ever conducted, Buyology reveals surprising truths about what attracts our attention and captures our dollars.

    Chiang says: "Buyology"
    "Buyology"
    Overall

    Good title but boring facts, good efforts from the author

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (222)

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "Gang Leader for a Day"
    Overall

    insights of gang leader. Surprising facts and interesting aspects

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8912)
    Performance
    (3520)
    Story
    (3526)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Outliers"
    Overall

    one gets interesting aspects of sucessful stories

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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