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I listen to too many audio books; love about 80% of them. History, historic fiction, biography, fantasy and science fiction are favorites.

Pittsford, NY, United States | Member Since 2014


  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Aimee Bender
    • Narrated By Aimee Bender
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents' attention, bites into her mother's homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother's emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother - her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother - tastes of despair and desperation.

    Victoria says: "I'm Going to Read the Actual Book"
    "Might have been a great experience"

    My wife loved this book, so I tried it. Fool that I am, I failed to notice that it was "read by the author." Bender might be a good author, but her reading made the book sound like classified ads.

    Authors reading their own books. Isn't there a proposition against that in California?

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

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson

    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?"
    "Made me re-think many things"

    This is about facts... what we think we know and what our prejudices drive us to believe. The issue is global warming; the perspective is new for me.

    Try it; definitely worth the credit.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Brett says: "Visionary, Astounding, Life Changing....."
    "A volume too far"

    Save your precious credits and listening hours for something that will actually entertain while it illuminates.

    I managed to listen through volumes one and two, but slogging into a third finally defeated me. Rand's ideas are worth understanding, but the speechifying finally wore me past patience and stamina. The "tragic" herosim of the main characters ceased being interesting.

    If only Rand had cut this monster down by a third... the writing might have been tighter; the characters, limited in depth though they are, might have had more sharply drawn and entertaining trajectories; and the terribly dated "bogey and bacall" posing might have held me if only for historic and nostalgic reasons.

    I reached a point where I no longer cared how it all turned out.

    With no small sense of release I quit this volume for good about a third of the way in.

    34 of 59 people found this review helpful

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