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Mark E. White

Atlanta, GA USA | Member Since 2004

  • 6 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 755 titles in library
  • 99 purchased in 2014

  • Odds Against Tomorrow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Rich
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York City, the near future: Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young mathematician, is hired by a mysterious new financial consulting firm, FutureWorld. The business operates out of an empty office in the Empire State Building; Mitchell is employee number two. He is asked to calculate worst-case scenarios in the most intricate detail, and his schemes are sold to corporations to indemnify them against any future disasters. This is the cutting edge of corporate irresponsibility, and business is booming. As Mitchell immerses himself in the mathematics of catastrophe - ecological collapse, war games, natural disasters - he becomes obsessed by a culture's fears.

    Holly says: "Stay away"
    "Amusing, but slows down at the end"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Speed up the last third of the book.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Mitchell's character and obsessions are the most interesting. The details of settling the swamp are less so.

    What does Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a fine reader, but I don't think I would feel differently if I read the book.

    Could you see Odds Against Tomorrow being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting conceit. Mitchell's rise in the world of greed and finance is well done and fun to read. There's no great life-changing message, but the book was entertaining and diverting, perfect beach reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Filmmakers

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Corrigan
    • Narrated By Amara Dotson
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    Through a chance encounter, a young film student kills a hitman in self defense and steals mob money to fund his film. He finds himself the object of a hunt by a police detective and the mob, including the hitman's brother. Will the film ever get made? Who will show up on the set? This thriller explores the violent world of mobsters and Hollywood filmmakers. It is also a love story.

    Mark E. White says: "Lots of Possibilites, Partly Realized"
    "Lots of Possibilites, Partly Realized"
    Would you try another book from Michael Corrigan and/or Amara Dotson?


    What other book might you compare The Filmmakers to and why?

    Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard. Like Filmmakers, he writes about gangsters and punks muscling into Hollywood.

    Have you listened to any of Amara Dotson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first. I like her steady, understated monotone. She leaves the story to provide the excitement.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    Any additional comments?

    This book has the strengths and weaknesses of the Elmore Leonard genre, though Leonard does it better. Good story and twists. Moves v. fast, so fast it is easy to lose track of characters.Many opportunities for bright, memorable images or characterization missed. Chekov said something like, "Don't tell us there was moonlight,. Show us the glistening reflection on the ice." Corrigan might follow this advice in future.The mistakes about death and morgues were annoying. As a physician I had only too much time with dead bodies. The don't, as Corrigan says, turn black. Rather, thee blood sinks to the bottom and the top turns and bluish-greenish gray.Many years ago I was in the SF morgue. When there are multiple bodies, they lay them out on multiple tables, not put them on shelves. Morgues keep bodies in refrigerated drawers, like filing cabinets.And would the Chief of Police really let a detective to shack up with a witness.But I quibble. the strengths far outweigh these details.In sum, this was an enjoyable, fast read with a great plot and rapid, exciting plot movement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Guide to Eastern Philosophy and Religion

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Diane Morgan
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey

    Want to get more out of your yoga class? Explore the teachings of the Tao Te Ching? Or are you looking to achieve the Zen wisdom that makes basketball coach Phil Jackson such a success? This examination of the ancient beliefs of Asia takes the mystery out of Eastern thought. Targeted for Westerners, this enlightening program is sophisticated in content, yet easy to follow.

    reggie p says: "Good discussion"
    "Breezy Intro to Eastern Religion"

    Excellent into to Eastern Religions. I have seen only too many books that dive into arcane details and quickly lose the reader. This is a delightful intro.

    That said, the word "philosophy" should not be in the name. This is a book about religion. Period. The abridgment consists of deleting the entire section on Confucian and Neo-Confucian philosophy, a secular and important strand of eastern thought0 Neo-Confucianism is particularly important, as it combines tyhe strenths of Confucianism with those of Bhuddism.

    This is an unfortunate omission. For those interested in Chinese Philosophy, I recommend Gardner's Zhu Xi's Reading of the Analects. 2003; Columbia U Press.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hayek: His Contribution to the Political and Economic Thought of Our Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Eamonn Butler
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach

    Nobel prize-winner F. A. Hayek is one of the great thinkers of the 20th century, but up to now there has been no book for the non-specialist that describes his ideas and explains their significance. Eamonn Butler's clear, systematic, perceptive study fills this gap. Starting with a short survey of Hayek's life, Dr. Butler goes on to analyze all the main elements in his thought under six basic headings: Understanding How Society Works; The Market Process; Hayek's Critique of Socialism; Criticism of Social Justice; The Institutions of a Liberal Order; and The Constitution of a Liberal State.

    Michael says: "A nice clear overview"
    "Annoying Narrator"

    The narrator speaks so fast that it seems that the recording was speeded up. While this book is aimed at a popular audience, the ideas are often difficult and the narration makes them hardtofollow if you get my meaning.

    Hayek, who considered himself a classical liberal, is often quoted by ideologues who blame the current financial crises on government regulation rather than the greed and immorality of those who used their power to distort the market and enrich themselves by betraying the trust of others.

    Reading Hayek suggests he is vastly more reasonable than his modern disciples.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Helmet for My Pillow: From Parris Island to the Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Leckie
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
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    Robert Leckie enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January 1942, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. In Helmet for My Pillow, we follow his odyssey, from basic training on Parris Island, South Carolina, all the way to the raging battles in the Pacific, where some of the war's fiercest fighting took place. Recounting his service with the 1st Marine Division and the brutal action on Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu, Leckie spares no detail of the horrors and sacrifices of war.

    Sean says: "A classic narrative of the Pacific War"
    "Great story, mediocre audiobook"

    Agree with other reviews. Not only did the narrator read in a monotone, but he regularly mispronounced common words.

    I got the impression that the HBO series on the Pacific is based on more than one book. If so, I would appreciate learning the names of the others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley

    New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan's novels have inspired sweeping critical acclaim and won such prestigious awards as the Booker Prize for Amsterdam and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his modern masterpiece, Atonement. With Saturday, McEwan has crafted perhaps his most unique achievement to date.

    Deena says: "Extraordinary"
    "A thoughtful Inner dialog"

    This thoughtful book delves the inner thoughts of one man in a day in the post 9-11 world in London. Those who expect a thriller will be disappointed. Those who look for the author's trademark tight style and craftesmanlike prose, will be delighted, as I was.

    The book convincingly addresses the meaning of life, equity, and integenerational relationships. This is NOT airplane reading ---indeed it starts off with a plane crash.

    A great read though hyperbole (a charcter does an impossible number of surgeries in a day, etc) detracts a bit. It's thoughtful ruminating style colored with vague menace fit me perfectly.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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