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MG

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1835)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (700)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
    "Morning Joe inspires me to read another great book"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. It is hard believe the story it tells happened four years ago. I remember many of the events, and knowing the back story makes the events more fascinating. If any one of the candidates in the 2008 presidential election was your most or least favorite, you'll enjoy this book. Well written, reportedly balanced, and as much as an audio book can be a page turner, this is a page turner. I don't have HBO, but look forward to seeing the movie based on the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sonali Deraniyagala
    • Narrated By Hannah Curtis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two young sons in the tsunami she miraculously survived. In this brave and searingly frank memoir, she describes those first horrifying moments and her long journey since. She has written an engrossing, unsentimental, beautifully poised account: as she struggles through the first months following the tragedy, furiously clenched against a reality that she cannot face and cannot deny....

    CBlox says: "Tragic. Raw. Heart-Ripping!"
    "Enjoyed this dark book"
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    This book is sad and dark. The author, although torn apart by grief, is hard to like, but her story is compelling. The reader is excellent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (2446)
    Performance
    (2226)
    Story
    (2214)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Always entertaining"
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    I love David Sedaris. I'd listen to him read anything, especially his own non-fiction. I don't enjoy the fiction as much, but appreciate his imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty
    • Narrated By Matt Walton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. This is the story of a preacher's kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship - six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. This book is full of revelations.

    Robert S. Wegener says: "Listener Beware"
    "Great book - easy read"
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    The best television watching I've done in my life was during the great Chicago Bulls run. I read this book not so much as a basketball fan, but a fan of good, available entertainment. This book continues that tradition. Phil Jackson is a great coach, tells a great story, and works with his reader in an productive, cooperative way. I learned a lot about dealing with difficult people, too. Phil Jackson deserves to tell his story, and tells it well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (812)
    Performance
    (697)
    Story
    (682)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Jefferson's life deserved a better book"
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    I loved the insights into Jefferson's life, but the story telling left much to be desired. It was easy to put this down, and forget you were reading it. Unlike JOHN ADAMS, which I found riveting, this writing did not keep me engaged. However, it is well worth reading to learn more about a fascinating man, who's personality and choices live in our daily lives because of the impact he made to the country. The author, with his resources, could have done a much better job. I felt like he read kept reading through his notes and said, "Oh, I forgot to add this, so I'll pop it in here."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Solar

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (116)

    Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.

    Cariola says: "McEwan Does It Again!"
    "I did not enjoy this book"
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    I didn't find this book funny or interesting. It is a book in which nothing happens, no suspense is built, and has no likeable characters. I didn't crack a smile - maybe I just missed the whole point. I forced myself to listen to the end hoping to find something to redeem my time and credits, but found nothing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Here Come the Black Helicopters!: UN Global Domination and the Loss of Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Dick Morris, Eileen McGann
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Stealthily advancing, the globalists and socialists at the United Nations, and in the United States itself, are trying to dilute our national sovereignty, undermine our democratic values, and mandate massive transfers of our wealth and technology to third world countries. They want to create a "global governance" where binding and critical decisions are made by the UN and international commissions, instead of by our elected officials.

    Arnold says: "So Call me Crazy..... But..."
    "May be better read when you can check footnotes"
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    This book is filled with so many claims and data, I kept wanting to see the source of the information.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Johnston
    • Narrated By Kristen Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (377)

    The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

    John Campbell says: "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
    "Enjoyable and honest"
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    This book was a great break from my usual reading. It's very current and honest. Ms. Johnston's reading is exceptional and entertaining, as many other commenters have mentioned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona: Audio Journeys

    • ORIGINAL (28 mins)
    • By Patricia L. Lawrence
    • Narrated By Patricia L. Lawrence
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Rainbow Forest Museum is at the southern entrance to the park. Everywhere we walk, lying on the ground are sections of ancient trees that turned to brightly colored stone beginning 225 million years ago.

    MG says: "Nice, short, informative"
    "Nice, short, informative"
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    This book does a nice job of telling what you see at the Petrified Forest and how it got there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By William Davis
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1317)

    Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.

    Stacey says: "The program works, but the listen is technical"
    "Seems like a lot of hyperbole"
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    This book is interesting enough, and if it inspires anyone to eat healthier then it is well worth listening to. The author makes huge, sweeping statements throughout and I just kept thinking, "is that really true?" I listened to it, but I have a feeling that in the written book there are lots of exclamation points! I think he's writing for the popular market, and seems to have done that well enough, I would have enjoyed a more thoughtful, balanced look at diet and benefits of grain. As other reviewers have said, if you want to stop eating wheat, this book will probably get you to do it, at least for a few weeks, but from scare tactics.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Giant Steps

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Anthony Robbins
    • Narrated By Anthony Robbins
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Based on the finest tools, techniques, principles, and strategies offered in Awaken the Giant Within, best-selling author and peak-performance consultant Anthony Robins offers daily inspiration and small actions (exercises) that will compel you to take giant steps forward in the quality of your life.

    Hai says: "simple to understand"
    "Catching my breath! Not finished yet!"
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    If you need motivation, get this. Plan on taking small bites. Tiny steps. It is good but frankly, overwhelming. I lost weight and saved money after just listening to 17 minutes of this.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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