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Gerald

Exeter, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2596)
    Performance
    (1900)
    Story
    (1908)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Jennie says: "Unbelievably riveting!"
    "Spell Binding"
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    I found this book a true testament to human endurance and strength of will. Though many chapters I could just shiver, and at other times any hunger I may have gotten vanished after thinking of what they were eating. Though out the reading I could not stop; just wondering what happened next. The fact it is true is just adding to the interest. If hearing stories of true human endurance is something you like, then you should love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11852)
    Performance
    (10262)
    Story
    (10240)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "A masterpiece about an unusually brilliant man!"
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    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Listening to this book was an unexpected pleasure. Because of some of the prior reviewers would make you think that the narrator was as Steve Jobs would say


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have read many biographies of many different people. From Babe Ruth to Donald Trump. This biography is the best that I have read yet. The author has done his homework well. He brings out not just the facts of each time of Steve's life; but backs up each situation or event with actual stories of the back ground and consequences of the happening. Quoting people that were there, or knew inside information about the event. All the while the author weaves all of this together into a very enjoyable read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite times is right after Jobs is asked to come back to run Apple once more after his long exile. And how he makes drastic changes that most CEO's would not have the balls or talent to do.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are so many moments though out the book that I found myself just laughing out loud, about how Steve would handle a problem or situation so


    Any additional comments?

    In conclusion, anyone that wants to be inspired and motivated by one of the most creative men of our time, must read this book. Or others that wonder if something can get done. And how thinking outside the box and bring artistry, style, and talent together to innovate a complete new industry should make this one a must read.
    By the way I am not an Mac head. Or longtime Apple user. I have been using computers since 1981, and bought my first Mac about 5 years ago. Although, I would now not want to have to be stuck in the PC world again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3778)
    Performance
    (2685)
    Story
    (2689)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "All that is needed for a great novel; and it is!"
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    There is no doubt in my mind that this book will become one of the great American classics. The story is bring all the elements that make it engrossing: friendship, politics, religion, family, death, love. The narrator does a fantastic job of bring this story to life with great voices, and skill. The whole package of writing and narration is great. A five star book and performance all the way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4973)
    Performance
    (2360)
    Story
    (2375)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "A masterpiece about unusual people and events."
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    Cutting for Stone is one of those books that rarely come along that is written about unusual people that we many can relate to and are intrigued by. The author does a great job with creating the storyline and developing the characters. Witch leads you though a very compelling story; one that I found harder to put down as the story continued. This book does tell a story that could have really happened. With all the well written descriptions that bring the reader into the situation as though you are really there. Descriptions that sometimes led me to searching out the meaning or places on the web. Not that this was a need to read the book, but because the story engaged and pushed me to learn more.
    This is one of those books that will occupy a special place ing my memory, as one of the best books I have ever read.
    The reader did a fantastic job in bring this book to life, and his accent just added to the flavor and enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12959)
    Performance
    (8832)
    Story
    (8882)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Riveting and Inspiring"
    Overall

    Unbroken is one of those books that you don’t want to put down. Laura Hilenbrand takes you on such an incredible journey, that is well researched, thought-out and written. The reader is brought to various extreme emotions during the read. From elation and joy to anger, and everything in between.

    This is the second of Laura Hilenbrand’s books that I read. I read Seabiscuit and loved everything about it. Even though I am not into horse racing or horses. Her writing style is so good that she makes the reading or listening effortless. And this makes the story come to reality in one’s mind so much better.

    The reader of Unbroken does a fantastic job making this incredible story even more enjoyable. Even though the story is really so painful. I cannot give this book any higher praise; if there were more stars to award this book would get them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27514)
    Performance
    (14115)
    Story
    (14164)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Get it, you won't turn it off!"
    Overall

    I am a male listener, who listens to classics and history. I loved this book! It was by far the most interesting, and enjoyable listens that I have had. The readers do a great job, and are easy to listen to. It was well written and flowed beautifully. Got me so involved that I really did not want to stop it. And when I did I looked forward to getting back to it. What else can I say, this is the one book you don't want to pass up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3296)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1633)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "A gripping story of love,crime, and hardship."
    Overall

    Shantrarm is about a man from Australia that has fled to India, after escaping from prison. When I listened to this story it was hard for me to stop it. I just wanted to continue on, so that I would find out what would happen next.
    The author paints the places, and builds the characters so that I could think that I knew these people and have been there. (even though I have never been to India} The characters are ones that I could visualize in my mind. The story is long in hours, but it does not seem that way at all. I was sad that it had to come to an end.
    The Narrater Humphrey Bower, is the most remarkable and talented reader that I have ever heard. He was able to consistently make many different voices both male and female, that were form US, India, Pakistan, and Australia. By doing this he made this book really come to life.
    I whole heartily recommend this book. If I could rate it 6 stars I would.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael J. Fox
    • Narrated By Michael J. Fox
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    Always Looking Up is a memoir of Michael's past decade, told through the critical themes of his life: work, politics, faith, and family. The book is a journey of self-discovery and reinvention, and a testament to the consolations that protect him from the ravages of Parkinson's. With the humor and wit that captivated fans in his first book, Lucky Man, Michael describes how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.

    Gerald says: "Great listen and very inspirational."
    "Great listen and very inspirational."
    Overall

    I found listening to Michael J Fox read his book very easy and enjoyable. His use of the language makes him give better insight to his story. I found this book to be very motivational because of what he deals with on a daily basis, and what he gets done in spite of it; just makes one realize that if a man suffering with P.D. can do all this and still be such an optimist, surely I can do more and enjoy more.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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