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Jeffrey

Highland Park, NJ, United States

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  • The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (210)

    When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.

    Chris says: "Touching and Informative"
    "Life Lesson"
    Overall

    I purchased this book because of the author, not the subject matter. Michael Lewis is a gifted writer. The story is very interesting, but can feel a bit long at times. But the most enjoyable part for me is the appreciation for those who, behind the scenes, can make a fundemental difference in others lives. For the Blind Side, that person is the Left Tackle. For someone else, it may be a teacher, a mother or neighbor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3784)
    Performance
    (3372)
    Story
    (3386)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "reads like a thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    compelling interesting important


    What other book might you compare Killing Lincoln to and why?

    Killing Kennedy


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion


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

    This One


    Any additional comments?

    Even if you are not a history buff, you will learn a lot, while on the edge of your seat

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (368)

    At the end of her best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. But providence intervened one day in the form of the United States government....

    Nancy says: "Perfect timing"
    "Very Good At Times"
    Overall

    An excellent writer. When she is telling her story, she is wonderful. When she is discussing the history of marriage or editorializing, I found myself losing interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Have a Little Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (105)

    What if our beliefs were not what divided us, but what pulled us together? In Have a Little Faith, Mitch Albom offers a beautifully written story of a remarkable eight-year journey between two worlds - two men, two faiths, two communities - that will inspire readers everywhere.

    Dana says: "Fantastic Read!"
    "A+"
    Overall

    The books you can't put down, or the audio books you don't want to turn off, are the best. This is just such a book; a book about life, faith, perspective and purpose. Simply enjoyable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Suzy Welch
    • Narrated By Suzy Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    We all want to lead a life of our own making. But in today's accelerated world, with its competing priorities, information overload, and confounding options, we can easily find ourselves steered by impulse, stress, or expedience. Are our decisions the right ones? Or are we being governed, time and time again, and against our best intentions, by the demands of the moment?

    Jeffrey says: "10 10 10 My Purchase"
    "10 10 10 My Purchase"
    Overall

    Was it worthwhile using a credit on my account for this book?
    In 10 minutes I found it interesting, but no great epiphany. Think about decisions and possible consequences in both the short and long term to weigh gravity. In 10 months I will most likely recall the name but not the author. In 10 years I will most likely not recall either. The irony here is that this idea, which Welch seems to think is an earth-shattering process of decision making clarification, originally appeared in a magazine article for O. And the reason why is that a magazine article essay is all the space you need, and then some. Book-length its not, unless you want to hear endless stories of women and decision making moments.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Pelzer
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (230)

    Dave was in first grade when his unstable alcoholic mother began attacking him. Until he was in fifth grade, she starved, beat, and psychologically ravaged her son. Eventually denying even his identity, Dave's mother called him an "it" instead of using his name. Relentlessly, she drove him to the brink of death before authorities finally stepped in. With faith and hope, Dave grew determined to survive. He also knew that he needed to share his story.

    steve says: "Too Sad...."
    "Marketing Abuse"
    Overall

    I wish this were a better review, I really dp. The book happens to be extremely well written; it is compelling, powerful and moving.
    So why not 5 stars?
    The answer, in short, is that its too good; the recollection of what happened in first and second grade etc. is too vivid, and too exact. Can you recall verbatim dialogue from when you were 9? Maybe here or there, maybe once in a while, but day after day? And by extension, the recall of sequence of very specific events, sounds, smells, gestures, movements are presented in perfectly accurate detail...as if they just happened yesterday.

    While I do not want to suggest that Pelzer did not go through hell, I am equally convinced that we live in a day and age when embellishment is confused for non-fiction, and we buy pretending its all real. This seems to also be the conclusion of a July 2002 NY Times Magazine article about Pelzer and his story.
    I am therefore left sad; sad for his experience, and equally sad of the way we sometimes look to make money.

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Madness: A Bipolar Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Marya Hornbacher
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    When Marya Hornbacher published her acclaimed first book, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, she did not yet have a piece of shattering knowledge: the underlying reason for her distress. At age 24, Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I rapid-cycle bipolar, the most severe form of bipolar disease there is.

    Lamont Crook says: "Forget Prozac Nation - this what it is really like"
    "A Better Premise Than Book"
    Overall

    Why did I love "A Million Little Pieces" but felt so blah about this book? It took a while for me to realize, as the access to someone who suffers from bi-polar is interesting and rare. The answer, I found, was that in A Million Little PIeces, the author's life - even if exaggerated - was incredibly interesting. Here, the dieses is interesting, and the knowledge of discovery is interesting, but her actual life is incredibly ordinary. Finally, the reader for the first two hours was flat, and abook like this needs a voice with feeling, inflection, a sense of timing and life. She read it like a cookbook.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Shalom Auslander
    • Narrated By Shalom Auslander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Foreskin's Lament reveals Auslander's youth in a strict, socially isolated Orthodox community, and recounts his rebellion and efforts to make a new life apart from it. Auslander remembers his youthful attempt to win the "blessing bee" (the Orthodox version of a spelling bee), his exile to an Orthodox-style reform school in Israel after he's caught shoplifting Union Bay jeans from the mall, and his 14-mile hike to watch the New York Rangers play in Madison Square Garden without violating the Sabbath.

    Jeffrey says: "If my yetzer harah could write"
    "If my yetzer harah could write"
    Overall

    Foreskin's Lament is the James Frey's "Million Little Pieces" for the Jewish world. It is extremely well written, and narrated. It is a serious, intense, incredibly funny and thoughtful book. The difference between the two books is largely accessibilty: a strong Jewish background is necessary to fully appreciate the references, language and context. By in large, I found it compelling. However, the author seems to cross the line of privacy, with regard to his mother, which did not add to the literary value and, I felt, was unecessarily cruel.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    No one has ever been in a position to see the presidents, and the presidency, so intimately, over so many years. They called him in for photo opportunities. They called for comfort. They asked about death and salvation; about sin and forgiveness. At a time when the nation is increasingly split over the place of religion in public life, The Preacher and the Presidents reveals how the world's most powerful men and world's most famous evangelist, Billy Graham, knit faith and politics together.

    Amy A Lemley says: "Enjoyed the story. Didn't like the narration."
    "very interesting"
    Overall

    very interesting view into the whitehouse; my only criticism - a small one - was that at one point the book seemd more about Nixon than Graham, as it seemed to go on and on about this one President.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    This important and timely book delivers a startling analysis of the clash of faith and reason in today's world. Harris offers a vivid historical tour of mankind's willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs, even when those beliefs are used to justify harmful behavior and sometimes heinous crimes.

    Ronald says: "Compelling and important – highly recommend"
    "Thoughtful, but didn't shake my faith"
    Overall

    Sam Harris has written a very thoughtful book. Although he does seem to over-exploit the histoty of torture and violence among men to build his thesis, I will gve him the benefit of the doubt that he believes (no punn) that he is making a credible argument.
    And, in a way, that is exactly how I heard / read his book: it felt like he was in court, making an argument before the "bench" for the air-tight case against God and faith. He is very convincing and thorough.
    So why do I, a God believer before, remain a God believer?
    My difference with Harris is that not everything in my life is a matter of logic or rationale. If so, I would let my teenage daughter go her merry way, and call it quits.
    Sometimes its a feeling; a feeling that can not be proven the same way that we can show that a2 + b2 = c2. My belief in God escapes logic. Perhaps that's why they call it a "leap." And I feel sad that Harris, among many many others, do not feel the same. But, I do respect, and admire, the length he goes to explain himself.

    19 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • The Case Against Hillary Clinton

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Peggy Noonan
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    As the long, scandal-ridden trial of the Clinton years is over, it is time for a summation. What is the legacy of Clintonism? What is there in Hillary Clinton's background, talents, or record of achievement that qualifies her to represent New York in the U.S. Senate? Where will her ambition lead her next?

    Jeffrey says: "A Speech that Doesn't End"
    "A Speech that Doesn't End"
    Overall

    Peggy Noonan was an excellent speech writer for President Ronal Reagan. But speech writing, in its rhetoric, flare, and oratorical devices is entirely different than writing literature. And in no small manner does Noonan prove the point. The Case Against Hillary is like an Op Ed, that simply doesn't end. Between a few interesting anecdotes, and smidegon of research, is an endless diatribe of all that she believes is wrong with the Clintons. I simply do not know why Peggy Noonan, a speech writer, is any more qualified to talk about the merits of someone's political candidacy, than you or me? Don't make my mistake and use your credit elsewhere.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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