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Asiye Gokdar

Cambridge, MA | Member Since 2009

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  • 255 titles in library
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  • Decision Points

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (689)

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Dave says: "Not a bad choice"
    "Changed my view of Bush"
    Overall

    I'm currently at the 6th chapter of the unabridged edition. It is a great book, recounting the many decisions Bush has made and why he has made them. So far, he has addressed his pre-political life, presidency campaign, appointment of chief justice and supreme court members, stem cell research funding decisions, and now his response to the Sept 11 attacks. The book clarifies so much of what was going through his mind and explains his actions and much of the media smear of his name. It has transformed my view of Bush and I thank him for being candid and writing this great historical resource.

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Wears Prada

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (301)

    Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, is hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the successful editor of Runway magazine. Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether the job is worth the price of her soul.

    Howard says: "You won't be able to stop the player"
    "Much More Detailed Characters Than The Movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to the audio book after seeing the movie (I wasn't even aware it was based on a book). I was pleased to see that the characters, particularly the protagonist Andrea had many more dimensions - a richer life outside the office that needed her attention, more habits, and more details on the adventures.
    The end took an unexpected turn for me and I felt that the story of how things turned out after the crazy fashion adventure was either too long for an ending or too short for additional material. But still, I really really enjoyed all the characterizations in the book. It's great and definitely enjoyable and surprising even after watching the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown: The Fall of the Mafia Empire

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rick Cowan, Douglas Century
    • Narrated By Christopher Meloni
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Seldom has the netherworld of the Mafia been revealed with such fascinating detail and sheer suspense. Featuring eccentric, larger-than-life New York characters and an undercover cop on the brink of being discovered - and murdered - at every step, Takedown is a riveting real-life procedural and one of the most important investigative books of its time.

    Robert says: "Gripping"
    "Held My Breath Throughout"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I cannot believe this was non-fiction. The writer, a former undercover NYPD cop, explained the tale of how he infiltrated to the top of the city's mafia-controlled trash industry and exposed the gangsters. The tales he narrates span 3 years, yet the narration is not dragged on. Both the general overview of the mission and the breath-taking dangerous moments are captured. It is well-written, thrilling to listen to, and quite incredible.

    I would have loved to listen to 10 more hours about details of the operation. The narration completely leaves out the cop's domestic life, for example. How did his wife and kid take all this undercover business? What happened after the operation was completed? But it is understandable that these personal details are left out except for a few sentences (along the lines of "this period was very difficult for my wife.").

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Head and Shoulders

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    In this wonderful and unique tale, beauty meets "the brain." She's a beautiful "actress", he's a brainy scholar. A practical joke brings them together and the sparks fly. Once the dust settles they both change their ways.

    Asiye Gokdar says: "Fitzgerald did it again"
    "Fitzgerald did it again"
    Overall

    I bought this book, because it's Fitzgerald, and it turned out to be a fabulous piece as expected. This short novel about the head-and-shoulders couple explores a wonderful twist in the concepts of beauty and scholarship.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5170)
    Performance
    (1399)
    Story
    (1403)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Wonderful Writing, Painful Story"
    Overall

    I read this book, because I greatly enjoyed The Kite Runner. This book is the account of the extremely sad story of two women whose lives were broken by the cultural hierarchy and political turmoil of Afghanistan. Listening to how these women move on with their lives while their small hopes are being mercilessly crushed, their bodies violated, their freedom taken away, is truly heart wrenching.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4860)
    Performance
    (1746)
    Story
    (1756)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    Wonderful writing & exceptionally captivating and well-crafted story. I thoroughly enjoyed the 15+ hours and was completely immersed in the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3630)
    Performance
    (1540)
    Story
    (1533)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Informative, Entertaining, Eye-Opening"
    Overall

    I have nothing to do with cooks or kitchens, and I lucked into this book. It was AMAZING! Bourdain has an exciting and inspiring story and a great writing style. In the book, he tells his life story, how he became a cook (first encounter with power of food, college that didn't work out, rising through the ranks in restaurants, CIA, recognizing failing restaurants, depression & new opportunities), gives honest comparisons about why he didn't became a "star" chef, and sprays tips on what to eat at restaurants and what kitchen equipment is useful. It was amazing, a door to a type of life I have never considered or heard from. I really really liked it and recommend this book. I listened to the section about Big Foot, his mentor, many many times, the emphasis on persistence and consistence is inspiring for all professions.
    Also, Bourdain himself reads the book and is excellent at that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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