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Nick

Chatham, IL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (205)

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    Kenneth says: "Great history, poor analysis. TERRIBLE recording."
    "Worst Reader - Bad Recording - Interesting book"
    Overall

    The recording of this reader is horrible. Plagued with constant lip smacking and breathing, this book is a pain to get through. It is the WORST recording I've ever encountered on audible. Listening made it almost impossible finish.

    The book itself is pretty interesting, although I think the author is too kind with regards to Mark Z. I get a sense that this is the story as told by the guys at Facebook, instead of a candid look of the actual history.

    The accidental billionaires was a more interesting book on Facebook. In many ways this is a less candid repeat of that book.

    Did I mention that this recording is HORRIBLE? Seriously, Audible should redo the entire recording or give some sort of partial refund for the quality. This was surprising because the recordings on Audible are usually so good.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Paul: In Fresh Perspective

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By N. T. Wright
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    N.T. Wright's accessible new volume, built on his Cambridge University Hulsean Lectures of 2004, takes a fresh look at Paul in light of recent understandings of his Jewish roots, his attitude toward the Roman Empire, and his unique reframing of Jewish symbols in relation to his experience of the risen Christ. Then Wright attempts a short systematic account of the main theological contours of Paul's thought and its pertinence for the church today.

    Brenton says: "Like reading a commentary on audio"
    "Interesting and Deep"
    Overall

    I liked this book, but honestly, it was difficult to get through. The book is deep and not always easy to understand. I wish the writing was a little easier to grasp. Often I found the language complex when simplicity would have been more appropriate.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Tourist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (675)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (217)

    In the vein of John le Carré and Graham Greene, this contemporary international thriller follows Milo Weaver as he is drawn into a conspiracy that links riots in the Sudan, an assassin committing suicide, and an old friend who's been accused of selling secrets to the Chinese. Once the CIA and Homeland Security are after him, the only way for him to survive is to return, headfirst, into Tourism.

    Derek says: "I loved this book"
    "Worth a listen"
    Overall

    I liked the book. It was interesting, and an easy listen. I would have scored it as a 4 star book, but I couldn't stand the wife of the main character. I didn't think she was well written.

    Reader was a 3 out of 5 at best. Strange accents given to some of the characters (Wife Tina and Boss Granger to be specific)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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