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William

bronx, NY, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Wil Haygood
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    This biography of entertainment legend Sammy Davis, Jr. is an enthralling portrait of one of the most recognizable figures from the golden age of American show business. Davis, a guarded man who protected his private life with great vigor, lived an extraordinary life in the limelight, while also forging new uncharted paths across racial lines.

    Catherine says: "Reading this book was a fabulous adventure!"
    "Can't touch the man"
    Overall

    It's funny how the book starts with the chapter about Sammy's autobiography, Yes I Can. It talk of how the polished stack of mistruths was thrown together to glorify Sammy. But, this book, revealing many of his flaws, still makes him out to be a truly loving soul and probably one of the greatest entertainers we will see for many many years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crime Beat: A Decade of Covering Cops and Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Howard Samuel
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (34)

    Before he became a novelist, Michael Connelly was a crime reporter, covering the detectives who worked the homicide beat in Florida and Los Angeles. In vivid, hard-hitting articles, Connelly leads the reader past the yellow police tape as he follows the investigators, the victims, their families and friends, and, of course, the killers, to tell the real stories of murder and its aftermath.

    William says: "Don't confuse with his fiction"
    "Not exactly a True Crime Novel"
    Overall

    This book does show that Connelly is a great newspaper writer, but reading a series of newspaper articles is not as interesting as reading an in-depth book. Some of the stories are famous cases and all of them are interesting and well written scraps of journalism, but you don't get much else. Perhaps if more was said about what sort of legwork went into each piece, maybe a story or two about the actual writing of the story from Connelly would have made this a much more satisfying read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (880)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (138)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "Mostly made me feel better about globalization"
    Overall

    I picked this up after hearing my parents ignorant baby boomer friends complain about out-sourcing. I felt this book gave a pretty good picture of the shape of the world we live in and made me feel regret that I never finished my engineering degree.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lovely Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    It may be difficult to imagine a life-affirming book which begins with the main character, a 14-year-old girl, recounting her rape and murder, but Alice Sebold's debut novel is just such a book. Having received advance critical acclaim that before now was reserved only for literary giants, this book will no doubt invite comparisons to works such as Tracy Chevalier's The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Toni Morrison's Beloved.

    Susie says: "Don't Pass It Up!!!"
    "Well written, but that doesn't save it."
    Overall

    Basically, if you're the type of person that gets excited about sales at certain department stores, this is an exciting adventure for you. It starts out great, an account of a rape/murder victim in her first-person after her death. The only thing is nothing really interesting happens to anyone she watches over. I have to gather that the author had some real writing skills yet hasn't really had much life experiences. I put this down somewhere near the end. I really didn't care what happend...

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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