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milton T. Tormey

Los Altos, CA USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Casey
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Journalist Susan Casey was in her living room when she first glimpsed this strange place and its resident sharks, their dark fins swirling around a tiny boat in a documentary. These great whites were the alphas among alphas, the narrator said, some of them topping 18 feet in length, and each fall they congregated here off the northern California coast.

    Brian says: "Romance novel + diary + shark?"
    "Fascinating!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have reccommendated this book to many people, including by college-aged sons. They loved it! It reads like fiction, keeping you on the edge of your seat at times. This style of writing is very friendly and comfortable, like sitting down for coffee with a friend, a really smart friend. The narration is excellent.
    The history of the Farallon Islands is compelling and remarkable. It is woven into the story of the sharks and the people who study them in a way that makes you care about this austere place in a new way.
    The sharks are, of course, the most fascinating creatures to behold. They are the stars of the show and do not disappoint!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The crazy scientist on staff that wanted to surf the perfect break that was in the heart of the shark-infested waters!


    Have you listened to any of Kimberly Farr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing that was a small problem was viewing the photography. I went to the library to check out the book so that I could see them. Definitely worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1341)
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    (1236)
    Story
    (1234)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    linda says: "Engaging, Room for Improvement"
    "Dull and tedious"
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    It was like listening to someone tell you about their dreams. It was fantasy, not science fiction. I found it predictable, indulgent and not remotely plausible. I want to be convinced that an alternate world could work, but this one was not even close. Seems it was written for teenaged girls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Steyn
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    Talibanic enforcers burning books? The Supreme Court deciding that sharia law doesn't violate the "separation of church and state"? The Hollywood Left embracing polygamy? If you think these things can't happen, you haven't been paying attention, as the hilarious and provocative columnist Mark Steyn shows to devastating effect in this, his first book on American and global politics.

    A User says: "Got to read more from Mark Steyn"
    "Should be titled: "Haters Unite!""
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    I bought it because the reviews claimed it was hilarious political humor, which I enjoy. I can only assume that the high star rating results from the author's family and friends submitting "reviews". The negative, sarcastic nature of the book, combined with the typical twisted logic threads, common on the far right, turned out to be totally aimed at those "ridiculous liberals". I will laugh at almost anything, (including liberals) but this simply wasn't funny. You can't wail mercilessly on a group (like Islam) and then act like it was all a joke, especially if there is no punch line except: they are awful, dangerous, zealots, etc. That's not humor. But it IS divisive hate mongering trying to disguise itself as humor, a common tool of Fox News and it's ilk. For example, one recurring premise is that if you are dumb enough to believe that global warming is a problem you haven't got a clue to what's really important, as if world problems are mutually exclusive. Pretty funny stuff. It's very sad to speculate on the number of people who WILL think its funny... One star is way too generous!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deep Survival: True Stories of Miraculous Endurance and Sudden Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurence Gonzales
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    After her plane crashes, a 17-year-old girl spends 11 days walking through the Peruvian jungle. Against all odds, with no food, shelter, or equipment, she gets out. A better equipped group of adult survivors of the same crash sits down and dies. What makes the difference?

    Betty says: "I'm not sure it can get better than this"
    "Facinating!"
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    It reads like a fiction page-turner. While the individual stories are compelling, the brain-science observations are even better. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Gabrielle de Cuir, a Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4564)
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    (2550)
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    (2579)

    Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean, the one who became Ender's right hand, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters.

    L. says: "Totally Card"
    "This book grabs you from the start!"
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    While I'm a big fan of "Ender"s Game", I actually thought this book was slightly better. It's more up-to-date and the characters are compelling. I finished it in 3 days! It really enriches the story if you've read "Ender's Game", but it's not required. The performance is excellent and the story is thought-provoking. I also enjoyed the author's comments at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (16919)
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    (12832)
    Story
    (12766)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Not as funny as I expected"
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    If Tina Fey can't make this absolutely hysterical, no one can. It was enjoyable enough, but I expected way more. She was holding back a bit, and over doing other bits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Blood: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1895)
    Performance
    (1017)
    Story
    (1011)

    One late fall Sunday in southern Minnesota, a farmer brings a load of soybeans to a local grain elevator - and a young man hits him on the head with a steel bar, drops him into the grain bin, waits until he's sure he's dead, and then calls the sheriff to report the "accident." Suspicious, the sheriff calls in Virgil Flowers, who quickly breaks the kid down...and the next day the boy's found hanging in his cell. Remorse? Virgil isn't so sure....

    Bob says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Creepy and farfetched"
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    Started out very interesting and the performance was good. By the half way mark I wasn't as enthusiastic. It's too graphic and violent towards women--not a theme I enjoy. The plot gets pretty hard to buy as time goes on, and the hero seems wooden. His love interest/sheriff is also not compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2085)
    Performance
    (1642)
    Story
    (1641)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Eye-opening, informative and entertaining"
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    Since most of us get our information about psychopaths from TV, and chit chat, this is quite educational. The news is very surprising in some respects and upsetting in others. The "test" is quite fallible and has been over-used. On the other hand, learning about whether groups, such as ruthless CEO's have a higher rate of psychopathy proves very interesting. Jon Ronson does an excellent job of narrating. Quite enjoyable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shawn Achor
    • Narrated By Shawn Achor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1509)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (811)

    Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.

    Roy says: "Very Informative Application of Positive Psycholog"
    "A Must Read"
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    I wish this were mandatory reading for kids in high school. I found it fascinating, the author/narrator quite pleasant and the material inspiring. There are lots of suggestions for people who are not naturally "happy". It's very inspiring to hear about all of the positive results from the many studies quoted in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise and Shine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    It's Monday morning when Meghan Fitzmaurice blows her perfect life to bits. The host of Rise and Shine, the country's highest-rated morning talk show, Meghan cuts to a commercial break, but not before she mutters two forbidden words into her open mike. It's the end of an era, not only for Meghan, a household face who is not equipped to deal with disgrace, but for her younger sister Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx who has always lived in Meghan's long shadow.

    Marie says: "Don't waste your time or credit"
    "Worst book ever"
    Overall

    Could barely finish it. Kept thinking something would happen. It didn't. Told through the eyes of the sister of a famous, rich, smart, beautiful, perfect being. The hero-worship gets old fast. The end is as disappointing and unbelievable as the rest. Good thing I was cleaning the garage while I listened!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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