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sherman oaks, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 250 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2015

  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and have. you simply can't believe page after page-I have read many WWII and Nazi and Hitler histories...that anyone can follow another person's crazy path blindly...

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Too many to count. The many eyewitness accounts of the new leader of the S's hit punches and chokes his subordinates on a regular basis. That and LRB has been to Venus frequesntly and travels from star

    What does Morton Sellers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed his pace. It's hard not to be exhausted reading one incredulous item after the next...he delivers without the hint of sarcasm unless intended by the author. His reading of the interview iwth Miscaviage and Koppel was particularly good.

    If you could give Going Clear a new subtitle, what would it be?

    An Investigative look into the world of Scientology

    Any additional comments?

    The reason I didnt give it a 5 was that I thought the author missed one key point (which just might not be ever known btw) what drove LRH to this level of fantastical thought? I read the dentist part...I get the basic answer-the explanation where the inspiration for Dianetics came from...but why not stay there...why go so deep into outerspace (figuratively). For a man that started with science and proof as a goal to end up so far away is hard to understand. To force others to live a certain way you to and to never question your own religion-is the opposite of the study of life.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "57 hours"
    What did you like best about Team of Rivals? What did you like least?

    Not being familiar with the team of characters around Lincoln, the book does a great job of presenting them...which is also it's weak point. Editing could have been tried. There are simply 3, 4 or 5 volumes here.

    Seperate books would have been better and was called for here.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The best part of this story was the way DKG was able to weave the best of ...oh who am I kidding here; I couldn't finish it. The performance ran me off a great story...

    How could the performance have been better?

    This can was simply too much to overcome. At the beginning of EVERY sentence DKG simply inhales so violently, it seems like each one is her last breath.

    Was Team of Rivals worth the listening time?

    if you can somehow blcok out the inhalation drama at the beginning of every break, yes. If not, buy the book.

    I for one, could not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    Would you listen to In Cold Blood again? Why?

    Not sure I need to near term. But yes

    What did you like best about this story?

    Capote can set a seen or mood in a sentence-wonderfully written

    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    One of the main characters, Dick

    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That the most horrendous crimes can often come very close to not happening. No reason for this particular muder scene to have ever played out. The one that spoke first of murder did not ultimately commit it-but brought along someone that did in his place for reasons revealed later in the book

    Any additional comments?

    i have re a variety of fiction and non-fiction. This was dispearingly sad...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Charles says: "Eh."
    "wow is this bad"
    Would you try another book from John Grisham and/or J.D. Jackson?

    no. this was so hard to listen to I just couldnt bring myself to trust them again. It is simply a boring plot and not in anyway plausible. This is coming from someone who just finished 14! and Altar of Bones! Equally outlandish plots and devices but better written and much more satisfying.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Confession was much better. Not great but better.

    What didn’t you like about J.D. Jackson’s performance?

    U n b e l i e v a b l y. S l o wmust listen on 1.5 speed or higher. the pauses are too long.

    What character would you cut from The Racketeer?

    this book was not put together by two writers it was machined from left over parts of other probably more intersting ideas. The result is an uninspired disappointment that was also hard to listen to at normal speed. Though I did find at 1.5 his voice was fine and tempo listenable.

    Any additional comments?

    after several great books (and very different sure), including The Drunkard's Walk and 14, this was tough to finish and ultimately unsatisfying. Sorry it sounds harsh but that was my 12 hours i will not get back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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