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Franklin

Poland, OH, USA

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  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 119 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2351)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (611)

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "A chuckle here and there"
    Overall

    Several friends raved about the book, so I was really looking forward to listening to it. I'm not sure whether something was lost in the abridgment, or the choppy editing, but I was somewhat disappointed in the listen. The author's narration of his book is ok, but I agree with other reviewers that his whiny brit affectation grows weary. If you've got a monthly subscription to burn, and you're looking for a short change of pace from fiction, history and/or news, this book is a pleasant diversion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6998)
    Performance
    (1745)
    Story
    (1789)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "I rarely give 5 stars, but this came close"
    Overall

    I found this to be a terrific listen. The story is original and enthralling. The narration is among the best I've heard. Before buying the book I was concerned with the ferocity of negativity in some of the "most helpful" reviews. After listening to this book I believe that these reviews are not so much about the book itself, but about its subject matter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Lewis
    • Narrated By Bernard Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the frustrations and resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. He looks at the theological origins of political Islam and tells us what the Islamic doctrine of jihad has meant at different times in history.

    Frank says: "Absolutely Worth It, HIghly Recommended!"
    "Excellent Mid-East Primer"
    Overall

    While I have the desire to know more about the how and why of radical Islam, I cannot devote the time that real study would require. This book provides an excellent overview. The listener won't be an expert on the subject after hearing this book, but will be much more enlightened for the experience. While I agree that the author is not always the best person to read his or her work (e.g., Bill Bryson) I found Lewis's reading of his book to be genuine and enjoyable (despite a case of laryngitis early on). A must read.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    Overall
    (2676)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (237)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Rick says: "Getting Things Done"
    "Same Content, Different Title"
    Overall

    After reading the glowing "most helpfuls," I was expecting much more than this book delivered. Early on, the author claims that his program will liberate the reader from to-do lists, and then begins to describe a complicated program of lists and sub-lists that would take more time to maintain than it would to "get things done." Stephanie Winston's "The Organized Executive," while several years old, is a much more concise and realistic program than the complicated series of lists and routines than this book prescribes. Probably a better read than a listen.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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