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Elaine

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  • Secretariat

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By William Nack
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest champion in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated in the same week, he also still holds the record for the fastest times in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. He was also the only non-human chosen as one of ESPN's "50 Greatest Athletes of the Century".

    Susan says: "Wonderful book"
    "An amazing athlete"
    Overall

    This book is well-written and the "calling" of the race is well-done. The first several chapters delineate the sires and dams of Secretariat and I found this section somewhat tedious. Once we get into the story of Secretariat and his owners the story picks up and the "book" is hard to put down.

    The narrator or the editing process could have used some work, however. There were several words that were simply incorrect. The one that I remember vividly is when the author is relating an exciting segment about Secretariat in a race. The narrator reads it as "Secretariat was lopping along. . . " That stopped me cold (as you can imagine). "What?!" I exclaimed. Then I realized that the word should be "loping". I rewound back a bit because I had lost the momentum of the story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2385)
    Performance
    (1994)
    Story
    (2016)

    Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case - but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.

    Cris says: "Better than Other Recent Releases"
    "Wanna-be Reacher"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    John Puller, the protagonist of the story, is a wanna-be Reacher. Army CID, big, brawny, sexy, tough. The storyline was OK - human slavery - but rather predictable and the writing was clunky. I finished the book, but have no intention of buying another of the Puller stories. The narrator was fine but the sound effects were a bit over-the-top. Bombs exploded, bullets flew through the air and knives pierced flesh. I'll be much more attentive to reviews that comment on sound effects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2547)
    Performance
    (2330)
    Story
    (2327)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Well-told tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I bought this audio book on a whim because Audible had it on sale and because it had gotten a lot of good press.

    The narrator Caroline Lee is extraordinary.

    The book is excellent. If you like Jodi Picoult (at least her early books) you'll probably enjoy this book. The writing is very good and often amusing; the characters are all well-drawn; the novel has an excellent arc. The suspense of who got murdered and why is adroitly handled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Alan S. Blinder
    • Narrated By Graham Vick
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Alan S. Blinder - esteemed Princeton professor, Wall Street Journal columnist, and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board under Alan Greenspan - is one of our wisest and most clear-eyed economic thinkers. In After the Music Stopped, he delivers a masterful narrative of how the worst economic crisis in postwar American history happened, what the government did to fight it, and what we must do to recover from it.

    David says: "Better than the others"
    "One of the best books on the Financial Crisis"
    Overall
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    I've read (or listened to) many books on the financial crisis and this is one of the best. I have quite deliberately not read the memoirs of Geithner and Bernanke, however. Not only does Blinder (former vice chair of the Fed, among other prestigious positions) cover the crisis in broad strokes, but he also covers at some length policy prescriptions to head off or lessen the impacts of the next crisis (and there will certainly be another). I gained a better understanding of the various instruments that the Fed has used and a better understanding of the Dodd-Frank bill, which is bitterly opposed by those who do not wish to be closely regulated. Blinder writes in an easy-to-read (or listen to) style and explains complex problems in a clear way. Though an self-described Democrat, he does not spare his criticism of both the Bush and Obama administrations. Definitely recommended for those who wonder what happened, what the response to the crisis was and a way forward from this disaster.

    The narrator was excellent. The book is written in a somewhat folksy style and Graham Vick captured the tone perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Updegrove
    • Narrated By Paul Michael, Dan Woren, Coleen Marlo, and others
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Nearly 50 years after being sworn in as president of the United States in the wake of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Baines Johnson remains a largely misunderstood figure. His force of personal­ity, mastery of power and the political process, and boundless appetite for social reform made him one of the towering figures of his time. But he was one of the most protean and paradoxical of presidents as well. Because of his flawed nature and inherent contradic­tions, some claimed there were as many LBJs as there were people who knew him.

    Elaine says: "LBJ's presidency was far more than the war"
    "LBJ's presidency was far more than the war"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book looks primarily at LBJ's presidency. My view of him is tainted by the Viet Nam War but from this book I learned that he left a great legacy. During his presidency Congress passed landmark legislation: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Open Housing Act of 1968. Lots of other major legislation was also enacted, as you'll find out.

    The author is (or perhaps was) the director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. His view of Johnson may or may not be biased. Rather than a straightforward narrative of the presidency, he uses quotes from people who knew LBJ and sometimes has passages from the actual recordings made in the White House. A range of people who knew and worked for LBJ are quoted, but little criticism is offered.

    The audio book is one of the unusual I've listened to. Instead of only reading quotes from LBJ and those he called or met with, we get the actual sound recordings from the White House tapes. Some of these, unfortunately, are not the best. LBJ comes through loud and clear, but the other party's words are often mushy. In the conversation between MLK and LBJ, I had to really crank up the volume to understand what MLK was saying; and then, of course, LBJ came back on waaaaay too loud. The other narrators do a fine job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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