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Arnold

toronto, ON, Canada

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  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2492)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1767)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "The usual good stuff from Lee Child"
    Overall

    I had a few qualms though. It's kind of a given in these books now that he is going to bed with the female police officer, who is always gorgeous (Why can't one be average looking? They need love too) . As well, he is a homeless guy, why is everyone clueless until he tells them what to do? And he's never wrong, and in this book he's even bragging ("I'm the best investigator the military ever had' etc) about how amazing he is! Not my favourite Reacher book but still better than most other authors. Thank God the last books by Child (61 hours, Worth Dying For) have been back to his excellent standard. I'll keep reading.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1490)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1070)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Great premise and great start"
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    but then he does these long flashbacks that slowed the momentum a lot. I skipped the last flashback and didn't even miss anything when we rejoined the present. Not sure if I would read another, definitely a mixed bag.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    This volume of short essays and other pieces by C. S. Lewis is part of a larger collection, C. S. Lewis: Essay Collection and Other Short Pieces. In addition to his many books, letters, and poems, C. S. Lewis wrote a great number of essays and shorter pieces on various subjects. He wrote extensively on Christian theology and the defense of faith but also on ethical issues and the nature of literature and storytelling. Within this audiobook is a treasure trove of Lewis' reflections on diverse topics.

    Jason says: "Somewhat Interesting..."
    "Surprisingly misogynisitic"
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    Two of the stories are incomplete novels, but every story has at least one reference to how he dislikes modern women. One story had a friend visit, regrettably, with his fiancee. Lewis enters her mind and finds it vapid and second rate. Another story, men are sent to Mars, and a counsel back on Earth (made of women) decide men can't do without sex so they ask for volunteers. In this way a fat seventy year old whore and a woman professor of psychology are dropped off for the boys, who want nothing to do with them. Very odd collection, not sure if he was attempting humour or not. If you like Lewis of Narnia or Lewis the apologist, I would stay away from this. Narrator was very good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Mischief

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Evelyn Waugh
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When Oxford-educated Emperor Seth succeeds to the throne of the African state of Azania, he has a tough job on his hands. His subjects are ill-informed and unruly, and corruption, double-dealing and bloodshed are rife. However, with the aid of Minister of Modernization Basil Seal, Seth plans to introduce his people to the civilized ways of the west. But will it be as simple as that? Evelyn Waugh’s heartless comic masterpiece satirises two cultures locked in a conflict that can end only in grotesque disaster.

    Arnold says: "Black Humor at it's Best"
    "Black Humor at it's Best"
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    The only reason this book is not as valued as 'Scoop' is the subject matter involving African peoples. I can't think of anything to compare it to except Dr. Strangelove. It's a merciless, laugh out loud black comedy which doles it out to the natives but equally to the french and the english. If you like books with bite, this is one of those. Definitely not in the strain of PG Wodehouse but equally funny. Michael Maloney as narrator really adds value here. He makes the audiobook funnier than the book itself with his gift for spot on funny accents. I don't think David Case himself could have done it any better. Basil Seal is mentioned as the most memorable character but I think Mr. Youkoumian, the Armenian profiteer, is the real scene stealer, as he imaginatively connives to make a buck off everything that comes his way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White House Tapes: The President Calling

    • NONE (50 mins)
    • By American RadioWorks
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Three of America's most compelling presidents, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. They left behind thousands of secretly recorded conversations, from momentous to mundane. In this documentary project, American RadioWorks eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history.

    Brian says: "Good Concept But Very Little Content"
    "Behind The Scenes With The Presidents"
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    Fascinating to hear Kennedy and a two faced Mississippi governor talking about implementing a court order regarding segregation and how Kennedy worked him into a corner. Johnson gives a great life lesson on how to influence people. Nixon says unbelievable things, how did he forget it was all being recorded?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (3034)
    Performance
    (1843)
    Story
    (1866)

    In what is considered one of Heinlein's most hair-raising, thought-provoking, and outrageous adventures, the master of modern science fiction tells the strange story of an even stranger world. It is 21st-century Luna, a harsh penal colony where a revolt is plotted between a bashful computer and a ragtag collection of maverick humans, a revolt that goes beautifully until the inevitable happens. But that's the problem with the inevitable: it always happens.

    Gerald says: "Very Good Interpretation"
    "Harsh Mistress Is A Fun Light Read"
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    Heinlein makes an interesting plot around the idea that the moon is turned into a penal colony and then declares independence. Little of his speculative science (growing wheat on the moon? Electromagnetic slingshots for sending things to earth?) has worked out but he makes some good guesses about the future of computing considering this was written in the late 60's.
    Oh, by the way, the narrator fakes a russian accent, which is off putting but you do get used to it.

    The more interesting sub plot is about a computer that becomes self aware. This was the fun part that drew me in for the first third of the book. The rest of the story focuses heavily on the political circumstances they had to go through to be free and I found it trying to slog through, maybe because I was hoping for some emotional development that never materialized. The ending was good. Heinlein is a great concept guy and plotter so if that's your thing by all means get this audiobook

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Edward Renehan
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    Author of The Kennedys at War and The Lion’s Pride, Edward J. Renehan, Jr. presents a fascinating biography of one of the most hated and most admired American entrepreneurs of all time. Here, he sheds light on Wall Street magnate Jay Gould and his frequently overshadowed creativity. Gould was the quintessential robber baron and the original modern businessman whose financial examples persist even today.

    James says: "Disappointing Recording"
    "The Forgotten Robber Baron"
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    I was looking for Ron Chernow's biography of J.P. Morgan and settled for this. Jay Gould is mostly forgotten now and hearing the facts of his life filled in a lot of US Gilded Age history for me. You'll also learn about 'Commodore' Vanderbilt, the snaky bible talking Drew Pearson and my favourite, the big living 'Colonel' James Fisk Jr.
    Gould was a master manipulator and to listen to the strategies he came up with and how he executed them was very entertaining. There were a few caveats- the book wasn't digitally mastered perfectly, there are a few glitches, mostly in the first half of the book. As well, the final chapter is an in depth tracing of all his descendants which felt unnecessary.
    A final reason to read this - the next time you play Monopoly you'll know the crazy histories of all the railroad properties!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free First Two Chapters from Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.

    V says: "Great!"
    "Trying too hard"
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    I didn't get through the second chapter. The interview scene was not a good start as it seemed to copy every police procedural ever written. The dialogue between him and the female cop turned me off as well with the same criticism; too clichéd.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Eternity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (834)

    This stand-alone work is widely regarded as Asimov's best science fiction novel. Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan's job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs....

    C. A. Milus says: "Superior Time Travel Story"
    "Fun Retro Science Fiction"
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    I'm not sure how Asimov pulled off this story except to say he's a very skilled and original writer.
    This story is now almost 60 years old and there are obvious criticisms.
    The language of technology -people are 'psychoed' to not remember, 'tubes' are used to send reports, reports are written on film etc...- is dated of course. Happily, it adds an element of humour that the author may not have intended but it works pretty well.

    And the sexism! The Eternals are all male and supposed to be Spock like but throw one voluptuous babe (Mickey Spillane could not have described her better) into the mix and suddenly everyone acts like a high school nerd and Eternity itself is in jeopardy.

    You would think these problems would sink the plot but they don't. It has a lot of twists and turns and makes no sense sometimes but it keeps going right to the last page.

    This was good science fiction and good fun. Think Douglas Adams meets H.G. Wells.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jonah Berger
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (721)

    Why do some products get more word of mouth than others? Why does some online content go viral? Word of mouth makes products, ideas, and behaviors catch on. It's more influential than advertising and far more effective. Can you create word of mouth for your product or idea? According to Berger, you can. Whether you operate a neighborhood restaurant, a corporation with hundreds of employees, or are running for a local office for the first time, the steps that can help your product or idea become viral are the same.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "A Primer on Viral & Memorable Marketing"
    "You'll Want To Make Notes As You Read"
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    Jonah Berger brings you all the latest in marketing science with lots of interesting examples. I especially liked the stories of how sales were increased either with social psychology or with a new pricing tactic. He also offers new breakdowns of what type of viral messaging can hurt or help your business.
    Very good, I'll be buying the paper version so I can highlight the best bits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

    • UNABRIDGED (66 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (319)

    Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information.

    jeff says: "AMAZING read"
    "Autobiography of Robert Moses and New York City"
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    Great man doesn't mean nice man. When I finished this book (66 hours but never boring) I was left with the impression he was like Lance Armstrong, hugely driven and talented but a sociopath if you get in his way. One of those people you'd rather read about than meet. He did remake the face of New York in many ways and he never held office. Makes you wonder how the raw politics work in your own city.

    The history was fascinating as well. You'll learn about everyone from Al Smith up to Nelson Rockefeller and everyone in between. Plus how he won a feud with Roosevelt when he was President.It's about Tammany politics and the history of New York from the 1890's up to the 1970s. The reader had a nice even voice too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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