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Tell us about yourself!I am an avid reader but enjoy listening while waking to work, ironing, doing dishes, etc. Listening to novels is an entirely different experience than reading; a well narrated story is a cross between drama and written fiction. Listening to books on Audible has been a wonderful experience.

Middleton, WI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Cassidy
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    Behind the alarming headlines about job losses, bank bailouts, and corporate greed, there is a little-known story of bad ideas. For 50 years or more, economists have been busy developing elegant theories of how markets work - how they facilitate innovation, wealth creation, and an efficient allocation of society's resources. But what about when markets don't work?

    Ben says: "Way more than I expected"
    "Lucid"
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    Where does How Markets Fail rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the non fiction category, this is one of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cassidy is a lucid writer explaining the many very complicated economic issues over the last 20 years; these culminated in the market crash of 2008, and he does a great job reviewing the background economics and how the conventional thinkers failed to see what was happening. He does this in a straightforward style easy for non economists like me to understand. This is very important stuff for all the rest of us to understand. Great job!


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

    Clear voice, well paced


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N.A.


    Any additional comments?

    This book enlightened me; I anticipate buying the print version to
    have as a reference for future disasters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Officer and a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (315)

    Paris in 1895: Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus' guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military.

    Ryan says: "Top Notch Historical Fiction"
    "Excellent historical fiction"
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    What did you like best about An Officer and a Spy? What did you like least?

    This is a well rendered fictional account of a very important episode in European history depicting the pervasive anti-semitism of the late 19th century and the antiquated leadership style of the French army of that era. It is also a great view of the society and culture of "The Proud Tower" of Europe, as Tuchman has described the era. On the down side, the plot was full of somewhat confusing subterfuge with multiple characters that were a bit of a struggle to keep straight in an audio format. this is a minor criticism.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Officer and a Spy?

    Piccard's "duel'


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Georges Piccart


    Any additional comments?

    The Dreyfus affair was an important episode in modern French history. It exposed the latent anti-semitism in France which was to become more apparent later in the 20th century and the pathetic leadership of the senior French military of the time. It also exposed the pervasive French mistrust and paranoia of Germany which in part set the stage for the run up to WWI. This book renders all this digestible in a great fictional format. David Rintoul's narration is excellent and his French accent est parfait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once We Were Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ronald H. Balson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (102)

    Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice.

    Simone says: "Almost Perfect"
    "Great mix of WWII thriller and legal drama"
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    Where does Once We Were Brothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top 20%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ben--tenacious, humble, and brilliant working class survivor.


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

    Berman has excellent control of the different voices and rotates smoothly between them. His narration is a pleasure.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the blend of tight WWII suspense with the Jewish plight at the hands of the Nazis and the contemporary legal machinations. This is reminiscent of an historical John Grisham at his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2597)
    Performance
    (1431)
    Story
    (1424)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Engrossing view of narcissism"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes--if they were interested in the culture of the 60's and 70's and the roll of this music in our cultural history


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Joe Hurley was fantastic, but Johnny Depp was uninspiring


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Fascinating view of a very brilliant man and artist beset by self destructive tendencies but able to have a productive career in spite of his destructive lifestyle. The context of how the famous songs (Satisfaction, Jumpin Jack Flash, etc.) came about was fascinating. He is brilliant but very self-absorbed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1068)
    Performance
    (926)
    Story
    (943)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Brilliant complex mystery/love story"
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    What did you love best about The Luminaries?

    The writing, the sense of place


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gascoigne--cheerful, independent, insightful, interesting past


    Which character – as performed by Mark Meadows – was your favorite?

    Walter Moody--the trial scenes were fabulous


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a complex and brilliantly conceived story with many layers about a remote place and time. The narration is pitch-perfect as Meadows rotates seamlessly between indigenous Maori accents, Irish, Scotch, and English accents. The story is told in a non linear fashion with multiple loops back to the original themes making it easier to grasp. The writing is spectacular. This is a unique piece with throwbacks to a Jane Austen style but with a rare and exquisite layering of plot lines. It takes some time to get through it but it's worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fourth of July Creek: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Smith Henderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral 11-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face-to-face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times. But as Pete's own family spins out of control, Pearl's activities spark the full-blown interest of the FBI, putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.

    Melinda says: "The Ghost of Tom Joad & the Wrath of Grapes"
    "Intense"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fourth of July Creek to be better than the print version?

    Yes because of the great narration. Andrews and Lamia are great and give a dimension to the book I would not have picked up reading it.


    Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews and Jenna Lamia – was your favorite?

    Rose--complex, sad, trapped, and trying her best in awful situations.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an intense and well developed story about people most of us would never know or want to know. The characters however are well developed and accessible and beautifully portrayed by the narrators. The story was complex but not so much that it wasn't an enjoyable listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteen Moons

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles Frazier
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (262)

    This magnificent novel by one of America's finest writers is the epic of one man's remarkable journey, set in 19th-century America against the background of a vanishing people and a rich way of life. At the age of 12, under the Wind Moon, Will is given a horse, a key, and a map, and sent alone into the Indian Nation to run a trading post as a bound boy. It is during this time that he grows into a man, learning, as he does, of the raw power it takes to create a life, to find a home.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating, great epic tale"
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you recommend Thirteen Moons to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The story wasn't good enough.


    What three words best describe Will Patton’s performance?

    Swaggering tough guy


    Do you think Thirteen Moons needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a rambling and fragmented story with what seems like frequent digressions into NativeAmerican life and customs which do not necessarily add to the plot. I considered bailing at least twice but soldiered on but looked forward to finishing it and moving on. The language is frequently flowery and embellished as you might see in an old western page turner or romance novel. It was off-putting. I liked Frazier's other books (Cold Mountain and Nightwoods) but found this weak in comparison.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
    • Narrated By Amanda Lindhout
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (276)

    Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia - a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. In August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia - "the most dangerous place on Earth." On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

    Eric Schurr says: "Incredible story! Very well written and delivered"
    "Life as a Hostage"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was an insightful first hand look into what being a hostage is all about: terror, pain, abuse, misunderstandings, economic hardship, ignorance, cruelty. It is also about foolish decision making and its consequences on the part of the author and her companion.It will be a long time before Somalia develops a tourist industry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Bridge

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Orringer
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (218)

    Julie Orringer's astonishing first novel, eagerly awaited since the publication of her heralded best-selling short-story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, is a grand love story set against the backdrop of Budapest and Paris, an epic tale of three brothers whose lives are ravaged by war, and the chronicle of one family's struggle against the forces that threaten to annihilate it.

    Howard says: "The Critics Got in Right"
    "Hungarian view on WWII"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Invisible Bridge the most enjoyable?

    Overall good and complex story line with a view towards a part of WWII that I had little understanding of: Hungarian jews and the eastern front. Characters are well developed and deep.


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

    He is an adequate reader but does a very poor job with French. His Hungarian sounded authentic but I am not Hungarian to know for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Development in the first half of the novel took too long to unfold for my taste. The novel's considerable strength is in the 2nd half so the long 1st half dragged a bit for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (342)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    Blake says: "Explains the clash between Islam and the West"
    "Illuminating"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes--An informative well-researched and accessible (for non historians) review of Islam past and present


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

    Humor and irony are present in his cadence, timing, and emphasis.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a brilliant and balanced elucidation of Islamic history in an accessible and easy to comprehend style with copious connections to European history that most of us understand a little better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13640)
    Performance
    (9468)
    Story
    (9529)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "predictable"
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    Would you try another book from Laura Hillenbrand and/or Edward Herrmann?

    no


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Less torture


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book was predictable from the moment it started. It was clear that the protagonist was going to crash and suffer and ultimately survive and get his girl. I tired of the repetitive violence which I thought could have benefited from some judicious editing. I also personally was put off by (but could understand) his being born again. The story was interesting but shallow. That is not to underestimate what the man went through nor his strength.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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