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  • This Is Herman Cain!: My Journey to the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Herman Cain
    • Narrated By Herman Cain
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (116)

    Growing up poor in the segregated south, Herman Cain describes how he pulled himself out of the depths of poverty and became successful. In this memoir, Cain answers his most often-asked question: Who is Herman Cain?

    W. Max Hollmann says: "Boring and self-indulgent"
    "Heavy on memoirs, light on political agenda"
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    The book covers the author's personal life, with lots of anecdotes about his warm family life and business career, but it provides very little information about what Mr. Cain intends to do to improve our economy and halt the war on the middle class. He does state his intention to enforce our immigration laws and deport illegal aliens, but even there he suggests that he might delegate that task to the states.

    I was disappointed because I expected a clear, detailed statement of what Mr. Cain proposes to do if he is elected and the book does not provide that.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17061)
    Performance
    (15181)
    Story
    (15223)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Great performance and story but ending off a bit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration was excellent, with alternating narrators for each chapter. The dialogue was well acted and each character's voice was distinctive. The characters are interesting, complex. The plot was plausible and surprising but with no sudden, unbelievable, or unmotivated changes. There are lots of observations on how public opinion and the news and entertainment media affect highly publicized criminal cases.

    I listened to the book steadily over two days and was very anxious to reach the conclusion, but I found the last hour less satisfying and plausible than the rest of the novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2380)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1398)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "A funny, talented, modest, generous man"
    Overall
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    Woz seems very modest about his accomplishments. While he says many times that he did created something completely by himself, he says it as a matter of fact, not as a boast. He relates a lot of technical details in a clear, understandable manner. He always sought to remain an engineer; never aspired to be a manager. When he thought some Apple co-workers were not getting the IPO shares they deserved, he distributed his own shares to them. He is a prankster and has a good sense of humor.

    The book sounds as if it was transcribed directly from conversation, with the verbal tics that are usually edited from written work, but that makes the reading very enjoyable because you get a sense of sitting across from Woz while he relates his story.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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