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Jeffrey

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  • The Design of Everyday Things

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Donald A. Norman
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (132)

    First, businesses discovered quality as a key competitive edge; next came science. Now, Donald A. Norman, former Director of the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of California, reveals how smart design is the new frontier. The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how - and why - some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

    Sean says: "Badly needs updating"
    "too boring to stick it out"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Prosaic, pedantic and judgmental with excessive uninteresting personal observations. maybe this is interesting to others, not me


    Would you ever listen to anything by Donald A. Norman again?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    bored me


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment and boredom


    Any additional comments?

    wasted my credit on this

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9924)
    Performance
    (9082)
    Story
    (9094)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Excellent possibilites-But Book Goes Nowhere"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Goldfinch? What did you like least?

    Instead of a growing into the fascinating and nuanced character he could have been, Theo lets his life be wasted by attaching to insincere, trashy characters. He doesn't rise above it at all--except perhaps in the patched-on ending where he tries to get back to a state of integrity. I feel the book was a long waste of my time, wherein I waited for a readers' payoff that never came.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Alexandra Horowitz
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    With more than 52 million pet dogs in America today, it's clear we are a nation of unabashed dog lovers. Yet the relationship between dogs and humans remains a fascinating mystery, as no one really knows what goes on in the canine mind. Now, in Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz fuses her perspectives as both scientist and dog owner to deliver a fresh look at the world of dogs - as seen from the animal's point of view.

    Chris says: "Not so bad"
    "Fun book for thinking dlog lovers"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up Inside of a Dog in three words, what would they be?

    explains dogs' makeup


    What did you like best about this story?

    description of studies that were able to define the extent and limits of dogs' ability to reason, the reason for the reactions we don't understand and how much we mistakenly ascribe to them.


    Have you listened to any of Karen White’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    this is my only one


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4973)
    Performance
    (2360)
    Story
    (2375)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Genuine, moving and a part of me now"
    Overall

    Without repeating the information and recommendations of previous reviewers, I'd add that this book shines light on the excellent British traditions in taught and practiced by doctors educated in India. The novel seems straightforward but deepens and complicates with every chapter revealing a symphony of characters, plots, lives, families shot through with the ugly spirit of the times in Ethiopia. The characters become important to us and as the story moves we are also passively tossed by Ethiopia's civil war period.
    I cried openly as I drove and at traffic light stops. I've listened again from the beginning and it is only more rich. This author has craft, insight and imagination moving this beautiful story along. Thank you Dr. Verghese.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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