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Linda

Palo Alto, CA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (852)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (355)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "Couldn't get into this"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed Perfect Storm and Death in Belmont as captivating narratives. I listened to War soon after listening to the book Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes. While I was totally immersed in Matterhorn--of course a novel of war so shouldn't really compare this to nonfiction, I have become immersed in Junger's other 2 books. I listened to War a second time because I thought I hadn't appreciated the commentary/documentary style compared with a novel. The narration was somewhat monotonic to me, so this may contribute to my lesser enthusiasm.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (408)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "Was not another "whisperer" story..."
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    With the title I was hesitant to listen to this book, because it sounded as if it were another of the animal "whisperer" stories, none of which as good as the original. The Elephant Whisperer is an intriguing story of man and his elephant relationship. The narrative captures attention and the narrator excellent as first person. As one knowing limited information on elephants, this story gives one a new insight into elephants. The story is entertaining and enlightening. I looked forward to each next listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (2907)
    Performance
    (2591)
    Story
    (2591)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "I almost always enjoy Gladwell, but..."
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    For an interesting and thought provoking listen or read, I have always counted on Gladwell's books. I've enjoyed them all, especially Outliers, for their hypotheses and stories. The author usually has interesting stories, including his own, that helps illustrate and "prove" the points. For some reason, neither the story nor the hypotheses seemed very strong here. The writing and performance good as usual, but the story as illustrations seemed forced. I almost did not finish this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    Overall
    (2654)
    Performance
    (2357)
    Story
    (2359)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Even better than I thought it would be..."
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    As Harold Fry begins his pilgramage, I assumed that the main point of this book would be the self-refection that Fry begins and his opportunity to "smell the roses" as he walks. The story becomes even more interesting as Fry figures out the past and why things turned out as they did. This is an interesting, unusual story that becomes more thought-provoking as it unfolds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3346)
    Performance
    (2873)
    Story
    (2844)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Explains alot"
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    For someone who thinks they are an introvert or an extrovert, this book explains alot about the behavior and thought of either. Although the first few chapters appear superficial, the author delves deeper as the book progresses and makes this a fascinating listen. The explanation of studies are interesting to those who have already studied some psychology and naive individuals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (847)

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
    "Good listening even for nonbaseball fans"
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    I'm not a baseball fan but after reading Lewis' Blind Side I wanted to hear Moneyball. This is a fascinating story about Billy Beane and baseball. The analysis of baseball and money is captivating. I saw the film after listening to the book and was disappointed. The film is a good story and I'm sure I would have enjoyed the film even more except I got so much more from the book. As with many good books the story of Billy Beane is only part of the book and the portion left out of the film would be hard to visualize. This does for baseball what Blind Side did for football.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16096)
    Performance
    (14250)
    Story
    (14200)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Parallel lives and butterfly effect"
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    There seems to be a new trend to examine the potential of different paths taken with potential parallel lives and butterfly effect of such. This one by Stephen King is interesting even though the entry and exit are less believable. The story line is still holds ones attention especially for those who remember 1963. The reader is good except when doing the "female" voice. Rather than a young attractive woman the voice sounds more like an odd female impersonator. Overall it is still entertaining and worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Quiet Belief in Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By R. J. Ellory
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    In 1939 in the small, rural community of Augusta Falls, Georgia, 12-year-old Joseph Vaughan learns of the brutal assault and murder of a young girl, the first in a series of killings that will plague the community over the next decade. Joseph and his friends are determined to protect the town from the evil in their midst and they form "the Guardians" to watch over the community.

    Patricia says: "One my Top 5 Audio listens of all time."
    "Over a year later and story still sticks with me"
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    I'm writing this review almost 2 years after listening to this book. I have recommended to it many who don't want to read or listen because they say "I'm not religious." This is far from a religious story and has nothing to do with it. This story of the childhood and growing up of a young man in the South with the background of a serial killer is unusual. After finishing this listen I wanted to read something about the author and his story was quite a jolt. It is probably best not to read about the author until after listening to the book because you'll be amazed at his own story and wonder how and why he wrote this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2486)
    Performance
    (1328)
    Story
    (1333)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Reads like a biography"
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    The title of this book does it an injustice. I thought it must have a self-help or religious message, but it is the story of a boy growing up in South Africa as a boxer. The details of this boy's encounters and the wonderful characters could be from someone's biography or autobiography. I haven't read that this is autobiographical but it a wonderful narrative and one might think it could be. It is an uplifting story of a boy thriving amidst difficulties. The descriptions of South Africa during these years are worth hearing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1840)
    Performance
    (1040)
    Story
    (1038)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Sorry to have it end"
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    I was drawn into the South and the emotional complications, frustrations, and struggles of Tom Wingo and his sister in this epic story covering most of their adult lives. The narration was totally captivating. This was a listening experience that was hard to put down and I was sorry to have end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1622)
    Performance
    (1344)
    Story
    (1332)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "Mixed plot"
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    I listened to Marriage Plot soon after it became available on audible as I had enjoyed reading Middlesex so much. The Marriage Plot is interesting and worth reading, but was not "fascinating" as Middlesex was. The characters of this book were not particularly sympathetic and I didn't care about what happened to them. While well written, I wasn't particularly interested in any underlying messages that the characters portrayed. If one is unfamiliar with the vicissitudes of mental illness and its management, this could be interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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