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Susan

Columbus, OH, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • DisneyWar

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James B. Stewart
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (237)

    Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

    Christine says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "DisneyWar"
    Overall

    If Disney's movies and tv efforts were as fascinating as this book, they'd be back at number one in the entertainment field. This is so well written and researched that it holds you captive till the end, waiting to see what happens next like a great mystery. Great choice, even for those who are not usually interested in corporate non-fiction.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2056)
    Performance
    (391)
    Story
    (399)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "More Philosophy than Literature"
    Overall

    There's something strangely appealing and timely about this book. However, if you are looking for a good novel, you might want to look elsewhere. In order to appreciate the story, you have to remember that Ayn Rand was primarily a philosopher, and her books showcased her theories. Hence, you have to suspend belief and well as endure a lot of preachiness before you finish the book. But for some reason, I kept listening, and I honestly enjoyed it.

    I can't tell you how many people have told me they read this in high school. I find that amazing - they must have spent the entire year on just this book, and had parents and teachers who were not uncomfortable with the many steamy passages. Although not clinical, this is not a book for prudes!

    Worth the time for the patient and erudite listener.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Entering the Castle: Exploring Your Mystical Experience of God

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Caroline Myss
    • Narrated By Caroline Myss
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    This audiobook is a poweful program that will give you a deeply personal, revelatory experience of your soul. What is required is that you "enter your castle" and explore with great intent the contents of your "seven mansions" and their many rooms. You'll be introduced to a new spiritual renaissance as Caroline Myss explains the nature of mysticism and its experiences.

    A User says: "This is not the Audiobook . . ."
    "Not the actual book!"
    Overall

    Be aware that this is a lecture based on the author's book. I found her analysis of Teresa's writings insightful and inspirational. However, I did find her tone a bit judgmental; as I work my way through The Interior Castle I am finding that Teresa was far more instructional and compassionate. I would definitely recommend this - however, it is not good auto listening since many of the author's instructions involve closed eyes!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Pursuit of Happyness (Abridged)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Chris Gardner
    • Narrated By Andre Blake
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    At the age of 20, Chris Gardner arrived in San Francisco to pursue a promising career in medicine. However, he surprised everyone and himself by setting his sights on the competitive world of high finance. Yet no sooner had he landed an entry-level position at a prestigious firm, Gardner found himself caught in a web of incredibly challenging circumstances that left him part of the city's working homeless with his toddler son.

    Steve James says: "Book Better"
    "OK - in parts"
    Overall

    This book starts out ok with a few rough spots, then flourishes during the time the author is caring for his son on the street. Once the author becomes affluent, it's downhill from there. The book loses its family focus and becomes a self-absorbed narrative. The son evaporates into thin air.

    Not a bad book, but disappointing.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3518)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1268)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Me Talk Pretty One Day"
    Overall

    This wasn't to my taste. Many friends had read the book and said it was hysterically funny, but I found the author's delivery rather melancholy and pathetic. His stories re: speech therapy and his family pets left me feeling somewhat sad - much to my friends' confusion. I think I would be better off reading the book.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Lucia, Lucia

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Mira Sorvino
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Lucia becomes an apprentice to a designer at B. Altman's department store on Fifth Avenue. Engaged to her childhood sweetheart, she is torn when she meets a handsome stranger who promises a life of uptown luxury that girls like her only read about in the society pages. Forced to choose between duty to her family and her own dreams, Lucia finds herself in the midst of a sizzling scandal, her beloved career is jeopardized, and the Sartoris' honor is tested.

    Federica says: "The black sheep's review"
    "Great summer listening!"
    Overall

    Entertaining and enlightening look at life for young women in the 1950's. Great time-passer, safe for family listening!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sally Bedell Smith
    • Narrated By Lee Adams
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In Grace and Power, New York Times best-selling author Sally Bedell Smith takes us inside the Kennedy White House with unparalleled access and insight. Having interviewed scores of Kennedy intimates, including many who have never spoken before, and drawing on letters and personal papers made available for the first time, Smith paints a richly detailed picture of the personal relationships behind the high purpose and poiltical drama of the 20th century's most storied presidency.

    R. Jones says: "More detail than I wanted"
    "Very interesting perspective"
    Overall

    Very personal portrait of the Kennedy years: factual but not judgmental. Good balance of politics, current events and "gossip". Well read and worth listening to the unabridged version, although admittedly long. Pedantic in spots, particularly in foreign affairs analysis, but quickly returns to the original pace.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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