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Robert

I wish Audible would provide a better product. I continually have to go back and try to find my place to listen. Audible apparently disables the ability to burn a book to even one disk so I can listen to it. The iPod just doesn't do well on audiobooks (probably unless you buy them from Apple). It is impossible to get a book burned to CD so I can listen to it and it never plays right on the iPod.

Brunswick, TN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 284 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015
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  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2050)
    Performance
    (1685)
    Story
    (1701)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Worth the listen"
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    Overall worth the listen. I found myself wishing for more background/followup at times, but entertaining (and will also make you angry at the events and how they happened).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Left Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (470)

    What does it take to rise from life's depths, swim against the current, and breathe? Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn't expect - an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own.

    Ruffian says: "Applauds for Left Drowning"
    "Good story, excessive sexual detailed"
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    Would you try another book from Jessica Park and/or Arielle DeLisle?

    No, I wouldn't bother with another book by the author. She was apparently too lazy to try to think up new ideas and relied excessively on ridiculous excessive fake sounding sexual behavior. Reader was good


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Eliminated 95% of the sexual detail.


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

    Don't believe I heard her before.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Left Drowning?

    The excessive scenes on sexual behavior.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall it was a good story, but we won't listen to any more books by this author. We felt the author was just too lazy so she relied on related to extremes tails of sexual behavior that quickly became obscene in their own way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotshot: Buchanan-Renard, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (367)

    A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help.

    L.W. says: "Interesting and Enjoyable"
    "Good Story, grating voice"
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    This was generally a basic interesting story, that kept our attention while driving. The voice of the reader was horrible. It grated on us and while we didn't stop listening, they need to find someone with a more pleasant voice to read the books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Annabella Sciorra, Adriana Trigiani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    The majestic beauty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the 20th century is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy. When Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished and sent to hide in America. Soon Enza's family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America. Unbeknownst to each other, they both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late....

    MEMcL says: "Why the change in narrator?"
    "Wonderful story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am not familiar with the writer and took a chance on this book. The story is interesting and kept my attention throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (506)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "Worth the time and effort"
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    This story took forever to get started, but it was well worth the time and effort. I don't know if it is a true story or not, but I am glad I listened to it.

    If you like this type of story, it is well worth the time and effort to listen to it. I could hear and see the story through the narrative.

    It does take a while to get started. The characters are believable, especially the mother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1912)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1619)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Mel says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "Worth the listen if a fan, otherwise not"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book kept my interest in general throughout the listen, although my mind tended to wander at times. Audible is horrible about copying to CD;'s so I can listen in the car on the CD Player and go back if my mind wanders. (They kept stonewalling me until I gave up on trying to get a copy to CD. I purchase a lot fewer of them as a result).

    If you are a fan of her, probably worth the purchase. I'm not a fan and don't intend to purchase any more of her books.There are better listens for your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2651)
    Performance
    (2265)
    Story
    (2256)

    Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride.

    Daniel says: "10 reasons to skip this Reacher book"
    "Keeps you interested"
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    This is a typical Reacher book, keeps you interested and involved. We listen to it in the car and we almost went out to drive around just so we could listen to it! Excellent performance, especially the performance by Reacher with a broken nose, it seems almost too real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adams vs. Jefferson: The Tumultuous Election of 1800

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Ferling
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Award-winning author John Ferling is a leading authority on the American Revolution. His entertaining and enlightening histories have greatly improved our understanding of early America and the Founding Fathers. Now Ferling opens a window to the past and explores the contentious presidential election of 1800.

    D. Littman says: "Outstanding work of interpretive history"
    "Enjoyable, learned a lot of history!"
    Overall
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    The story was excellent. I felt the performance was a little flat and pedantic. Learned a lot about the times and Adams and Jefferson (and Hamiliton and Burr).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (2215)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1042)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Good concepts, a little wordy, worth it/"
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    The ideas I obtained may listening worth my time. I got some great ideas. It was a little frustrating to have to listen to some of the non-essential talk, but I got a lot of good ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fear Index

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (244)

    Dr. Alex Hoffmann’s name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But one morning before dawn, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside mansion, and so begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence.

    Mark C Walker says: "Familiar plot"
    "Worth listening to."
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    This is worth listening to. I did need to follow it closer than I do some books, but I felt it ws worth the listen. It passed the time well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chandler Burr
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (95)

    No journalist has ever been allowed into the ultrasecretive, highly pressured process of originating a perfume. But Chandler Burr, the New York Times perfume critic, spent a year behind the scenes observing the creation of two major fragrances.

    Roy says: "A Thoughtful Book"
    "Good, could have been better, well worth the time."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a very interesting book on perfume, the making, marketing and enjoyment of it. I was fascinated by the details of perfume history, how it is developed and how it is marketed. Not being much of a tv watcher of "stories", I had no idea who Sarah Jessica Parker was, but am now a fan of hers (although I am still not sure who she is except I would recognize her perfume lines).

    Very well written, until Chapter 10, when he seemed to descend into crudeness, which I did not expect or appreciate and it kind of turned me off on the whole book. I am not going to apologize for not appreciating the crudeness, it was absolutely unnecessary.

    Some areas went into too much detail, but I as fascinated the New York Times has a "perfume specialist" and I will watch for his articles!

    This opened up a whole new world to me, which is what I enjoy about books like this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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