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Woodbridge, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 393 ratings
  • 534 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Mongol queens of the 13th century ruled the largest empire the world has ever known. Yet sometime near the end of the century, censors cut a section from The Secret History of the Mongols, leaving a single tantalizing quote from Genghis Khan: “Let us reward our female offspring.” Only this hint of a father’s legacy for his daughters remained of a much larger story.

    Shawn says: "Another Great Book"
    "Amazing History"

    Who would have thought that Genghis Khan was a feminist? He set up his Empire to be ruled by his female as well as his male descendants. Although much of the documents recording this were redacted, enough remains to establish the legacy of powerful women protecting and reclaiming his empire.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Deryni Rising: Chronicles of the Deryni, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Katherine Kurtz
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the kingdom of Gwynedd, the mysterious forces of magic and the superior power of the Church combine to challenge the rule of young Kelson. Now the fate of the Deryni -- a quasi-mortal race of sorcerers -- and, indeed, the fate of all the Eleven Kingdoms, rests on Kelson's ability to quash the rebellion by any means necessary...including the prescribed use of magic!

    Amazon Customer says: "WONDERFUL! Thank you Audible!"
    "Better for Younger Audiences Maybe"

    I had high hopes for this book, as I love fantasy and this is the first of a long series of novels in the Deryni series.

    I found it predictable and trite, with barely defined characters. Nobody surprises you. The good characters (Morgan, Kelson and Duncan) are always right and good and the evil characters (Charissa and one who won't be named due to the spoiler problem) are totally evil.

    The women characters are mostly brainless ninnies, except for the evil but beautiful Charissa. Who would have thought that a woman author would populate her books with women ninnies?

    Even Kelson's mother, who is the most complex character in the book, having the capability to perform both good and bad acts (wow!), has the wisdom of a stone.

    Altogether disappointing. Perhaps this book would be good for young people who like their characters simple and unendowed with nuance or depth.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Click

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bill Tancer
    • Narrated By Bill Tancer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Click, Bill Tancer takes us into the massive database of online intelligence to reveal the naked truth about how we use the Web, navigate to sites, and search for information - and what all of that says about who we are.

    Kimberley says: "What we do online reflects who we are"
    "What we do online reflects who we are"

    Bill Nancer uses composite search engine data to look at everything from our most private fears(a search engine doesn't judge) to understanding the prime selling season for prom gowns (January!) to predicting the newest social networking craze months before most of us have even heard of it.

    The internet has changed the way we get informaiton, and the our search for information reveals much about our thoughts, feelings and ultimately behavior.

    If you like puzzles, or are interested in why we do what we do, this book may fascinate you as it did me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Christopher Nissley

    Our world is being transformed by the Internet and the near limitless choice that it provides to consumers; tomorrow's markets belong to those who can take advantage of this. The Long Tail is really about the economics of abundance, an entirely new model for business that is just starting to show its power as unlimited selection reveals new truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it.

    Jim says: "Good Book, Flawed by Repition"
    "All business people need these concepts"

    As a consumer, I've been delighted with the recent explosion of choices. As a retailer, I've been struggling to take advantage of new technologies to satisfy an expanded internet market.

    This book puts the changing business climate into a historical and conceptual perspective that makes sense. They never taught us this in college in the 80's, but today they'd better teach it to business students, because success and survival in today's marketplace requires an understanding of the process described in this book.

    Some people understand some of these mechanisms intuitively or hazily, based on their own observations and that may be enough, but seeing the whole concept outlined so clearly, with so many examples is enlightening and inspiring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "Made me cry"

    This book is a first person account of the grieving process of one woman, including the (she feels) unaccountable lapses in her ability to trust her own mind, and a gradual return to a more steady and "normal" state of mind.

    There is no epiphany, where the author realizes that her life can begin anew, just a return to normalcy and sanity. We are with her every step of the way.

    A novellist might have made the ending more dramatic, some great rebirth, but this story is more true in that life goes on; sadder and richer for the loss, but able to contain joy again and with an ability not to mark every day by what happened before the awful event.

    Some have said that her wealth is distracting, well, her daily life was full of exactly what she wrote. I think it would have been disingenuous to fill the book with details from a less wealthy life or to leave out the details. She wrote what she did, what she saw, what she felt and how she struggled to be in control of the uncontrollable processes of life and death.

    This book made me cry.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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