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Lemonia

50 year old woman, financial executive, interested in science, human behaviour and history in laymen terms & always enjoy good fiction.

Member Since 2007

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  • 213 titles in library
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  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (462)

    This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

    glamazon says: "Finally!"
    "I loved this book"
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    Where does The Social Animal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    VERY high. It was a compelling combination of social behaviour explanation in the format of a novel. I found it both informative and entertaining and did not want it to end.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I burst out lauging in many occasions, smiled in even more and must say cried also.


    Any additional comments?

    Strongly recommended if you are interested in what makes human's tick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DisneyWar

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James B. Stewart
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (267)

    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"
    "I was positively suprised"
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    What did you love best about DisneyWar?

    Although the only book of this type I have ever read/listened to, I found it very interesting and enjoyed the business war presentation. If you think you might be interested, I recommend you give it a try.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9090)
    Performance
    (3504)
    Story
    (3543)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Strongly recommended"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of World Without End to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I heard the audiobook and loved it so much that I also read it. The performance of the book adds to the beauty of the story, illuminating the most dramatic scenes and helping the characters come to life.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of World Without End?

    The events at the wooden bridge are so powerfullly described, you thought you were there.


    Any additional comments?

    Although it is a long book, I heard the audiobook and read the printed version in long stretches as I simply could not let go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William J. Bernstein
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (76)

    In A Splendid Exchange, William J. Bernstein tells the extraordinary story of global commerce from its prehistoric origins to the myriad controversies surrounding it today. He transports listeners from ancient sailing ships that brought the silk trade from China to Rome in the second century to the rise and fall of the Portuguese monopoly in spices in the 16th.

    Mark says: "Very interesting and Germane to Today's World"
    "Very interesting information but....."
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    Any additional comments?

    ..... not given in the most compelling manner. The authurs could have spiced it up a little bit and the narraction could have been of higher dramatic quality, but overall I recommend this audiobook to the layman interested in world history and to those who believe that wars are fought for anything except money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2971)
    Performance
    (2266)
    Story
    (2276)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "A beautiful story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Watership Down the most enjoyable?

    A tale of human nature, love, ambition, prejudice, fear, friendship, honor, evil, given enjoyably through the saga of a group of rabbits. The language is beautiful, the sentiment is strong.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could not stop listening except when at work and when going to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    If someone knows of other books as powerful and optimistic as this one, please please let me know.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1241)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (314)

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "poor narration, good writing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Pompeii to be better than the print version?

    No, the narration was not pleasing and dragged the overall effect down for me


    What other book might you compare Pompeii to and why?

    I, Claudius was a favorite I could easily compare to, with ancient Rome everyday life, political backstage and economic forces being presented in a most lively and catching manner.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Despite focusing on a historical event, the eruption of Mount Vezouvious, the author managed to engage us to take interest in each of the hereos and create suspense regarding their fate. The narration was displeasing, but not to the point that I would not recommend the audiobook.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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