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Kevin

Regensburg, Germany | Member Since 2012

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  • Decision Points

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (689)

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Dave says: "Not a bad choice"
    "Well read, content surprisingly good"
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    Not a great fan of the politics of 43, but this book sets out the case for the defense pretty well. Exceptionally well read. Structure makes it easy to dip in and out. Recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3320)
    Performance
    (2980)
    Story
    (2992)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "A page-turner taht kept me interested."
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    Hi

    I listened to this over about 3 days It's easy to listen to, with the 3 stories intertwined working well for me as I did not quickly tire of any particular character. I found all 3 parallel lives interesting, all asking me something about my own life. I have no secrets of this magnitude, but despite the 3 main characters being women (and I'm a guy) the themes resonate. The dialogue, spoken and imagined, rings true.

    Ms Lee's reading is excellent.

    The story is set in Oz, but that's a bit irrelevant. It would work anywhere. The main characters are Catholic, again a bit of an irrelevance. Tess and Conor, John-Paul and Cecillia, and Rachel - I can imagine them all.

    Particularly Cecillia was a bit irritating at times, But that made her no less real. I know plenty of "a ibit irritating" people. I am happily married, and the nightmare that unfolds for all characters makes me shiver. I cried a little bit. Not ashamed of it, who wouldn't faced with the situations outlined.

    I was gonna write "twists and turns right to the end". But that's not really true. There are some unexpected twists, But this isn't a novel which tries to trick you every 50 pages/minutes - I realized that half-way through. I had a good idea of where it was going by then, and I desperately wanted to find out if I was right.

    Someone on goodreads asked what the Berlin Wall stuff was all about, and gave the book 0 stars. I think her/she missed the point, maybe hoping that Janie would turn up in Berlin in 1989. Take a different turn, make a simple choice, and your life changes forever. On some level we all know that already, no?

    Anyways I enjoyed it. I didn't watch the telly, listen to the radio, read a newspaper, or fill in my tax return. I finished listening to the book, til the very end. Listening carefully, attention grabbed. Is that not the point?

    KM

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lee Smolin
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (150)

    In this illuminating book, the renowned theoretical physicist Lee Smolin argues that fundamental physics - the search for the laws of nature - is losing its way. Ambitious ideas about extra dimensions, exotic particles, multiple universes, and strings have captured the publics imagination -- and the imagination of experts.

    J B Tipton says: "Strings snipped"
    "Hard going, but worth it"
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    First, the narration is IMO very good. I have no idea how Lee Smolin talks, but Mr Dixon sounds a very authentically irritated physicist. OK, he's just reading the text, but that is not as easy as it sounds. Good choice, and well done.

    The text/book is hard going at times. The core points are well made, if perhaps a bit too often. As a pee-existing skeptic of string theories, he was preaching to the choir a bit in my case, but his argument is strong and supported by both logic and evidence.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18251)
    Performance
    (16284)
    Story
    (16336)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Page-turner (or equivalent for audiobooks)"
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    The dual narration is very good, helped by the fact that there are a lot of relatively short chapters.

    19+ hours sounds steep, but only took me 3 days to finish.

    Twists and turns and some suspense. Very clever. It will, I think, make a decent movie that people will talk about, ala Indecent Proposal. Will they keep the same ending? I wonder ....



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gaffer: The Trials and Tribulations of a Football Manager

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Warnock
    • Narrated By Neil Warnock
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    For the very first time, and straight from the horse's mouth, a top manager's intriguing insights into the daily trials and tribulations, the joyous peaks and soul-destroying troughs of life as a football 'gaffer'. Ever wondered how a transfer deal is done? What a manager says during his pre-match team-talk? What he screams from the technical area? What goes on in training sessions, and on those long away trips? How a manager carefully builds a team, and what he does when the planning is disrupted by injuries?

    Kevin says: "Interesting Tale ..."
    "Interesting Tale ..."
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    sometimes the delivery is a bit wooden, but Neil Warnock's tale rings true. I don't doubt the events he described unfolded much as he describes them, and as a footie fan they are interesting stories and anecdotes. An easy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2156)
    Performance
    (1918)
    Story
    (1924)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Well styled, factual presentation of Camelot"
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    The (audio) book title here is a tad misleading, there is much more on the life and presidency of JFK than his death. Also little speculation, I don't think the grassy knoll even gets a mention. A lot is left to reader/listener to decide themselves. As it should be.

    That BoR narrates himself helps a lot. The words are his words (with his co-writer) and this lends authenticity. How much of the material is new or unique is doubtful, but in my mind that does not matter much. The pace is fine for me, I found it an easy listen. The more emotional segments, and in the end there is a great human tragedy here, is presented with poise and compassion. To my slight surprise there is no cheap political point scoring, thankfully BoR seems to be above that.

    Recommended.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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