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  • Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Langella
    • Narrated By Frank Langella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (139)

    Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad encounters with some of the past century's most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.

    Kathy says: "Delightful"
    "Very Enjoyable"
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    Not as "sexy" as its billing--or, rather, it was more discreet than I expected. Which I actually appreciated. Made it seem much classier.

    I felt the author was being honest and sincere, no more and no less. He evaluated everyone for their good and bad traits alike. As a professional (technical and business) writer I am sensitive to bias and loaded language. Mr. Langella seemed quite straightforward.

    I was never a fan, although the latest movie I saw him in gave him a very full-blooded part that caught my interest. His voice, of course, is among the finest speaking voices recorded.

    His subjects are just about all dead. Besides avoiding libel problems, this allows for stories that are complete with endings. Beyond that, there are moments of poignant memory that are very touching. A couple of passages made me catch my breath.

    A good read, and not especially scandalous. Told with considerable dry humor. What more could you want?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Edison: A Life of Invention

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Paul Israel
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    Armed with unprecedented access to Edison's workshop diaries, notebooks, and letters, Israel brings fresh insights into how the inventor's creative mind worked. For the first time, much attention is devoted to his early family life in Ohio and Michigan, where the young Edison honed his entrepreneurial sense and eye for innovation as a newsstand owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. These experiences underscore the inventor's later successes with new resonance and pathos.

    Michael says: "Worst narration ever"
    "Sample and Hold"
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    What disappointed you about Edison?

    "How bad can it be? It's Edison, after all!" I said to myself.[Groan] It can be bad. From the first paragraph, I disliked the author's style. I ended up skipping most of Chapter One. Then most of Chapter Two. And most of Chapter Three. And then I bailed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Paul Israel again?

    No, I can't imagine that. I found myself trying to rearrange, simplify, streamline the prose but to no avail.


    What about Raymond Todd’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job with difficult text.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Great disappointment. I'm sure it is all very factual and detailed but it is so pedantic that it reminds me why many of us disliked history textbooks when we were in school. The reading ease grade level must be around Grade 14, I'll bet. Well, I'm a fan of the Nuremberg Funnel, myself. I think reading can be fun.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm an experienced business and technical writer with a B.A. In journalism, so I am very sympathetic to the effort that must have gone into this book. I don't like leaving a negative review and I wish I could offer more positive comments. I suppose some people enjoy this (didactic?) style of presentation but it is too much for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (916)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Tad Davis says: "Vivid and well-researched"
    "A Great Read For The Curious"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Zealot to be better than the print version?

    As a professional nonfiction writer, I am well aware of the advantages of "print" books over audio. I like audio for books that I'm going to listen to linearly – start-to-finish. Print is better for skipping around and dodging boring bits. I do not regret getting this in audio. There was no reason to move outside of the path of the text. It made sense and was developed coherently, and all of that. Plus, I thought the narration was as good as it could possibly have been.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have had strong feelings about the disciple Paul ever since I read his writings in the Bible. They just didn't seem to fit with the teachings of Jesus. And, sure enough, this book arrives at much the same conclusions as I did. So it was nice to have confirmation of what I have believed for the last half century. And that is: Paul was all about setting up rules and conduct for the church. This was far and above the teachings part of the Gospels.


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

    This is the first time I have heard this narrator. I thought he did an absolutely excellent job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well, for a nonfiction book, there were many "interesting" passages. For instance, all of the killing that went on in those days, and executions, and the rebellion in 66 to 70 A.D.– much of that was new to me.


    Any additional comments?

    I was raised Christian. Baptized in my early teens, became a member of the church. Went to church most Sundays, Bible school in the summers. Hated all of it.

    I read the New Testament in my early 20s. I read the Old Testament a year ago. What an eye-opener. This book is a perfect complement to that kind of inquiry, filling in an awful lot of perspective that is not available in the Bible.

    As a habitually critical reader (with a degree in journalism), I kept thinking the whole time about what the "true believers" would offer to counter what is in this book. Of course, people tend to believe what they want to believe. And I'm sure "the other side" would have plenty of arguments against this book. But I have a feeling those arguments would be flimsy and based mainly on wishful thinking and not on available facts and research.

    The book claims not to be "anti-Jesus," but rather to be an examination of the historical record with regard to the life of Jesus of Nazareth. And I think the author sticks to that premise and behaves very responsibly. It's just that he has amassed so much evidence in favor of that argument that it may sound biased. I don't see any bias. And I am encouraged to try to find other books like this to take my investigation further. And of course I can always reread the Bible. (I have the NIV in Kindle for iPad.)

    I definitely feel this book was worth my time. Outstanding.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jacob Tomsky
    • Narrated By Jacob Tomsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (328)

    Jacob Tomsky has worked in hotels for more than a decade, doing everything from valet parking to manning the front desk. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late check out, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini-bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. And in Heads in Beds, he pulls back the curtain on the hospitality business.

    colleen says: "credit worthy"
    "Very, Very Enjoyable"
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    If you could sum up Heads in Beds in three words, what would they be?

    Well told stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's not a comedy, but there were spots where I laughed out loud. More than a few. That's rare.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were a lot of good scenes. I suppose the end scene was most memorable.


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

    Not necessarily. It was by nature episodic, but a nice balace between vignettes and the overall story. Very enjoyable reading. (I am a professional nonfiction writer myself.)


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. Definitely in my Top Five for 2013 as of August.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (10511)
    Performance
    (9066)
    Story
    (9026)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Thorough, Balanced, Enjoyable"
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    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    I already have, kind of: A friend insisted I read this. Even though I'd read "iCon" several years ago, I liked this even more.



    What did you like best about this story?

    It seemed fair and balanced--which Steve Jobs was not! ;-)


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I did notice that the narrator's choice in emphasis often differed from the emphasis I would have put on the words in the text. I've only noticed that once before (with narrator Elliott Gould) but here it was just a minor distraction at times.



    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not that I noticed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4537)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1206)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Not my usual cuppa"
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    A terrible mistake has been made.

    Last week as I prepared to manage my downloaded inventory of audiobooks I found--to my horror--that I had inexplicably purchased a book I am certain I never would have bought if I had been paying the least bit of attention.

    _Eat, Pray, Love_. Gack! Just check the title. Is there a better example of pure Chick Lit on the market today? Oof. And the story sounded enough like the one about the the well-to-do Californian woman who moved to Tuscany.... I thought that would be like something from Peter Mayles but it was mostly just Whiney White Woman. I gave it up.

    But as I always say, you don't have to be smart, you just have to sit next to Stupid. As I braced myself for this girly excursion (hey, audio books aren't cheap! I wasn't going to just chuck it.), I took up a shorter book that pomised to be lighter, at least.

    Oh, it was light, all right. _I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell_ starts out with the pointless exploits of a young lout who drinks, pukes, and fornicates his way through the first chapter. The only thing worse than the writing is the narration by the author. It is the worst I have ever heard.

    I found I wasn't laughing at this guy and I wasn't laughing with him either. Where does that leave me? In fairness, I should say it did draw me in somewhat: After the first chapter, I felt like vomiting. Rereading the reviews, I see I had been warned.

    Moving on, the Chick Lit wasn't so bad. Actually, pretty good. Better than _Three Cups of Tea_--and probably more truthful. Narrated very well by the author.

    Of course, her politics are liberal but that doesn't have much to do with the story so far. (She mentions it, so I mention it.)

    [Later...]

    Now that I've finished it, I have to say it's pretty good. I didn???t get the goofy title till after I was done: ??Three countries, three themes. Duh.

    I always said, a good writer can get you interested in anything. Of course she's a best seller, so who am I to criticize. Some best-sellers are dumb. This turned out smart. And as Gilbert says in her online lecture, this could be her peak. Still, not a bad thing....

    Gold is where you find it. This was fun. Grade: ?? A

    == PT
    Sent from my iPad

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1790)
    Performance
    (1553)
    Story
    (1547)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "A well-told story that pulls you in"
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    Very interesting and entertaining. One of those books that can catch your interest if for no other reason than that it is well researched, organized, and presented simply.

    The book includes a sort of sidebar discussion of the inventors Morse and Bell. Morse's telegraph faced 60 lawsuits from others claiming credit for the invention. Bell was hit with 600 legal challenges to his claim of having invented the telephone. Such stories flesh out the social and political character of the times.

    Nicely narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nick Reding
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (638)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (265)

    Crystal methamphetamine is widely considered to be the most dangerous drug in the world, and nowhere is that more true than in the small towns of the American heartland. Methland tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), which, like thousands of other small towns across the country, has been left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry, a depressed local economy, and an out-migration of people.

    Sean says: "Interesting, then not."
    "An Excellent Read"
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    I really enjoyed this one. It could probably even have been longer but I'm glad it was only as long as it needed to be.

    The subject wasn't exactly news to me--who hasn't heard of illegal methamphetamine?--but fleshing out the details and the social and business relationships that support the meth trade--that was an eye-opener. Agribusiness, Columbia, Mexico, drug stores--quite a cast of characters.

    And the narrator made it a real pleasure to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tucker Max
    • Narrated By Tucker Max
    Overall
    (657)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (289)

    "My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead. But, I do contribute to humanity in one very important way: I share my adventures with the world."

    Jean-Claude says: "okay... ummm"
    "Awful narration. Story just as bad."
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    Narration was so hurried and slurred it was very hard to follow.

    But I gave up after the first awful story and saved myself four hours.

    I guess this is like "Jackass": It could be funny, or it could just be dumb. This is just plain dumb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3305)
    Performance
    (1941)
    Story
    (1958)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "A Pleasant Surprise"
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    I really enjoyed this book. Not only a good history of its subject but a good look into contemporary warfare, diplomacy, culture, and such for peoples besides the Mongols.

    This is not the sort of subject I'm usually drawn to. Which proves again that a good writer can make anything interesting and entertaining. (I am a professional writer myself.)

    P.S., The story of Ghenghis Khan ends with Part I. Part II is the story of what happened to the empire after that.

    Thoroughly enjoyable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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