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Gretel

Jackson, MS, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2901)
    Performance
    (2086)
    Story
    (2091)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "Google Puff Piece"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is not all an objective treatment. However, even with the author's reverence for the


    Would you recommend In the Plex to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes and no: it's competent but nearly hagiographic. VERY few opposing viewpoints. I would bet that Google traded access for guaranteed favorable treatment.


    What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding narration.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The author would have been well-served to leave out the Obama-centric chapters near the end of the book. They add very little and sound too much like mainstream Obama puffery: according to Levy, the President's main problem is just being too darn rational.... Yeah, right.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bayou Trilogy: Under the Bright Lights, Muscle for the Wing, and The Ones You Do

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Daniel Woodrell
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    In the parish of St. Bruno, sex is easy, corruption festers, and double-dealing is a way of life. Rene Shade is an uncompromising detective swimming in a sea of filth. As Shade takes on hit men, porn kings, a gang of ex-cons, and the ghosts of his own checkered past, Woodrell’s three seminal novels pit long-entrenched criminals against the hard line of the law, brother against brother, and two vastly different sons against a long-absent father.

    Gretel says: "Better than I expected..."
    "Better than I expected..."
    Overall

    This was an engaging listen. Any fan of James Lee Burke would probably enjoy it. Probably better than Burke: no clumsy love scenes or irritating politics / social commentary.

    Bronson Pinchot over-does his voicings, though, and most of his women characters sound about the same: one combination or another of drunk, insane, or brain-damaged. He's a talented narrator, but someone should have suggested he dial it down a little here and there.

    Overall, well worth the time and the credit.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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