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Rose

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  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3941)
    Performance
    (3504)
    Story
    (3517)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "A story of arrogance and obsession"
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    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish this audiobook. I found nothing interesting in the author's endless escapades of techno crime. He strives to make the reader aware of how clever he is but though he can break into phone networks in order to get free and anonymous phone access, he appears not to be smart enough to keep from getting caught multiple times.He attempts to portray himself as a harmless mischief maker and is constantly aggrieved at being punished for it. It's difficult to admire or sympathize with someone who thinks it's fine to create problems for others, solely for the sake of amusing himself and the story was overburdened with boring details .

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Richard Flanagan
    • Narrated By David Atlas
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (371)
    Story
    (366)

    >In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thailand - Burma Death Railway in 1943, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. His life is a daily struggle to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from pitiless beatings - until he receives a letter that will change him forever.

    Lee Chemel says: "Exquisite"
    "Unbelievably boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenage girls


    What didn’t you like about David Atlas’s performance?

    His voice is so monotonous that it was difficult to stay awake while listening.


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

    Definitely disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I admit that I gave up a third of the way through because the bulk of the story seems to be a formulaic forbidden romance type of story and the narrator's reading was even flatter than the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1072)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "Definitely not fine literature"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to some of my friends who read for information rather than well crafted writing.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think an abridged version might be better because this version had a lot of superflous detail.


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

    I didn't care for the narrator's accent or the voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually read non-fiction so this book was outside of my usual genre and would help to explain why I didn't enjoy reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1196)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1053)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Mel says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Tried to like this book but story is very slow"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The prose is wonderful and the narration is faultless but the story is just too slow to keep me interested in returning to it.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2270)
    Performance
    (1497)
    Story
    (1506)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    Bronwyn Soell says: "One of the finest audiobooks I have heard"
    "A snoozer of a book"
    Overall

    There is very little action and a lot of dialogue. It's difficult to keep the long list of characters straight and I have never been able to stay interested long enough to finish it.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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