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Pam

Owls Head, Maine, United States

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  • TransAtlantic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Geraldine Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (230)

    In the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann thrilled readers with a marvelous high-wire act of fiction that The New York Times Book Review called "an emotional tour de force". Now McCann demonstrates once again why he is one of the most acclaimed and essential authors of his generation with a soaring novel that spans continents, leaps centuries, and unites a cast of deftly rendered characters, both real and imagined.

    Annie M. says: "Too breathtaking to read just once..."
    "Didn't hold together"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Colum McCann and/or Geraldine Hughes?

    Yes, I do plan to read Let the Great World Spin


    Would you ever listen to anything by Colum McCann again?

    Not sure I would listen again. That could have been why it seemed so disjointed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved the story about Senator Mitchell.


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

    Maybe.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2340)
    Performance
    (2060)
    Story
    (2047)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Half and half"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Maybe--if they liked fiction a lot.


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

    I enjoyed the story of Louise Brooks, but found the fictional part frequently trite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Louise in the drug store.


    Was The Chaperone worth the listening time?

    Could have been shorter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anthony Shadid
    • Narrated By Neil Shah
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    When Anthony Shadid—one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya as the region erupted—was freed, he went home, not to Boston, Beirut, or Oklahoma, where he was raised by his Lebanese American family, but to an ancient estate built by his great-grandfather, a place filled with memories of a lost era when the Middle East was a world of grace, grandeur, and unexpected departures.

    mlm k says: "An unexpected pleasure"
    "Wanted it to be better"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Anthony Shadid and/or Neil Shah?

    Probably not.


    What could Anthony Shadid have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I found it difficult to stay engaged with the story. I suspect that people with more knowledge and familiarity with the area and the issues would find it more enlightening.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Neil Shah?

    Only if the character's voice were actually supposed to have an accent. Since Anthony Shadid was from Oklahoma Shah's voice made the author's identity confusing for me.


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

    Maybe--likely not. And I am an avid movie goer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Anna Quindlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (243)

    In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

    Sheila A. Dechantal says: "Worth a listen!"
    "She captured us beautifully"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake in three words, what would they be?

    She got it!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake?

    Being able to relive the journey from college to today with such insight was so reassuring.


    What does Anna Quindlen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I am more articulate about our legacy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    . . . and looking forward to more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4466)
    Performance
    (1920)
    Story
    (1940)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill Pagano says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Doesn't disappoint."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Michael Lewis does it again--great insights and kept me engaged through the end. The only thing that would have made this book better would be if Lewis read it himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (796)
    Story
    (798)

    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "Great by Choice was a Great Choice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Great by Choice the most enjoyable?

    Jim Collins produces compelling research. I have read most of his books and learn much every time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11951)
    Performance
    (10351)
    Story
    (10329)

    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.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Loved it."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Very well could.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Fine.


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

    It was all moving, although given his recent death, the ending was particularly moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book for long drives. Kept me mesmerized.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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