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William

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  • 12 ratings
  • 124 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Al Gore
    • Narrated By Al Gore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    Ours is a time of revolutionary change that has no precedent in history. With the same passion he brought to the challenge of climate change, and with his decades of experience on the front lines of global policy, Al Gore surveys our planet’s beclouded horizon and offers a sober, learned, and ultimately hopeful forecast in the visionary tradition of Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock and John Naisbitt’s Megatrends. In The Future, Gore identifies the emerging forces that are reshaping our world....

    savi says: "Who said a book should be easy? Demanding but Amaz"
    "Hard to stay awake"
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    Al, I like you as a statesman, but wow, you're really dry on the narration! Listening to this book in my car, I have to be careful not to doze off!

    The content gets mixed reviews from me. Some I found interesting (like technological advances in the makings for the near future, and perspectives on historical technology development and their impacts) and other I found boring (conservatives have it all wrong - I get tired of political dialogue from both sides talking about the shortcomings of the other side ... I get it, left doesn't see through right's eyes and refuses to even consider right's perspective, and similarly right doesn't and can't see through left's eyes).

    Overall ... I think I'd buy the book again, but I'm certainly ready to move onto to something new.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Drop: Harry Bosch, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (3186)
    Performance
    (2600)
    Story
    (2569)

    Harry Bosch has been given three years before he must retire from the LAPD, and he wants cases more fiercely than ever. In one morning, he gets two. DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer, or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics....

    Joanne says: "A completely satisfying listen"
    "Good story, good narration"
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    It took me a little time to become accustomed to the narration, but once I settled in it with it I found this audiobook to be entertaining. The story is what I look for in this kind of detective fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of the Templars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Paul Christopher
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    After a lifetime on the front lines, Army Ranger John Holliday has resigned himself to ending his career teaching at West Point. But when his uncle passes away, Holliday discovers a mysterious medieval sword---wrapped in Adolf Hitler's personal battle standard. Then someone burns down his uncle's house in an attempt to retrieve the sword, and Holliday realizes that he's being drawn into a war that has been fought for centuries.

    Daniel says: "...And they say waterboarding is torture!!!"
    "Poor narration of a not-so-good story"
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    The narration is mechanical, with pauses that disrupt the flow.

    I'm wondering if you, like me, have experienced a car navigation system that says, "Turn left..." and you turn left, followed by the lady's voice in the navigation system continue with, "... in 500 feet."

    The narration of this book is similar.

    "What does this mean?" ... [pause] ... "she asked."

    "It means we were lied to" ... [pause] ... "he replied."

    No thanks on this narration. It about drives me crazy.

    And the story is just barely enough to keep me listening. I kill a lot of time driving with these audible books, and this one does that - kills time - and I've done the same thing with a lot of books that were much better.

    My suggestion: there are a lot of audible books better than this one. Spend your dime on another one, not this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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