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fred

I'm Trying to see the world with my ears.

LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 25 reviews
  • 67 ratings
  • 163 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (842)

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Grant says: "Hot"
    "Blessed are the Quants for they shall inherit the"
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    .....Nate Silver is the wunderkind who burst onto the scene with his blog that supplied intellectual elbow grease to issues of probability analysis . In his new book he wanders like a modern day Socrates searching for those with true wisdom . And he finds it--among modest , hardworking , humble folks across an array of industries and government institutions . A wonderful read.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • In Paradise: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter Matthiessen
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    In the winter of 1996, more than 100 women and men of diverse nationality, background, and belief gather at the site of a former concentration camp for an unprecedented purpose: a weeklong retreat during which they will offer prayer and witness at the crematoria and meditate in all weathers on the selection platform, while eating and sleeping in the quarters of the Nazi officers who, half a century before, sent more than a million Jews to their deaths.

    fred says: "I give this book five stars because it is truly an"
    "I give this book five stars because it is truly an"
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    Matthiessen is the Master who paints with words and reveals an aspect of life that others
    only experience when their eyes absorb that gulp of truth so clearly their heart will never be the same .

    It is the story of a 1996 gathering of people at Auschwitz. They had come together to pry, meditate,
    and contemplate on a deep lever the horrors that had transpired in this place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (418)
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    (356)
    Story
    (368)

    Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

    Grace says: "Family history of Alzheimers? Read this!"
    "Wow...I could not stop reading ."
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    The way everything is explained is so in depth and easy to understand. I look forward to implementing all the knowledge I have leaned from this outstanding book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Officer and a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (125)
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    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    Paris in 1895: Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus' guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military.

    paris pete says: "Suspenseful, Absorbing and Shocking"
    "Excellent historical novel."
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    I had known the basic story of the Dreyfus affair for a long time. Harris has the wonderful skill of being able to tell this very complex and long story very effectively by following the path of one of the key players. His characters are real and one sees them quite intimately - in particular the hero of the story, Colonel Picquart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2379)
    Performance
    (2170)
    Story
    (2162)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "We'll researched and well written."
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    The Invention of Wings:
    We'll researched and well written. No idea how much fact was behind it til the afterward. We'll done! Enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Siddhartha

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Firdous Bamji
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    Siddhartha is Nobel Prize-winning author Hermann Hesse's most famous and influential work, a novel of self-exploration that will linger in your mind and spirit for a lifetime. A young man, blessed with loving parents and a safe home in a world where want and neglect abound, leaves this haven in search of himself.

    Ramanujam says: "Very Interesting to Listen"
    "recommended as a spiritual experience..."
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    I would have never read this book had it not been for the advice from someone I admire greatly. It was highly recommended as a spiritual experience....so I tried it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high-tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist.

    Gary says: "More breadth than depth"
    "An amazing book from an amazing mind"
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    This book is a wonderful combination of up-to-date research on the mind and and plausible speculation on what the future might hold. Pills to make you smarter?
    Teleportation? Memory erasure treatments? Automatic translation as people speak? Mind-reading computers? You'll learn just how close researchers are to making these things reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Guilt

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2049)
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    (1811)
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    (1801)

    Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

    Jane says: "Definitely entertaining. I had some smiles."
    "The Gods of Guilt (Lincoln Lawyer)"
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    I'm a reader, not a writer...I don't think I can do this book justice with a review. I'll just cut to the chase and say I loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5806)
    Performance
    (5251)
    Story
    (5246)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Hard time putting it down !"
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    John Grisham has delivered a book that keeps you up all night reading. I was captivated from the first page till the last page! Hard time putting it down just like all of his others.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4193)
    Performance
    (3833)
    Story
    (3834)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Just finished this book in about four days!!!"
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    This is one of the BEST books I have read in a long time. One so compelling and transcending that it had me thinking about the book long after it's finish. It is a scope of writing that encompasses so much it's sometimes hard to wrap your head around everything. It is the human condition incarnate.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • A House in the Sky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
    • Narrated By Amanda Lindhout
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    Amanda Lindhout reads her spectacularly dramatic memoir of a woman whose curiosity about the world led her from rural Canada to imperiled and dangerous countries on every continent, and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity in Somalia - a story of courage, resilience, and extraordinary grace. In August 2008, she traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia - "the most dangerous place on Earth." On her fourth day in the country, she and her photojournalist companion were abducted.

    Eric Schurr says: "Incredible story! Very well written and delivered"
    "Powerful book"
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    Powerful book, and must have been a difficult process to put the pen to the paper, I could not put it down. And now I can't stop thinking about it.
    I read many books each month, but this one will stay with me for quite some time.

    It made me at once ashamed to be a man, to be connected in any way to the perpetrators of such evil,
    and also to be buoyed as a part of the human crowd who do such amazing, heartfelt work, my respect doubled for Amanda. What a beautiful soul.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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