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  • Adam Gopnik and Malcolm Gladwell: Surveying Mankind from China to Peru

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Adam Gopnik, Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Daniel Sullivan, Henry Timms
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik and sociologist Malcolm Gladwell revisit their debates about healthcare, education, media, and a variety of other subjects. The event, introduced by Daniel Sullivan, general consul of Canada, and Simon Center director Henry Timms is followed by an extensive Q&A.

    Dr Deb says: "Delightful Conversation"
    "Engaging conversation between two smart guys."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This delightfully interesting conversation was mildly provocative, more than occasionally amusing, and very sharp. Two thoughtul and smart guys, both articulate, clearly enjoying one another. Pleasure to listen in.

    I can't identify who Daniel Sullivan and Henry Timms might be, but if they are actors portraying Adam Gopnick and Malcolm Gladwell, they do great imitations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James L. Swanson
    • Narrated By Richard Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    On the morning of April 2, 1865, Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, received a telegram from General Robert E. Lee. There is no more time - the Yankees are coming, it warned. Shortly before midnight, Davis fled the capital, setting off an intense and thrilling chase in which Union cavalry hunted the Confederate president. Two weeks later, President Lincoln was assassinated, and the nation was convinced that Davis was involved in the conspiracy that led to the crime.

    D. Littman says: "good, but not great"
    "A book deeply in need of an editor"
    Overall

    The prose of the day with its excessive flourishes makes for tedious listening today and the author padded this book with a surplus of that kind of quoted material. In doing so, he took two interesting stories and diminished them with trivia. This is one of the reasons for footnotes. Richard Thomas does as much as I suppose he can with this.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Cowboys Full

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James McManus
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    From James McManus, author of the best-selling Positively Fifth Street, comes the definitive story of the game that, more than any other, reflects who we are and how we operate. Cowboys Full is the story of poker, from its roots in China, the Middle East, and Europe to its ascent as a global - but especially an American - phenomenon.

    Larry says: "Big disappointment"
    "Big disappointment"
    Overall

    I read Positively Fifth Street (a great read) and was very disappointed by this tedious exposition. The author didn't give the narrator much to work with and the reader returned the favor. This is a very dry read. I like Poker but if this was my introduction to it, I'd try something else. Long lists of data, names, countries from which players come. Just tiresome filler that an editor should have deleted. Very disappointing from an author who has demonstrated the ability to do far better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Holidays on Ice: Featuring Six New Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (414)

    David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

    C. Telfair says: "Add a touch of Bitter to your Holiday Sweet"
    "Disappointed and put off"
    Overall

    I was disappointed by what I listened to and ultimately decided to stop. The first story, about Sedaris working as a department store elf, was mildly diverting, but far too long and not worth it. The second story, read by someone else was a macabre, bitter nasty, brutish, offensive story about a family that has the family's father adult Vietnamese child from the war days visited on them, accompanied by the story's rudely offensive characterizations and observations coupled with an ending too awful to consider. Said to be based on a true story. But even if true, there's no reason to repeat it. The third story is a smarmy, cyncical put-down of Appalachian types by an oh-so-superior media type. I turned it off in the middle or maybe it was just the beginning, but I preferred to hear the blaring horns of a traffic jam than listen to another word of this whiny drivel. I've been amused by Sedaris before, but this plainly isn't suitable for my sensibilities and taste. I wouldn't even give it one star if that was possible. This was just awful.

    9 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4265)
    Performance
    (1821)
    Story
    (1811)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Good book; could have had a better narrator"
    Overall

    As was the case with many other reviewers familiar with Michael Connelly books, I thought the narrator didn't come up to the very high standards set by Dick Hill. But even with a less than ideal narrator, the book was pretty good. Still worthwhile and I don't think harsh criticism of the narrator is warranted.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Everybody Dies

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Lawrence Block
    • Narrated By Robert Forster
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Judith W. Laughlin says: "wow"
    "Great reader, absorbing story"
    Overall

    The story is absorbing enough--outsize affecting characters, plenty of action and setting--but the greater pleasure comes from Robert Forster's reading. He communicates the world-weary, not really cynical, somewhat noble characters with every intonation and every breath. The only drawback--and it doesn't detract from an absorbing 7+ hours--is that the production values are just a little lacking. The sound quality isn't quite as crisp and clear as it might be. But the story and reading are so absorbing, you barely notice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Profile

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robert B. Parker
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    When the body of controversial talk-show host Walton Weeks is discovered hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Paradise, police chief Jesse Stone finds himself at the center of a highly public case. When another dead body, that of a young woman, is discovered just a few days later, the pressure to solve the crimes becomes almost unbearable.

    Horace says: "Best Parker in a while"
    "Better to hit your head against the wall"
    Overall

    The gratingly large number of "he said" is impressive and oppressive. Like hitting your head against a wall; it felt really good to turn the book off and return to blissful silence. In written form, your eyes might just scan over the endless, mantra-like repetition, but hearing it was painful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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