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Glenn

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  • Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids: How a Gang of Geeks Beat the Odds and Stormed Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Kushner
    • Narrated By David Kushner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    If you think a gang of real-life geeks can't take on the world and win big...think again. And whatever you do, don't sit down across a gaming table from Jon Finkel, better known as Jonny Magic. Jonny Magic and the Card Shark Kids is his amazing true story: the jaw-dropping, zero-to-hero chronicle of a fat, friendless boy from New Jersey who found his edge in a game of cards and turned it into a fortune!

    Glenn says: "A nut flush"
    "A nut flush"
    Overall

    David Kushner evenly writes a short history of a group of guys who turn passion for gaming into a serious vocation. Even if you don't know a thing about poker, you'll enjoy the journey, the disappointments and the wins of this rag-tag gang of gamblers.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Being Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Crace
    • Narrated By Virginia Leishman
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (25)

    Jim Crace has been called "one of the brightest lights in contemporary British fiction" by The New York Times Book Review. His novels have won a Whitbread Prize, an E.M. Forster Award, the Guardian Fiction Award, the GAP International Prize for Literature, and have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Far-ranging in its imagery, Being Dead is a provocative examination of mortality.

    J. Cline says: "Contemplating Death"
    "Wonderful use of language"
    Overall

    A story like none you've ever heard, I'd bet. I can't say much without spoiling it.

    Just trust that you will hear phrases turned with such grace and skill that you will be left wanting at the end and whatever book you read next will suffer because of it.



    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Illusions

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    After losing his wife and two young sons in an airplane crash, professor David Zimmer spends his waking hours in a blur of alcoholic grief and self-pity. Then, watching television one night, he sees a clip from a lost film by the silent comedian Hector Mann. Zimmer soon finds himself embarking on a journey around the world to study the works of this mysterious figure who vanished from sight in 1929.

    Gene says: "Hmmm...."
    "Odd but compelling"
    Overall

    This is the second Auster work I've been through. I didn't feel the anger of the primary character, nor the sadness. I just wasn't sold.

    The plot, however, is so completely unique that I think you will listen hour after hour to see where it is all headed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How To Build A Tin Canoe

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robb White
    • Narrated By Robb White
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    While still a young boy, Robb White built his first boat, hewn from the tin roof of an abandoned chicken coop in the backyard, stamping and primping it into shape, then testing it out in the back creek.

    Jim says: "Just finished this yesterday"
    "Boat Geek"
    Overall

    As a Yankee who was trapped in a small Georgia town for 15 years, I've known the power of southern story tellers. The narrative was great until it went the direction of "boat geek". I know nothing about boats, mind you. Even less after suffering through the enormous descriptions of boats and motors in this ditty.

    Still, the author redeemed the book with his clever style and wordsmithing. I've never heard his equal. There are boatloads of southern aphorisms and nearly none made it into this book. Rather, it is a collection of fresh charms destined to make their own way.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • True Notebooks

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Salzman
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    True Notebooks is the story of Mark Salzman's eye-opening tenure as a writing teacher to a group of teenage boys in a juvenile detention facility in Los Angeles. Many of Salzman's students have been charged with murder, and he is initially apprehensive about teaching them. But his first encounter with them changes his mind: rather than the thugs he had expected, his students are vulnerable and carry terrible burdens.

    Erika says: "Funny, witty and honest! Loved the book!!"
    "An education in reality"
    Overall

    Salzman regularly entered an alternate universe where teen murderers marked time as their cases wound through the courts. He paints a picture in your head of what life behind prison walls is like, though this prison is nothing like the penitentiary most of his students are headed for.

    Salzman treats the kids with dignity but is neither an apologist nor a judge for any of them.

    Beware. You'll be invested in these kids before you know it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Thought My Father Was God: And Other True Tales from NPR's National Story Project

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Edited by Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    When Paul Auster was asked to join NPR's Weekend All Things Considered program to tell stories, he turned the proposition on its head: he would let the stories come to him. He invited listeners to submit brief, true-life anecdotes about events that touched their lives.

    Alejandro Flores says: "Not as expected"
    "Simply Great"
    Overall

    Paul Auster reads this book with all the right emotional accents, even though the work is a compilation of concise, true stories solicited from people from around the country. There are a lot of stories about mom and dad and growing up in ages gone by. Plenty of humor, sorrow, sadness and just plain interesting histories of ordinary people. With the diversity of content, I feel sure at least one story will resonate within everyone. Don't miss the chance to connect with people on a unique level. And I hope, above all, there is a volume two. Mr. Auster was born to read.

    26 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Clay Aiken, Allison Glock
    • Narrated By Clay Aiken
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When he was a kid singing in his church choir, Clay Aiken never dreamed of becoming a pop music star. His ambition was to be a teacher, maybe even a high school principal. But the music that was Clay's joy in life was destined to lead him to unexpected triumphs.

    Gerry says: "YES!"
    "Quite a surprise"
    Overall

    I got hooked on this kid from the moment I heard him on American Idol. He was a mirror of the geek I have always been but with a voice that was so powerful and emotional. As I heard Randy Jackson ask, "Where is that voice coming from?", I, too wondered. I have my answer now.

    We all are creatures of our history and Clayton has managed to pick the key moments of his history for this book. He is unashamed of any of it and ties it all together perfectly to let us understand who he is.

    This is not some 'pop' version of how stardom feels. You'd be disappointed if you want it for that. It's a fine story about a real person who overcame much and won.

    My only disappointment is that he did not narrate his own book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (167)

    In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    G Barth says: "Very worthwhile listen!"
    "Waiting for Volume 2"
    Overall

    What a great treat this book was. I had no particular expectations of this book and was pleased when it it drew me in, chapter after chapter. The amount of reference material the book relies on gives it a sturdy quality. The conclusions presented were, in my mind, reasonable.

    I was sorry the book ended as quickly as it did. I can think of many more things I'd like this author's take on.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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