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Cleveland

NEW YORK, NY, United States

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  • 11 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 117 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Flamethrowers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rachel Kushner
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (169)

    The year is 1975 and Reno - so-called because of the place of her birth - has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world - artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno meets a group of dreamers and raconteurs who submit her to a sentimental education of sorts.

    Peregrine says: "Stories come gushing out of this book"
    "Motorcycle ride through the counterculture 70's"
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    What did you love best about The Flamethrowers?


    When I decided to listen to The Flamethrowers I was guardedly hopeful that the world Rachel Kushner was brazened enough to tackle, the world of gritty, downtown New York in the 1970’s, would live up to my expectations. Expectations set high since I am long time resident of lower Manhattan with an appreciation of art and counter intuitive thinking, both central elements of that place and time. She did not disappoint. Ms. Kushner’s knowledge of art, the people and places that made up the scene and the meticulous research of events swirling in the 70’s is spot on. This allowed her to recreate with accuracy the mood of deserted cobblestoned streets and dilapidated lofts, populated by colorfully independent, smart and destructive urban nomads.

    Ms. Kushner is not only an imaginative story teller weaving truths with flights of fantasies but she has the ability to write in loving prose beautifully rendering even the grimy haunts of counterculture New York as it teeters on the edge of anarchy and bankruptcy.

    The story shifts gears as smoothly as a high performance motorcycle as it speeds across the salt flats from New York to Italy and the South Pacific. To enhance the mood of the 70’s, she creates a loosely structured plot like time itself, made up of rivulets of events that swirl and mingle into the larger river of time and history. This coupled with the sultry voice of narrator Christina Traister, giving life to Reno, our guide on this odyssey as she shares her experiences with the cool, objectivity of an anthropologist makes The Flamethrowers an entoxicating motorcycle ride that speeds us out of a place of conformity to a world of intellectual possibilities. This is a ride with all the excitement and uncertainty of the open road. A ride worth taking.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Divide

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nicholas Evans
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Two backcountry skiers find the body of a young woman embedded in the ice of a remote mountain creek. All through the night, police work with arc lights and chain saws to dig her out. But identification doesn't take as long. Abbie Cooper is wanted for murder and acts of eco-terrorism, and her picture is on law-enforcement computers all across America. But just how did she die? And what was the trail of events that led this joyous, golden child of a loving family so tragically astray?

    M. Andrews says: "Awesome"
    "Expected more"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book could have been better researched. It missed a great opportunity to delve into the complexities of the issues surrounding our relationship with the environment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A New Earth: Awakening To Your Life's Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Eckhart Tolle
    Overall
    (2731)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (945)

    Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

    Mr. Word Sponge says: "A Realized Being Shares In Person...a rare find."
    "Enlightening"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the best complement that I can give a book is that I read over and over. I have read it three times.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from A New Earth?

    That we do not have a life but we are life, a part of the universal life. The book has helped me calm my spirit and let go of ego.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (599)

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
    "View into a locked room"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Hearing the voice escape from the prison of autism.


    Could you see The Reason I Jump being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe, it could be a vehicle for building sympathy and understanding of this terrible infliction.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alif the Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By G. Willow Wilson
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Jhaveri
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind.

    Nick says: "Entertaining and insightul"
    "A Thousand and One Nights for our time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! It is more than just an entertaining story. It is a window into a culture that we often see in two dimensions through the filter of governmental and extremist actions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alif and the girl next door of course.


    What about Sanjiv Jhaveri’s performance did you like?

    Sanjiv's performance was spot on. He is an excellent linguist capable of many varied accents. He had studied the text and was spot on with his reading, building to climaxes and softening to a whisper at all the write times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3385)
    Performance
    (2921)
    Story
    (2926)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Comical take on aligns"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, as a light hearted read.


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

    The story ended in a "and the all lived happily ever after" moment. I would like to see how the aliens and humans learned to live together after the aliens came down in mass, not just after the first contact alien came down.


    0 of 0 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
    (8636)
    Performance
    (7920)
    Story
    (7926)

    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.

    Cynthia says: "What a slog"
    "Well performed and written, very enjoyable"
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    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top ten aubiobooks that I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    Ms. Tartt's portrayal of the hopelessness of a childhood adrift in the no man's land of suburban Las Vegas is poignant. The world created by Ms. Tartt is vivid and inhabited by complex characters brought to life in full human dimension. A plausible glimpse into the underworld of art theft, the desperate lives of unwanted street kids, and the transformative power of art. Well worth the time.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    The versatility of David Pittu’s narration, with his range of accents and voice tone, does this sprawling book the justice it deserves.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9876)
    Performance
    (4387)
    Story
    (4399)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Always Learn"
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    Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10 nonfiction


    What other book might you compare Outliers to and why?

    Blink or any Gladwell book. He has a unique and engaging way of presenting complex information in a way that makes it crystal clear.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Gladwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, all of his books are great, including this one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    When will his next book come out?!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (198)

    Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward's 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and one half years. The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy.

    Graham says: "Making the Sausage"
    "Always Learn"
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    If you could sum up The Price of Politics in three words, what would they be?

    Incredible inside view


    What did you like best about this story?

    The full access that Woodward was granted and his even handed reporting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Direct conversations between the President and the Speaker of the House.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    We get frustrated watching the creation of important legislation from the outside but our frustration is nothing like that of the people engaged in the dance.


    Any additional comments?

    Woodward still has his mojo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre and the Betrayal of Reconstruction

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Lane
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    America after the Civil War was a land of shattered promises and entrenched hatreds. In the explosive South, danger took many forms: white extremists loyal to a defeated world terrorized former slaves, while in the halls of government, bitter and byzantine political warfare raged between Republicans and Democrats.

    Cleveland says: "Always Learn"
    "Always Learn"
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    If you could sum up The Day Freedom Died in three words, what would they be?

    Great history read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Day Freedom Died?

    Learning that Grant had to send troops in to Alabama so that elected officials could take office in 1870s. Similar to the integration of the University of Alabama in the 1960s. Attitudes are slow to change and history repeats itself.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Bond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    We know so much about the time leading up to the Civil War and the time of the Civil War but not as much about Reconstruction. This book put a personal face on that period and has given me greater respect for President Grant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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