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Christopher O Baldwin

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  • 8 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 264 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • The Professor and the Madman

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    Part history, part true-crime, and entirely entertaining, listen to the story of how the behemoth Oxford English Dictionary was made. You'll hang on every word as you discover that the dictionary's greatest contributor was also an insane murderer working from the confines of an asylum.

    Zentaro says: "Great Book"
    "The Professor and the Madman"
    Overall

    Great Book. It was so well crafted; despite it's length relative to it's topic, it held my interest thruout the 'book'. My first listen & my favorite.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12884)
    Performance
    (5243)
    Story
    (5285)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Pillars of the Earth"
    Overall

    I had my doubts in section 1, but it turned out to be a very entertaining listen. I continue to have the opinion that only romance writers should attempt to write love/rape/sex passages.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heritage of the Desert

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Zane Grey
    • Narrated By Robert Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Jack Hare, a tough, young cowboy, owes his life to August Naab, the stern but kind old settler who rescued him from sure death and offered him refuge. But Hare soon learns that Naab's Utah ranch is little more than an island paradise surrounded by a sea of danger. Hare must meet the challenge of a brazen gang of cattle thieves and of a corrupt rancher who attempts to steal Naab's water rights. But Hare faces even greater danger when he fights for the woman he loves: Mescal, the slender half-Navajo shepherdess who is already promised in marriage to Naab's firstborn son. Hare knows he must stop the marriage but he can't kill the son of his benefactor - that is, until a gun battle with a band of rustlers brings the two face-to-face over drawn pistols!

    Christopher O Baldwin says: "Horrible narrator"
    "Horrible narrator"
    Overall

    I'd wager that one could rope & drag this narrator thru rock & cactii, tar & feather him, then make him listen to yodeling LPs and he'd never break from his monotone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night Fall

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Based on true events, but unlike anything you've ever read before, #1 New York Times best-selling author Nelson DeMille has created what may be his finest work to date.

    andrew says: "a real grabber!"
    "Better than marginal"
    Overall

    Relatively more verbose filler than Lion's Game and the abrupt, convenient, disappointing ending hacked me off. BUT the bottom line is I enjoyed the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Game

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    To survive in a game with no rules at all, John Corey must invent a strategy that includes no luck at all. He signs on with the government's Anti-Terrorist Task Force in an attempt to stop an alleged Libyan terrorist known simply as "The Lion". The Lion has the instincts of a wild animal, the bloodlust of a carnivore, and the boldness and speed of a cat of prey. And now he's loose in America. Can John Corey stop him?

    Tiffany says: "Brilliant, Priceless and Entertaining."
    "Lion's Game"
    Overall

    The unabridged is very verbose, but if you're on a long drive, it's perfect. I thought it was a hoot, very enjoyable. My wife is hooked on it too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Deception Point: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2993)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (1003)

    When a NASA satellite discovers an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Arctic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much-needed victory, a victory with profound implications for NASA policy and the impending presidential election. To verify the authenticity of the find, the White House calls upon the skills of intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic scholar Michael Tolland, Rachel travels to the Arctic and uncovers the unthinkable.

    Mark says: "Some people are too picky -- This is a must"
    "I hated to put it down"
    Overall

    This was recommended to my wife by a rocket scientist. I'm assuming the science is accurate. I thought the plot twists were good. The heroine survived so many fantastic death traps it got a little silly but then it's an action novel not a biography. It's a very enjoyable quick read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Fed up with the Republican Right? Then you'll love Al Franken's scathingly hilarious look at America's largest talk show host and his conservative cronies. Funny yet uncompromisingly fair, Franken tackles the issues - and the politicians - in ways few have dared.

    R. Hill says: "Give us the rest of it"
    "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot"
    Overall

    It made some good points and was worth a listen ... but it got excessive in length & rant.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2525)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (238)

    People learn to work for money...but never to have money work for them. That's what Robert Kiyosaki says in this guide about what rich dads tell their children that poor dads do not. Browse all Rich Dad titles.

    TomD says: "Good starter"
    "Rich Dad Poor Dad"
    Overall

    I found it to be excessively padded with 'psychobabble'. It was a 'rah rah' book with little real world utility.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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