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J. Churchill

Anaheim, CA USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ken Perenyi
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    Ten years ago, an FBI investigation was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, experts, and major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure”. Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this audiobook, Caveat Emptor, is that artist, Ken Perenyi’s, confession.

    Tina M. says: "Forgery to Story Telling"
    "Captivating"
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    If you could sum up Caveat Emptor in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing career in Art


    Any additional comments?

    This book was such an intriguing and interesting story. Ken Perenyi is brilliant and very honest about how he operated. It will fascinate you and make you very careful about trusting art experts in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grace and Power: The Private World of the Kennedy White House

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Sally Bedell Smith
    • Narrated By Lee Adams
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    In Grace and Power, New York Times best-selling author Sally Bedell Smith takes us inside the Kennedy White House with unparalleled access and insight. Having interviewed scores of Kennedy intimates, including many who have never spoken before, and drawing on letters and personal papers made available for the first time, Smith paints a richly detailed picture of the personal relationships behind the high purpose and poiltical drama of the 20th century's most storied presidency.

    R. Jones says: "More detail than I wanted"
    "Detailed view into the Kennedy world"
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    If you could sum up Grace and Power in three words, what would they be?

    I would say the three aspects I would use are "history, the value of education and the value of connections".


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the details provided by Smith--she really gets down the day-to-day information.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Barbara Strauch
    • Narrated By Nona Pipes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle ageFor many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression.

    Virginia A says: "Recommended for all Ages"
    "Great information but quite redundant"
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    What did you love best about The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain?

    Great information about how the brain works in middle age


    What did you like best about this story?

    Good data


    What does Nona Pipes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very good inflection and narration


    Any additional comments?

    There are waaaay too many examples of forgetfulness. We know already since most listeners already experience these difficulties. The book is very good but could have been lightened up a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1929)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1508)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "This one is a bit creepy"
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    Any additional comments?

    Great book although there is a lot of detail that makes it a bit hard as an audio book. The characters are described in vivid detail and you'll feel like you know them. I found myself pondering if there are Psychopaths all around me--it becomes kind of spooky if you think too much on it. The book is vivid and bold; worth a listening but keep the lights on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amy Chua
    • Narrated By Amy Chua
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (356)

    All decent parents want to do what's best for their children. What Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother reveals is that the Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that. Western parents try to respect their children's individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions and providing a nurturing environment. The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence.

    Diana - Audible says: "Surprisingly touching (and well-read)"
    "Unique point of view"
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    What did you love best about Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?

    Amy Chua is an ernest and dedicated Tiger Mom. It was good to hear the story in her voice because she captured nuances another narrator might have missed. Her story is engaging and will really make you think about our Western way of viewing achievement, dedication, discipline and individualism. She made me want to add more discipline but also made me aware of how we place importance on being social. We might eliminate so many play-dates and add more music practice in our household, but maybe not. See what you think!


    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
    (8901)
    Performance
    (3509)
    Story
    (3515)

    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"
    "Great food for thought"
    Overall

    This is one of the usual very well put-together Malcolm Gladwell books. By being read by the author, you get the full impact of the points he is trying to make. I found this to be another excellent book that has given me much to ponder and reflect upon. I highly recommend it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (230)

    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent but warm-hearted 11 year-old girl. Fortunately her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.

    David says: "Magical"
    "Delightful change of pace"
    Overall

    The narrator of this beautiful story is perfect. This is the type of story that will charm and delight you. You will come away with your senses aware of the passing seasons, the desire to set high ambitions and a new way of seeing the romance of the everyday. It's a lovely listen.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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