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Simon

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2005

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  • The Informant

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (44)

    From an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter comes an outrageous story of greed, corruption, and conspiracy, which left the FBI and Justice Department counting on the cooperation of one man.

    Simon says: "Conspiracy to bore you"
    "Conspiracy to bore you"
    Overall

    If the author's goal was to put you to sleep, he knocked it out of the park. Unlike his previous novel, Conspiracy of Fools, this dramatization of a true story is about as engaging my kid's grade one performance of Swan Lake.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Saul Reichlin
    Overall
    (1831)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (911)

    Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

    Joe says: "worthwhile"
    "not bad"
    Overall

    I enjoyed it but I am not sure what all the fanfare is about. maybe the next one will be better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful!

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
    • Narrated By Marshall Goldsmith
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    What's holding you back? Marshall Goldsmith is an expert at helping global leaders overcome their (sometimes unconscious) annoying habits and attaining a higher level of success. His one-on-one coaching comes with a six-figure price tag. But with this audiobook, you'll get Marshall's great advice without the hefty fee!

    Dan says: "Excellent, simple insights into change"
    "There is a reason this is on sale."
    Overall

    Considering how accomplished Marshall Goldsmith is, you'd think he would be self aware enough not to be the reader of his own book. This arrogant, abusive tirade is better suited for a military training camp. "The only things that come from Texas are Steers and ....."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1380)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (557)

    Very early, 4:45, on a bitterly cold Minnesota morning, three big men burst through the door of a hospital pharmacy, duct-tape the hands, feet, mouth, and eyes of two pharmacy workers, and clean the place out. But then things swiftly go bad, one of the workers dies, and the robbers hustle out to their truck-and find themselves for just one second face-to-face with a blond woman in the garage: Weather Karkinnen, surgeon, wife of an investigator named Lucas Davenport.

    Erin says: "Entertaining & Edgy"
    "Great if you have a long drive ahead of you"
    Overall

    ...... and no other means of entertainment. This one time, when I was driving to the cottage we counted cows. I think you get the point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (195)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
    "Brilliant - and accurate"
    Overall

    This account of the implosion of Enron is nothing short of incredible. Unlike the film "smartest men in the room" (or something like that) , the author gathered real facts and stuck to them in recounting this unbelievable story. NOTE: Nothing against the above mentioned movie - it simply got the facts wrong and missed the mark.

    Every CEO and company President should read this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (132)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "The point was made in the first couple of chapters"
    Overall

    There is an old saying that goes "when the client starts nodding, stop selling". Friedman takes an interesting observation (about the global economy) and proceeds to beat it to death with a limp twig. Buy the Coles notes version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    Overall
    (1186)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (382)

    Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

    colleen says: "Another Pine Cove winner"
    "Bad choice of readers"
    Overall

    This book is bad. I have thoroughly enjoyed almost all of C Moore's books. The story was so-so, but what really killed it was the reader. Avoid anything read by Tony Roberts.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4249)
    Performance
    (1531)
    Story
    (1545)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Great"
    Overall

    Great, well read, funny. Definitely not for kids.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Torpedo Juice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tim Dorsey
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Internationally best-selling author Tim Dorsey's irreverent and hilarious novels starring evil genius Serge A. Storms, lovable psychiatric hospital escapee, zoom along at breakneck speed, delivering laughs and shocks in droves.

    Leo says: "Comedy Masterpiece"
    "Nothing Like Carl Hiassen (sp?)"
    Overall

    Comparing this book to Carl Haissen (I can never spell his name correctly) is like comparing Slap Shot 3 to the original. To make things worse, the reader is HORRIBLE.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2035)
    Performance
    (1043)
    Story
    (1047)

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

    Katelyn says: "One word - Awesome!"
    "Garbage"
    Overall

    If you like Pride and Prejudice then you probably have an appreciation for literature. This is not literature. This book could have been written by a 5 year old. It is neither funny nor clever. The "author"simply added a Zombie theme every now and then in place of the original plot, and then (likely with the assistance of 10,000 monkeys chained to keyboards) adjusted minor details of the story to make it "work". This adaptation reminds of the childhood books we used to take on long car rides where we were asked to pick a noun, a verb, an adjective etc. (usually words like fart, bum and stinky), ultimately creating a silly sentence.

    Do not waste your time.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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