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Journalist/writer. Addicted to literary fiction and history.

Albuquerque, NM | Member Since 2014

  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2015

  • In the Lake of the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a lake deep in the Minnesota woods, Kathy Wade comforts her husband John, a rising political star, after a devastating electoral defeat in which he's been pursued by rumors of the atrocities he committed in Vietnam. But it is clear that something is horribly wrong between them - too much has been hidden. Then Kathy vanishes, along with their boat.

    Molly says: "Not a life-changing or pivotal war story"
    "Powerful writing and performance"
    If you could sum up In the Lake of the Woods in three words, what would they be?

    Tim O'Brien is Tim O'Brien whether the setting is Vietnam or the Minnesota lake country.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending left me a bit cold

    Which character ??? as performed by L. J. Ganser ??? was your favorite?

    The wife - by far.

    If you could rename In the Lake of the Woods, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it. Title is perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A World Undone: The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
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    The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

    Andrew Pilecki says: "Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War"
    "The Great War Placed Back in Proper Perspective"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This history is a necessary corrective to Niall Ferguson's right-wing revisionist tome "The Pity of War." Meyer returns moral clarity to the period, particularly the immediate pre-war period during which the feckless leaders of the Central Powers deliberately pulled the whole of Europe into catastrophe.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9-11 to Abbottabad

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins

    From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him.

    Betty says: "DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!"
    "A riveting tale filled with unexpected twists"
    Any additional comments?

    The main reason this book is far better than the slew of published-in-a-day, instant "bestsellers" on the takedown of bin Laden is because of Bergen's trustworthiness as a scholar and a journalist. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David V. Canter
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lie detection, offender profiling, jury selection, insanity in the law, predicting the risk of re-offending, the minds of serial killers, and many other topics that fill news and fiction are all aspects of the rapidly developing area of scientific psychology broadly known as Forensic Psychology. This fascinating Very Short Introduction discusses all the aspects of psychology that are relevant to the legal and criminal process as a whole.

    Heather says: "A thorough introduction"
    "A must read for anyone interested in criminology"
    What other book might you compare Forensic Psychology to and why?

    This is the third of three recent books I've read on sociopathy ("The Sociopath Next Door" "Without Conscience," "Forensic Psychology" I rate the three as: deep, deeper, deepest

    What aspect of Ken Kliban???s performance would you have changed?

    Perhaps not quite as stiff

    Any additional comments?

    I give Canter much credit for his valiant attempt to suggest a ray of hope for humankind regarding sociopathy. I've often been struck how sociologists and doctors consider the condition "incurable" and "untreatable" and leave it at that. This essentially means that 96% of us are doomed to be potential victims of the 4% of sociopaths among us unless we're simply lucky enough to avoid them. This is unacceptable. Canter at least suggests that new breakthroughs in studying the connection between empathy and mother love could lead to new therapies for these mal-formed individuals and suggests new medications could also alter behavior. These sound like long shots but of course are better than nothing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Decembers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Edna O'Brien
    • Narrated By Suzanne Bertish
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    Edna O'Brien's masterly novel, Wild Decembers, charts the quick and critical demise of relations between Joseph Brennan and Mick Bugler, "the warring sons of warring sons", in the countryside of western Ireland. With her inimitable gift for describing the occasions of heartbreak, O'Brien brings Joseph's love for his land to the level of his sister Breege's love for both him and his rival, Bugler.

    Syoung says: "Gorgeous"

    Why is Edna O'Brien so often neglected? Her use of language is so entrancing, her descriptions of place - particularly rural Ireland - so breathtakingly original and her characters - in situation - so memorable and illuminating. I think she should be near the top of any list of the world's greatest writers. As much as I love Cormac McCarthy, O'Brien's use of language is just as original - and she gives us tangible characters and a real community. This is one of her most beautiful creations

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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