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Laura Grey

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Ann Arbor, MI | Member Since 2010

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  • Walk and Talk Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Anya Shetterly
    • Narrated By Maria Tucci
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Get ready for a one-of-a-kind audio experience: discover Rome through intimate, guided audio walking tours of the city's most historic and enchanting quarters. There are four guided tours for you to listen to as you walk through Rome, plus essential Italian words and phrases that every traveler wants to know.

    Lloyd says: "Walking Rome"
    "Not horrible- but limited"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Downloaded this for a trip to Rome, and it was okay, but the walks were VERY limited, and there was supposed to be a PDF with the recording (which you really need to understand the route). It wasn't too difficult to locate the PDF for free online, but only because we found some free wifi.


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

    I would have made the walks significantly different and spaced farther apart.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It was adequate.


    Do you think Walk and Talk Rome needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think it should be updated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (1052)
    Story
    (1052)

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Scott Fabel says: "Learn About Statistics Without All The Math"
    "Good information, but very repetitive"
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    Nate Silver has a fairly straight-forward style and gives lots of good information and stories illustrating his points. The narrator's tone occasionally seems terse, bordering on annoyed. This might have been a result of having to repeat some of the same language many times over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (209)

    Many consider Franklin the most fascinating American man who ever lived. A scientist, businessman, diplomat, author, inventor, philosopher and politician, he is America's original Renaissance man. His remarkable and varied accomplishments include the discovery of electricity and the modernization of the postal system. Brilliant and bawdy, a master statesman and a cultural icon, Franklin was so important and popular in his day that, according to the author, "... only Washington mattered as much."

    William says: "History tends to bore but I couldnt stop listening"
    "Excellent in-depth bio of a fascinating man"
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    Very well-written biography of Benjamin Franklin- didn't shy away from any aspect of his life. Not to be missed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Decameron

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Giovanni Boccaccio
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Giovanni Boccaccio, Dante, and Petrarch were the leading lights in a century that is considered the beginning of the Italian Renaissance. The Decameron, or Ten Days' Entertainment, is his most famous work, a collection of stories considered representative of the Middle Ages, as well as a product of the Renaissance.

    Darwin8u says: "Everyone is dying: Let's bawdy!"
    "Reader's cadence making this great book boring"
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    The reader has a beautiful voice, but the performance is dull. He might as well be reading a phone book- there's no meaning or interest. I've read the print version (probably a different translation) & the story suffers. I'm very disappointed & will avoid this reader in the future.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3548)
    Performance
    (3160)
    Story
    (3170)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Fascinating"
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    This is a fascinating look into the mind of a famous hacker. I enjoyed hearing Kevin Mitnick's side of the story. He is clearly a brilliant guy whose addiction/ insatiable curiosity got him into a lot of trouble. I love the dramatic story of how he got into that trouble, and how he evaded capture. He sometimes lost my sympathy when he was less than generous in describing how other people had betrayed him, or didn't live up to his standards, or were easily deceived. After listening to the audio for a while I watched a few interviews with him and found him to be a little less arrogant than the performer's interpretation led me to believe. I wish he had done the performance himself. Other than that, the story was fantastic and I will probably listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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