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CICADA

OREGON | Member Since 2001

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  • 8 reviews
  • 65 ratings
  • 802 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Niccolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    The Prince was the first great work of modern political and historical analysis, but it suffered from a tragic flaw: Machiavelli chose as his "hero" Cesare Borgia, the son of Pope Alexander VI, who, unknown to the author, employed murder as one of his tools of statecraft. The Prince has been studied by Hitler, Stalin, Richelieu, Bismarck, and Frederick the Great, among others.

    Patrick says: "Machiavelli, telling it like it is"
    "This is a great book"
    Overall

    Here are a few quotes
    "But when dominions are acquired in a province differeing in language, laws and customs, the difficulties to be overcome are great, and it requires good fortune as well as great industry to retain them; one of the best and most certain means of doing so would be for the new ruler to take up his residence there."
    Hmmm
    "The desire to acquire possessions is a very natural and ordinary thing, and when those men do it who can do so successfully, they are always praised and not blamed, but when they canot and yet want to do so at all costs, they make a mistake deserving of great blame."

    "For the Romans did in these cases what all wise princes should do, who consider not only present but also future discords and diligently guard against them; for being foreseen they can easily be remedied, but if one waits till they are at hand, the medicine is no longer in time as the malady has become incurable; ....Thus it happens in matters of state; for knowing afar off (which it is only given to a prudent man to do) the evils that are brewing, they are easily cured. But when, for want of such knowledge, they are allowed to grow so that everyone can recogise them, there is no longer any remedy to be found."
    Just some nuggets in chapter 3 there is much more wisdom in here.

    6 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Just Kids

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Patti Smith
    • Narrated By Patti Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (644)

    Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. It serves as a salute to New York City during the late 60s and 70s and to its rich and poor, its hustlers and hellions. A true fable, it is a portrait of two young artists' ascent, a prelude to fame.

    Rick says: "Exceptional. Deeply honest and thoughtful."
    "Sensitive and Moving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Just Kids?

    I am glad that she read it. At first when I heard it I thought she was a little flat. But now I understand that no one else could have read this book the way she has. That she is part of the story itself and to hear her is an ingredient that was necessary. It is not a thriller it is a human experience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There was a quote that moved me. ..."I learned from him that often contradiction are the clearest way to truth."


    Any additional comments?

    This book will make you want to do art. It will make you want ot support those that make art and be part of a creative community.

    Totally inspiring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2211)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1383)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Very Moving"
    Overall

    I expected this to be kind of a funny book. I did not expect it to move me to tears and to touch me as deeply as it did. This is a book that you will remember for life. I highly recommend it. If you or your love one has Asperger's Syndrome it will give you compassion for their obsessive ways. We should all have a grandmother like the one in this story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jack's First Job

    • ABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Donald Davis
    • Narrated By Donald Davis
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Four Jack Tales from the Appalachian oral tradition, recorded by a nationally accalimed storyteller. In this collection, Jack has a little trouble adjusting to the workaday world and to personal financial management. Eventually he works hard enough, but his fortunes do not seem to parallel his productivity. Jack finally has to go a bit out of his way to prove himself, meanwhile dealing with a prospective father-in-law who plays hard to get.

    CICADA says: "great story"
    "great story"
    Overall

    My children have listen to this over and over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Listening for the Crack of Dawn

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Donald Davis
    • Narrated By Donald Davis
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Donald Davis was born into a southern Appalachian mountain world rich in stories. He grew up listening to his father and his Uncle Frank tell stories of their boyhood, all the while taking in the details of his own childhood experience.

    Robin says: "Outstanding stories. Outstanding Narrator"
    "Donald's Finest moment"
    Overall

    We have listen to this audible over and over. I first had it as a tape and got it as an audible. Choices cost us something and this audible is an example of insight and lessons. Really good for 12 to 17 years old as some of the material is geared to that age.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Daisy

    • ABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Donald Davis
    • Narrated By Donald Davis
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    An eccentric schoolteacher and a widow-lady babysitter are the heroines in these new digital studio recordings of Donald Davis' two all-time most-requested stories. "It was the 42nd year she had taught fourth grade", yet there was nothing routine about Miss Daisy or her methods. Rather than settle for textbook work (Miss Daisy left textbooks in the big closet) she took her class on a year-long imaginary world tour.

    CICADA says: "This is how I wish my teacher would have been."
    "This is how I wish my teacher would have been."
    Overall

    This is a story about teaching with a passion for learning not pouring facts into kids head. This was before the day of standardized test, when thinking was an important ingredient to learning. This is creative!! and exciting about what school could be like. Do you think that we are instilling these kinds of fond memories of school today. I hope so or I hope we will be inspired to do things differently.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bambi

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Felix Salten, Janet Schulman
    • Narrated By Frank Dolan
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (6)

    Listeners of all ages will be transported to a forest glade as actor Frank Dolan creates this magical listening experience of a beloved story. Perhaps the first "ecological" novel ever written, Bambi has become for everyone a glimpse into forest life with all its enchantment and perils.

    Jonathan says: "An abridged version of Bambi"
    "Good for children and adults"
    Overall

    An abridge of Felix Salten and unabridged of Janet Schulman version, is my major complaint. Now that aside I love Bambi. It is not what Walt depicted. To me it is an alagory of the time that it was written. It was published in 1929, the author was European. They are already in the Great Depression. Who is the "Hunter"? Do the Leaves depict the fall of the stock market? There is much wisdom here.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cinderella (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Brothers Grimm
    • Narrated By The St. Charles Players
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The St. Charles Players present a new and unique telling of this children's classic performed in exciting Radio Theatre style.

    CICADA says: "My little girl loves listening to this."
    "My little girl loves listening to this."
    Overall

    The characters are well betrayed. Cinderella is extreemly unselfish.
    The perfect model. It is a fairtale and evokes this feeling of "one day my prince will come" and "good things happen to people that invest in high moral conduct".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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