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Kent, WA, USA | Member Since 2009

  • 6 reviews
  • 55 ratings
  • 50 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Unaccustomed Earth: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury, Ajay Naidu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the internationally best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a superbly crafted new work of fiction: eight stories that take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand. In the stunning title story, Ruma, a young mother in a new city, is visited by her father, who carefully tends the earth of her garden, where he and his grandson form a special bond. But he's harboring a secret from his daughter, a love affair he's keeping all to himself.

    Eileen says: "Simply Beautiful"
    "All the LONG stories tend to blend together"

    I initially enjoyed the first few stories in the book, both because they were something different, as well as getting a first glimpse into mixed Indian-American culture.

    But as other reviewers have noted, the stories eventually seem to all sound the same, and by the end I couldn't wait to be done with this book.

    I was further disappointed because most of the characters are miserable (to various degrees), and two of the tragic endings rely on completely implausible circumstances -- the resolutions come across as lazy, since the reader can imagine plausible circumstances that could have yielded the same results.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Same Kind of Different as Me

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dan Butler, Barry Scott

    A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of Armani and Chanel. A gutsy woman with a stubborn dream. A story so incredible no novelist would dare dream it.

    Maria says: "Buy the printed book on this one..."
    "Enjoyable if same kind of same as the authors"

    I didn't find a compelling story here. I learned a lot about the plight of sharecroppers in the South, which was worthwhile, but it didn't sustain the whole book.

    Much of the rest of the book describes one man's attempt to rationalize his wife's cancer, concluding that God wanted it that way. As other reviewers have noted, this comes across overly preachy -- I get the impression that by putting the authors' beliefs into writing, they may be subconsciously trying to convince themselves of the merits.

    I can see that many people love this book, but it might be enjoyable only to those choir members to whom the book is preaching.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 100 Promises to My Baby

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mallika Chopra
    • Narrated By Mallika Chopra

    100 Promises to My Baby is a lyrical ode to maternal love and a universal expression of every mother's hopes and dreams for her child.

    Penny P Kindle Customer says: "Inspiring thoughts for Mothers"
    "Not really promises to a baby"

    The book begins with promises to a baby, but by the time we get to the 30's the book becomes more of a random assortment of musings and affirmations, along with loosely-corresponding Chopra family anecdotes and fables.

    Because of the hodgepodge nature of the "promises", I didn't take much away from the book, neither in terms of child rearing or life in general. By the end I was counting down as the author was counting up.

    As far as the audio edition is concerned, this book illustrates why many authors should not read their own works. The narration is very flat.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Wallace, Henry Robert Schelsinger
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Now, in the first book ever written about this ultrasecretive department, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to give listeners an unprecedented look at the devices and operations deemed "inappropriate for public disclosure" by the CIA just two years ago.

    Richard says: "Unique, informative history of the CIA"
    "An abridged version might have been better"

    This book is very long and only intermittently interesting. The first seven or so chapters are comprised largely of the humdrum history of CIA personnel, organization, and bureaucracy. The final section is a glorified appendix, and it repeats much of the information found earlier in the book.

    There are intriguing stories of operations and fascinating descriptions of equipment interspersed among the dullness, but it's an exercise in patience getting from one to the next.

    In the end the book illustrated to me what an incredible waste of resources have gone and continue to go into spying on our enemies and ourselves, with little (or no?) substantive results to show for it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Napoleon Hill
    • Narrated By David White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Your mind has a secret invisible talisman. On one side is emblazoned the letters PMA (positive mental attitude) and on the other the letters NMA (negative mental attitude). A positive attitude will naturally attract the good and the beautiful. The negative attitude will rob you of all that makes life worth living.

    Christian says: "Happiness and endless possibilities await"
    "Happiness and endless possibilities await"

    Even though I was already a generally happy person, I bought this book to help improve my attitude regarding the things I didn't like at work. This book has not only taught me how to get rid of those negative feelings, but also how to turn dissatisfaction into motivation to excel. I now enjoy all aspects of my job, and I'm completing more tasks with higher quality.

    But the book's lessons do not only apply to the office. I have a new outlook on life, because the book made me realize the endless possibilities that are available to my family and me. It provides both motivation and principles that when followed have but no choice than to lead to success.

    Different people will relate to different topics in the book, so some sections are less interesting than others, but I definitely recommend this book to everyone!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By David Frum
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Not in a generation has conservatism been in as much trouble as it is at the end of the Bush years. A majority of Americans say the country is "on the wrong track." Voters prefer Democrats over Republicans on almost every issue, including taxes. The married, the middle-class, the native-born are dwindling as a share of the population, while Democratic blocs are rising. A generation of young people has turned its back on the Republican party. It's time now for a new approach.

    Christian says: "Thought provoking, even when disagreeable"
    "Thought provoking, even when disagreeable"

    I've become quite a fan of Frum from his well reasoned commentaries on Marketplace, so I thought I'd give his book a listen.

    While it's now clear to me that the author and I have many differing opinions, he has done a nice job challenging Americans to come up with better solutions to many of the problems with which we've thus far dealt unsuccessfully. His book also helps non conservatives get a better understanding of the conservative agenda.

    In the end I found the author a little too trigger-happy, a little too naive that the theory marriage begets well adjusted children is causation and not simply correlation, and a little too hypocritical that the American family should be strengthened but should not include homosexuals. But even as a non conservative I value several of his other ideas.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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