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E. G. Sisto

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  • The Real Romney

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael Kranish, Scott Helman
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Mitt Romney has masterfully positioned himself as the front-runner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Even though he's become a household name, the former Massachusetts governor remains an enigma to many in America, his character and core convictions elusive, his record little known. Who is the man behind that high-wattage smile? In this definitive, unflinching biography by Boston Globe investigative reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, listeners will finally discover the real Romney.

    David says: "Three dimensional biography entertainly told"
    "Excellent book..a realistic view of Romney"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Real Romney the most enjoyable?

    The reporting in the book is excellent and it is written quite well. In the days when someone seems to need to be an actor as well as a viable candidate it gives a picture of Romney that seems much more fair than the tv does.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Understanding Romney's actions in the context of his entire life.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the reader to be exceedingly annoying when he was speaking the lines of women in the book. He was good with the men, but he seems to thinks that sounding like a woman is the same thing as sounding clueless and directionless, even the most powerful of the female characters. He should definitely take heed of this. It was very disturbing to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Edmund de Waal
    • Narrated By Michael Maloney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (310)

    The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection.

    Amazon Customer says: "A vagabond through history, clutching a tiny carvi"
    "Absolutely Brilliant"
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    If you could sum up The Hare with Amber Eyes in three words, what would they be?

    Beautifully written and observed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very unusual point of view about intimate things we all experience but only half consciously. Written by a true artist. BTW: if you read this book, go on line to see the objects he writes about AND his own ceramics are amazing.


    What does Michael Maloney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Incredible nuance. I am floored by the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss this book !

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2296)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (1020)

    Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

    Kathleen says: "Fabulous listen"
    "Very interesting, very violent."
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    If you could sum up The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao in three words, what would they be?

    as above


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oscar !


    What about Jonathan Davis and Staci Snell ’s performance did you like?

    excellent


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting historically as well as the fictional story. Seems very influenced by Jeffrey Eugenides' "Middlesex".

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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