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Carl

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  • 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
    (3255)
    Performance
    (2884)
    Story
    (2894)

    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"
    "Wasn't for me"
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    Didn't care at all for this. The author's arrogance was insufferable and annoying. I didn't past 2 1/2 hours before I couldn't take it any more. Thought I would like it better based on the reviews and subject.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2082)
    Performance
    (1892)
    Story
    (1907)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Don't Expect This To Be the Series on Netflix"
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    At times interesting, but not nearly as captivating as the Netflix Series. The series is terrific, but the book is only OK. The narration by Ms. Campbell is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (401)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Always Someone Else's Fault"
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    I should like this as I like many music biographies, given the large number of excellent reviews. While the narration was fine, the story was marred for me by blaming anyone but herself for any setbacks. Maybe it's because, other than a couple songs, I'm not really a fan of her music. Don't regret trying the audiobook,but didn't finish.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (226)

    In a cloak-and-dagger story of spies, saboteurs, and secret agents, Kinzer reveals the involvement of Eisenhower, Churchill, Kermit Roosevelt, and the CIA in Operation Ajax, which restored Mohammad Reza Shah to power. Reza imposed a tyranny that ultimately sparked the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which, in turn, inspired fundamentalists throughout the Muslim world, including the Taliban and terrorists who thrived under its protection.

    amazonman says: "Fascinating & Insightful View of US/ Iran History"
    "Very Good Story Marred by Monotonous Narration"
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    While very interested in the subject matter, the monotonous narration failed to hold my attention for very long. I finally gave up after a couple of hours. I'll buy the Kindle version and read it rather than fight through the narration. I can't recommend the audio version of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3691)
    Performance
    (3182)
    Story
    (3152)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Excellent and Fascinating Read"
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    A book more leaders and parents should read. Ms. Mazur did an exceptional job reading this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5310)
    Performance
    (4954)
    Story
    (4948)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Good Premise; OK Execution; Awful Performance"
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    The premise of the book is a good one, but the story drags it out too long. This would have worked very well as a "Kindle Single"-length story. The narration/performance is awful, though. Mr. Wheaton does nothing to distinguish between characters (a Russian male sounds the same as a non-Russian female in his recitation of dialogue). There are long sections of the story that are little more than "blah blah blad," Dahl said; "yadda yadda yadda," Duvall said; "blah yadda blah," Dahl said; "yadda blah blah," said Duvall. An extremely lazy and often annoying performance. Interestingly, the last coda was a very sweet story that left me thinking better of the book than I did before the codas started. Overall, though, pretty disappointing. I highly recommend reading this story rather than listening to the audio performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be Black

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Baratunde Thurston
    • Narrated By Baratunde Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (443)

    Beyond memoir, this guidebook offers practical advice on everything from "How to Be the Black Friend" to "How to Be the (Next) Black President" to "How to Celebrate Black History Month". This is a humorous, intelligent, and audacious guide that challenges and satirizes the so-called experts, purists, and racists who purport to speak for all black people. With honest storytelling and biting wit, Baratunde plots a path not just to blackness, but one open to anyone interested in simply "how to be".

    Teddy says: "Funny yet insightful!"
    "Disappointed"
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    I was disappointed by this book, having heard BT on, for example, the TWIT podcast and finding him very funny and engaging. This book seems to have trouble deciding if it was his biography or a satire. Both, I guess, but the bio was only interesting in a few parts, and I did not find the satire to be as funny as BT is when I've heard him on podcasts. It was interesting, though, to actually *hear* the colleagues/friends he interviewed in their own words, which you wouldn't get from the written version. BT does do a good job of reading the book, and I always enjoy hearing an author's reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (16947)
    Performance
    (12855)
    Story
    (12792)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Very funny and highly recommended"
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    Ms. Fey's reading of her very funny book is excellent. Includes some audio clips from SNL. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17065)
    Performance
    (15149)
    Story
    (15106)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Enjoyable and clever, if a bit long"
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    A good book with a clever story, though as with many King books, could have definitely used some editing. The narrator did a good job. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Natural Woman: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carole King
    • Narrated By Carole King
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (108)

    Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A Natural Woman chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing listeners into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful number-one album Tapestry, and into her journey as a performer, mother, wife, and present-day activist.

    Thomas A. Morgan says: "The Baby Boom Generation's Big Sister"
    "Recommended though somewhat disappointing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was hoping for more insight into her songwriting and the Brill Building and California music scenes. Some of it was there, but not as much as I wanted. I could have lived with less detail regarding some of her personal life stories (for example, the legal battle over public access to a road through property she owned). And a little less preachiness would have been preferred.


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

    More focus on the music scene, personalities, and her songwriting.


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

    Always nice when the autobiographer reads their own work. Ms. King is not the best reader, but did an adequate job with her own book, though I wouldn't seek out her reading ofothers' books.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Carole King’s life?

    More insight into her songwriting and the musicians and songwriters she interacted with.


    Any additional comments?

    Good, though not great book. Still recommended if you are interested in Ms. King's place in music history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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