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Toni

Cathedral City, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 133 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (550)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "Being One of the Superpowerful"
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    This was fascinating: A look into the interpersonal aspects of being, or having been, one of the most powerful people in the world.

    The book covers Hoover through Obama, limiting the subject to interactions between the members. I found lots of insight into the persons, as opposed to the office. I've often thought that anybody who wanted the job of POTUS should automatically be disqualified from it on the basis if arrogance. But obviously, somebody has to do it. It's a job of superhuman requirements, being struggled with by people who are all too human.

    I couldn't put this down, so I read it all too quick. I'll give it another listen and add more later.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dodger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (744)

    A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he's...Dodger. Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl - not even if her fate impacts the most powerful people in England.

    Snoodely says: "Finally Revealed: Where Dickens Got His Ideas!"
    "Start from me being a deep Terry Pratchett fan..."
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    but I really enjoyed this departure from Discworld. Instead we get to visit Charles Dickens' London, and meet the person who inspired the Artful Dodger. This author is so imaginitive, while creating characters you'd love to meet for lunch or a beer, that the only problem with his novels is that they have to come to an end. Whether you love Pratchett or haven't met him yet (there are only two groups), give this novel a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eric Manheimer
    • Narrated By Eric Manheimer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    In the spirit of Oliver Sacks Awakenings and the TV series House, Dr. Eric Manheimer's Twelve Patients is a memoir from the medical director of Bellevue Hospital that uses the plights of 12 very different patients - from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners from Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons - to illustrate larger societal issues.

    Lynne says: "Awesome Book"
    "Couldn't follow this"
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    The narrative is convoluted and I could not follow it. Some of the author's self-revelatory anecdotes were interesting but many of them sounded like a scree from a benzedrine storyteller. I tried to listen all the way through, but had to switch it off for lack of interest.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Jim Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (134)

    This is the complete text of The Art of War, one of the oldest and most successful books on military strategy in the world. It has also been applied to business and managerial strategies. The tranaslaton, by Lionel Giles is considered one of the best available. This unabridged editon of The Art of War includes only the most essential translator's notes so that the words and thoughts of Sun Tzu may be easily understood.

    Sandinic says: "Good Version"
    "Not a Good Book for the Audible Format"
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    The content of this book cries out for note-taking, underlining, and pauses for reflection. I wouldn't choose this in audible format again. It's not the fault of the narrator or Sun Tzu, it's just not good material to try to absorb solely by listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27334)
    Performance
    (13943)
    Story
    (13991)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "One of the Great American Novels"
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    I read this book before I listened to it and the three voices of the women telling the story come through beautifully in both versions. The story is moving, funny, essentially American but in a larger sense essentially human, with all of our foibles, nobility, weakness and strength. Don't miss this one, it is a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Truth: Discworld #25

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    Overall
    (942)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (465)

    William de Worde, the accidental editor of Discworld's first newspaper, just wants to get to the truth. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it's only the third edition. Browse more novels of Discworld.

    Glen Phipps says: "Classic Pratchett"
    "I love Sir Terry Pratchett!"
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    Humorous, imaginative, incredibly creative, these adjectives apply to all of the Disc World series, and "The Truth" is one of his best. This novel is about the invention of journalism in the city of Ankh Morepork. And, as the newspaper's slogan says "The truth shall make you fret."

    Get this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (570)

    The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
    —Stephen Colbert

    Phillip says: "It might be inspirational."
    "Funny, but more for kids"
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    Hanks and Colbert are charming, of course. The humor is right there, but more for kids, I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15681)
    Performance
    (12982)
    Story
    (13617)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "A Disappointing Ending to an Amusing Book"
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    We all know the sexy bondage scenes were titillating, but the ending is really disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susannah Charleson
    • Narrated By Susannah Charleson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (131)

    After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Susannah Charleson was so impressed by the newspaper photo of an exhausted handler and his search-and-rescue dog that she decided to train a dog of her own. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Charleson got Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever, who from the start, exhibited a unique aptitude for search-and-rescue work. But the puppy’s willfulness challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years.

    #24 fan says: "Fascinating"
    "A Really Enjoyable Animal Story"
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    Funny and heartfelt, this very personal relationship between a woman and her dog follows them through meeting, training, certification and into the sunset. The author is funny, sincere, and conscientious about her career. Puzzle, the golden retriever, is a heroine of epic proportions, as are all working dogs. I found this work heartwarming and you will too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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