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Paul

Madison, NJ, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 9 reviews
  • 66 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tom Segev
    • Narrated By James Boles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Going far beyond a military account, Segev re-creates the crisis in Israel before 1967, showing how economic recession, a full grasp of the Holocaust's horrors, and the dire threats made by neighbor states combined to produce a climate of apocalypse. He depicts the country's bravado after its victory and the mood revealed in a popular joke in which one soldier says to his friend, "Let's take over Cairo". The friend replies, "Then what shall we do in the afternoon?"

    Steve says: "Awesome book, atrocious pronounciation"
    "Just awful"
    Overall

    Ugh. Reads like the author just taped a bunch of note cards together. No thought or analysis. And to make matters worse, the author relies about 50% on newspaper articles -- for an event that happened 40 years ago. Hello, there are thousands of living witnesses to events -- maybe step out of the library and interview someone.
    But the most glaring omission is any insight from anyone who isn't Israeli. The book is 100% written from an Israeli viewpoint. Well, I guess the victors to get to right the history books, but that's not the kind of history book I'm interested in reading.


    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (366)

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "Just one "little" flaw"
    Overall

    Good listen, solid B effort story line. A bit too much borrowed from the Firm.

    But geez, the extortion scheme which is the basis for the story just isn't credible. Kyle wasn't involved and everyone knew it, he knew it, the black mailers knew it, the police knew it, and the other people involved in the black mail knew it. Still, Mitch, er, Kyle, gives in to the black mailers threats.
    Still, great look at big firm life. Ugh.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your Heart Belongs to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    At 34, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket - until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he's diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it's his only hope, and it's dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all...his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

    Serra55 says: "Dangerous Waters"
    "Not his strongest, but very good"
    Overall

    I've read/listened to a lot of Koontz and this is middle of the pack for him. The book has a whole bunch of red herrings, which are a bit frustrating. When you finally get past them, though, the book is satisfying. A good thriller with important insights into human nature.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Thieves of Baghdad

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Matthew Bogdanos, William Patrick
    • Narrated By Matthew Bogdanos
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Thieves of Baghdad immerses the listener into the rich culture, the colorful characters, the double-dealing, and the derring-do, to sort out once and for all what actually happened during the chaos of the Baghdad invasion, exactly how the thefts took place, and how the most notable objects were retrieved. We hear Bogdanos and his team going on raids and negotiating recoveries, blowing open safes, and mingling in the marketplaces, often encountering an assortment of rogues and villains.

    Steve says: "Started well, went no where"
    "Good story, but not very well told"
    Overall

    First, I think the narrator was a poor choice. Not that he's a bad narrator, but not right for this work.
    Second, I think the author is a bit self-indulgent and builds himself up too much.
    But that said, the story is told with broad brush strokes and too little background. More detail and more history would have made a better book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • See No Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Robert Baer
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    In his explosive New York Times best seller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA's efforts to root out the world's deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and the continued entrenchment of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

    Ryan & Alexandra says: "Interesting perspective"
    "Required reading"
    Overall

    Close up personal insights on what is wrong with American intelligence service in the middle east and how this leaves us vulnerable to terrorist organizations. Some of the things which Baer says, if they came from another source, I might view with suspicion. But his credentials of having worked for the CIA in the middle east, in the field, give him credibility to say that we need to find different ways to deal with Islamic terrorist organizations than what we are currently doing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Defiance: The Bielski Partisans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nechama Tec
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims. But in fact, many Jews struggled against the terrors of the Third Reich. This is the riveting history of one such group: a forest community numbering more than 1,200 that carried out the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II.

    Matthew says: "Brillaint scholarship; hard read"
    "Great Story, could have been told better"
    Overall

    The raw material for this story is just riveting, which makes the flaws in the narrative that much more frustrating. I particularly found the discussion of some of the difficult moral choices the partisans had to make to be compelling reading.
    Let me also say, I remember well being in 8th grade and reading Night by Elie Wiesel and feeling, forgive me if this sounds like blaming the victim, but feeling angry with the passivity of those who went into the gas chambers without a struggle. This book not only shows another side of the story, but it provides a very convincing, and heart-tugging discussion of why some didn't resist.
    My only critique is that it is written more as research paper than as a story. For example, Chapter 11 is entitled (paraphrasing) "The Formation of New Social Structures", and discusses, well, social structures among the Bielski partisans. It seems to me a more inventive author would have woven that in to a narrative.
    Certainly, this is a book I heartily recommend. It is easy to say "we must never forget", but a book like this is important to ensuring that we consciously remember the holocaust, rather than simply have it locked in the recesses of long term memory.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • You, Inc.: The Art of Selling Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harry Beckwith, Christine Clifford Beckwith
    • Narrated By Martin Ruben, Lisa DeSimone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Written in a personable and homespun style, You, Inc. offers doses of humor and pithy knowledge to anyone who wants to thrive in the increasingly competitive business world. What veteran sales and marketing experts Harry and Christine Beckwith understand is that, to succeed in life, the most important thing you need to be able to sell is you.

    Rudy says: "worthy"
    "Inane and self indulgent"
    Overall

    It is ironic that while the authors say that in order to sell you must put your focus on your customer -- they fill the book with self indulgent personal anectdotes. We are forced to endure story after story about the author's bout with breast cancer, and about their trips to Europe.

    The actual advise they offer is embarrassingly bad: Don't be late to an important sales meeting? Don't bring a Papermate pen to a sales call with the Bic Company?



    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3380)
    Performance
    (1053)
    Story
    (1072)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Sittingduck says: "Detailed Koontz"
    "Weak middle"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed Odd Thomas, but this didn't live up to it.
    I liked the character enough to read Brother Odd and that is a great read. My advise is to skip Forever Odd -- there really isn't anything in the book you need to know to enjoy Brother Odd.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Astrosaurs: Riddle of the Raptors

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Steve Cole
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Many people believe that the dinosaurs were big, stupid, lumbering reptiles that were wiped out millions of years ago when a massive asteroid hit the Earth. They couldn't be more wrong. Dinosaurs had small brains, but they used them well, and when they saw the big lump of space rock coming, they escaped in huge, dung-powered spaceships before it hit. They went on evolving, and now both plant-eaters and meat-eaters have built massive empires way out in space in the Jurassic Quadrant.

    Mary says: "Perfect for a 7yr old boy!"
    "Excellent book"
    Overall

    Well narrated. Hope the sequels are added to audible

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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