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Lisa

chicago, IL, USA

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  • What Is the What

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (362)

    Valentino's travels, truly Biblical in scope, bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation, and a string of unexpected romances. Ultimately, Valentino finds safety in Kenya and, just after the millennium, is finally resettled in the United States, from where this novel is narrated.

    Susan says: "A Story Aching to be Told"
    "Survivor"
    Overall

    The engaging story told by the author truly defines the meaning of survivor. The harrowing tale of Achak keeps the listener rapt with awe at what he and many others went through and actually survived. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an inspiring tale of loss and survival.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12800)
    Performance
    (5165)
    Story
    (5205)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Saga"
    Overall

    I picked this book because it is long and I have enjoyed other books by Follett. This book kept me engaged the entire time. The author weaves a tale spanning several decades that involves many well developed characters as well as a glimpse into the history of big stone churches in England. The intertwining of architecture and power struggles works well in this piece and I would recommend it to anyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Noam Chomsky
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (64)

    The United States has repeatedly asserted its right to intervene militarily against "failed states" around the globe. In this much-anticipated sequel to his international best seller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, charging the United States with being a "failed state", and therefore a danger to its own people and the world.

    Todd says: "Incredible and Unforgettable"
    "Noam never dissappoints"
    Overall

    Yet again Noam Chomsky delivers a book filled with antagonism and a certain kind of logic. It's definitely worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julia Flynn Siler
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    Set in California's lush Napa Valley and spanning four generations of a talented and visionary family, The House of Mondavi is a tale of genius, sibling rivalry, and betrayal. From 1906, when Italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi passed through Ellis Island, to the Robert Mondavi Corporation's 21st-century battle over a billion-dollar fortune, award-winning journalist Julia Flynn Siler brings to life both the place and the people in this riveting family drama.

    A User says: "The House of Mandavi"
    "Wine or whine"
    Overall

    Anyone interested in the wine industry would find this book interesting. However, the length at which the author goes on and on at times is tedious at best and leaves the listener wondering why certain details made it into the book. I was questioning the editing quite often. It is clear the author did a tremendous amount of research in writing this book and seems to be determined to fit in everything she could just so her research efforts didn't got to waste. Additionally, the book is written chronologically but still manages to skip around through time which breaks up the fluidity that should accompany a book dealing with fine wine production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (955)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (223)

    Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

    Sean says: "Long, Flat, and Boring"
    "Just what we need"
    Overall

    Once again Friedman delivers a book packed with detailed information based on research and interviews. His telling of the state of the world should be compelling enough to encourage people to act now to help save our species from destruction. Lets all hope that the green revolution is about to begin. Anyone interested in global politics, "going green" and sustainability should read this book. I found it to be engaging and held my interest for the entire length.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin on Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Phillip E. Johnson
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Darwin's theory of evolution is accepted by most educated Americans as simple fact. This easy acceptance, however, hides from us the many ways in which evolution - as an idea - shapes our thinking about a great many things. What if this idea is wrong? What if "evolution" is just a word that covers up scientific ignorance of how the wonders of the living world could have been created? Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson looks at the evidence for Darwinistic evolution the way a lawyer would - with a cold dispassionate eye for logic and proof.

    Alan says: "Great book! Very open and exposing"
    "Misinformation galore"
    Overall

    Readers of this book should be warned that it is full of misinformation and misrepresentations of not only Darwin and evolution, but of the scientific process as a whole. By the end of the book Johnson appears to be discrediting the entire field of scientific research. If you want to better understand the controversies surrounding evolutionary theory there are much better venues to do so. I would suggest the NOVA special regarding the Dover trial of Intelligent Design. It is the most up to date.

    6 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9175)
    Performance
    (5226)
    Story
    (5272)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "What's the point?"
    Overall

    I listen to books while working and usually try to find something that will last a while. Because this book is only part of a long series I really really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately it didn't work out that way.

    The story is very intricate and I see the length the author went to create this world but I think he forgot to focus on developing the story. There are so many questions left unanswered and so irrelevant things focussed on that by the end of the book I just wanted to chuck my whole ipod in the lake!

    I really can't believe I listened to the whole thing.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Wealth of Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Adam Smith
    • Narrated By Michael Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    This classic statement of economic liberalism or the policy of laissez-faire was first published in 1776. It is an engrossing analysis of the economic facts of life. Several fundamental principles, many of which are now referred to as axioms, were introduced in this work, the division of labor, supply-and-demand, and free market capitalism being among the most obvious.

    Peter says: "Worth the effort"
    "Poor audio quality"
    Overall

    I would love to be able to listen to this book in a better quality audio. It really needs to be rerecorded. The quality is so poor it's hard to listen to and I have not been able to get through it.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (2426)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (478)

    In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy".

    Ronald says: "Barack Obama is an inspirng speaker"
    "Introduction to Obama"
    Overall

    This book gives to an idea of the politics behind Obama. It's a good place to learn what he is all about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tom Wolfe
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (165)

    Dupont University: the Olympian halls of learning housing the cream of America's youth, the roseate Gothic spires and manicured lawns suffused with tradition....Or so it appears to beautiful, brilliant Charlotte Simmons, a sheltered freshman from North Carolina, who has come here on full scholarship. But Charlotte soon learns, to her mounting dismay, that for the upper-crust coeds of Dupont, sex, Cool, and kegs trump academic achievement every time.

    Eric says: "Decadence through the eyes of a ?good girl?"
    "Over the top description of college life"
    Overall

    Tom Wolfe goes way over the top in his ultra stereotypical descriptions of characters. The stupid jock, the nerdy brains, the clueless, snobby rich girls. After a while it gets a little hard to take. The college life of these students is hard to believe has well. It's a long book filled with one sterotype after another, I just couldn't take it after about the first quarter of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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