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Howard

Carlsbad, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • My Reading Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Pat Conroy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a vora­cious reader. He has for years kept a notebook in which he notes words or phrases, just from a love of language. But read­ing for him is not simply a pleasure to be enjoyed in off-hours or a source of inspiration for his own writing. It would hardly be an exaggeration to claim that reading has saved his life, and if not his life then surely his sanity.

    Howard says: "Conroy shares his storytelling"
    "Conroy shares his storytelling"
    Overall

    This is one of Conroy's best works. My Reading Life breaks down Conroy's writing background and tells how his mentors had an inpact on him. Conroy tells much about what he felt about his many experiences reflected in his books. He also goes into wonderful detail about a great mentor, Gene Norris.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Rascoff, Stan Humphries
    • Narrated By Spencer Rascoff, Stan Humphries
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    Thanks to its treasure trove of proprietary data and army of statisticians and data scientists, led by chief economist Stan Humphries, Zillow has been able to spot the trends and truths of today's housing market while acknowledging that a home is more than an economic asset. In Zillow Talk, Humphries and CEO Spencer Rascoff explain the science behind where and how we live now and reveal practical, data-driven insights about buying, selling, renting, and financing real estate.

    CARLOS says: "If you are in Real Estate & or Mortgage read it"
    "Zillow verbalizes their process"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Zillow Talk? What did you like least?

    The interesting data that gives them the insight on a property.
    I liked least the Bloomberg type platform on taking away the home interest deduction. They describe it as an allowance by the government. They forget the money is ours that we pay our taxes with, not the allowance by government to determine what we have. What happened before 1913 when the income tax was originated? Citizens kept much more of their earnings.


    Would you recommend Zillow Talk to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes - these guys have changed how we analyze purchases and sales of property.


    What didn’t you like about Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries ’s performance?

    Kind of dry at times, but interesting.


    Was Zillow Talk worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (184)

    Pat Conroy's father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son's life. The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says, "I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for 'hate.'" As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father's behavior took on his siblings, and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat's lifeline to a better world - that of books and culture.

    Candace says: "Brutal Narration - couldn't finish"
    "Conroy takes you into his world behind the scenes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Death of Santini in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, articulate, authentic


    What other book might you compare The Death of Santini to and why?

    This is one of a kind.


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

    Dick Hill is a great story teller from a sensitive description to a loud and funny Big John impression.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Conroy tells his true story as only a master writer can.


    Any additional comments?

    You will lose yourself in this book and wonder what happed to your clock when you check the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sherlock Holmes and the Hapsburg Tiara

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Alan Vanneman
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In a crafty new novel featuring the world's greatest literary detective, Alan Vanneman extends the boundaries of the Sherlock Holmes canon with this novel. A late-night summons takes Holmes and Dr. Watson from the cozy Victorian comforts of Baker Street to the Orient Express, where they travel the breadth of Europe to exotic Constantinople. But danger's afoot, for death, too, is traveling first class.

    Keith says: "Quite remarkable!"
    "Sherlock at his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Sherlock Holmes and the Hapsburg Tiara the most enjoyable?

    This was an incredible story with many historical characters. The plot and sub plots make this a very enjoyable Sherlock Homes story. Dr. Watson finding romance was a real plus.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sherlock Homes


    Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    A five star performance from Mr. "Shaken not Stirred". If you have ever listend to a James Bond novel, you already know that Simon Vance always gives that British sense of authencity.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Mr. Churchill, my name is Sherlock Homes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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