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Michael

I listen a lot and try to review everything I listen to. I listen to just about everything.

Walnut Creek, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Selznick
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (224)

    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.

    Jolie says: "engaging story for the whole family"
    "Simple yet enjoyable children's story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a nice little children’s story but it is really designed to include illustrations. The listen was fine, as was the narration, neither were great. I really did not like the sound effects (I almost never like any sound effects in audio books). It takes quite a bit more depth to be a great children’s story, but this is a nice short listen that everyone will mildly enjoy. Great for a family drive. I now expect I will like the movie as I am looking forward to the visuals.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4271)
    Performance
    (1753)
    Story
    (1774)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jay says: "Informative and Engaging"
    "Entertaining, Educational and FUN"
    Overall

    This is fun and funny, interesting and educational. It did everything I was hoping for and more. It delved into both the technical details and personalities of the sub-prime meltdown. It reads like a history but is kept interesting by interweaving finance, personalities, politics and humanity. Anyone who is interested in the meltdown or just interested in the stories of the very few people that saw it coming, this is a must read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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