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John

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  • Horse Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jane Smiley
    • Narrated By Shelley Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Many astonishing and affecting things happen at the racetrack, and the mysterious universe of horse racing, passionate, cold-hearted, pure, corrupt, is woven into a marvelous tapestry of joy and love, chicanery, folly, greed, and reckless courage. Spanning two years on the circuit, from Kentucky and California to New York and Paris, Horse Heaven, puts us among trainers, nervey jockeys, billionaire breeders, and restless track wives.

    Julie Delio says: "I wish I could review book and narrator separately"
    "justabook"
    Overall

    if you listen you will realize justabook is high praise. I wish I could give it six stars. This is the most enjoyable listen of any of the books I have listened to (at least 20). I actually began to look forward to my commute so that I could hear more of the story (seriously). This is the only audiobook where I feel compelled to buy the hard cover. I want to keep it and savor it again. Don't be intimidated by the length, there are very few minutes that are not a delight. There are some things you want to last.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4331)
    Performance
    (3737)
    Story
    (3716)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Shorter version would get higher rating"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Quiet? What did you like least?

    It raises some good points and cites some excellent examples. If it ended in 5 hrs instead of 10 hrs I would have given it 4-5 stars, but when you continue to drone on about the same thing for the additional time, it subtracts from the book rather than adds to it. Strange how that works.

    The thing I liked least was when the author brought her personal politics into it. I guess she has the right, heck it's her book , but that's not what the book was supposed to be about or what I choose to listen to. Fortunately it was minimal.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6066)
    Performance
    (2644)
    Story
    (2680)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Steven says: "Spellbinding"
    "Stick a fork in my ear"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Road?

    If you want to listen to whining child for hours on end, this is the book for you. I can sum up the first 2hrs, after that I stuck a fork in my ear to end the pain. Poppa I'm scared, it's ok, Pappa I'm hungry, it's ok. Pappa this pappa that, it's ok it's ok (truth is it's not ok). Unfathomable how anyone gave this a good rating. Maybe it get's better later, couldn't get worse. Gotta give anyone who listened to the whole thing credit for their perserverance.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Overpass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mike Yankoski
    • Narrated By Mike Yankoski
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Night after night Mike and Sam found their beds under bridges and on the streets. They were forced to depend on the generosity and kindness of strangers as they panhandled to sustain their existence. For more than five months, the pair experienced firsthand the extreme pains of hunger, the constant uncertainty and danger of living on the streets, exhaustion, depression, and social rejection-and all of this by their own choice.

    Beverly says: "Be ready to change your life"
    "Just Horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jesus freak goes pan handling. There I just saved you wasted hours.
    I have listened to 100 titles or more. This bar none is the worst I have ever tried.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (269)

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "Why the high reviews?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I got suckered into listening to this by the high reviews. No surprises, no insights. Gangs sell drugs, Duh ya think?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1651)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1063)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Laundry List"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I generally finish every book I download. Could not get through this one. Monotone recitation of what amounts to a laundry list of what North Koreans don't have. I tried skipping ahead to see if it would improve, but all I missed was page 2 of the shopping list.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2752)
    Performance
    (1736)
    Story
    (1734)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Nothing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sorry I wasted so much time on this. It received such high reviews I kept hoping it would get better. All the author does is repeat endlessly that you can't recognize the sociopath. She does give such sage advice as avoid people who lie to you, well duh.
    Don't know what the others saw in this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1240)
    Performance
    (524)
    Story
    (524)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Still don't know what happened"
    Overall

    I bought this book for all the good reviews it received. However, I was disappointed. It was not bad, just not good either and didn't live up to the ratings. The story line was very disjointed and without a real focus. Way too long, including fictious dialog that was totally unnecessary and made it tedious at times.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • It's Never Crowded Along the Extra Mile: 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Wayne W. Dyer
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (32)

    This lecture features Dr. Wayne W. Dyer as he shares what it's like to go the extra mile and lead a deeper, fuller life. Drawing upon the lessons of great teachers such as St. Francis of Assisi, Viktor Frankl, Jesus Christ, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Buddha, Dr. Dyer helps you discover that you can achieve true inner peace and success by integrating ten powerful "secrets" into your life that can transform your everyday existence into a path for spiritual enlightenment.

    Adam says: "Life transforming"
    "Stop at the starting line!"
    Overall

    How in God's name did this get such good reviews? Horrible. I admit I had to stop at the 3rd step when Dyer advocated running in hallways in hotels. According to Dyer people who don't like this behavior are (according to him) depreciators and those who do are appreciators. I for one think running belongs in the gym or outside. I consider it common sense and common courtesy, those of you who don't will love this book.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Stumbling on Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Gilbert
    • Narrated By Daniel Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1701)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (429)

    A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it.

    Terril Lowe says: "Great Book!"
    "you won't stumble on happiness here"
    Overall

    One of the most disappointing books I have listened to. Just stumbled onto the title and it sounded interesting, it was downhill from there. Boring, repetitious. Boring, repetitious. Boring, repetitious. Boring, repetitious. Get the point yet?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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