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Vashon, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 8 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 272 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Nine Dragons: Harry Bosch, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
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    The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

    Kaye E Steeno says: "Transition book?"
    "Not Connelly's Best"

    I am a Michael Connelly fan but this book did not cut it for me. The unbelievability factor is just too high in both dialog and storyline. Maybe the Len Cariou narration contributed to this problem as the father daughter conversations did not ring true. I prefer Connelly read by Dick Hill or Adam Grupper. I did, however, enjoy the Hong Kong scenes as I've been there a few times and could visualize the settings. I got through it pretty easily and enjoyed some moments but Connelly has written many better books.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
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    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Jeff says: "Great for the stories."
    "Good Behind the Scenes Account but Biased"

    As a follower of all things Silicon Valley, I enjoyed this book. The first half of the book was great as I was less familiar with the early days of Google. I especially enjoyed the parts about how the search and advertising innovations came about and evolved.

    Two things, however, prevent me from giving this book a higher rating. The first is Levy's bias in favor of all things Google. Maybe this was the price he had to pay for access but he included many gratuitous snide remarks toward Microsoft. Secondly, I am not sure why, but I did not enjoy the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
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    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "I'm Recommending Boomerang to Everyone"

    I'll read just about anything from Michael Lewis and have been a fan since Liar's Poker. In this book, Lewis is informative as ever, but throws in much more humor. Maybe he abuses a few stereotypes but the result is so damn funny that I'll let it go.

    Dylan Baker, new to me, is the perfect narrator for this tale. He adds the right touch of sarcasm that fits perfectly with the story. I'll look to him to introduce me to some new authors.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
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    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "3 for 3 with Mickey Haller"

    Whenever I am stuck in the middle of a few crappy audiobooks, I always know I can turn to Micheal Connelly or Nelson DeMille to get me out of the hole. That said, I like I like the Mickey Haller books better than the Bosch titles. Despite its title (Bosch Book 16), I agree with another reviewer that this was much more of a Mickey Haller book. Connelly's behind the scenes looks into the justice system, lawyer tricks, and police activities round out the storyline nicely. If you are already a Connelly fan, I think you will enjoy The Reversal which a big step up from the far-fetched Nine Dragons.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By Michael Page
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    "In wartime," Winston Churchill wrote, "truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies." For Britain's counterintelligence operations, this meant finding the unlikeliest agents imaginable - including a history professor named Alfred Vicary.

    Margaret says: "The Unlikely Spy"
    "My first Daniel Silva book. Many to Follow"

    This was my first Daniel Silva book and I very much enjoyed it. I love it when I can learn about a piece of history while reading a great book. Such was the case with The Unlikely Spy. These qualities made me remember The Company by Robert Littell which is one of my all-time favorite listens. After completion I immediately started Silva's The Confessor which is also good. In sum, I recommend this book and I recommend Daniel Silva.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Gillian Tett
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    Gillian Tett brings to life in gripping detail how the Morgan team's bold ideas for a whole new kind of financial alchemy helped to ignite a revolution in banking, and how that revolution escalated wildly out of control. The deeply reported and lively narrative takes readers behind the scenes, to the inner sanctums of elite finance and to the secretive reaches of what came to be known as the "shadow banking" world.

    D. Littman says: "Outstanding narrative about the financial crisis"
    "Great Detail, Great Story"

    This book provides the background of the economic crisis and knowledge of the financial instruments involved necessary for you to come to your own conclusions. The author also provides the context of politics, conflicts of interest, regulatory loopholes, personalities and ideologies. The book is also a great story with many interesting characters and a great build-up to the meltdown that is still fresh in all of our minds. The author's concluding remarks seemed slightly contrived and counter to the book's overall objectivity. Nevertheless, this is a very minor point as only the final 20 minutes of the book were affected.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "Not what I hoped"

    I should have read the other reviews before buying this book. The introduction was interesting and I looked forward to the science behind the themes it presented. It was not to be. Way too many musings about the character of Johnny Appleseed for a book I thought would be more about evolution and genetics. Perhaps if I was expecting something different, I would not be as disappointed. I gave up after the Apple chapter.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"

    Really a great book. I just could not stop thinking and talking about this book to whoever would listen. I also felt compelled to look up all the main characters on Wikipedia along the way as I could not wait to find out what happened. After listening to this book I had a weird (and unsubstantiated) feeling that I was somehow an authority on the Enron case with some sort of uncommon knowledge.

    I have listened to a lot of audio books in a lot of genres but only this one and The Company by Robert Littel really grabbed me in this way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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