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Dale

Sebastopol, CA, United States

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  • The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. J. Stiles
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (157)

    In The First Tycoon, Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore's personal life. It is a sweeping, fast-moving epic, and a complex portrait of the great man. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. He was a visionary who pioneered business models.

    john says: "Great! If you can get through it..."
    "Extremely Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is one long history of Vanderbilt's business deals. Deal after deal, pulling himself up each rung of the economic ladder, happily defrauding anyone who gets in his way.
    According to this book, he has no personal life, no friends, nothing but business.
    I tried to get into this book for the historical time, but after a few tries, it just felt like a waste of time

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3934)
    Performance
    (3435)
    Story
    (3403)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Tried this several times because it was well revie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Honestly, I could not get started with this book. I tried several times. None of the characters were engaging or interesting, just plain weird.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (451)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "Interesting Treatment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Interesting idea. So much foreshadowing. The author tells you time and time again what is going to happen so there's no surprise when anything does actually happen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (349)

    A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.

    Yvonne says: "Loved it!"
    "Could Not Get Through It!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is the typical chick story, all throbbing muscles, beating hearts and no story. Don't waste your time unless you like books with little or no plot and beautiful people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Civility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Amor Towles
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1737)
    Performance
    (1381)
    Story
    (1365)

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising 25-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    Emily - Audible says: "Like a Country Pastoral for City Rats"
    "Civility Goes Nowhere"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story, set in the the thirties, in New York City, is about how a poor girl with little education can ratchet herself up into an editorial position for Conde Nast and a first class blue-blood husband to boot. The book is written in a very flat style with virtually no peaks or crescendoes. The only action takes place in retrospect. The reader is treated to copious descriptions of food, flowers, and living rooms that do nothing to advance the plot.
    There is no motivation given for the main character's decisions or actions, or of those around her. It feels like the author has just gathered a handful of characters, thrown them in a pot, and stirred them slightly with a spoon. Unfortunately, the book remains undercooked.
    The narrater does an admirable job with such weak material and presents the different voices well.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Caleb's Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (386)

    In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex....

    Mary Sue says: "Another good entry into fiction!"
    "Fighting Religions"
    Overall

    I suppose if you are into stories where the different religions argue and compete, you would find this interesting. I chose this story because of the historical content. Immediately, the story starts in about how the girl killed her mother because she believed in the wrong god. Pleeze.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Punchbowl

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (221)

    As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

    Corinne says: "Not his best but Iles can't be bad"
    "Incredible Waste of Time"
    Overall

    I started this book with high expectations, but the pace is so draggy. Things are described in such minute detail that they kill any progress in the plot, if there was any to begin with.
    I quit after the first part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5278)
    Performance
    (2795)
    Story
    (2803)

    Before he was considered a CIA superagent, before he was thought of as a terrorists worst nightmare, and before he was both loathed and admired by the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitch Rapp was a gifted college athlete without a care in the world . . . and then tragedy struck.

    Lesley says: "Flynn never disappoints"
    "So Bad"
    Overall

    This book was so poor; actually boring is the word that comes to mind. The characters are clumsily constructed and unrealistic. I want my money back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (580)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "Margaret Atwood At Her Finest!"
    Overall

    Year of the Flood is a wonderful crafted, multi-faceted story. I loved all the characters and the interweaving. Also the slight reference to Oryx and Crake (another novel). The book shows the deep thoughts and considerations that Margaret Atwood gives to her novels. Her timeliness is right on the money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9894)
    Performance
    (4823)
    Story
    (4851)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Compelling Story"
    Overall

    I was totally captivated for the whole 35 + hours. Great story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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