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John Bald

Maine, United States

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  • The Afghan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    When British and American intelligence catch wind of a major Al Qaeda operation in the works, they instantly galvanize, but to do what? They know nothing about it: the what, where, or when. They have no sources in Al Qaeda, and it's impossible to plant someone. Or is it?

    BobInWA says: "Slow Part 1 - Great Part 2"
    "Reader's Voice Complements Tension"
    Overall

    The reader (Robert Powell) is perfect. The tension builds and the plot is interesting. Very entertaining, I thought. In the last quarter, the plot wobbles but it works overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1062)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "So glad I found this author!"
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    Excellent prose and a great plot. What a delight to listen to this story (well, as long as I was braced for the brutal parts). So glad I gave this one a try, it's a Grade A crime novel. Now looking forward to my next Adrain McKinty novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (396)

    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    Douglas says: "A Brilliant And Insightful Book!"
    "Interesting Ideas, Well Written, Worthwhile"
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    I'm glad I read this (listened) and I recommend it to anyone who's interested in the topic, even if I don't agree with some of the author's conclusions. My favorite part of the book, the author's insights about people's moral convictions (and the political candidates they're attracted to), was fascinating. It's changed the way I look at (or listen to) people on the other side of the moral/political spectrum. I actually *hear* them differently, and their convictions make more sense to me.

    Interesting book, well written and well read by the author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Faith and Doubt

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John Ortberg
    • Narrated By John Ortberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    We often think of doubt as the opposite of faith, but could it actually strengthen our relationship with God? According to John Ortberg, best-selling author and pastor, the very nature of faith requires the presence of uncertainty. In this refreshingly candid look at a life of faith, he traces the line between belief and unbelief: less a dividing line between hostile camps than a razor's edge that runs through every soul. His findings point us toward the relief of being totally honest.

    Jerome M says: "One of the best books on faith and doubt."
    "Intriguing, fascinating and mind opening"
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    Wow, this one really surprised me. It was deeper than I'd expected, and honest. The author takes you into the territory of Doubt, rather courageously, and there he finds that doubt can be helpful for the soul. He brought up a lot of ideas and perspectives that were new to me. The whole book, which is very well written, opened my mind. Truly, I'm grateful for writers like John Ortberg for honestly examining spiritual ideas like faith and doubt. In the end he tells you his "conclusions" about faith and God, but he invites the reader to find his/her own. This was my first book by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (93)

    An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

    Richard Delman says: "Marvelous romp thru colorful LA gangsterland."
    "Terrific plot, fun and twisty"
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    Great plot, interesting & well drawn characters. I thought the writing was well above the average action/thriller fare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4119)
    Performance
    (2956)
    Story
    (2952)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "What a pleasure!"
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    Performance
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    This was my first Ann Patchett novel. Wow, what a storyteller. She has a unique way of spinning out a tale. Her plot was beautiful, rich, intriguing -- even though the events don't include guns, murder, evil villains. Really quite a gifted novelist. It was a pleasure to hear the words and watch the story unfold. It's a (mostly) quiet story but you find yourself on the edge of your seat! All that would be enough, but Hope Davis does a sparkling job with the prose!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seashell on the Mountaintop

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Alan Cutler
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    A thrilling scientific investigation and the portrait of an extraordinary genius, The Seashell on the Mountaintop gives us new insight into our planet, revealing how we learned to read the story told to us by the Earth itself, written in rock and stone.

    reggie p says: "genesis of geology"
    "A well told story of an unusual scientist"
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    An interesting and rewarding exploration of Nicholas Steno, his love of knowledge and science, and the life he lived in that era. It's also interesting to see how the crowd of "knowledgeable people" can sometimes be quite blind and quite wrong. Well written by Alan Cutler and easy to follow. Grover Gardner does well. I enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (364)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "Some books are so good, they change you"
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    Let's face it, the author went to a tough, tough place. And things didn't get any easier. There was the poverty, the tragic childhoods, the heartbreak of early, violent deaths. The author came from very different circumstances himself, so how did he make it in the neighborhood he now lived in? How on earth did he stay there for 2+ decades? That is the story told in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SuperFreakonomics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2721)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1107)

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
    "Glib, disappointing"
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    Much less interesting than the first Freakonomics. This one doesn't have the depth, just some glib conclusions from data scooped up here and there. Example: how did the women's liberation movement strike a blow against education and student test scores? Answer: women gained more career choices so fewer of the brightest women now go into teaching, resulting in less able teachers and therefor poorer test scores. Come on. Why bring up important issues only to be silly & superficial about them?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    As plans got under way for the Allied invasion of Sicily in June 1943, British counter-intelligence agent Ewen Montagu masterminded a scheme to mislead the Germans into thinking the next landing would occur in Greece. This extraordinary operation called for a dead body, dressed as a Royal Marine officer and carrying false information about a pending Allied invasion of Greece, to wash up on a Spanish shore near the town of a known Nazi agent.

    Jack M says: "Better than the movie"
    "Totally enjoyable!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this. Wonderful reading by John Lee. Great writing by the author and although the "story" moves along swiftly, there's actually a lot of historical detail. What a story! It's rich and full of characters. You'd swear you're listening to some well plotted spy thriller. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3856)
    Performance
    (1588)
    Story
    (1608)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Well..."
    Overall

    1) I'm glad I read it because it gave me insight into autistic behavior in general, 2) the writing is very good with an accurate first-person voice, 3) honestly it was such a chore to get to the end because the mystery and surprises aren't very interesting. The father is interesting and the main character is interesting, although often dry and long winded. Not sure what to think about this one. P.S., interesting: the author of the autobiography 'Born on a Blue Day,' who has Aspergers Syndrome like the main character in 'Curious Incident,' came to a completely different conclusion about the existence of God.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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