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Carol

Boyne City, MI, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2174)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (627)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"
    "New Perspective"
    Overall

    This author did something new with his devastating illness. While he had personal motives, he had something to say that we all should hear. I thought it would be "the lecture". It was not. It was deeply moving and thought provoking.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Naomi Klein
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (166)

    In her ground-breaking reporting, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism". Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment": losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers.

    Nika says: "You can't be neutral..."
    "unsubstantiated"
    Overall

    I tried very hard to listen to this dribble, but only could stand it for 45 minutes. The claims and connections were not connected and were not substantiated with any factual information that can be substantiated. It is one soft-minded author's opinions.

    0 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8605)
    Performance
    (3061)
    Story
    (3090)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "World Without End was incredible"
    Overall

    I did not think that Pillars could be matched, but Ken Follet was a master at weaving an incredible story while bringing historical behaviors to light.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (352)

    When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.

    Sydney says: "Eye opening"
    "Worthwhile information in a somewhat sappy format"
    Overall

    While the content of the book was important, a more vigorous read would have improved it. An avid lifetime gardener, I finally gained understanding of the local food movement, somewhat. It seems the author did not recommend this except in a minimal way...stating even limited use of local foods would have a big impact on fuel used to transport it from afar. I wonder where she got those numbers?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3057)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (858)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Charlie Wilson's War is a worthwhile audiobook..."
    Overall

    While it took some time (1/3 of book) to warm up to the characters and the climate of the book, it definitely told an important story that begins to answer a common question after 911, "why does militant Islam hate the US?" The government may have had a role that is hidden under the blanket of secrecy of which common people are not aware. I recommend it to my family and cyberspace customers of Audible. Thanks for a great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your First Listen

    • ORIGINAL (4 mins)
    Overall
    (21803)
    Performance
    (8571)
    Story
    (8755)

    Your Audible adventures begin right here.

    aareal says: "It was great"
    "Cute"
    Overall

    I have a dry sense of humor, but even I laughed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12406)
    Performance
    (4810)
    Story
    (4844)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Drama at its best"
    Overall

    This is a fascinating story and the weaving together of the characters is just fascinating. I have finished the first part, and 1/2 way through the 2nd, and it is so hard to put it down... Hey, this is my first audible book and it is sooo great. I sure that if you are looking for a fascinating story line with incredibly interesting protagonists, you will not be disappointed with this read...back to the book...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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