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  • Linked: The New Science of Networks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (106)

    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Alex says: "Network theory for beginners"
    "Useful read"
    Overall

    Linked is a good review of network theory at just more than an introductory level. I particularly enjoyed the historical review of the developments in the body of knowledge for network theory. The last section, where networks in all aspects of life were examined, was a little long -- where I would have "fast read" or skipped ahead if I had been reading instead of listening, but other than that it was well-narrated and worthwhile.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hell Is Empty: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1020)

    Spur Award-winner Craig Johnson has garnered critical acclaim for his Walt Longmire mysteries. In this riveting seventh entry, Wyoming’s Absaroka County sheriff, Walt Longmire, is pushed beyond his limits. When three hardened convicts escape FBI custody in a mountain blizzard, an armed psychopath leads them up Big Horn Mountain. As Longmire struggles to track their treacherous ascent, he’ll need all the help he can get from the tribal spirits of the towering summit.

    Susan says: "Transcendental"
    "Good, but the "spirits" distract from the story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with the advice to not get too bored during the "spirit contact" episodes. That part seemed to go on and on (and on).


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Cut back on the spirit contact content - it drug on too long.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Fuidall always does a fine job.


    Do you think Hell Is Empty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO, not if it means more of the spirit talk stuff.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1752)
    Performance
    (1173)
    Story
    (1149)

    The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

    V. Sharol says: "Another outstanding book from Johnson"
    "Very good, but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Dark Horse in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting but overdone. Johnson devotes too much of each book to the influence of the Native American spirit world on Walt Longmire, the non-Native American Sheriff.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    shift focus to the story and away from so much of the warrior spirits.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Guidall is a consummate professional. Sometimes inflections of new characters are not as sharp as one might like, but generally can keep track of who is talking.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Well, not moved, but the Hispanic character he handcuffed in the lodge was perfect comic relief.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable stories, very well prerformed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13901)
    Performance
    (12271)
    Story
    (12299)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Just couldn't get into it..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Gone Girl?

    The guy second-guessing himself and the rather thin rationalization for that.


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not much...just not my kind of story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    Don't know...the narration was okay, but the sNeeded more action, less psychoanalysistory couldn't be saved by it.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    Not sure...did not finish the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trial of Passion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By William Deverell
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Arthur Beauchamp, a heralded criminal lawyer, has moved to a quiet island off the British Columbia coast. While trying to recover from a marriage gone sour, his retirement is interrupted by his former law partners - they want Arthur to take charge of the defense trial of Jonathan O'Donnell, the acting dean of a law school. O'Donnell has been accused of rape by one of the students, Kimberley Martin, a smart but arrogant woman who is engaged to a rich businessman.

    Michele says: "A poet writes a legal drama. Who knew!"
    "My first, but not last, Deverell"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Trial of Passion?

    This was one of the most literary mysteries I have encountered, reminding me a lot of Iain Pears writing. Characters were well developed, emotions nicely dealt with and allusions effective. The narration was spot on as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trial of Passion?

    The first hypnosis scene, which is when things began to fall into place. From then on, it was a treat to see how all the pieces were brought together to reach the conclusion.


    Have you listened to any of John Morgan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narration was outstanding!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but the treatment of Beauchamp falling in love struck close to home!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2235)
    Performance
    (1829)
    Story
    (1837)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Unbelievable, but entertaining!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Vince Flynn and/or Nick Sullivan?

    Flynn is always entertaining, even if the story lines strain credulity. As pure escapism, his novels are spot on.


    If you’ve listened to books by Vince Flynn before, how does this one compare?

    The narration was good, but some characters seemed more a caricature which detracted from the overall listen.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Sullivan – was your favorite?

    Mitch Rapp, of course, followed by Milt Adams.


    Did Transfer of Power inspire you to do anything?

    Nope...just enjoyed the listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4324)
    Performance
    (2398)
    Story
    (2398)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Literary suspense"
    Overall

    This is a well-written and effectively narrated suspense novel. The reader keeps you engaged and the characters are accessible -- one can imagine meeting them in their native environment. Worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spider Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Summoned by a friend, ex-cop Cam Richter agrees to do a favor: investigate the assault of a young woman in a remote area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cam knows the misty hills and shadowed hollers of the park, and his outdoor skills might break a case that local cops can't - or maybe don't want to - solve.

    Char says: "Love Them All"
    "Entertaining, but stretches credulity"
    Overall

    This book is well enough narrated to keep one engaged, but the plot and premise are so out there that I found myself listening for the action, not the story. Kind of like listening to a Lee Child "Jack Reacher" novel, but without the firmly grounded plot that Child does well.

    Not sure I'd listen to another Deutermann, unless I yearned for really mindless entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (612)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "All about me, but a good story at the core"
    Overall

    As a survivor of the subprime meltdown, and various other financial disasters, I found this an interesting book. When discussing the framework of the Madoff scheme, i.e., the failure of regulatory agencies, the failure of other market participants to call out the scheme and the disaster that ensued, the story is gripping. However, Markopolos gets tiresome quickly with his angst and handwringing, which could have bee communicated far more effectively in fewer words. Worth listening to, but tune out Harry's soliloquy's and you'll learn more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ludwig Von Mises: Fountainhead of the Modern Microeconomics Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eamonn Butler
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    The Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises is increasingly recognized as one of the most important originators of modern economic thought. This book studies his ideas in a clear and systematic way and pulls out from Mises's own writings the main themes of his work. Mises's central theme is an emphasis on microeconomics. All real economic decisions, he insists, are taken by particular people at particular times and places; the motivating forces, therefore, are personal and psychological.

    Kent says: "An economic giant for the rest of us..."
    "Homo emoticus rules homo economicus"
    Overall

    I had not realized how much von Mises focused on the psychological and emotional aspects of economics; had always assumed he was more of a pure rationalist. Found myself saying, "Yes, that is where the classical model fails" and "Yes, empiricism can ony crudely capture that." A very worthwhile book read well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Johnson, James Kwak
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Even after the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, America is still beset by the depredations of an oligarchy that is now bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks, which together control assets amounting to more than 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product, these financial institutions (now more emphatically "too big to fail") continue to hold the global economy hostage.

    Kyle says: "Easy to Understand and Comprehend"
    "Important book...horribly narrated"
    Overall

    This is a valuable contribution to understanding the meltdown of the financial sector and the challenges in putting it right again (including getting regulation right...which Congress seems incapable of handling).

    HOWEVER, the narrator is unquestionably THE WORST I have ever encountered in over 300 books (and there have been a number of poor narrators). Synnestvedt's narration sounds like he is, in turns pleased, relieved and proud to reach the end of EVERY sentence. The narration becomes so annoying, even painful, to listen to that the underlying content is diminished.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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