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Michael

Westland, MI, USA

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  • Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (472)

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    I was shocked -- I usually find Sarah Vowell's voice as soothing as nails on a chalkboard but, not only did I survive listening to hours of her, but I enjoyed the experience. This book has stayed with me for months now and may be the first audible.com DL that I listen to for a second time. Interesting and fun.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Life Among the Serial Killers: Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Helen Morrison, Harold Goldberg
    • Narrated By Helen Morrison
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than 80 serial killers around the world. What she has learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious killers known to man.

    P. Minor says: "Boring reader,boring writing"
    "Good but..."
    Overall

    The title of this work is a bit misleading. It's a little short on both the author's life and the serial killer aspect. While there are some interesting observations, I got tired of the author reassuring readers that she won't share her experiences with her kids.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust World

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (195)

    Every marketer tells a story. And if they do it right, we believe them. We believe that wine tastes better in a $20 glass than a $1 glass. We believe that an $80,000 Porsche Cayenne is vastly superior to a $36,000 VW Touareg, which is virtually the same car. We believe that $225 Pumas will make our feet feel better, and look cooler, than $20 no-names...and believing it makes it true.

    Oscar says: "Just OK for me."
    "Another Godin Classic"
    Overall

    Godin doesn't necessarily write books. He seems to write chapters of a larger work. Picking up on Purple Cow (to which he makes several references), this is another great Godin look at the current state of marketing. Not a lot of insight on how you can be a better marketer but a good "how am I being manipulated?" piece.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (860)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (125)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "Far too long/redundant"
    Overall

    19 Hours? You've got to be kidding me. Once I got to hour 9 I had heard the same five examples a dozen times. I was hearing nothing new. Do not get this unabridged edition. Perhaps the abridged work can hold one's interest but it feels like the author was getting paid by the word. Good concept made deathly dull.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Brokeback Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

    Joseph says: "Brokeback Mountain"
    "Purple but Good"
    Overall

    If you listen to this, don't bother to see the movie and vice versa. This has to be the best adapted work of the year -- that said, you're travelling familiar waters if you experience both works. The short story is great -- Campbell Scott does an EXCELLENT job as narrator. The prose gets a bit purple at times but it's probably "expected" as this is a classic romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brokeback Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Annie Proulx
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (794)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

    JR says: "Finally! Someone gets it."
    "Purple but Good"
    Overall

    If you listen to this, don't bother to see the movie and vice versa. This has to be the best adapted work of the year -- that said, you're travelling familiar waters if you experience both works. The short story is great -- Campbell Scott does an EXCELLENT job as narrator. The prose gets a bit purple at times but it's probably "expected" as this is a classic romance.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1702)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (649)

    In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
    "Ironic"
    Overall

    It's ironic that this was a book to read for my workplace book club. When hearing about these dysfunctional team members, I kept being reminded of the horrible management team which had directed me to read this book. Whaaa? Alas, they seemed to use this work as an excuse to go to Miami for an "offsite", emulating the team in this book. A rather mundane tale filled with simplified solutions. If only all idiots would realize they don't work as a team and quit!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5955)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (537)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Fun & Informative"
    Overall

    One of the few books that lives up to the hype. A very fun and informative listen that held my interest throughout (though the lists of baby names got a bit tedious at times). This seems like a version of THE TIPPING POINT with more substance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Goodbye

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Raymond Chandler
    • Narrated By Ed Bishop, Full Cast
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The first time Marlowe sets eyes on Terry Lennox, he is lying drunk in the passenger seat of a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. The next time, he's on Skid Row. After they share a few Gimlets, Marlowe thinks he seems like a nice guy, but he's had a hard life, his white hair and scarred face testify to that. Or could it be marriage to Sylvia Lennox that has turned him prematurely grey? Although beautiful and rich, she plays the field in a big way.

    Michael says: "Fun Hardboiled Tale"
    "Fun Hardboiled Tale"
    Overall

    Originally a radio broadcast, this adaptation of Chandler's The Long Goodbye was full of fun sound effects that really took me back to an earlier era. Some great voicework on this one and a classic taut tale.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Italian Secretary

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    The best-selling author of the Alienist series returns with a chilling elaboration on the Sherlock Holmes canon, as the famed detective investigates a pair of gruesome murders, which cast an otherworldly shadow as far as Queen Victoria herself.

    Sagar says: "A True Delight for the Holmes Enthusiast"
    "Fun Victorian Romp"
    Overall

    Carr shows his great love of language in his continuation of the Sherlock Holmes mythos. A fun little story that wraps up neatly -- perhaps a little too neatly?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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