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Eliot

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1063)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (762)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "Disappointment"
    Overall

    Great historical book, but does not deserve the pump Audible.com made of it. I sad I've wasted the money to purchase it.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By John C. Maxwell
    • Narrated By John C. Maxwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (353)

    Are there tried and true principles that are always certain to help a person grow? John Maxwell says the answer is yes. He has been passionate about personal development for over 50 years, and for the first time, he teaches everything he has gleaned about what it takes to reach our potential. In the way that only he can communicate, John teaches The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself, The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself, and much more.

    Kimberly says: "What's Your Growth Plan?"
    "A religious leader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    He's a minister. Not an objective view.

    I wish Audible will post "Religious" warning on the books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Dominion

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum, Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (208)

    Jason Bourne is searching for an elusive cadre of terrorists planning to destroy America's most strategic natural resources. He needs the help of his long-time friend, General Boris Karpov, the newly appointed head of Russia's most feared spy agency, FSB-2. Karpov is one of the most determined, honorable, and justice-hungry men that Bourne knows. But Karpov has made a deal with the devil. In order to remain the head of FSB-2, he must hunt down and kill Bourne.

    Kenneth says: "A Lesson Learned"
    "Big mistake"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The writer got totally confused between the Sunnis and the Shiites. That's a bad one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atonement

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (296)

    In Atonement, three children lose their innocence, as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935, and their lives are changed forever. Cecilia Tallis is of England's priviledged class; Robbie Turner is the housekeeper's son. In their moment of intimate surrender, they are interrupted by Cecilia's hyperimaginative and scheming 13-year-old sister, Briony. And as chaos consumes the family, Briony commits a crime, the guilt of which she shall carry throughout her life.

    William R. Creech says: "Well written; well read."
    "Very good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Better than the movie. Good reflection of High-class English life before and during the 2nd War.A totally different king of story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tehran Initiative

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (809)

    The world is on the brink of disaster. Iran has just conducted its first atomic weapons test. Millions of Muslims around the world are convinced their messiah — known as the Twelfth Imam — has arrived on earth. Israeli leaders fear Tehran, under the Twelfth Imam’s spell, will soon launch a nuclear attack that could bring about a second Holocaust and the annihilation of Israel.

    Susan says: "Rosenberg does it again - couldn't put it down!"
    "Religion all over again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I'm starting to feel uncomfortable buying American publications. Why all this concentration on religion? In this case it not just the Iranian imam. Each one of the main characters is going through mental self-torture with his/her religious conflicts. In reality, not every human being is religiously nuts! Enough of it! The funniest part was the author's description of the Israeli prime minister praying to a god during his government meeting. This never happened and will never take place. The basic Israeli does not pray. They must be on a higher level than we are!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dovekeepers: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alice Hoffman, Heather Lind
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Jessica Hecht, Tovah Feldshuh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (607)

    Over five years in the writing, Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing work ever, a triumph of imagination and research set in ancient Israel. The author of such iconic bestsellers as Illumination Night, Practical Magic, Fortune’s Daughter, and Oprah’s Book Club selection Here on Earth, Alice Hoffman is one of the most popular and memorable writers of her generation. Now, in The Dovekeepers, Hoffman delivers her most masterful work yet - one that draws on her passion for mythology, magic, and archaeology and her inimitable understanding of women.

    FanB14 says: "Grade of B-"
    "Could have been better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've learned from historical literature that, once they've established themselves as a monotheistic nation, it took the average people of Israel ages to drop all of their pagan habits and worship. But in this book we're talking about the year 70, that's centuries past their existence as non-idol worshipers. To base an entire historical book on magic seeking Israelis is a bit odd. Those people did not go to Massada because they've put their trust in God. They went there because it was a fortress, which they thought was impenetrable.

    I was also disappointed that the writers failed to find narrators who could pronounce the natives' words correctly. Their narrotors hesitation, when time came to pronounce any of these words, is terribly detectable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2062)
    Performance
    (1746)
    Story
    (1725)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Teddy says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "Informative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked it. I've learnt a lot from listening to it. I hope to find similar books on Audible .com

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5994)
    Performance
    (5277)
    Story
    (5323)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Good beginning, then trash. My last Stephen King."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People in mental institutions may like it.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The autor could issue an apology to those who have purchased this book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grover Gardner?

    N/A


    What character would you cut from The Stand?

    I could not care less at this point.


    Any additional comments?

    Please spare us the wasted time and money before highlighting any similar publication/

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Mormon Mirage: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Latayne C. Scott
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Three decades after leaving the Mormon faith, Latayne Colvett Scott looks back to her original journey out of Mormonism and the reasons why she left. Revised and updated, this third edition of The Mormon Mirage presents both a fascinating inside look at Mormonism and new and formidable evidence against its claims and teachings.

    Suzanne says: "Informative and interesting"
    "Keep away from it. Hate-Literature."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I bought this book as a way to understand Mormonism, in case it will become a subject in the upcoming presidential elections. I was terribly disappointed to discover that this is not a book explaining in a neutral prospective the Mormon believes, but instead, it's trying to explain why Christianity is better than Mormonism. In the process, it's also trashing Judaism. In the worst case of cultural annihilation, the author translates the most important historical saying of the Jewish people, "Shma Israel," as saying "His name is Joshua".

    It's a shame Audible.com represents this book as a non-fiction. It should be placed in the "Hate-Literature" section.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Latayne C. Scott again?

    Never again!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Remove this book from Audible.com


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No redeeming qualities. It's a Con Job.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I get my money back, please?

    14 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Sanction

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (129)

    Jason Bourne needs to regain his life as David Webb, so he accepts an invitation from his beloved mentor, Dominic Specter, to join the Linguistics department at Georgetown. It's a relief to leave the Bourne identity behind, but Jason soon finds himself in a life-or-death confrontation in which every move might be his last.

    Regan says: "He's no Ludlum!"
    "A disapointment"
    Overall

    A waist of time. I used to admire the Bourne books, but this one is not matching their standards. Also, the audio special effects are idiotic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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