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Gerald

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  • Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ted Kerasote
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    Ted Kerasote met and adopted Merle, a Labrador mix, while he was on a camping trip. Merle had been living in the wild, and after taking the dog home with him to Wyoming, Kerasote soon realized that Merle could not adjust to inhabiting exclusively the human world. So he put a door in his house to let Merle live both outside and in. A deeply touching portrait of a remarkable animal, Merle's Door explores the issues that all animals and their human companions face.

    John says: "The Best Audio Book I've ever listened to"
    "Dog Lovers"
    Overall

    I love Merle. This is a very compelling tale of a dog you cannot help but love. The author portrays his great personality with such humanity. This is a book for anyone who has loved a dog and has treated one as valued family member. The author also does a great job of relaying facts and history of the evolution of this great relationship which many of us are lucky enough to enjoy.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (207)

    General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

    Alan says: "A good book with alot of flaws"
    "Great book, bad reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Great review of WW II and the characters involved in it on all sides.


    What did you like best about this story?

    History briefly but well told.


    How could the performance have been better?

    O'reilly is not a professional reader and it shows. Don't know if it is ego or arrogance, or both, but the reading detracted substantially from the enjoyment.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not likely


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Busting Vegas: The MIT Whiz Kid Who Brought the Casinos to Their Knees

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Ben Mezrich
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Semyon Dukach was known as the Darling of Las Vegas. A legend at age 21, this cocky hotshot was the biggest high roller to appear in Sin City in decades, a mathematical genius with a system the casinos had never seen before and couldn't stop, a system that has never been revealed until now; that has nothing to do with card counting, wasn't illegal, and was more powerful than anything that had been tried before.

    Jacob says: "A Flat Read"
    "An Inside Look"
    Overall

    A fansinating, inside look at a portion of the gambling industry. This is a well told and well read account of what a little ingenuity can accomplish, or perhaps I should say can destroy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7023)
    Performance
    (2823)
    Story
    (2831)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Great information"
    Overall

    Such great information presented in an understandable format. A bit humbling to realize our place in the enormity of the universe and its life span. It is written in a less than overwhelmingly serious manner and the reader makes it even more entertaining. Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5074)
    Performance
    (2173)
    Story
    (2166)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Evolution of the CIA"
    Overall

    Excellent review of the post-WW II history of international relations. Well written but not particularly complimentary to the CIA. Could have done without the gratuitous portrayal of President Regan. Having seen the mini-series on TV provided the opportunity to put faces an the characters, especially "Mother" and "The Sourcorer". Scott Brick is superb at bringing out the characters. Great choice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (393)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Not Much Has Changed"
    Overall

    AH would have loved today's big government. Fortunately, Jefferson and his compatriots held it off for many years.The more things change, the more they stay the same. Politics and politicians haven't changed much in 200 years. Hamilton was a true innovator and would have loved the way things turned out.
    The book is an excellent analysis of a man, who rose above a questionable upbringing, and his accomplishments, whether you agree with the results or not.
    I can only fantisize with glee how wonderful it would be should current day politicians settle their differences with duels as was done in Hamilton's day.
    Typical top-of-the-line reading by Scott Brick.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julia Flynn Siler
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Set in California's lush Napa Valley and spanning four generations of a talented and visionary family, The House of Mondavi is a tale of genius, sibling rivalry, and betrayal. From 1906, when Italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi passed through Ellis Island, to the Robert Mondavi Corporation's 21st-century battle over a billion-dollar fortune, award-winning journalist Julia Flynn Siler brings to life both the place and the people in this riveting family drama.

    Gerald says: "The House of Mandavi"
    "The House of Mandavi"
    Overall

    This is a great book for anyone interested in the evolution of the Napa Wine Industry. Interwoven is the high and complex price paid by highly motivated family members driven by some times mutually exclusive goals. It is a fasinating story written in a very entertaining manner. It is also very well read. One of my best non-fiction selections.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (960)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Poison Study"
    Overall

    I couldn't endure any more. I gave up after chapter 17. I've listened to recorded books for over 15 years and this is the first one I couldn't finish. "Amateur" is the word that comes to mind. Amateur writing and amateur reading. Someone below mentioned Frank Muller in the same sentance as this reader. In her dreams!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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