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  • 10 reviews
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  • 622 titles in library
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  • Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patrick Radden Keefe
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean

    In Chatter, Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the international eavesdropping alliance known as Echelon, sorting facts from conspiracy theories to determine just how much privacy Americans unknowingly sacrifice in the name of greater security.

    E. Lundin says: "Really neat look at intelligence gathering/secrecy"
    "Great Book!"

    If you are at all interested in technology or intelligence, this is definitely the book for you. I figured it was going to be a retelling of everything that we already hear on the news and the internet. However, I learned a lot of things that I didn't even fathem existed. The only reason that I gave the book a 4 out of 5 is that Keefe left me with an urge for more at the end. This was done intentionally as he admits that his book is not the "final word" on the matter, but "the first." I highly recommend it to everyone. It kept me glued to my iPod for hours per day.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "A Great Listen!"
    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    I would listen to Steve Jobs again because I enjoyed reading about the tech industry's development as it related to one of my favorite companies out there... Apple.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs was not always my favorite character in the book, but he was close to being one because of the things he accomplished. However, my ultimate favorite character mentioned in the book was, and has been for a while now, Steve Wozniak (Woz). He is the true definition of a good person.

    What about Dylan Baker???s performance did you like?

    I liked how Baker put the emotion that, I assume, the author wanted portrayed in his writing. For the most part, he was able to portray each character as I imagined him/her to be in real life from other pieces I have read throughout the years.

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

    The ending of the book that details the hardships Steve Jobs went through in his battles with Cancer really hit home for me since I saw them first hand in my own mother. She lost her battle with Cancer and passed away 2 days after Steve Jobs did. I was in the hospital with her when the news that Jobs had died.

    Any additional comments?

    Even if you think you know everything there is to know about Steve Jobs or Apple, this book will, undoubtedly, shine some new light on certain subjects like Antennagate or Steve Jobs's personal life and family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinderella Man: James Braddock, Max Baer, and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeremy Schaap
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    Lost in the annals of boxing is the sport's true Cinderella story. James J. Braddock, dubbed "Cinderella Man" by Damon Runyon, was a once promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand happened to coincide with the Great Crash of 1929.

    Marcus Anthony says: "Excellent"

    Almost everyone knows the story of the girl who had a rough life and eventually rose to the top with the help of her fairy godmother and lived happily ever after. However, this story is much more than that. It is about an underdog pugilist that endured everything life threw at him and rose to the top with only the belief he had in himself and the desire to provide for his family during the Great Depression. It is a story that will touch your heart and prove to anyone that all one needs to succeed in life is perseverance, desire, and the love and support of family and friends. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Boxing fans and nonfans alike.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams

    The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the five-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation, and is a must-listen for any and all fans of the genre. Don't forget to bring a towel!

    Victor says: "still a winner!!!"

    This was my very first audible book back in September of 2001. Since then, I tried listening to it several times with no success. Finally, audible put a higher quality recording up so I downloaded it and decided to try it again since the movie is coming out. I regret not listening to this book over and over earlier. I could not put my iPod down. It took me about a day or two to listen to the entire thing. In fact, I have bought the entire collection and plan to listen to them all in the upcoming days/weeks. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to laugh over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Pretext for War: 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By James Bamford
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This book says outright what many have merely hinted at: that President George W. Bush knowingly misused the findings of the erroneous and incompetent U.S. intelligence community to provide a pretext for war with Iraq. The author hones in on the systematic weaknesses of the intelligence agencies that caused them to ignore the crucial signs leading up to the attacks of 9/11.

    Nikoli Gogol says: "Must Read"
    "Truly Disturbing"

    Like many Americans, I have always had my suspicions about the war in Iraq. This book attmpts to shed some light on the matter. It is a great listen. I couldn't put my iPod down once I started listening. At the same time, it made me feel cheated and less trusting of our leaders in the highest offices of government. However, I feel that you should give it a try and decide, for yourself, what is truth and what is fiction.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Memorial Day

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz

    Fearless counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is called upon to fight against the world's most deadly terrorists in this harrowing political thriller by New York Times best-selling author Vince Flynn.

    Marian says: "Too bad it was abridged"
    "It was Okay"

    This was my first Vince Flynn book so it took me a little while to get used to his particular style of writing. The storyline was good, but I felt that there were some parts that needed more explanation than what the author gave. In all fairness, though, this could be due to the fact that this is an abridged version of the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"

    This was one of the most thrilling books that I have ever read. The author does a great job in taking you on a virtual tour of Europe and at the same time keeping your heart beating at a hundred miles an hour. The only warning that I have for you is that it can be a very controversial book for some people, but don't read too much into it. It is, by the way, only fiction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Lipsky
    • Narrated By David Lipsky

    As David Lipsky follows a future generation of army officers from their proving grounds to their barracks, he reveals the range of emotions and desires that propels these men and women forward. From the cadet who struggles with every facet of West Point life to those who are decidedly huah, Lipsky shows people facing challenges so daunting and responsibilities so heavy that their transformations are fascinating to watch.

    Andrew says: "He got it right."

    The book does a good job in showing you the life of cadets at West Point. I learned quite a few things that I did not know before reading the book. However, the only gripe that I have is that the narration is very dry and it took me a while to get through this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Movie Tie- In)

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Aron Ralston
    • Narrated By Aron Ralston

    One of the most extraordinary survival stories ever told, Aron Ralston's searing account of his six days trapped in one of the most remote spots in America, and how one inspired act of bravery brought him home.

    Tim says: "Stunning and Emotional"

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place was a great listen. It definitely kept your attention throughout. Based on the author's descriptions, I could actually picture the scenery that he was painting with his words. If I had to sum up this book with two words, I would say that it was entertaining and inspiring. In fact, when I finished it, I was left with a feeling of being able to accomplish anything and most of my problems seemed to diminish in the scope of things.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Because of Winn-Dixie

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones

    When 10-year-old India Opal Buloni moves to Naomi, Florida, with her preacher father, she doesn't know what to expect. She is lonely at first, that is until she meets Winn-Dixie, a stray dog who helps her make some unusual friends. Because of Winn-Dixie, Opal begins to let go of some of her sadness and finds she has a whole lot to be thankful for.

    Amazon Customer says: "Heart Warming Book"
    "Heart Warming Book"

    "Because of Winn-Dixie" is a heart warming book that leaves a wonderful feeling in your heart for a long time. The reader does an excellent job in bringing the characters to life to the point where you are able to relate to them in one way or another. I strongly recommend this book to readers of all ages.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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