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Ann

Staunton, VA, USA

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  • The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Sidney Poitier
    • Narrated By Sidney Poitier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (473)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (148)

    In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. Sidney Poitier here explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure: as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

    A User says: "bravo!!!"
    "Mixed Feelings"
    Overall

    I was torn between really liking this and not really liking this recording. I loved that the author narrated it himself, that was wonderful. I just couldn't decide if the author had something significant to say about the Measure of a Man or whether he was simply writing a book to talk about himself or to be heard on certain topics. I would not recommend this book to anyone however I can't say it's a bad book either.
    If you know all of his work you probably will enjoy the chapters he talks specifically about how the movie came to be and how he got the part in it.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • A Conversation with Joseph Finder and Malcolm Gladwell

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder, Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (350)

    Joseph Finder and Malcolm Gladwell are both best-selling authors who write about issues from the business world – one in fiction and the other in nonfiction. Listen to this insightful conversation between these authors as they discuss topics that range from the best qualities of CEOs and sales people, to the nature of genius, to how they do their research and the mechanics of writing, to the intricacies of interpreting facial micro-expressions.

    Ray says: "Fasinating Discussion"
    "Wonderful Exchange"
    Overall

    I felt this interview could not have gone better. I learned more about Malcolm Gladwell and felt I knew him better as a writer after I listened to their exchange. I want to read the Tipping Point again and will be certain to pick up or listen to Blink. Great interview on both sides, such a great conversation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Consider the Lobster - A Free Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By David Foster Wallace
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (99)

    Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In this program, he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary.

    Linda says: "Entertaining"
    "Oh the Lobster"
    Overall

    Very well written and a great audiobook. I never considered the lobster before and this really made me think. Not just about the lobster but about other food processing we have here in the US. I settled on the fine line between eating lobster and becoming a vegan altogether. Interesting to say the least. I'd listen to it again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6941)
    Performance
    (2228)
    Story
    (2250)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The author reading it added even more authenticity to the characters and the story. What a powerful telling! Americans should take time to learn more about the Afghan culture and what has happened in their country since 9/11. This book, although fiction, rang true in my ears. I'd recommend it to those with conscious and a compassion for others.
    Excellent literature!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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