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Benjamin D. Bloom

Essex, VT United States | Member Since 2003

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  • 4 reviews
  • 99 ratings
  • 449 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Company

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    Nestled among Seattle's skyscrapers, The Zephyr Holdings Building is a bleak rectangle topped by an orange-and-black logo that gives no hint of Zephyr's business. Lack of clarity, it turns out, is Zephyr's defining characteristic. The floors are numbered in reverse. No one has ever seen the CEO or glimpsed his office on the first (i.e., top) floor. Yet every day people clip on their ID tags, file into the building, sit at their desks, and hope that they're not about to be outsourced.

    Michael says: "Characters brought to life"
    "Hilarious look at business"
    Overall

    I recently started working in a large company again. Reading this book has provided me with many laughs; some while reading and some while sitting in meetings remembering passages. I may get this for my VP as a holiday present.

    I found the book entertaining enough to listen to multiple times!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 12.21: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders, Noel Rodriguez, Dustin Thomason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (236)

    For decades, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers worldwide. It is the date, they claim, when the ancient Maya calendar predicts the world will end. In Los Angeles, two weeks before, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his usual morning bike ride, drops off the dog with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab where he studies incurable prion diseases for the CDC. His first phone call is from a hospital resident who has an urgent case she thinks he needs to see.

    cristina says: "Three stars, but enjoyable"
    "Enjoyed the book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does 12.21 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    12.21 may not be the best book I've ever read, but the plot line was engaging and it held my attention through to the end. An enjoyable read.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    George Smiley, one of the most brilliant spies in the world, is chosen to dig out a mole and destroy him. And so Smiley embarks on his blind night walk, retracing path after path into his own past - its aliases, covers, sleights of hand - burrowing into the dust of unresolved episodes.

    Valerie G. Olson says: "Wonderful story that exercises the intellect"
    "High hopes, but it didn't deliver"
    Overall

    This book came highly recommended, but I couldn't get into it. After listening to the first 2ish hours, having to rewind countless times to either clarify characters, or correct for a wandering mind, I gave up. The audio is bad (unlistenenable in Format 2, better in 3, but still muddy) and the accent and pace of the reader is distracting. I'll give it a shot in print, but regret purchasing this audiobook.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Darren McGavin
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    He is a man with an unknown past and an uncertain future. A man dragged from the sea riddled with bullets, his face altered by plastic surgery - a man bearing the dubious identity of Jason Bourne. Now he is running for his life, the target of professional assassins, at the center of a maddening, deadly puzzle. Who is Jason Bourne? Listen to the sample below to hear Ludlum explain how an event in his life gave him the idea for The Bourne Identity.

    Franklin says: "Then Bourne Identity"
    "Awful abridgement!"
    Overall

    I bought this to bring me back up to speed on the Bourne series - I read it so long ago - so I figured an abridged version would be OK. Man is this version awful. Jerky plotlines, poor reading, I hate the music in the background - sounds like a cheesy movie.

    Don't waste your time. Buy the book instead. I'm going back to unabridged-only purchases.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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