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Boston Harbor

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  • Our Man in Havana

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

    Jean says: "Delete the Music and It Would Be Fine"
    "Kill the music"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I too wish I had listened to the prior review about the music ruining the listening experience. I only listened to about an hour and I can't listen anymore. Jeremy Northam is great, but dear lord. the LOUD music that plays incessantly is enough to make you scream. Like the prior reviewer stated, the music is louder than the narration like commercials on TV. Obnoxious. I've deleted the book from my iPod. I can't endure it.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Lost on Planet China

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. Maarten Troost
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (227)

    When the travel bug bit, J. Maarten Troost took on the world's most populous and intriguing nation. As Troost relates his gonzo adventure - dodging deadly drivers in Shanghai, eating yak in Tibet, deciphering restaurant menus (offering local favorites such as cattle penis with garlic), and visiting with Chairman Mao (still dead) - he reveals a vast, complex country on the brink of transformation that will soon shape the way we all work, live, and think.

    Dan says: "Funny but harsh with some underlying truth."
    "I laughed out loud"
    Overall

    Having been to China a few times, I found myself bursting out laughing while driving and listening to this engaging book. I enjoyed this book immensely and found it quite factual. Troost's descriptions of the smog, the spitting, the split pants was both hilarious and true. China is a great country with a great history. It also has some downsides. Troost handled the downsides with wonderful humor. Anyone who has spent any time in china outside of a five star hotel will find very familiar descriptions in this book. If you haven't been to china, it is just as enjoyable. This is a side of China. Not all of china, but certainly one truthful side.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hoax

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Clifford Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Novelist Clifford Irving's "autobiography" of Howard Hughes was the literary hoax of our time. This no-holds-barred confession by the author was first published in Great Britain in 1997, where it became a best seller. But no American publisher would touch it until now. Why? The answer is implicit in this ultimate caper story of daring, treachery, and corruption.

    Eddie says: "Fantastic"
    "I thought the beginning insufferable"
    Overall

    And it didn't get much better. Irving talks about his personal life for half the book. It is not interesting. There are a lot of characters which was a challenge for the narrator, but some of the accents are just grating and absurd. The woman who is the executive at Mc Graw hill sounds like the wildly gay wedding planner in the new version of "father of the bride".

    However, that being said, it is just an amazing story that he was able to pull the wool over so many people's eyes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4911)
    Performance
    (1541)
    Story
    (1553)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Do not buy this book"
    Overall

    Because she said it so much better than I could, I'm stealing Linda from Ocela FL's line: "Unless you are recently divorced, going through an acrimonious divorce, are bipolar or otherwise mentally challenged, do not buy this book."

    This author is the most self absorbed, boring person I have ever read. She kept saying she didn't want to talk about her divorce or her husband, but never stoped talking about either. If you want an exhausting purge of a recent divorcee, then eat, love and pray your heart out. Otherwise, read anything else.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Gina Kolata
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    Feeling feverish, tired, or achy? Listening to Gina Kolata's engrossing account of the 1918 Influenza epidemic is sure to give you the chills. A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and considers what can be done to prevent it.

    L. says: "Disappointed"
    "Repeat: Authors should NOT read their books"
    Overall

    This is a fascinating story, made more compelling due to the present fear of a avian flu pandemic. However, the narration is so awful, I cannot finish the book. I unfortunately underestimated how bad it would be from the prior reviews. A wasted credit is the only thing I received from this book. I doubt the author has an actual speech impediment. This type of "impediment" occurs when one records at a too low bit-rate quality--something a professional narrator would never do.

    Why do authors continue to do this? With *rare* exception (Nora Ephron and David McCullough come to mind) it is a big mistake. Note to authors: check your ego at the curb. Use professional narrators--your audio book will be much more successful.

    Buy another flu audio book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Founding Father: The Story of Joseph P. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Richard Whalen
    • Narrated By Richard Whalen
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Boldly original and fully documented, this unauthorized yet definitive biography tells the almost incredible story of Joseph P. Kennedy, grandson of a poor Irish immigrant, controversial founder of a great American fortune, and father of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.

    Boston Harbor says: "Read the book, don't listen to it."
    "Read the book, don't listen to it."
    Overall

    I must agree with another reviewer that the narration on this book is ghastly. I couldn't get through the first section. The content is fascinating, but after the 500th "quote/unquote" , I had to turn it off. Really awful and a shame. Authors to stick to being authors and let professional readers do the readings of their books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (139)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "Here is comes, like it or not...."
    Overall

    I run a technology company and completely disagree with the reviewer who said the book was "flat, flat flat"

    Although I have been in the tech sector for many years, Freidman's book put a lot of things into context for me--both time context and content context.

    I loved the reader--perfect with slight accents without overdoing it. I would look for books by this reader.

    Get The World is Flat. Make your kids read it too.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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