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Bruno

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Hessler
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    A century ago, outsiders saw China as a place where nothing ever changes. Today, the country has become one of the most dynamic regions on earth. In Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler explores the human side of China's transformation, viewing modern-day China and its growing links to the Western world through the lives of a handful of ordinary people.

    Michael Moore says: "Another Excellent Work"
    "Great book"
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    Where does Oracle Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my most favorite book so far. I do not speak chinese, so I would not know how the pronunciation is on certain words, but the performance and the storyline was amazing for me.


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

    The struggles of each of the main roles. Its hard to find one moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book so much, that I have bought the hardcopy as well. Having audio is nice for me since I am not able to allocate much time for reading, but this book was such a good story, that I was happy to buy the hard copy as well. (Make sure I did not miss anything)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1462)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1340)

    Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

    But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

    MissSusie66 says: "Fun beginning to a new series"
    "Great!!"
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    Interesting story, very imaginative author. I loved the narrator, she really brought life to the characters and the plot.

    I liked it so much that I have just purchased book 2!! ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (8511)
    Performance
    (7096)
    Story
    (7073)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "Enjoyed the book"
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    Learned a lot about the behind the scenes in snl :)

    I also really enjoyed hearing about Amy's path to career success, and that hard work put her where she is at.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8832)
    Performance
    (7400)
    Story
    (7406)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "Great story! Had me guessing!"
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    Would you listen to The Girl on the Train again? Why?

    I will totally listen to The Girl on the Train again! (in a few months because that is my style) This is the best book that I have 'read' in awhile! Well written, and it makes you have such feelings for the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing style and the way that the plot twists and turns...


    Any additional comments?

    Love, Love, Love this book. The end was not predictable, and I felt such emotion for the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Peter Hessler
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (151)

    In the summer of 2001, Peter Hessler, the longtime Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, acquired his Chinese driver's license. For the next seven years, he traveled the country, tracking how the automobile and improved roads were transforming China.

    BARRY says: "Excellent book and narration"
    "Interesting!"
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    What did you love best about Country Driving?

    I love the naration, and the short stories found within. This was a wonderful book.


    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    Clear speaking skills, easy to understand, and changed his voice to go along with the characters. Loved the naration.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to 3 of Peter Hesslers books so far, and this one is enjoyable as well. Peter makes you learn of how the people of China are, and understand a different culture much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter Hessler
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    In the heart of China's Sichuan province, amid the terraced hills of the Yangtze River valley, lies the remote town of Fuling. Like many other small cities in this ever-evolving country, Fuling is heading down a new path of change and growth, which came into remarkably sharp focus when Peter Hessler arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer, marking the first time in more than half a century that the city had an American resident.

    Ravenmaster says: "Peter Berkrot Again?"
    "Great Read"
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    Where does River Town rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5!


    What other book might you compare River Town to and why?

    Oracle Bones- by the same author


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Peter is running in the races!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some parts brought me close to tears


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book, although I really liked Oracle Bones better (just a little bit).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Japan's Pop Power

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By American RadioWorks
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    For decades, the United States has been the dominant exporter of pop culture. In the 21st century, it has a powerful new competitor: Japan. Young people across the globe watch anime, read manga comic books from right to left, listen to J-pop, and play with Japanese toys and video games. What's so cool about Japan? Will the ancient nation rise again, this time as the world's leading exporter of fantasy? An entertaining journey, from Tokyo to middle America.

    Bruno says: "Interesting investigation"
    "Interesting investigation"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Japan's Pop Power to be better than the print version?

    I do not think there is a print version.


    What other book might you compare Japan's Pop Power to and why?

    N/A- this is a interview or news investigation on topic.


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    It was done enjoyably.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    What influence Japan has on entertainament.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought that this would be a little more indepth, and get into more aspects of Japan's influence on entertainament and modern industry. This interview focused mainly on manga and anime.. although I know it is a big influence, I was hoping to know a little more about the culture and other Japanese influencers. (Art, culture, music, clothing)
    Again, very interesting, I just thought that there would be more depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dilbert Principle

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 10 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By Scott Adams
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Welcome to the wonderful world of under-evolved bosses, style-of-the-week buzzword management, hapless coworkers, and other worthy fodder. Sound like your company? Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic strip about a harried but determined '90s antihero, brings you his hilarious take on the bizarre realities of life in corporate America.

    D says: "Dilbert"
    "Entertaining, funny, yet makes you think"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dilbert Principle to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily. I enjoy good old fashioned books still, however I take the audio option in order to be able to have the time to finish the book. I am always short on time, and its nice to listen to stories or topics I enjoy while typing away at the computer or sitting in traffic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dilbert Principle?

    Snippits of real life management blunders that make you laugh and shake your head.


    What does Scott Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoy his narration. It brings to life the book, and makes me think of his comics that I ejoy so much.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is a short book, so I was able to listen to it all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Light-hearted book on management in businesses, taken to the extreme. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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