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Carl

Denver, CO, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Geraldine Brooks
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (39)

    Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women is the story of Brooks’ intrepid journey toward an understanding of the women behind the veils, and of the often contradictory political, religious, and cultural forces that shape their lives. In fundamentalist Iran, Brooks finagles an invitation to tea with the ayatollah’s widow—and discovers that Mrs. Khomeini dyes her hair.

    Verna says: "Auto-ethnography and good research"
    "Well worth your time"
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    Geraldine spent many years living in the middle east meeting with the important men of the day and many of their wives or widows as well as the everyday women in all walks of life. She goes back to the Qumran and compares what it says with the various practices in countries. She follows successful women who take the veil as well as other women trying to throw it off.
    It has been updated and she discusses the trend toward conservative thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Quiet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Ron Livingston
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (219)

    Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his 16-year-old son, Kurt, when disaster strikes. They get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail not only Kurt’s chances at college, but his entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose Jake’s secret.

    Jen says: "I Can't Keep Quiet Because it's Sooo Good!!!"
    "One Thing Leads to Another"
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    Very well written. You can see why each makes the decisions they make and then how that leads to the next problem. Both Carl and I really liked it and will listen to her other books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Anderson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (221)

    Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "The "Real" Story"
    "If you have ever wondered about the Middle East"
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    Lawrence was an unlikely hero. This is an intriguing story that is hard to follow at times because it is back and forth between Cairo and various cities, towns, villages and middle of nowhere places. As the powers of England and France are trying to find a way to justify the carnage of WWI by claiming the new-found oil fields of the middle east, Lawrence becomes the unlikely advocate for the people of the region.
    Something to read and ponder about the problems we are facing today in that region.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (540)

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "This family should watch Candid Camera"
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    Story

    It was engaging enough with some humor tossed in to be an interesting listen, but I kept thinking they must never had heard of Candid Camera - creating chaos with an unexpected happening then filming the result.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2998)
    Performance
    (1818)
    Story
    (1832)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "It makes you think about some of your assumptions"
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    My daughter was teaching this book in her high school class so I thought I should listen to it. Each of the daughters and the mother tells her story so you get very different perspectives of the same events. The author draws completely different characters and as they age, they develop in a manner that seems consistent with the character.

    You gain an appreciation for the traditional culture of the Congo and how Europeans and Americans have manged to make so much more difficult for the people. Sometimes with good intentions, but frequently with malevolent ones. Or religious fever clocked in self-righteousness.

    Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4003)
    Performance
    (3576)
    Story
    (3572)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Nice Accompaniment on a Walk"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a better than average police story. The author told the story from both the dog's and the cop's perspective and did an excellent job of going back and forth. Well structured plot and well worth the time to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1684)
    Story
    (1681)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Well worth your time"
    Overall
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    Story

    I had heard from several people that this was a really interesting book. It was. Not a page-turner, but a story of a very good man who is dragged into the presidency. Lister has discovered germs, but the American medical establishment refuses to believe in it so Garfield dies a slow, painful death. It's a story of a madman, a good man and a man who sees his chance for fame. I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (513)

    When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only “that boy,” and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them." But she is wrong....

    R. Conley says: "One of the best"
    "Good book for traveling"
    Overall
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    Story

    It felt a bit contrived, but was a great book for traveling across country. No one is as capable as Elvis and his buddy, but then this type of novel doesn't require that anyone really be that smart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woodcutter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Reginald Hill
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (824)

    Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

    Diana says: "One of my favorite Reginald Hill books!"
    "Worth sitting in the car to finish"
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    An twisting and turning story that was great fun to follow. You really like the main character and want him to get justice.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4152)
    Performance
    (2985)
    Story
    (2981)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Put reality aside and it is an interesting listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's an interesting tale, but I like books that are closer to reality. Well written and an excellent reader. I kept on listening as it had enough twists and turns to be interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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