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Christine Renner

I work full time (3rd shift) and go to school full time for accounting. Without much time to sit down and just read a book but a 45-60 minute commute to and from work, I've just started seriously listening to audiobooks lately. They've been a lifesaver.

COLUMBUS, OH, US | Member Since 2014

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  • Scandal!: Amazing Tales of Scandals that Shocked the World and Shaped Modern Business

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Editors of Fortune Magazine
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Consider, for example, the case of the Swedish match king. At one time, Ivar Kreuger, manufactured almost half of the world's matches, with monopolies in 16 countries. He had so much money that he was a reliable lender to many countries, becoming known as the 'saviour of Europe' for his willingness to give aid to banks crippled by World War I. At the time of the 1929 market crash, his was the most widely held stock in the world. When he killed himself three years later, the whole thing went up in flames.

    Christine Renner says: "So much scandal...so little time"
    "So much scandal...so little time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I am getting my masters in economic crime and fraud management so this book was right up my alley. My classmates (and in theory my professors) would enjoy this just as much. It doesn't just focus on the most recent scandals, but goes back to scandals from the 1930s. Good narration as well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Isikoff, David Corn
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    This fast-paced, behind-the-scenes narrative tells the inside story of how the Bush administration used bad intelligence to sell and then justify the Iraq war. Veteran reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn take the reader behind the scenes at the White House, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Congress, where controversial decisions and turf battles were fought in the highest circles of the Bush administration.

    Steve says: "Reads like a thriller"
    "Not really fair to the narrator..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Hubris the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was really very good. He took what is a very touchy subject for many people and made it, not necessarily enjoyable, but at least possible to listen to.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The most compelling part was the fact that even though I lived through this, watched high school friends go to war (some of them not coming back) and followed the news with a fair amount of regularity, there was so much I did not know. There was so much of the story of intelligence errors, redundancy, and secrecy (even between allies) that we were able to go to war on facts the intelligence community KNEW was wrong. It is disheartening to hear from an ethical standpoint, this was the first war we were engaged in where we were not attacked first (Vietnam still technically being considered a conflict), and from the viewpoint of someone who has always respected the intelligence forces of our country.


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

    Stefan Rudnicki was able to get me through the book. I had purchased it for my Kindle and was unable to even get into the third chapter because I would get so angry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11322)
    Performance
    (10123)
    Story
    (10289)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    "Not a singer..."
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    If you could sum up The Hobbit in three words, what would they be?

    Classic fantasy story.


    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    Not being a big fan of fantasy in general (after age 11 I struggled to come up with mental images of any of the stories, making them hard to get through) the obvious books to compare The Hobbit to would be The Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, I don't think that's fair being as it's the same author talking about further events in the same world. Instead, I will compare The Hobbit to the Harry Potter series. Not as far as storyline is concerned, certainy, but in the way the books are written. J.R.R. Tolkein created an entire universe for his books, including languages and histories for each of the races of the books. Rowling created a universe for Harry Potter as well. You know that you could go up to Thorin Oakenshield and hear all about the history of the dwarves or Lord Elrond and hear all about the elves. Similarly, I felt that I could have asked Griphook the goblin about the history of the goblins or Firenze and hear all about the centaur's in Rowling's universe.


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

    Yes, I did. I love the story of The Hobbit and Rob Inglis did an amazing job.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book with lots of songs written throughout. Rob is not the best singer, but what really bothered me was some of the songs that are depressing or mournful were sung to an upbeat melody. It didn't fit what was being said and I found it extremely distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon in the Freezer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (182)

    "This book will give you nightmares," cautions The New York Times. Richard Preston takes us inside the ongoing war against bioterrorism, investigating the anthrax attacks of October 2001 and the potential for a future bio-attack using smallpox or, worse yet, a new superpox virus resistant to all vaccines. "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers," says Publishers Weekly.

    colleen says: "Interesting and eye opening"
    "Creepy, but amazing!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Demon in the Freezer the most enjoyable?

    It touched so many different topics. While The Hot Zone focused almost solely on Ebola, this book touched a variety of viruses but they were all tied together. You got the backstory on the smallpox eradication efforts, the gruesome effects of the disease most of us have never seen, how the smallpox vaccination team got started in the field and pulled into the research held at the CDC in Atlanta and the story of the first bioterrorist attack on the United States right after 9/11. Very well written (as always) and enjoyable. The narrator did a wonderful job, his use of accents not detracting from the story but helping you genuinely get a feel for the person talking.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It did from the viewpoint that even though I know smallpox hasn't gotten out, I kept waiting for some catastrophe to occur. Any time you're dealing with a level 4 virus, a person can never be too careful. Add in long days inside a spacesuit conducting necropsies with very sharp scalpels, drugging monkeys who have not had their very sharp canines filed and drawing infected blood from those same monkeys with sharp needles and you have the recipe for potential disaster. Preston is able to give the feeling of constant threat without going overboard or sacrificing truth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4638)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2405)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Wonderful!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great story and a wonderful narrator.


    What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

    Tim Curry has this wonderfully smooth voice, which is an absolute pleasure to listen to. Of course, he is known for playing quirky villains so he has the "mean Scrooge" down without even needing to try. His voice automatically goes there. However, he does the laughter of the Ghost of Christmas Present just as well as the chilling descriptions of the Ghost of Christmas Future. I saw him as Scrooge at Madison Square Garden 10 years ago (2002) and he was amazing. He's just as good here.


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

    When the Ghost of Christmas Future is taking Scrooge around the city and Scrooge is trying to figure out who had died. Of course, the listener knew that it was going to be Scrooge that had died, but we went through the process of figuring it out with him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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