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D. Johnson

DJ

Raleigh NC | Member Since 2010

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  • A Walk in the Woods

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (559)

    After 20 years in Britain, Bryson returned to the U.S. and decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. This is his humorous, inspiring account.

    Jeff says: "Wonderful book, but hardly abridged"
    "An enjoyable, entertaining, enlightening listen"
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    Where does A Walk in the Woods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was one of the more enjoyable, light listens I've experienced. Bill Bryson is a good writer and his narration is very entertaining and personal. There are numerous humorous parts as well as some good information/statistics about the Park Service, the Appalachian Trail, small towns, bear attacks, etc.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Walk in the Woods?

    I enjoyed Bill and Stephen's "restart" on the Trail. They seemed to have forgotten their earlier challenges, and just as they were picturing themselves as experienced "mountain men," they discovered otherwise.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Bryson – was your favorite?

    I thought Bill did a good job of voicing his own words and those of his partner, Stephen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An out-of-shape writer tackles the Appalachian Trail, tests his own physical limits, and the limits of close, continual contact with fellow hikers.


    Any additional comments?

    Hated to see it end. Would liked to have heard more introspection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Stiglitz
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (325)

    The top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of the nation's wealth. And, as Joseph E. Stiglitz explains, while those at the top enjoy the best health care, education, and benefits of wealth, they fail to realize that "their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live." Stiglitz draws on his deep understanding of economics to show that growing inequality is not inevitable. He examines our current state, then teases out its implications for democracy, for monetary and budgetary policy, and for globalization. He closes with a plan for a more just and prosperous future.

    Grant says: "Dense, but important."
    "Overwhelming case describing inequality in US"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Price of Inequality the most enjoyable?

    Stiglitz presents an overwhelming (and sometimes excessive) case to describe the development of inequality in the US (and elsewhere). There is so much information that it is somewhat tiresome (or at least daunting) at times. He's probably a bit extreme in painting "corporations" or "bankers" as bad guys since sometimes the stockholders of those corporations are many, many "common" folk that either believe in the company and/or rely on the dividends paid by the company. So, not everything is done for the "fat cats" at the top -- some decisions are made because the vast proportion of stockholders "demand" it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of the building inequality over decades.


    Any additional comments?

    Stiglitz paints such a dire picture that it's hard to see his suggestions being remotely implemented given the state of political discourse nowadays. Maybe he could have described some reasonable or possible smaller bites at the apple that might at least start us moving in the right direction (or slowing down our momentum of making things worse).

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4454)
    Performance
    (1662)
    Story
    (1669)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Good way to absorb some history"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 1776 to be better than the print version?

    David McCullough writes and reads a good story. There's a tremendous amount of information in the book and much of it at the personal level. There was actually more information on the British perspective and events than I would have expected.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Exposure to a variety of perspectives


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The siege on Boston beginning in early 1776


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (1204)
    Story
    (1233)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Jeremiah Duncan says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "History makes for a fascinating story"
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    Where does Team of Rivals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Goodwin has done an incredible job of bringing together a ton of information about the personalities and actions of key "players" in the Lincoln administration (including Lincoln himself). It corrected many misconceptions I had about the history and personalities that I had had about that time. Her writing definitely gets you "up close and personal" with these important historical figures. I finished the book with a much greater appreciation for Lincoln and how important he was in keeping the U.S. together during this time. His unselfish approach to saving the Union was more than the country could have hoped for at this point in history. Plus, he would have been a great guy to have at almost any party.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though the story focused considerably on the "team," I still enjoyed hearing about Lincoln's upbringing, his road to the White House, and his treatment of his cabinet, his generals, and others.


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

    She may not have provided much emotion in the reading, but she did a very good job of keeping the story going at a brisk pace.


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

    There were probably many, but it's hard not to be moved by the "end" that's coming for Lincoln.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the way to learn history.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34122)
    Performance
    (25279)
    Story
    (25622)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "I wouldn't call it classic literature"
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    Would you try another book from Suzanne Collins and/or Carolyn McCormick?

    The Hunger Games trilogy certainly was popular, but I found the first book (and the others as I heard recounted by my wife) to just be a weird story with many totally unbelievable events. Plus, the writing was often overly simplistic and inexplicable -- like having Katniss' thoughts and reactions range from mature and well considered to entirely immature and capricious. Sure, she's a teenager and teenagers have wide ranging modes and emotions, but hers (and others) just didn't seem remotely realistic. Sometimes, it just seemed like Katniss' swings in emotions and thoughts were just a way to prolong the story. Much of Collins' writing just seemed like a way to, well, prolong her writing.

    Some of Collins' ideas were just too far out to exist in anything but a fairy land or a dream state. Those little parachutes carrying life-saving items that landed in just the right spot at just the right time -- give me a break. Couldn't she have come up with some slightly more realistic way to deliver these little items?

    On the plus side, others have said that Carolyn McCormick's performance was bad, but I found it to be OK. She may have overdone some voices, but overall, I thought she was easy to listen to and she provided reasonable emotion into the story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Suzanne Collins again?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, mostly just to see how the movie reflects the writing


    Any additional comments?

    It's amazing what becomes popular or how "out of the loop" I am with what's popular these days.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2506)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1114)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "A good listen with interesting background"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Born Standing Up to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed Steve Martin's description of his "road" to developing his brand of comedy, but I thought he still didn't provide all that much personal information (albeit the good description of his trouble with his father). I would have preferred to hear more discussion of his interest in music and the people he worked with, but this book was clearly focused on his stand-up career.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was interesting to learn about how he developed his brand of comedy, but this was a bit difficult to follow at times. After all, his comedy might be one that needs to be seen more so than just heard.


    Have you listened to any of Steve Martin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've heard him live a couple times, and those were very enjoyable and entertaining.


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

    I didn't mind spreading this out over a while.


    Any additional comments?

    It seemed short. Maybe that is because I wanted to hear something about his music interests and career, and that wasn't there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (737)

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "Good story but he dismisses other views"
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    I enjoyed the many myths in the book -- very entertaining. Dawkins uses very good illustrations of distances or time when discussing very small or very large "things." He totally dismisses other ways of viewing reality (through consciousness and thought), so his book is good as a scientific discourse but it may miss the "big picture" (which, granted, is very unknowable with any certainty -- or with any scientific proof). I wish he would have at least tried to delve a bit into this way of looking at reality.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5500)
    Performance
    (3456)
    Story
    (3465)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Creative,entertaining book with insight, feeling"
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    It's such a novel concept to have the dog narrate the entire story. There were more words about racing and racers than I would have expected, but I suppose that was necessary to describe the focus and perception the dog and owner shared. Some aspects took a little too long to develop or resolve for me -- such as the legal case, but that didn't detract too much from the flow of the book. I liked the "life lessons" that came through the book, and I probably wouldn't have minded more -- especially when they're delivered by the dog. I have recommended the book to many others. Probably those with dogs (now or previously) will find it easier to imagine the story-telling by the dog in this case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1796)
    Performance
    (1487)
    Story
    (1499)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Entertaining and informative read"
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    As in the "The Big Short," Michael Lewis tells a somewhat technical story through stories about individuals and organizations and, in this case, societies. I enjoyed the combination of the story and Dylan Baker's "can you believe this" type of delivery. Somehow the mostly bad and even depressing news/information is presented in a way that's pretty enjoyable. There are certainly some oversimplifications and broad generalizations based on his personal experiences, but it's a good level of information to add to other information that someone may run across in understanding what's happening to the world's economic and financial system. I would highly recommend the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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