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Daryl

United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 9 reviews
  • 9 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (11055)
    Performance
    (7065)
    Story
    (7097)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Essential for an understanding of the 20th century"
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    An account of the incredible tour of duty of several World War II servicemen. A compelling read about perseverance, and the worst and best aspects of human nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7443)
    Performance
    (6827)
    Story
    (6832)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Too dark; too long"
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    So depressing; excessively long, especially since the plot doesn't make the length worthwhile. Although the writer does have descriptive ability, I still cannot believe this is considered a bestseller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit From It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amy Cortese
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In the wake of the financial crisis, investors are faced with a stark choice: entrust their hard-earned dollars to the Wall Street casino, or settle for anemic interest rates on savings, bonds, and CDs. Meanwhile, small businesses are being starved for the credit and capital they need to grow. There's got to be a better way. In Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing and How to Profit from It, Amy Cortese takes us inside the local investing movement, where solutions to some of the nation's most pressing problems are taking shape.

    Daryl says: "A must read for an informed citizen."
    "A must read for an informed citizen."
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    Local businesses/enterprises are the engines of a real healthy economy, yet this book describes how we are starving our local businesses and unwittingly financing large multinational corporations who are pretty much dedicated to moving jobs overseas, siphoning profits to far-off places, and out-competing our local enterprises. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), founded to protect us, has become a barrier to local investing (in order to “protect” small investors).

    This book describes some steps we can take to reverse this, and some longer-term initiatives to enhance local investing, such as the re-establishment of local stock exchanges (there were such things once), crowd-funding, and direct public offerings.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7185)
    Performance
    (6258)
    Story
    (6239)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "implausible"
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    It is fun being drawn into fantasy, but not when so unlikely. Not so much the implausibility of the overall plot, but the implausibility of the development of relationships. A chick flick. (No offense, chicks.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midwife's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Karen Cushman
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride.

    Amazon Customer says: "A good morality tale for young people"
    "Unique"
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    An imagined glimpse at ordinary life in medieval Europe—a bold endeavor in itself. The story of a girl's struggle for survival and socialization in a society which is largely indifferent, and sometimes harsh, although there are pockets of human warmth and hope.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Walk Two Moons

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sharon Creech
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (78)

    In her own award-winning style, Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

    J. James-Long says: "Assigned Reading for School"
    "A good listen"
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    A story about a young girl's journey to find her mother. A tale about family love. Good reader

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4478)
    Performance
    (2127)
    Story
    (2128)

    In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

    Marian Hanganu says: "Exceptional!"
    "Interesting, but ..."
    Overall
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    The author shares some interesting thoughts about social epidemics, but perhaps overemphasizes them. Also, is he advocating the understanding of these principles as useful for just marketing, or for more meaningful social change? It's not clear, although I would rather it be the latter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barbara Ehrenreich
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Americans are a "positive" people - cheerful, optimistic, and upbeat: this is our reputation as well as our self-image. But more than a temperament, being positive, we are told, is the key to success and prosperity. In this utterly original take on the American frame of mind, Barbara Ehrenreich traces the strange career of our sunny outlook from its origins as a marginal 19th-century healing technique to its enshrinement as a dominant, almost mandatory, cultural attitude.

    Susan says: "Finally an Answer to "The Secret""
    "Worthwhile"
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    Although unfortunately negative in that the book is critical, the thesis is right on the money. Honest, critical thinking, ... yes, even negative thinking, is the yang without which the positive ying cannot exist. The author intelligently identifies a trend toward suppressing critical, honest thinking which cannot ultimately benefit anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hypnotist

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lars Kepler
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (374)

    Tumba, Sweden. A triple homicide—all the victims from the same family—captivates Detective Inspector Joona Linna. The killer is at large, and it appears that the elder sister of the family escaped the carnage; it seems only a matter of time until she, too, is murdered. But where can Linna begin? The only surviving witness is the boy whose mother, father, and little sister were killed before his eyes. He has suffered more than 100 knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. He’s in no condition to be questioned....

    Watson says: "Suspense for suspense's sake"
    "don't recommend"
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    The author has a sordid imagination: preoccupation with violent murder, sexual abuse.

    Life is too short to fill your mind with this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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