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David Enzel

Chevy Chase, MD USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 19 reviews
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  • 216 titles in library
  • 62 purchased in 2014
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  • An Officer and a Spy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (304)

    Paris in 1895: Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of 20,000. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus' guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military.

    Ryan says: "Top Notch Historical Fiction"
    "Superb Historical Fiction"
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    What made the experience of listening to An Officer and a Spy the most enjoyable?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. Before listening to this audiobook I knew only the broad outline of the Dreyfus Affair. The twists and turns are amazing and exciting. It is sometimes hard to believe this all really happened. Robert Harris's writing is superb and thoroughly researched. The book has a lot of detail which added to my enjoyment. While listening I felt I was actually in France.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed learning about an important chapter of French history and the intrigue of the story. The ending is amazing and left me wanting more, despite the length of the audiobook. I had a hard time taking breaks.


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

    This is the first time I have listened one of David Rintoul's performances but it won't be my last. He is an amazing narrator -- among the best I have heard. His intonation and pronunciation are perfect.


    If you could rename An Officer and a Spy, what would you call it?

    High Intrigue in France


    Any additional comments?

    I have read some negative reviews here and I must say I don't agree. I recommend this audiobook highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time: Great Discoveries

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (544)

    A dazzling tour of the universe as Einstein saw it. How did Albert Einstein come up with the theories that changed the way we look at the world? By thinking in pictures. Michio Kaku, leading theoretical physicist (a cofounder of string theory) and best-selling science storyteller, shows how Einstein used seemingly simple images to lead a revolution in science. With originality and expertise, Kaku uncovers the surprising beauty that lies at the heart of Einstein's cosmos

    david says: "Relatively Wonderful"
    "Assumes a Certain Knowledge of Physics"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would only recommend this to a friend well grounded in physics.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have explained the significance of Einstein's accomplishments in simpler terms.


    What three words best describe Ray Porter’s performance?

    It was good but uninspired. i had no trouble following his narration but it did not draw me in.


    Do you think Einstein's Cosmos needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, what's here is already too technical in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed learning about Einstein's human side but I think there are better books for this.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Epstein
    • Narrated By David Epstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (343)

    Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training? In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success, Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving this great riddle.

    Cynthia says: "Epstein writes! He scores!"
    "Lots of Useful Information But Too Technical f"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I learned about the science and finance of sport and gained a new appreciation.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Epstein? Why or why not?

    Probably not. He got more technical than I wanted. I am a casual reader on this topic.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Epstein?

    I can't name anyone but someone who can imitate people much better than David Epstein. I also felt Epstein spoke to quickly.


    Could you see The Sports Gene being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, way too technical.


    Any additional comments?

    Epstein is brilliant. I think he needs to consider who his audience is more than he did. Or maybe I am just not his audience. I am not sure but it is one or the other.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Royal Flush: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2291)
    Performance
    (1997)
    Story
    (1965)

    With its posh clientele in the country for the summer, Georgie's housecleaning business has fizzled. So she tries hiring herself out as a dinner and theatre companion. But her first client has quite the wrong idea. To avoid further scandal, Georgie's shipped home to Castle Rannoch, where her summer plans include honoring a promise to Her Majesty to keep Castle Rannoch's divorcedhouseguest from seducing the Prince of Wales.

    A says: "Cute series"
    "A Wonderful Series Beautifully Narrated"
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    What made the experience of listening to Royal Flush the most enjoyable?

    The narration and the dry sense of humor of the author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor and learning about English royalty.


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

    This is pretty much par for the course, which I think is quite good. The books are fun and a nice diversion.


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

    Royalty moonlights as detective.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to a Royal Spyness Mystery to relax and to laugh. I am always sorry when they end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (891)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "Parts Were Interesting But Longer Than Needed"
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    What did you like best about Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War? What did you like least?

    I liked Secretary Gates's description of internal deliberations with the Bush and Obama Administrations. However, he was very reserved about his assessments of the various Generals and Admirals with whom he worked. It sounded scripted. He is candid about his assessments of Harry Ried and Joe Biden. There wasn't much on overall US military strategy worldwide. I appreciate that Secretary Gates cares about US troops but he didn't need to say it thirty or more times.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert M. Gates before, how does this one compare?

    This is my first book by Robert Gates.


    What does George Newbern and Robert M. Gates bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was very good but a little stilted. The interview between the producer and Gates really sounded scripted. The questions posed were easy ones. I did not get much from that interview that wasn't in the book.


    Could you see Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I don't think this would be a good movie or TV series. It is a personal memoir.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I listened to it but wish Gates had edited his work more. I was also glad when it was over.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Matti Friedman
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    A true-life thriller about the journey of one of the world's most precious manuscripts - the 10th-century annotated Hebrew Bible known as the Aleppo Codex - from its hiding place in an ancient Syrian synagogue to the newly founded Israel. Using his research, including documents that have been secret for 50 years and interviews with key players, AP correspondent Friedman tells a story of political upheaval, international intrigue, charged courtroom battles, obsession, and subterfuge.

    dlb says: "don't quess at pronunciation of foreign words"
    "A Detailed Story of an Unsolved Mystery"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Although I learned about the Aleppo Codex I really didn't learn what happened to it. Along the way the author discusses his dead ends at great length. To me this is like reading a mystery without finding out who committed the crime. If I had to do it over again I would not listen to it.


    Has The Aleppo Codex turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The author feels the need to recount almost all his efforts. My interest is limited to those that bore fruit.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The author makes a strong argument that the official Israeli story of what happened to the missing pages of the Aleppo Codex is not the full story. Beyond that there is nothing but supposition.


    Do you think The Aleppo Codex needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    A follow-up book is warranted only if significant new information comes to light.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt the narration was quite good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Nick Bilton
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (488)

    Twitter seems like a perfect start-up success story. In barely six years, a small group of young, ambitious programmers in Silicon Valley built an $11.5 billion business out of the ashes of a failed podcasting company. Today Twitter boasts more than 200 million active users and has affected business, politics, media, and other fields in innumerable ways.

    Ann Magor says: "A Shakespearean Drama"
    "Thoroughly Researched; Not That Interesting"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wanted to learn more about Twitter and I accomplished that. There is less to know than I imagined. I heard a lot about internal rivalries that weren't very interesting to me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Just how small and vulnerable Twitter really was and maybe still is. The pettiness between the founders seemed childish and uninteresting.


    What about Daniel May’s performance did you like?

    Daniel May has a good deep voice and his inflections were just right.


    Was Hatching Twitter worth the listening time?

    I would say marginally so. The book isn't nearly as interesting as the inside story of Amazon, Apple or Google.


    Any additional comments?

    The book made me think less of Twitter as a company and I expect to now spend less time on Twitter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Japantown: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barry Lancet
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    San Francisco antiques dealer Jim Brodie recently inherited a stake in his father’s Tokyo-based private investigation firm, which means the single father of six-year-old Jenny is living a busy intercontinental life, traveling to Japan to acquire art and artifacts for his store and con­sulting on Brodie Security’s caseload at home and abroad.

    Marci says: "Lancet is about to be discovered"
    "Just couldn't get immersed in this mystery"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    To me the whole story seemed contrived and unrealistic. I felt as though this was mystery by the numbers. This wasn't my cup of tea but someone else might like it.


    Has Japantown turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like mysteries but this one just wasn't for me. I did learn things about Japanese culture, which I appreciate.


    What aspect of George Newbern’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator has a nice voice but to me came across as flat and uninspired. Competent work though.


    What character would you cut from Japantown?

    I felt all the characters lacked depth. Rather than cut a character I would like to have seen the main characters developed more fully -- what motivates them at a deep level?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ari Shavit
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (228)

    Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts.

    Chaim says: "Important book; unfortunate narration"
    "Insightful; Thought-Provoking; A Bit Long"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Promised Land the most enjoyable?

    I learned a lot about the history of the State of Israel and where the country is now from someone in his late 50s who has witnessed a lot and researched many aspects of Israel he did not personally experience.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Although Mr. Shavit candidly discusses Israel's shortcomings it is clear throughout the book that he loves Israel and wants it succeed - as do I. Although I understand Israel better than I did before I listened to the audiobook, the path forward for Israel remains foggy and hard to see. This is not the fault of the author, but it does in my opinion argue for a shorter, more tightly written book. Some of the book sounds like stream of consciousness.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator has an accent similar to the accent of the author. I feel the accent made the audiobook harder to enjoy. I know the author is Israeli and don't need to reminded of that with every word narrated.


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

    The book is too long to listen to all in one setting. The book is also in my opinion significantly longer than necessary. The book would have benefited from a good editor. For example, the discussion about the Tel Aviv night club is much longer than necessary. Yes, there is a lesson there but the club is one venue in a city with many night spots.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I listened to the book. It combines a love of Israel along with a rare and candid overview of the country's weaknesses.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Thank You for Your Service

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Finkel
    • Narrated By Arthur Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel shadowed the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion as they carried out the infamous surge, a grueling fifteen-month tour that changed all of them forever. Now Finkel has followed many of those same men as they’ve returned home and struggled to reintegrate - both into their family lives and into American society at large.

    Scott says: "Wrenching"
    "Don't Understand the Accolades"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Although I am not an expert on the plight of veterans I do follow the news and the impact of the service on their lives. As a result, I do not feel I learned a lot. Having said that I will never think of the phrase "Thank you for your service" in the same light again.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Finkel before, how does this one compare?

    David Finkel is a skilled writer. I would have enjoyed more information about where we were headed to keep things in context.


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

    This is my first Arthur Bishop narration. He is excellent. Not among the best but really good.


    Do you think Thank You for Your Service needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I don't think a follow up book is needed. The press does a good job of covering this issue.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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