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Eric

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4575)
    Performance
    (2585)
    Story
    (2564)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Great Courtroom Whodunit"
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    Would you listen to The Fifth Witness again? Why?

    Yes. As a jury trial lawyer myself, I can attest that the book is authentic and faithful to the rules of procedure and evidence. Great tale of murder, with a shocking turn of events at the end.


    What other book might you compare The Fifth Witness to and why?

    The hit movie about Double Jeopardy a few years ago


    Which character – as performed by Peter Giles – was your favorite?

    The lawyer, of course


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odds Against Tomorrow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Rich
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    New York City, the near future: Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young mathematician, is hired by a mysterious new financial consulting firm, FutureWorld. The business operates out of an empty office in the Empire State Building; Mitchell is employee number two. He is asked to calculate worst-case scenarios in the most intricate detail, and his schemes are sold to corporations to indemnify them against any future disasters. This is the cutting edge of corporate irresponsibility, and business is booming. As Mitchell immerses himself in the mathematics of catastrophe - ecological collapse, war games, natural disasters - he becomes obsessed by a culture's fears.

    Holly says: "Stay away"
    "Dystopian Sci-Fi that putters out at the end"
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    What would have made Odds Against Tomorrow better?

    A better story-line. I avoid sci-fi and dystopian stories, but this one somehow made it past the radar. Not exactly sci-fi, but the monster hurricane that destroys NYC is close. (Hurricane Sandy was a blinking neon sign throughout.) Most of the book had an active plot-line that kept you engaged, until the last quarter, when it petered out. Protagonist is an uninteresting, unpleasant and unlikable person with little character development. I don't know what the point of this book is, or what message the author was trying to send.


    Has Odds Against Tomorrow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, once I figure out what the genre is


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

    I don't know, I didn't read the physical book


    What character would you cut from Odds Against Tomorrow?

    Mitchell, the protagonist


    Any additional comments?

    Avoid. I may ask for a refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2903)
    Performance
    (2088)
    Story
    (2093)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "Quite a Contrast to 'Jobs'"
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    What did you love best about In the Plex?

    I found this book a very informative and educational narrative and history of Google, about which I knew little. I remember the old days of "Webcrawler" and "Excite" as primitive search-engines, and how Google emerged as the best and dominant player. The expansion of the company after that into translation, mapping, images, advertising, telephony, operating systems and Internet browsers was fascinating. Having listened to the very long book "Jobs" last year, elevating as a visionary and Captain of Industry a micro-manager who obsessed on the inside cases of his gadgets, and demeaned and humiliated his troops, and in some cases cheated them out of equity, the culture at Google couldn't be more different. It's collaborative, people are encouraged to innovate and march to their own drummer, and new thinking takes place continuously by very bright people. The author, a Wall Street Journal reporter, is slanted in favor of Google, but I learned a lot about the company and really enjoyed the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Plex?

    The dilemma Google faced when it decided to enter the Chinese market. Burdened by the company's slogan "Do Not Be Evil," it was confronted by government demands to censor its search results. As the price of doing business in China, and competing with Baidu, it capitulated. Google was excoriated for this in the press and in the halls of Congress. Later, after the Chinese government hacked into Google's email system, found communications among dissidents and arrested them, Google said "enough" and pulled out.


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

    "Don't Be Evil"


    Any additional comments?

    The book lags a bit at the very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (694)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Revealing Insight into the 'Sea Org'"
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    If you could sum up Beyond Belief in three words, what would they be?

    If Scientology comes calling, run the other way


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

    Good narration


    Any additional comments?

    This is a revealing insight into the "Sea Org", the shock-troops/Gestapo of the so-called Church of Scientology. Jenna Miscavige, the niece of current potentate David Miscavige (successor to L. Ron Hubbard), recounts her mostly parentless upbringing in the Sea Org, including signing up for a billion-year term of service at age 8. It's a harrowing tale of forced servitude, child abuse, lack of schooling, mind-control and coercion, culminating in her escape from the cult in her early 20's. I learned much I didn't know from this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Panther

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2029)
    Performance
    (1710)
    Story
    (1703)

    Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

    Parusski says: "Good Corey Story"
    "Great tale of Al Qaeda in Yemen"
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    Would you listen to The Panther again? Why?

    I almost never read a book twice


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

    The Brad Thor novels, like Black List


    Any additional comments?

    I love crime, terrorism and intrigue, and am planning a trip to Yemen, so this book gave me a lot of insight into the place -- even though (disappointingly) the author has never been there. Loosely follows from the real-life story of Anwar al-Awlaqi and the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. The first-person protaganist hero is a prolific wise-guy. The book depicts the CIA in a very scary and frightening light.

    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
    (1969)
    Performance
    (1714)
    Story
    (1711)

    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"
    "The story of Pres. James Garfield & his assassin"
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    What made the experience of listening to Destiny of the Republic the most enjoyable?

    Learning new things about a President I knew nothing about


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charles Guiteau, the deranged assassin


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The nominating convention


    Any additional comments?

    This is a president about which I knew nothing, other than a vague recollection that he had been assassinated. He was a war hero who was enormously popular and might have accomplished great things, but was killed very shortly after taking office. Half the book is devoted to Garfield, the other half to the assassin and his twisted path. I'm a lawyer, and one of the interesting questions treated by the author is whether Guiteau was legally insane or not. You'll see what the jury said. Two unexpected major characters are Alexander Graham Bell and Charles Lister, who discovered germs and bacteria but couldn't convince the medical world of the day. The state of medical technology in the 1880s was abysmal. That is what killed Garfield; he survived the shooting itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1671)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (725)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Overlong and overwrought, but interesting story"
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    Would you try another book from Carlos Ruiz Zafon and/or Jonathan Davis?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The climax with Inspector Fumeiro


    Could you see The Shadow of the Wind being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Anne Hathaway and Joaquin Phoenix


    Any additional comments?

    This is a melodramatic, dark, overwritten Les Miserables-style Spanish potboiler set in 1930s-1950s Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. I was hoping for more context on those events. The book is fraught and twice as long as it needs to be. If you can stick with it, the tale is interesting and the characters highly unusual. There comes a point in these audiobooks when after you've invested 10-15 hours listening to something, you're stuck just wanting to find out how it's going to end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (436)

    Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

    Alan says: "Gripping and fascinating"
    "Fascinating look into the world of Lance Armstrong"
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    Where does The Secret Race rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    Lance Armstrong


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I had always been a supporter and fan of our national hero Lance Armstrong, who supposedly never failed a drug test. This book will lay that to rest, and get you real acquainted with the man. NOT a nice guy. A real jerk, actually. This book is an amazing window inside the world of top-elite international cycling. Its timing was unfortunate: it came out just a month or two before USADA Anti-Doping Agency stripped Armstrong of his 7 Tour de France titles and banned him from the sport for life (incl. his new sport, triathaloning), supported by 11,000 pages of documents, receipts for EPO and testosterone, and testimony of 11 of his teammates. He has been abandoned by all his corporate sponsors, including Nike. Hamilton,the author, tells how he himself got "popped" after winning the Gold Medal in the Olympics. The hack doctor he was using mixed up his blood with someone else's in a transfusion. The cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game he and his wife played with blood testers to escape detection when he was "glowing" will amaze you. Mr. Armstrong remains defiant and proclaiming his innocence, but now has a $30 or $40 million legal problem: that's how much the U.S. Government (Postal Service) and his corporate sponsors are coming after him for for fraud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1109)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (971)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Bizarre Tale of Life & Adventures in North Korea"
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    Where does The Orphan Master's Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High on the list


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There's really only one character, the protagonist, Jung-wa (spelling?)/Commander Ga


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    There's really only one character, the protagonist, Jung-wa (spelling?)/Commander Ga


    If you could rename The Orphan Master's Son, what would you call it?

    The Orphan Master's Son's Revenge


    Any additional comments?

    This book, with fastidious complex details about current life in North Korea, Korean culture, food, clothing, rituals, politics, etc., is written by a Caucasian Anglo. I've traveled as a tourist to the DPRK, and how he managed to capture and research such details (for example, the Air Koryo Ilyushin-62) is beyond me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Martin Booth
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    The locals in the southern Italian town where he lives call him Signor Farfalla - Mr. Butterfly - for he is a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. His life is inconspicuous: mornings are spent brushing at a canvas, afternoons idling in the cafés, and evenings talking with his friend, the town priest, over a glass of brandy. Yet there are other sides to this gentleman’s life.... Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-betrayal, The American shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers.

    Ramon says: "Slow start but after a few pages your hooked.
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    "Long, slow tour of Italian culture"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Shorten it 50 percent


    What was most disappointing about Martin Booth’s story?

    This book, which I thought was a thriller, is a long florid impressionistic description of Italy, Italian geography, culture, cuisine, and art, along with butterflies and gunsmithing. The identity and activities of the protagonist are kept secret for the first third of the book. Very slow to come to its climax. Frustrating listen.


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

    no


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

    no way I'd read it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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