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Francois M.

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  • 4 reviews
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  • 175 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015
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  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2415)
    Performance
    (1724)
    Story
    (1744)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    Steven L says: "Good Book But Missing Something"
    "Three stars at best"
    Overall

    While I found the reader to be very good, the storyline is thin and the book much too long. It's not that it's bad, but the entertainment value per hour of listening is one of the lowest I have experienced. I cannot recommend this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • By the Rivers of Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (255)

    Lod Airport, Israel: Two Concorde jets take off for a U.N. conference that will finally bring peace to the Middle East. Covered by F-14 fighters, accompanied by security men, the planes carry warriors, pacifists, lovers, enemies, dignitaries - and a bomb planted by a terrorist mastermind. Suddenly they're forced to crash-land at an ancient desert site. Here, with only a handful of weapons, the men and women of the peace mission must make a desperate stand against an army of crack Palestinian commandos....

    Patti says: "A good story, but a lot of characters"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    DeMille can be hugely entertaining. This is a good, not excellent effort on his part. That said, there's a good story in this book and it comes out at a good pace. No slow, dull parts, which makes for an entertaining listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Suitable Vengeance: Inspector Lynley, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elizabeth George
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (53)

    Two murders, one on the heels of the other, point in the direction of Thomas Lynley's younger brother Peter - a cocaine addict who ruins Thomas' engagement party, then disappears on the evening of the second murder.

    Kathi says: "Vintage Lynley -- 1991 was a VERY good year!"
    "If that's what you want...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had previously read 'This Body of Death', which had a good storyline so I tried this title from E. George. Yikes!!! I had not appreciated the term chick-lit in the past but this is a prime sample, which is good if that's what you want. However, what I'm looking for is a good story with interesting characters and some action. This book is long because around the kernel of an OK story is a LOT of detail about what characters are feeling, what they're wearing, their hair and accessories, their fears about what other characters might be feeling..... And the whole story is resolved by talking. For me, too much fluff over matter. The result is I'm now off EG books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Elder Robison
    • Narrated By John Elder Robison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    John Robison argues that Asperger's is about difference, not disability. In this book he offers stories from his own life and from the lives of other Aspergians to give the reader a window into the Aspergian mind. Equally important, he offers practical advice - to Aspergians, their parents, and educators - on how Asperians can improve the weak communication and social skills that keep them from taking full advantage of, or even recognizing, their often remarkable gifts.

    SHEILA says: "You have to BE an Aspie to see the full value"
    "Interesting but not fulfilling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Interesting read, good performance by the reader. This book has nice stories about the author's use of his Asperger manifestations into becoming a success. While I liked the stories, I was looking for more practical applications for my Aspergian, which the book was a little short on.


    Would you recommend Be Different to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I was not looking for an interesting story, I was looking for practical ideas for Aspergians, which this book did not provide


    Have you listened to any of John Elder Robison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did Be Different inspire you to do anything?

    It incorporated a few god ideas which I'll try to apply


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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