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G. Praino

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Rockledge, FL | Member Since 2013

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  • The Godfather Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Winegardner
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Thirty-five years ago, Mario Puzo's great American tale, The Godfather, was published, and popular culture was indelibly changed. Now, in The Godfather Returns, acclaimed novelist Mark Winegardner continues the story, the years not covered in Puzo's best-selling book or in Francis Ford Coppola's classic films.

    William says: "The Godfather Returns"
    "Like the Original"
    Overall

    It may not be Puzo, but the rhythm and style of the storytelling sure is similar. The plot has all the depth of the original 'Godfather' and covers all the events that the first books stayed away from.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Henry Petroski
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When planes crash, bridges collapse, and automobile gas tanks explode, we are quick to blame poor design. But Henry Petroski says we must look beyond design for causes and corrections. Known for his masterly explanations of engineering successes and failures, Petroski here takes his analysis a step further, to consider the larger context in which accidents occur. In To Forgive Design he surveys some of the most infamous failures of our time.

    G. Praino says: "An excellent read for anyone doing design"
    "An excellent read for anyone doing design"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about To Forgive Design?

    Petroski's insight into the important role of inevitable failures is a reminder of just how much we take for granted. The point that experienced and new engineers (and all designers) can get out of this book is that failed designs can teach us where we misunderstood.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Destiny of the Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    Wallie Smith had been dying on another world when the Goddess transferred his mind to the body of the barbarian swordsman Shonsu. Then She gave him the great, magical Sapphire Sword of Chioxin and sent him on a mission. All he had to do was to lead the arrogant band of swordsmen to destroy the sorcerers and their Fire God. Now Wallie discovered that he'd already tried it - and been hopelessly defeated.

    G. Praino says: "A fun listen but a little soft on the ending"
    "A fun listen but a little soft on the ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A bit disappointed in the ending. It was self-consistent, but a little too simplistic, especially when compared to Dave Duncan's later novels. Still worth listening because it rounds up one of his most entertaining story arcs.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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