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Gary

Kenosha, WI, USA | Member Since 2000

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  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By L.M. Montgomery
    • Narrated By Susan O'Malley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (52)

    Historic Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence is the scene of this charming romance, which has captivated generations of readers young and old. Anne, the orphan child who brings happiness and love into the lives of her foster parents, is one of the most beloved heroines in all literature. But life was not kind to her at the start of her great adventure. For when Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, living alone, decided to adopt a child from the local orphanage, they asked for a boy.

    Clinton says: "O'Malley leaves something to be desired"
    "Enchanting"
    Overall

    My family (kids aged 11 and 9) listened to this book on a cross-country trip and enjoyed every minute of it. This is an excellent story, wonderfully written and read.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2053)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (464)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    teresa says: "no wonder it was on sale"
    "Not Up to Par"
    Overall

    I've read or listened to every Grisham book, and rate this one near the bottom of the pile. The basic plot is classic Grisham, but the ending is not what you'd expect. What bugged me about this was that the plot devices he used to get to the resolution were deeply unsatisfying, and not believable in the context of the story. It was as if he got tired of writing the book toward the end and quickly resolved it without thinking about it too much.

    Of course Michael Beck's narration was excellent, as usual.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By John Chatty, Cindy Hardin Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Hester Prynne commits adultery in a Puritan settlement and, as a result, is "branded" for the rest of her life by having to wear a scarlet letter "A" on her breast. Throughout the story, a complex relationship develops between Hester, her lover, her husband, and her daughter.

    Michele says: "very poor quality production"
    "Poor Audio Quality"
    Overall

    This classic book is read with several different actors, which is nice, but the quality of their recordings varies greatly. The recording of Hester Prynne's voice is so poor that I can often not understand what she is saying. I recommend that you choose another version.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (195)

    Following his two New York Times best sellers, Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty, comes George Carlin's third audiobook, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, a riotous journey through the mind of one of America's premiere comic observers.

    Dana Wolfe says: "Wonderful!"
    "Not Funny or Insightful"
    Overall

    I first listened to a George Carlin record in 1972. His commentary on Baseball and Football is a brilliant classic! When I got this latest book, I was prepared for some foul language and the typical anti-establishment rhetoric, but I also expected plenty of humor. I got none of it. He's sacrificed the humor for lame attacks on anything related to religion or American values. Sadly, he has no alternative view to promote, just pure hollow, amoral nihilism. When he got to the point of endorsing child rape, I decided I couldn't make it to the end of this one - a complete waste of time.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Skipping Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (688)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (179)

    Best selling author John Grisham (A Time to Kill, The Brethren) returns with a new tale for modern times, offering a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become a part of our holiday tradition.

    Lisa says: "Simple Pleasures!"
    "Hilarious"
    Overall

    This novel was a very pleasant surprise. Grisham breaks out of all his molds and creates a lovable set of characters in a zany comedy. It was fun to listen to around holiday time, and may become a family tradition in my house.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Patrick Lencioni
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1827)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (763)

    In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

    Mark says: "Clear Headed Guidance on Building Teams"
    "Practical"
    Overall

    I work at a university, and this book has helped my department and several other as we strive to work as a team. It is practical and easy to follow. The five dysfunctions, when explained, are amazingly instinctive and obvious. Studying this book has helped my team tremendously.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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