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  • Tower of Basel: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank that Runs the World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Adam LeBor
    • Narrated By John Mawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Tower of Basel is the first investigative history of the world’s most secretive global financial institution. Based on extensive archival research in Switzerland, Britain, and the United States, and in-depth interviews with key decision-makers including Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve; Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England; and former senior Bank for International Settlements managers and officials.

    Richard J. Peach says: "Eye Opening"
    "Amazing story"
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    Would you listen to Tower of Basel again? Why?

    Not sure I would listen to it again, but I learned a lot and highly recommend it to anyone who believes that there are important global impact things at work in the world that are kept from us and that there are plans for the future of the planet and all of the people living here being created by people outside of our reach and without our knowledge. There are secret bankers who control the world economy and the book introduces you to them and explains the history of the bank and the people who created it and have run it for decades.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    That there are actually a group of "secret" bankers that make a lot of world economic policy.


    What about John Mawson’s performance did you like?

    Very good job of matching the tone of his voice to the events as they unfold in the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the American banker started helping the Nazi's.


    Any additional comments?

    In some ways, there is nothing surprising about this book because I believed this group existed. But my beliefs felt like conspiracy theories. Now I know this group of people exist and we know their names. It was like finding out that there are two people who work at the FBI named Mulder and Scully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (815)
    Performance
    (696)
    Story
    (697)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "Great listen"
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    If you could sum up Breakfast with Buddha in three words, what would they be?

    Peaceful. Loving. Deep


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is relaxing in a good way and could have been much shorter but a lot of the depth would have been lost. I could tell early on where it was going and that is part of its charm. It is like doing a "light meditation." It eases you into the story and the change in the main character without being manipulative. It is not that the author telegraphs the story. I felt like the story was there and I had to move toward it. Much like the main character. (This book reminds me of the Alchemist a little in the way there is a simple story with simple messages that gradually shows its depth). Loved this book. Will listen to it again.


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

    I love the voices he does. Great job of reading so that it was always clear who was speaking. I will look for other books he reads because I enjoyed listening to his voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I smiled at some of the sweetness. But it made me smile and it made me think and it made me feel peaceful. In the end the book is about love. It is a loving book and I am so glad I read it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Music Works

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Byrne
    • Narrated By Andrew Garman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

    Daniel says: ""David Byrne is a Human" by a Talking Heads fan"
    "One of my favorite books ever"
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    Would you listen to How Music Works again? Why?

    I will listen to it again for sure. I have recommended it to 5 people since I finished it. If you love music of any type, this book will entertain you and teach you things about music and the history of music and especially rock music. Loved this book. Loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you believe in the value of people in your community playing music, you will appreciate his discussion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forrest Gump

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Winston Groom
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    "Bein' a idiot is no box of chocolates," but "at least I ain't led no hum-drum life," says Forrest Gump, the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this wonderful comic tale. When the University of Alabama's football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, that's only the beginning! He flunks out - and goes on to be a Vietnam war hero, a world-class Ping-Pong player, a wrestler, and a business tycoon. He compares battle scars with Lyndon Johnson, discovers the truth about Richard Nixon, and suffers the ups and downs of true love.

    Chris says: "This book made me appreciate someone...."
    "It is nothing like the movie"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the book but it is so not like the movie I think that should be made clear. The author had thought John Goodman would play the title role not Tom Hanks. It is not sweet like the movie and almost everything that happens to the character is changed. Jenny and Lt Dan and his Momma and the things he says are completely different. I liked it but I wish someone had told me it was completely different than the movie in both events and in tone.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Winston Groom? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    What about Mark Hammer’s performance did you like?

    Love the reader


    Was Forrest Gump worth the listening time?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1958)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1383)

    Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

    Carolyn says: "Strawmen and Ad Hominems"
    "This book grows on you as you listen to it"
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    Where does Sex at Dawn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For the non fiction books that use studies, histories, statistics, etc to make the point of the book it is actually quite good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how it seemed to be fairly pessimistic and how it had a kind of negative feeling in the beginning and how positive it grew as I listened. It started off and I felt a sense of hopelessness but I kept listening and gradually the book gave me a sense of hopefulness.


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

    I liked the woman's voice. The man did just the "quotes" at the beginning of chapters and it was not bad but I believe the woman could have done those as well. They were short and maybe it made you pay attention to them more than if she had read them but I don't think so. Not bad either way.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I almost turned it off several times in the first 1/3 of the book but by the end I was recommending it and talking about various things referenced in the book to other people.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20411)
    Performance
    (16975)
    Story
    (17585)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Susan says: "Fifty Shades of Bad Writing"
    "I did not like this book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think younger people might enjoy it, but I did not.


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    It was a stiff read. The writing was average or below.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    Maybe if the right book was involved.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I did not enjoy this book at all so a scene or two being cut would not have improved it for me


    Any additional comments?

    I bought it because it was so topical. I did not think I would enjoy it based on the sample but it is the number one book on a lot of lists so I took a chance. I was wrong. I did not enjoy any of it but I am not complaining. Some books are great and some are not. Other people may enjoy this (and obviously do) but I did not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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