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Ida F.

Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 21 ratings
  • 210 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Simon Johnson, James Kwak
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt

    Even after the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, America is still beset by the depredations of an oligarchy that is now bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks, which together control assets amounting to more than 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product, these financial institutions (now more emphatically "too big to fail") continue to hold the global economy hostage.

    Kyle says: "Easy to Understand and Comprehend"
    "Interesting content: snoozeville narration"

    I have over 3 dozen audio books from Audible and this is the first time I've decided to buy the book and just read it. I want to hear Simon Johnson's take on these 13 powerful bankers -- and their grip on our economy, but the narration has an odd cadence. The beginning of sentences start out fine, but the narrator ends the last few syllables of nearly every sentence in a clipped staccato. The effect is nearly hypnotic. The content is already somewhat dry and I listen while commuting 2 hours each week -- sometimes late in the evening. I listen to keep me alert -- but this narrator's style lulls me like a baby. Listen to the sample -- maybe it won't bother you and the content is certainly worth the listen/read.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Two thumbs up = 5 stars"

    I hadn't planned to buy this book -- I don't follow fads -- but I heard the author do a promo spot on NPR for her new book, Committed and she drew me into her story. Eat, Pray, Love is an honest, earthy tale of one woman's very human experience. A few other reviews say the author is "self-absorbed." I find that comment amusing: this is a memoir of self-searching. How can it not be self-absorbed? Even so, Gilbert draws the listener into her story with candor and humor and exotic slices of life that ring every-day true. I'm glad I bought an audiobook -- hearing Ms. Gilbert read her story made it touchingly real. Worth every penny and every listening moment.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Moyers on Democracy

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill Moyers
    • Narrated By Bill Moyers

    People know Bill Moyers mostly from his many years of path-breaking journalism on television. But he is also one of America's most sought-after public speakers. His appearances draw sell-out crowds across the country and are among the most reproduced on the Web. Richly insightful, and alive with a fierce, abiding love for our country, Moyers on Democracy is essential listening.

    Richard I. Sakai says: "Fascinating"
    "You can't help but think critically"

    ...about what it means to be an American as you listen to Bill Moyers. With the eloquence of a seasoned orator Moyers addresses West Point cadets, seminary students and mourners at Lady Bird Johnson's funeral. I'm on my second listen in less than a week.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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