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James

Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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  • The New York Times Audio Digest, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (45 mins)
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (0)
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    (0)

    It's the perfect listen for your morning commute! In the time it takes you to get to work, you'll hear a digest of the day's top stories, prepared by the editorial staff of The New York Times. Each edition includes articles from the front page, as well as the paper's international, national, business, sports, and editorial sections.

    George says: "It's Great!"
    "It should be good, but..."
    Overall

    I have a lot of respect for the NY Times, but poor editing and mediocre narrating drag this service down. You might as well watch CNN Headline News for all the depth you get out of this version of the Times.

    The NY Times is better than this. If the WSJ can get in-depth stories in their Audible version, so should the NY Times. If you read both the NY Times and Wall Street Journal, get the Audible WSJ and read the print version of the NY Times.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Dragons of the Dwarven Depths: The Lost Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (168)

    The companions believe they have slain the evil Dragon Highlord Verminaard. They have rescued the refugees from Pax Tharkas and taken them to a valley in the Kharolis mountains.

    Momo11 says: "I just love these characters!"
    "A solid adventure"
    Overall

    Having loved the Chronicles and Legends Series, I loved revisiting the characters again in this series. While I generally liked the narrator, I hated how she did the voice of Tasslehoff. But, I still had fun with the book, and that's what this kind of book is all about.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joe Schreiber
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    "You have a very lovely little girl," breathed the voice on the phone. And just like that, Susan Young is drawn into a living nightmare. A stranger has kidnapped Sue's daughter, Veda. But he doesn't want Sue's money, only her suffering -- and he will kill Veda if Sue doesn't follow his every command.

    Kim says: "Good, Fast-Paced Story"
    "Not particularly good"
    Overall

    Even buying into the supernatural aspects of the story, it is still pretty illogical. There is some entertainment value to the story, but there are better books out there. Also, there is some occassional foul language that bothered me, and may bother others.

    Unless you really want to read a mediocre Stephen King imitation, I'd recommend you move on to something else.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mere Christianity

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2514)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1099)

    Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis' forceful and accessible doctrine of Christian belief. First heard as informal radio broadcasts and then published as three separate books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity brings together what Lewis sees as the fundamental truths of the religion.

    Tim says: "A Classic That Gets Better & Better With Time!"
    "Book for Christian Growth"
    Overall

    I began listening expecting a book that provides a defense for Christianity, which is what I had been told. While it does do that, I was shocked to discover the amount of information about what it means to grow as a Christian. The writing style is very logical, and you can hear the influence of ancient Greek philosophers in his analytical style. While thick and a little dry, the treasure is worth the dig. Also, the narrator does a fine job and is a good fit for the book.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sandra Day O'Connor
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    In this intimate portrait of an institution, America's first female Supreme Court Justice traces the Court's history to its inner workings in contemporary life. By couching her narrative in her personal reflections, she shows how landmark cases, key ideas, and influential people have built the Court as an edifice that continues to demand active interpretation.

    James says: "Informative and well-written"
    "Informative and well-written"
    Overall

    As someone interested in the law (I'm starting law school this fall), I was fascinated by Justice O'Connor's book. She gives her views on judicial interpretation, areas she thinks our justice system can be improved, her personal experience and views on sufferage and women's rights, all mixed in with a solid look at legal history in the U.S.

    As a Supreme Court Justice and former Senator, she's obviously earned expert status whether or not you agree with her disposition or not.

    I particularly liked her criticisms of the jury system, along with her ideas on what can be done about it. The only weakness of the book is that she is occassionaly repetetive. But overall a great book that is well narrarated.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Federalist Papers (Unabridged Selections)

    • NONE (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, James Madison
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Michael says: "An audio book for all Americans"
    "Classic writing, horrible narrator"
    Overall

    Wow, just to back up the other reviewer, this narrarator is the worst. It sounds like some fake, computerized reading of text. But the Federalist Papers are great in understanding the Constitution and its purposes.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    The Supreme Court endorses terrorists' rights, flag burning, and importing foreign law. Is that in the Constitution? You're right: it's not. But these days the Constitution is no restraint on our out-of-control Supreme Court. The Court imperiously strikes down laws and imposes new ones purely on its own arbitrary whims. Even though liberals like John Kerry are repeatedly defeated at the polls, the majority on the allegedly "conservative" Supreme Court reflects their views and wields absolute power.

    James says: "A concise account of an originalist viewpoint"
    "A concise account of an originalist viewpoint"
    Overall

    First off, Levin is Rush Limbaugh's lawyer, so know what you're getting before you buy.
    Beyond that, I think he does a good job defending his viewpoint that the originalist take on the Constitution is the proper one. If one looks at why Justice Ginsberg and Justice Thomas are almost always on opposite side of issues, this book does a good job of defining why Thomas takes the side he takes, and no consideration is made to defend Ginsberg.
    Because Levin has such a problem with those who subscribe to the Living Constitution arguement, don't expect a defense of that at all.
    Overall, I think it is good for what it is. Read it like you would a long editorial in a newspaper.
    If you look at the law conservatively, this book my help you understand the legal defense of that view. If you are more liberal, this may at least help you understand why the other side sees things so differently.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6850)
    Performance
    (1610)
    Story
    (1650)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Great and thought provoking"
    Overall

    I loved this book, even as a Christian who at the core disagreed with the total premise and would argue many of the historical facts. But even with that, The premise was very entertaining, controversial, and kept me glued to the story. The narrator was great, also, doing the voices very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7665)
    Performance
    (2853)
    Story
    (2905)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "A fun, imaginative jaunt"
    Overall

    Eragon was a lot of fun to listen to. Good storytelling, both from the writer and narrator, transports you into a world of fun and adventure. The only downside is that it is book 1 of a series, which I didn't know going in, so with a couple hours left I knew I wasn't going the full closure of the story. But if you know that going in, you will enjoy the ending, as it both brings some closure plus gives a teaser for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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