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Kate

Santa Barbara, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Wilson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By A. Scott Berg
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    A hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson - the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President. This is not just Wilson the icon - but Wilson the man.

    Jean says: "A complex man"
    "Wonderful story of an amazing president"
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    What did you love best about Wilson?

    I learned so much about Wilson as a man and president. It was such a great story and helped frame that period of time in US history. It was well-written and edited (something I notice more when I listen to a book than when I read one).


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Bobb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first book narrated by Bobb.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wilson--Man and President


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (241)

    No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

    BB says: "A rich and entertaining history"
    "Loved this book"
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    Would you listen to No Ordinary Time again? Why?

    No, but only because I have so much to listen to I do not have the time to listen to anything twice


    What about Nelson Runger’s performance did you like?

    Engaging--his voice has character, which I like


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is a long book, but I found that I wanted to listen to large parts of it at a time because it was so good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard J. Miller
    • Narrated By Roger Clark
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    In Drugged, Miller takes listeners on an eye-opening tour of psychotropic drugs, describing the various kinds, how they were discovered and developed, and how they have played multiple roles in virtually every culture. Drugged brims with surprises, revealing the fact that antidepressant drugs evolved from rocket fuel, highlighting the role of hallucinogens in the history of religion, and asking whether Prozac can help depressed cats. Entertaining and authoritative, Drugged is a truly fascinating book.

    Scott says: "Interesting reading but heavy on the biochemistry"
    "Boring"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No--it was so boring I could not make it all the way through


    Has Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not totally--I did listen to the latest book about LSD and it was a bit better--it engaged me like this book did not


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alan Brinkley
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Born the son of missionaries, Luce spent his childhood in rural China, yet he glimpsed a milieu of power altogether different at Hotchkiss and later at Yale. While working at a Baltimore newspaper, he and Brit Hadden conceived the idea of Time: a "news-magazine" that would condense the week's events in a format accessible to increasingly busy members of the middle class. They launched it in 1923, and young Luce quickly became a publishing titan.

    Kate says: "Loved this book"
    "Loved this book"
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    If you could sum up The Publisher in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claire Booth Luce, his second wife--I had heard her name in various contexts, but had no idea of her or her relationship with Henry


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    He is, in my opinion, the best performer of audiobooks. Everything he does with characters is great, and his voice itself has character.


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

    I was just totally fascinated by Luce and his story and the history going on during his life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wallace
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    It was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. In 1985, at a heated auction by Christie's of London, a 1787 bottle of Château Lafite Bordeaux - one of a cache of bottles unearthed in a bricked-up Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson - went for $156,000 to a member of the Forbes family. The discoverer of the bottle was pop-band manager turned wine collector Hardy Rodenstock, who had a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Not just for enophiles"
    "Fascinating story, great characters"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, fun and interesting-great characters


    What other book might you compare The Billionaire's Vinegar to and why?

    I found this book while listening to a book about the Koch brothers, as one of them got caught up in this mystery


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

    There were a lot of characters and his caricatures were great.


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

    Frustrating because of how stupid people were because they wanted to protect what they "knew".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck, and the Revenge of the Terroirists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mike Veseth
    • Narrated By Clinton Wade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Writing with wit and verve, Mike Veseth (a.k.a. the Wine Economist) tells the compelling story of the war between the market trends that are redrawing the world wine map and the terroirists who resist them. Wine and the wine business are at a critical crossroad today, transformed by three powerful forces. Veseth begins with the first force, globalization, which is shifting the center of the wine world as global wine markets provide enthusiasts with a rich but overwhelming array of choices.

    Gian says: "Narration Tanks an Otherwise-Interesting Book"
    "An interesting and fun book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes--It was fun, interesting, and engaging. For someone who enjoys wine but don't know that much about it, this book was a real treat and taught me a few things. I will never look at a "wine wall" the same way again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same as the book title--I really liked the reference to "two buck chuck"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By J. Randy Taraborrelli
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    The Hiltons is a sweeping saga of the success-and excess-of an iconic American family. Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton's visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry. But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism.

    Jenna Frye says: "American Dynasty"
    "Surprisingly good and interesting story"
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    Would you listen to The Hiltons again? Why?

    I don't listen to books more than once because I have so many new ones to listen to.


    What other book might you compare The Hiltons to and why?

    The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy--an in-depth look at these men in their times.
    Both were self-made men who had a tremendous impact on society and those around them.


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

    It was a compelling listen.


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

    No, but I was surprised by two things. First, the extent to which Zsa Zsa Gabor, as Hilton's ex-wife, stayed in his life until his death. Second, how his heirs (including Paris and her siblings) got so rich in spite of Conrad Hilton's insistence that his fortune be left to charity. He believed strongly that everyone should earn their own fortune.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this might be a gossipy-type book, but it was well- researched and written. I was fascinated by the life and story of Conrad Hilton and his family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Turney Duff
    • Narrated By Turney Duff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (144)

    A remarkable writing debut, filled with indelible moments, The Buy Side shows as no book ever has the rewards – and dizzying temptations – of making a living on the Street.

    Courtney says: "Fascinating, honest tale of life on the "Street""
    "Good book, badly read"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Buy Side the most enjoyable?

    It was a fascinating story, told from the first person perspective.


    What other book might you compare The Buy Side to and why?

    A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers--another insider story, but more about the industry than the individual


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Turney Duff?

    Almost anyone! I understand why someone who writes a book about his own life would like to read it, but his narration really detracted from the book. I almost stopped listening, although he did a bit better by the end. He was flat and boring.

    Steven Hoye or Sean Runnette would have been great.


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

    Not really, I just felt bad for those around him who were hurt by his actions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (144)

    Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain's counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War - while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby's best friend and fellow officer in MI6.

    Michael Eaton says: "The Greatest Spy -- Ever Discovered"
    "Reads like a spy novel"
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    Would you listen to A Spy Among Friends again? Why?

    Probably not--I do not listen to books again (because I have so many new ones to read!)


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a thrilling book. I wanted to listen to the entire book in one sitting because I wanted to know what happened (even though I knew the story). It really was written like a spy novel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was not so much a scene as a theme that was compelling. The idea that Philby was "one of them" in background and status and therefore was treated with kid gloves which allowed him to continue to commit treason even after he was brought back into MI6 because he was "cleared". And that even when they knew he was guilty, because of who he was, he somehow deserved a lighter punishment than others who were not as bad as he was.


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

    The epilogue by the author John LeCarre, who had been in MI5 for a period--he met with Elliot (Philby's close friend and MI6 colleague) when they were both older. Elliot's continuing nonchalance about what he allowed to happen, and his recollection of how much he enjoyed being with Philby (Elliot's loose lips when they were drinking allowed Philby to know many secrets) was amazing. It was frustrating to see how the good old boy's club allowed so many to lose their lives.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • JFK Jr., George & Me: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Matt Berman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    The Kennedys - their poise, the family secrets, and their grace in the face of unimaginable tragedies - have captured the imagination and interest of the public for more than fifty years. Now colleague and friend of JFK Jr. Matt Berman offers us a unique look at John's life as both a professional and "regular guy." When talented creative executive Matt Berman took a meeting with John Kennedy Jr. in 1995, he was immediately hired to serve as George's creative director, thus beginning an unforgettable journey, both personal and professional.

    Kate says: "A different perspective on JFK Jr's life"
    "A different perspective on JFK Jr's life"
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    What did you love best about JFK Jr., George & Me?

    The author told the story from his perspective as creative director for George Magazine. He talked about what he knew best--how the covers were chosen, designed, and shot. It was a fascinating way to weave in what he knew about JFK Jr (and his wife Carolyn).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author--after I read the book I went back to follow up on how his career has unfolded after he left George.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daniel Schulman
    • Narrated By Allen O'Reilly
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Like the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, the Kochs are one of the most influential dynasties of the modern age, but they have never been the subject of a major biography... until now. Not long after the death of his father, Charles Koch, then in his early 30s, discovered a letter the family patriarch had written to his sons. "You will receive what now seems to be a large sum of money," Fred Koch cautioned. "It may either be a blessing or a curse."

    Jean says: "Interesting family"
    "The Koch brothers and their squabbles"
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    If you could sum up Sons of Wichita in three words, what would they be?

    Family, money, power


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    William, one of the twins--he had 5 children with 4 women, and 3 wives. He had serious issues with his brothers and it seemed to taint his entire life. I wanted to know more about what was going on inside his head.


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

    No extreme reaction except that I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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