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Kris

Harlingen, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Post-American World 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Fareed Zakaria
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    Here is the New York Times and international best seller, revised and expanded with a new afterword. This is the essential update of Fareed Zakaria's analysis about America and its shifting position in world affairs. In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of the rapidly changing global landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years - the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States - to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the rise of the rest.

    Steve says: "S/B req reading for every man, woman and child..."
    "Expands your view of the US's context"
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    If you could sum up The Post-American World 2.0 in three words, what would they be?

    America's future explained.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Apparently Fareed Zakaria's favorite character on the world stage is BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China). I'm starting to root for China after reading this book.


    What about Fareed Zakaria’s performance did you like?

    He opened up a new perspective of where the US is in relation to the rest of the world, and made me look at our economic status in a more optimistic yet critical way.


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

    Didn't make me laugh or cry. But it made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this with an open mind from the beginning and you'll start seeing the signs of him being right all around you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Facebook Effect (excerpt)

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By David Kirkpatrick
    • Narrated By David Kirkpatrick
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (859)

    In little more than half a decade, Facebook has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a company with 500 million users. It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. As Facebook spreads around the globe, it creates surprising effects, even becoming instrumental in political protests from Colombia to Iran.

    DJ Hellion says: "Bloatware"
    "Looking forward to the rest of the book"
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    Where does The Facebook Effect (excerpt) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Would be low on scale of books with plot (it's not really a story) but high in books that make you think.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Facebook Effect (excerpt)?

    The story on how Facebook facilitated a revolution against the FARC.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Actually, I really enjoyed the interview with the author by Zuckerberg's sister. I love behind the scenes stories.


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

    Again, it's a book that makes you think. I didn't laugh or cry, but I look forward to the rise of the generation that grew up with Facebook having always been there. Will be interesting to see how that generation views the world.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss the interview at the end. I look forward to reading the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3020)
    Performance
    (2653)
    Story
    (2680)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "If you like soap operas..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was well-spent time because it gave me a look at other kinds of stories J.K. Rowling was capable of telling. I love J.K. for the Harry Potter books - absolutely loved them. But as we all have different kinds of friends for different facets of our personalities, J.K. has a different storytelling style to demonstrate, and I wouldn't have seen it were it not for this being an audiobook. I don't think I would have been able to finish it if it weren't an audiobook.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The first half of the book felt boring. There's so much of the book that depends on backstory and so much less focus on plot or pace. I would have made more plot and faster pace.


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

    He helped me finish the book. I'm glad for his diction and clarity, and some of his voices. I do like that he put effort into injecting tone into the dialogue and left it out in the narration.


    Was The Casual Vacancy worth the listening time?

    I read it on 1.5x speed. I would have been happy to listen to it on 1.75x speed if it were available but 2x speed was too fast. The first half of the story you just need to knuckle through, and that's totally doable when it's an audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    It'll be interesting to see how the movie turns out. It'll be easier to keep the characters apart when watching a movie because for two thirds of the book I had a hard time telling the characters apart except for a couple of them.

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