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Lakin R

Oklahoma, US

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  • The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the roots of Hitchcock’s obsessions - with food, murder, and idealized love, among others - and traces the origins of his incomparable, bizarre genius, from his childhood and education to the golden years of his career. Based on interviews with his writers, actors, and longtime associates, and on exhaustive research, The Dark Side of Genius is the definitive biography of Alfred Hitchcock.

    Carol Littlejohn says: "Hitch's life and phobias keep you "Spellbound""
    "Intimate and endearing portrait of Hitch"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really enjoyed this book and found a lot of new information even having taken an Alfred Hitchcock class in college. This book is a very in depth and person account of Hitch, one that successfully looks at him both critically and emotionally. Spoto does a wonderful job of covering all aspects of Hitch, giving an entertaining glance at his personal and professional lives with great balance to each. I think all Hitch fans will love this fun and informative book. The narrator was equally wonderful and pleasant to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert M. Gates
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (859)

    From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

    Jean says: "Yoda speaks"
    "Great for the right crowd"
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    Any additional comments?

    I honestly bought this book to see what the hype was about, but it was not the controversial whisleblower I was hoping for. This book is very matter-of-fact, and unfortunately dry if you're not a fan of military history. However, I think if you are one of these fans, I think you would love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2716)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1703)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Uncaptivating"
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    What would have made The Sociopath Next Door better?

    I thought the subject of this book sounded interesting, but I was very disappointed with the delivery. The author does offer some scientific statistics which I did find interesting which I base the two stars on. I did get quickly annoyed by the author continuously telling me to "imagine...." and putting me in the place of the sociopath. This is a good idea once or twice, but not over and over. I also do not feel like the book is subjective. It seems that the author is attempting to pursuade the reader to have sympathy toward sociopaths. Great concept, but frustrating delivery. I was unable to finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across God’s Frontiers: Catholic Sisters in the American West, 1850-1920

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Anne M. Butler
    • Narrated By Pam Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Roman Catholic sisters first traveled to the American West as providers of social services, education, and medical assistance. In Across God’s Frontiers, Anne M. Butler traces the ways in which sisters challenged and reconfigured contemporary ideas about women, work, religion, and the West; moreover, she demonstrates how religious life became a vehicle for increasing women’s agency and power.

    Lakin R says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was very disappointed in this book, and I stuck with it longer than I should have hoping it would get better. It reads like a very long summary without much personalization. This book talks about the nuns as a whole often only saying "one nun said" when giving quotes. I would have much rather the author used a few nuns by name to at least give continuity to the story. Instead this book is a large generalization of the topic. I'm sad because it seemed like a great topic, but either there was not enough research out there to be done, the author did not dig enough into available resources, or the author chose to write this without much depth.


    What could Anne M. Butler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    At first I thought it was the narrator making the book unenjoyable, but then I realized there really wasn't more she could have done with it to make it more interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2160)
    Performance
    (1921)
    Story
    (1927)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Once again, another hit for OReilly"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this title. After watching an entire week of documentaries and coverage of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, I still found this book very interesting, and it succeeded in giving me even more information I didn't know. This was a great follow-up to Killing Lincoln, and O'Reilly is wonderful at telling a story without pushing agendas or bias. He has a gift for producing fact-based writing while still making it interesting.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hiding Place

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Corrie ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (322)

    At one time, Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that she had a story to tell. For the first 50 years of her life, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened to her. She was a spinster watchmaker living contentedly with her sister and their elderly father in the tiny house over their shop in Haarlem. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. But with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, everything changed....

    Sara says: "Inspiring"
    "Absolutely Inspiring"
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    What did you love best about The Hiding Place?

    There are so many books about the Holocaust, but this one holds its own and stands out among the rest. Corrie's storytelling-like writing style and her inspiring recount of her involvement with hiding Jews during WWII makes this one hard to stop listening to.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration is wonderful and contributes well to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Johnstown Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (352)

    At the end of the last century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation's burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon.

    Susan K Donley says: "A page-turner! HIstory that reads like a novel"
    "Facinating story"
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    Would you listen to The Johnstown Flood again? Why?

    Absolutely. McCullough has a true knack for telling history like a story that doesn't even sound possible and leaves you unable to "put it down"


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how McCullough painted the picture of the town and the people who lived there. He did a wonderful job of telling the stories of those who lived through this.


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

    I have not, but I enjoyed it


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

    Yes. It ended much sooner than I wanted it to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The State of Jones: The Small Southern County that Seceded from the Confederacy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By John Stauffer, Sally Jenkins
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The State of Jones is a true story about the South during the Civil War, the real South. Not the South that has been mythologized in novels and movies, but an authentic, hardscrabble place where poor men were forced to fight a rich man's war for slavery and cotton. In Jones County, Mississippi, a farmer named Newton Knight led his neighbors, white and black alike, in an insurrection against the Confederacy at the height of the Civil War.

    Jonnie says: "A must read for Civil War and history buffs"
    "Disappointed"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really wanted to like this book as I love Civil War history. I found the story line to be moving from one insignificant area to another. After an hour or two I had yet to hear much about Jones. This book seems to be less about Jones and more about a large family who lived there.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I did like the narrator's voice. It was pleasant to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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