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Linda

Waterford, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 36 ratings
  • 540 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • War and Peace, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (640)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (355)

    War and Peace is one of the greatest monuments in world literature. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, it examines the relationship between the individual and the relentless march of history. Here are the universal themes of love and hate, ambition and despair, youth and age, expressed with a swirling vitality which makes the book as accessible today as it was when it was first published in 1869.

    Matt says: "A Truly Great Book and a Truly Astounding Narrator"
    "An amazing and sweeping work"
    Overall

    Listening to a book written more than 100 years ago about a country that I was told by the media/government was an 'enemy' gives me comfort that what I'm going through - at work, at home, in governmental gyrations - has all been experienced before. Mankind survived that period of time, and will survive this. This is everything you could want in a classic - romance, comedy, action, history, philosophy, sadness - plus it gave me a view of wars that were not covered well in American history because our participation was limited to funding Napoleon through the Louisiana Purchase.
    The reader is excellent, and gives life to the characters.
    It's broken into short 'books' - 2 to 4 hour segments, so you don't have to listen to 30 continuous hours.
    I think his philosophy is still relevant, and his opinion on historians and their perspective was interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Piketty, Arthur Goldhammer (translator)
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (490)

    What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories.

    Madeleine says: "The Financial Times' Critique Doesn't Detract"
    "Economics/Finance Refresher Course"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an outstanding book. I felt like it was a refresher course in economics and finance, but was pleased at how much I remembered after 30 years.
    You can get a lot out of it even if you don't understand or remember what is being said in detail. Thankfully he repeats what the formulas mean frequently, but the conclusions are stated so that even if you don't understand the formulas, you understand what his thesis means for the future of the world. And it's not pretty. I agree with him that "super managers" don't "deserve" their multi-million dollar salaries. I've worked with some CEO's in my career as an accountant, and they're no more productive than the average worker, and many times much less.
    After listening to this, I was very disappointed to see on my tax update that there is a move to eliminate the Estate Tax in the US, exactly the opposite of what we need to do! The rich get even richer!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cold, Cold Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (1228)
    Story
    (1224)

    Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

    Alan says: "What a stunning book"
    "I Felt Like I Was In Ireland"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Adrian McKinty tells a wonderful story, and Gerard Doyle is a great narrator. I get bored when the climactic chase scene is dragged out and every detail of the car bumping over the road is spelled out. Mr. McKinty does not do that, and the climactic scenes are not one long chase scene around streets, but twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.
    I also like Mr. McKinty's understanding of how sociopaths think, and how he weaves that into the story in a very subtle way. His blog is really good, too. He posts frequently, and it's kind of fun to feel like you can interact with him through the comments.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chiefs

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1547)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (950)

    In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

    karen says: "In my 'Top Ten' books of all time!"
    "Good book."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is not so much a mystery as a multi-generational story. It's about the change that happened in the South from a cotton based segregated economy to an integrated industrial based one, and the social changes that took place along with that change. (Of course, I'm an accountant, so I see most things from an economic point of view.)


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

    I liked that the author is not graphic with the violence. I like murder mysteries, but I don't want to hear about the details of blood flying all over, or the mental anguish of a victim.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a northerner, but I thought the reader did a good job of the slow drawn out speech of the South.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conquering Gotham: The Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jill Jonnes
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    The demolition of Penn Station in 1963 destroyed not just a soaring neoclassical edifice, but also a building that commemorated one of the last century's great engineering feats: the construction of railroad tunnels into New York City. Now, in this gripping narrative, Jill Jonnes tells this fascinating story - a high-stakes drama that pitted the money and will of the nation's mightiest railroad against the corruption of Tammany Hall, the unruly forces of nature, and the machinations of labor agitators.

    Edouard says: "A good tale of the times"
    "Business history"
    Overall

    This was a good book, and it did make me feel better that politicians are probably a little better now than they were then. Only criticism is that I doubt Cassatt was the saint she makes him out to be. You don't rise to that level by being a 'nice guy' even if you're very honest and forthright, and have the best of intentions.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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