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Marilyn G. Carmichael

I'm a retired secondary social studies teacher and educational administrator living in Buffalo, NY. I love to read through audiobooks.

Buffalo, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 177 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014

  • Kane and Abel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Jason Culp

    William Lowell Kane and Abel Rosnovski, one the son of a Boston millionaire, the other a penniless polish immigrant-born on the same day near the turn of the century on opposite sides of the world-are brought together by fate and the quest of a dream. Two men - ambitious, powerful, ruthless - are locked in a relentless struggle to build an empire, fueled by their all-consuming hatred.

    Elliot says: "Kane & Abel - 30 years later"
    "Archer's writing grabs you!"
    What made the experience of listening to Kane and Abel the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was exceptional and believeable.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Abel Rosnovsky was the most interesting character owing to the circumstances of his birth and the ways he was saved by folks in his life.

    If you could take any character from Kane and Abel out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would dine with Abel for sure at the Baron in Warsaw!

    Any additional comments?

    Well worth my time. Archer can sure write a good yarn!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Fatal Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    No one liked CC de Poitiers - certainly none of the residents of the village of Three Pines, each of whom CC had managed to offend. Therein lies the challenge for the Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, called in once again from Montreal to investigate murder in this hamlet. CC has been killed in an apparent electrical accident, and everyone in town has a motive, even the inspector's good friends.

    danpri says: "Complex, but worthwhile...."
    "Exceptionally well written mystery!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Fatal Grace to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The audio edition is so well articulated and spoken that you want to "read" the book without putting it down.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Fatal Grace?

    The description of the idyllic village of Three Pines; the character of Armond Garmouche as both a humble and brilliant chief detective; the likelihood of many possible murderers; the final unraveling of the mystery. The whole book is so realistically portrayed that you want to walk into the village and meet all those who populate this marvelous book.

    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    His spoken abilities with French and English alike.

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

    Hold your breath and the plot turns...

    Any additional comments?

    READ IT! I'm so loving Louise Penny's mysteries that I am on to the next one. I'm her newest fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Isaacson brings Jobs to life."
    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This biography is outstanding in its recollected conversations; personality of Steve Jobs; his fierce and singular world view; his legacy at Pixar and Appple. Isaacson is a superb biographer in my estimation for he knows how to spin an interesting story that brings Jobs to life. I am so much better informed about Apple vs Microsoft, about the difference in computer platforms, about the thinking that informs these technologies. As a result, I can appreciate Apple's beautifully designed user experience but at the same time rebel at the lack of choices and costs associated with it. But no one can doubt that the force of Steve Job's vision propelled Apple ipod, ipad, and imac to dominance in the consumer market.

    What other book might you compare Steve Jobs to and why?

    The biography of Louis Zamperini as told by Laura Hillenbrand in UNBROKEN is so well written and memorable that it is unforgettable. The difference between the two biographies is that Zamperini is much more likeable than Steve Jobs, suffered and redeemed himself. Two vastly different types of men who both made an impact on the world, each is their own way based upon their choices and circumstances they lived with.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Steve Jobs betrays Steve Wozniak when he "forgets' to tell him about the bonus payment. You see that lack of character and narcissism that characterizes Jobs. It isn't a happy experience but it tells a great deal about Jobs.

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

    Steve Jobs' neglect of his daughter Erin.

    Any additional comments?

    As a human being, I found myself liking the man less despite my respect for his achievements in the marketplace. His general lack of philanthropy. His focus on the company leaves the product in a better place, but does not contribute to humanity like many of his peers do for the betterment of folks with lesser means. Too bad. You wonder why Steve Jobs had to be such a tyrant...could he not have achieved what he did by being a reasonable, stable, good man??? You have to wonder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let the Great World Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Colum McCann
    • Narrated By Richard Poe, Gerard Doyle, Carol Monda, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A Pushcart Prize-winning author and contributor to the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and GQ, Colum McCann is renowned for his carefully constructed character studies. No exception, Let the Great World Spin follows the fortunes of a menagerie of New Yorkers through a day in 1974 - the day of Philippe Petit's death defying tightrope walk between the newly built Twin Towers.

    Robert says: "An essential addition to your Audible library."
    "McCann knows how to write!"
    What did you love best about Let the Great World Spin?

    The writing is superb. McCann knows how to write. His characters are so real and human that you can't help but know he understands people and the lives they spin.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Corrigan was my favorite because his portrait is drawn so clearly as if the author knew this fictional person by heart.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The different voices gave birth to each person's part in the story.

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

    Frankly, I got frustrated by too much writing....over-written if you will - when concise connections strongly offered might have served the author well. The center premise of the high wire walker as the common element wasn't strong enough to hold a meaningful connection between all the stories. I believe it could have been but McCallum didn't draw it out sufficiently for me. I guess I would have shortened the stories in order to elaborate on the metaphor of high wire walking for life in greater depth.

    Any additional comments?

    I realized I needed more meaningful connections between the stories than was offered. However, my constructive criticism also appreciates how well the stories are written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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