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Mark

Louisville, CO, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 9 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (537)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "Heartfelt story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed the family dynamic in this story. The relationships were complicated but filled with love. I was tempted to fast forward a couple of times, but I never wanted to give up on the story. I just wanted to get through and find out what happened to her brother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2665)
    Performance
    (2379)
    Story
    (2398)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    FanB14 says: "Soap Opera Digest"
    "Interesting story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story winds around more than I initially had predicted. I thought the characters were realistic in their natures that were both good and bad mixed into each of them. I really appreciated how the author brought everyone together in the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Smart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (502)

    On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

    Erin says: "Uplifting?"
    "Well done, Elizabeth"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had a hard time listening to this book, but only because it is such a horrifying tale. I thought it was intelligently written. In some ways, I felt that a different narrator might have been easier to listen to. I was uncomfortable hearing her have to repeat her nightmare to the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1245)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Wonderful Characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I truly enjoyed the protagonist of this story. He was endearing in a completely odd way. I couldn't stop listening to the story. I found myself looking for errands to run, so that I could turn the book back on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11196)
    Performance
    (9685)
    Story
    (9654)

    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.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Ignores Jobs' most basic principle"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Steve spent his life obsessing over details and turning out great products. So it's ironic that his authorized biography is so profoundly not-great.

    Walter Isaacson is presumably a capable writer, or he wouldn't have been chosen for this project. But the book has a raw and unfinished feel. Phrases and quotes are repeated ad nauseum throughout different sections of the book. In several places, the author makes an elementary statement, then follows it up with a quote that is nearly verbatim to the original statement. In one chapter, he uses a half dozen bizarre and clumsy sexual references to describe Jobs' relationship with John Sculley. The entire book is sorely in need of editing for brevity, and the early chapters in particular seem to have missed the editor's pen. The reader is left with the feeling that the author knew he was going to sell a gazillion books regardless of content, so he spent half the time that he should have done working and reworking his text.

    After spending hundreds of hours with Jobs and his various business associates, Walter Isaacson has turned out the Windows Vista of biographies. Clearly, he was focused on making a profit, not on making a great product.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pimsleur Spanish I

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    ?Hablas Espaqol? Pimsleur is "numero uno" when it comes to learning a language, using a unique teaching method based on the way we learn as children.

    Michelle says: "Excellent"
    "Me gusta"
    Overall

    These lessons are a pleasure to listen to. They are challenging, but put together in such a way that the language is retained. Well worth the price!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1580)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (581)

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    Elysabeth Cummings says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
    "A master storyteller tells us . . . a master story"
    Overall

    Jon Krakauer is like my mother-in-law. Both are engaging storytellers with a gift for keeping the listener riveted on the subject, even if we are already familiar with it. But like my mother-in-law, Krakauer is not above coloring the facts to make them fit the story he wants to tell.

    I'm a practicing Mormon with an interest in the history of the Church. I am aware that the Church is imperfect and that current Church leadership tends to gloss over less desirable points of its history.

    Krakauer has a fascinating story to tell in the Lafferty murders. But he tries too hard to reconcile the Laffertys, modern Mormon fundamentalism and religious extremism generally with early Church history and the mainstream Mormon church. To make the story fit, he uses exaggeration (such as the "unconditional obedience" supposedly demanded of modern latter-day Saints), patently untrue generalizations (e.g., the statement that "most Mormons" will eventually travel to New York for the Hill Cumorah Pageant), and silly anecdotes apparently fabricated from whole cloth (like the bizzare allegation that "Mormons the world over" have committed 5:16 p.m., the time of Joseph Smith's death, to memory). Similarly amusing is his claim that Mormons refer to non-Mormons as "gentiles," a word that passed out of favor among mainstream Mormons 40 years ago and that is literally never heard in the modern church.

    Most disturbing is Krakauer's willingness to present his hypotheses about historical controversies as truth. He even attributes feelings and motivations manufactured by him to figures such as Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, apparently to help the story flow.

    The narration is bad. ApPROXimately EVery THIRD SYLLable is EMPHasized.

    The book is enjoyable despite its faults. I don't recommend against it, but do take it with a grain of salt. This is not a history, but a historical miniseries in print. The story is great, but the truth remains firmly in second place.

    22 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Your Mac Life, 1-Month Subscription

    • NONE (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shawn King
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Your Mac Life, hosted by Shawn King, is one of the most popular Mac broadcasts in the world. Download and listen to this weekly, Web-based "radio show" about and for Apple and Mac users. Stay on top of the what's new in the world of Macs, listen to interviews with Mac-related newsmakers, and pick up technical tips to help you make the most of your Mac.

    James says: "Fun to listen, and sometimes I learn stuff"
    "What am I missing?"
    Overall

    I subscribed to this as a less-time-consuming alternative to the WSJ. I've been a Mac lover since 1984 but left the fold during the mid-90's. I just bought a new PowerMac after a long hiatus. What could be better (thought I) than a radio show with current Mac information? I think a radio show with current Mac information could be great, but this particular show is unbearably long and boring. I kept fast-forwarding, thinking, "This is just the preliminary stuff, and pretty soon the real show is going to start."

    No such luck. This show is 20% commercials and promos (Another iPod Shuffle giveaway, but this time, only to diabetic college students), 60% unfunny jokes and uninteresting chat ("Hey, shout out to Bessie in Orlando!"), 15% content that I already knew (how a stock split works) or don't care about (obscure Photoshop tips), and 5% useful information. I really tried to like this show but just couldn't. Based on the reviews, a lot of people like it--but then lots of people enjoy Dr. Who, too. Count me out.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Money Mischief: Episodes in Monetary History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Milton Friedman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    What kind of mischief can result from misunderstanding the monetary system? The work of 2 obscure Scottish chemists destroyed the presidential prospects of William Jennings Bryan, as well as Franklin D. Roosevelt's decision to appease a few senators from the American West who helped communism triumph in China, are just 2 such mishaps cited in this important work by Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. This accessible work also provides an in-depth discussion on the creation of value.

    James says: "This book is not unabridged."
    "Lots of that stuff you always wanted to understand"
    Overall

    This is a very close look at monetary systems from a surprisingly neutral position. Friedman is 100% apolitical in this analysis of the theory and practice of the phenomenon we call money. You'll no longer take it for granted after reading this book. Does it matter that the U.S. dollar is not tied to a gold exchange rate? What causes inflation? Why do currencies fluctuate in value against one another? These questions are answered in at least as much detail as the average reader will care to know. The book is sometimes repetetive and sometimes simply too deep (or maybe I'm just not quite bright enough to keep up with the author). But I felt it was a worthwhile listen, if for no other reason than I can now talk intelligently to my "gold-bug" brother about the subject of money.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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