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Michelle

I love audio books, fiction and nonfiction. I seem to be drawn to the Scandinavian writers and their narrators.

Rio Rancho, NM, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Falling Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    In the opening scene of Falling Man, Keith Neudecker emerges from the smoke and ash of the burning tower where he worked, and makes his way to the apartment of his ex-wife and young son uptown. Throughout this bold and haunting novel, DeLillo traces the way the events of September 11 kindled or rekindled relationships, reconfigured our emotional landscape, our memory, and our perception of the world.

    T. C. Pile says: "Since the planes..."
    "Storytelling? Not!"
    Overall

    I have no idea if the book is good or not - it was the worst narration to which I have listened. There was no storytelling skill by the narrator. I expect different voices or inflections of voice or some way to discern the differences among the characters' speech, but there was none. Thus, I had trouble keeping track of who was saying what - the first time in countless audiobooks I have experienced. I would not recommend this audiobook.

    9 of 15 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
    (2091)
    Performance
    (1859)
    Story
    (1864)

    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"
    "Fascinating Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am leery when authors read their own work, but thought I'd take a chance on O'Reilly. It paid off. I am of the age that I can remember what I was doing when Kennedy was shot, so I appreciated the history. After having read King's 1964, I looked at events and at the man in a different light. Kennedy was still an amazing man, and with his inauguration speech formed my lifelong value of looking for what I could contribute, not for what was in it for me for any particular endeavor.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2942)
    Performance
    (2115)
    Story
    (2123)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "I want in the plex!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved this book for the content. I have learned so much about the internet in general, and how clever the Googlers really are. And principled - who does that these days in business? They deserve every bit of their success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2068)
    Performance
    (1404)
    Story
    (1408)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "Jo Nesbo is one of my favorites"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Jo Nesbo's writing about an imperfect character trying to rise above his own failings to do the right thing. Sometimes he succeeds, sometimes he fails. Can't wait to read the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2176)
    Performance
    (1729)
    Story
    (1730)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Interesting but less than scientific"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked the book - it held my interest. However, it cannot be taken as a book of complete facts. A lot of people in the industry take issue with it. That said, I did have a boss that would score high on the PCL! Interesting view of our corporate leaders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1092)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Gare&Sophia says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "Makes Total Sense"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was skeptical about a trait such as charisma touted as one that could be earned. I think I was wrong. The book was laid out logically and made effective use of powerful examples. Ms. Cobane should be making money hand over fist as a consultant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17881)
    Performance
    (13727)
    Story
    (13672)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Not to be listened to in a library"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My roommate had to ask me not to listen when she was trying to sleep - she couldn't get over all the giggling and belly laughs. Tina Fey writes such intelligent comedy and her delivery is perfect. If laughing adds minutes to your longevity, I am a couple of years ahead after reading this thoroughly entertaining book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3573)
    Performance
    (2041)
    Story
    (2055)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Entertainingly informative"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Stiff rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    In the nonfiction category somewhere in the middle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters


    What does Shelly Frasier bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Shelly informs some of the passages with humor by her vocal timings and inflections.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It was very informative and highlighted some misconceptions I had about the subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Choke

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (148)

    Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's controversial and blazingly original debut novel, introduced a fresh and even renegade talent to American fiction, one who has retooled the classic black humor of Terry Southern and Kurt Vonnegut for the lunacy of the millennial age. In this novel, Choke, he gives listeners a vision of life and love and sex and mortality that is both chillingly brilliant and teeth-rattlingly funny.

    Pamela says: "Oh please, not another abridged!!!"
    "So So for Choke"
    Overall

    It was a book I wasn't sure I was enjoying, but none the less could not stop. The author should have left the reading to a professional, as his flat style was a bit of a distraction. Would not recommend to most people.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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