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Bellevue, WA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Treachery In Death: In Death, Book 32

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1914)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1194)

    In a New York City fifty years in the future, Detective Eve Dallas tracks down those who break the law - including the ones sworn to uphold it. Eve Dallas and her partner, Peabody, are following up on a brutal, senseless crime - an elderly grocery owner killed by three stoned punks for nothing more than kicks and snacks. And for the first time, Peabody is primary detective on the case, which means she has to get used to a new level of authority and responsibility. Good thing she learned the ropes from a master like Eve. But after rounding up the perps, Peabody stumbles upon a much trickier situation.

    Jean says: "Treachery in Death"
    "Didn't work for me"
    Overall

    I must live in a different world from most of the rest of the reviewers.... The narrator’s style and exaggerated character interpretations grated on me. The interaction of the characters, and the characters themselves, seemed clichéd. The plot was reasonably well thought out, but the execution seemed to feed on bitchy female behavior. The three main female characters just didn't pan out as well-developed, mature women - despite many attempts to portray them as that. Pulling hair, indeed. The author needed to go there?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9573)
    Performance
    (4107)
    Story
    (4118)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Well worth the reminder"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book and agree with its basic premises. (I do take issue with the broad brush assertion that "middle class" parents provide better upbringing for their children than "poorer class" parents, with lifelong detrimental consequenses. I've seen examples of unsuccessful parenting from all classes of our society.) But this is a very good book and well narrated. None of us do it alone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Company Man

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (162)

    Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

    James says: "Nail-biting suspense"
    "Kind of a B movie thing"
    Overall

    A bit cheesy, with a little bit of everything to entertain: dirty business, murder and crazy people, with the essentially good-hearted hero at the center. Not bad for an easy listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Christopher Nissley
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (148)

    Our world is being transformed by the Internet and the near limitless choice that it provides to consumers; tomorrow's markets belong to those who can take advantage of this. The Long Tail is really about the economics of abundance, an entirely new model for business that is just starting to show its power as unlimited selection reveals new truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it.

    Jim says: "Good Book, Flawed by Repition"
    "Important and enlightening"
    Overall

    I've almost finished listening to this book; I think I'm saving it so it doesn't end. It's been revealing and meaningful, well put-together, well narrated, and empowering to those of us at the really thin end of the long tail.

    One of it's messages, about the importance of our ability to filter, to search, and to use peer recommendations to find related and relevant content, has changed the way I evaluate web sites (including this one) and led me to post this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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