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United States | Member Since 2008

  • 3 reviews
  • 94 ratings
  • 367 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015

  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Suzn F says: "Big Brother Employer"
    "Terrible reader - predictable oversimplified story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The story had promise, but fell short as it was overly simplistic. Also the reader was really poor.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The book ends abruptly. There is a bit of a twist at the end, but then the book tries to wrap up a few loose ends too quickly. It's clear this book was written in hopes that a sequel could be made.

    What didn’t you like about Dion Graham’s performance?


    Could you see The Circle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, but hopefully it would be made more interesting.

    Any additional comments?

    This story has a lot of promise. The basic idea is solid, but the book never deals with some of the key factors that may make practices of "the circle" essentially impossible in the real world. I kept thinking that real people wouldn't just blindly go along with all of the things that happen in the book. The book reads like a rough draft. About 30 percent should have been removed or rewritten to make it more interesting and more believable.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Most Expensive Game in Town: The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today’s Families

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Hyman
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain

    A look at how commercialization has transformed youth sports from fun into a heavily commercialized and profitable venture. Examining the youth sports economy from many sides - the major corporations, the small entrepreneurs, the coaches, the parents, and, of course, the kids - Hyman probes the reasons for rapid changes in what gets bought and sold in this lucrative marketplace. He reveals the effects on kids and profiles the individuals and communities bucking this destructive trend of commercialization.

    Susie says: "The True Cost of Youth Sports"
    "Enjoyed, but wanted more statistics or takeaways"
    What did you love best about The Most Expensive Game in Town?

    Good information. Great to get some insight into some of the specifics that are happening.

    Have you listened to any of Mike Chamberlain’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Reader was good. I've heard him to other books, and he's got a perfect voice for statistical based non fiction.

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

    You're ruining your kids lives.

    Any additional comments?

    Overall I liked the book. However, I wish there was more statistical analysis on what happens to kids who's parent actually spend all the money on sports. I also wish there was more info on how valuable (or lack of value) there is in spending money on kids before a certain age - meaning how much does it actually help to spend 1k on training for an 8 year old.

    The author provides a lot of good information, but makes very few statements like - based on this information you should do (or at least consider) XXXXXX.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Hated the ending"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like twisted, dark books, with characters who are unlikable, you'll like this book.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's an interesting story, but the characters are just so unlikable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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