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Baltimore, MD, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 109 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Four Blind Mice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J. Fernandez, Michael Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Detective Alex Cross returns in his most harrowing case yet - one that risks the life of his closest friend and partner, John Sampson. Cross and Sampson go deep behind military lines to confront the most ruthless killers they have ever encountered - and their even more threatening controller. Discovering the identity of this lethal genius will prove to be Cross' most terrifying challenge ever.

    James says: "Another Knock At the Door"
    "Great for Flying"

    I listened to the book over a period of a couple of weeks while flying between BWI and Florida. First time in my life that I was fervently hoping for a delay to the flight so that I could listen some more. The suspense is outstanding. The love scenes are OK, but about as good as Tom Clancy (if you know what I mean).

    The plot develops nicely and has quite a few twists and turns. I could not predict what the ending would be, although I was teased by the foreshadowing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: The Original Scroll

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By John Ventimiglia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Though Jack Kerouac began thinking about the novel that was to become On the Road as early as 1947, it was not until three weeks in April 1951 that he wrote the first full draft that was satisfactory to him. Typed out as one long, single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper that he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll, this document is among the most significant, celebrated, and provocative artifacts in contemporary American literary history.

    Chris says: "Stellar, if you know what you're getting into"
    "On the Road with On the Road"

    Thanks to Audible, we listened to the book as the cracked asphalt road unwound and lead us on our own road trip. Past old farm houses in sad decay, and overly happy McDonald's franchises filled with football watching farmers in camouflage hats buying mediocre mass produced burgers for shallow adolescents innocently unaware of the profound lack of profoundness that characterized their lives. Blissfully ignorant of anything beyond American Idol, and incognizant of the world of ideas, past and present, outside of the gleaming plastic temple of Ronald McDonald.

    Long, Mindless stretches of Interstate punctuated by side trips to little towns that used to be, but no longer were, and through a layer of dust and decay still evoked the spirit of Kerouac's bus stops. The train stations were closed, silent cold and dead except for a few near bedroom communities which housed Yuppie restaurants serving the more prosperous descendents of Kerouac's generation.

    Less intense than the experiences of Kerouac, but Lexus comfortable with an American Express card that would obviate the need to choose between a fifth of Jack or a bologna sandwich in a broken down diner near the railroad tracks. The hitch hikers had vanished much as the Elk vanished from Elk Ridge a century ago, but both their ghosts lingered along the side of the roads.

    Although unpolished (in this edition), Jack’s prose glistened with imagination and poetic promise. A story less about characters that we care about and more about a generation seeking to learn about alternatives to the culture that they were born into and/or trapped into. A story about writers becoming writers while traveling in search of traveling and searching.

    A joy to listen to. An adventure to read. One of the best readers that we have listened to. If you dig it, buy it.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Rebecca says: "A Blinkin' Good Read"
    "Great Listen"

    My wife and I are very well read in psychology and weren't expecting much of interest. However, on a long car trip, we were totally fascinated - the miles actually passed too fast. Wonderful book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "A fun read."

    This book is the Democrat's answer to right-wing talk radio.

    Right Wing folks: You will HATE this book. Do not read it if you believe Rush and/or do not have extra blood pressure (and other) drugs handy. On the other hand, your left-wing friends (like me) may quote from the book, so you might want to know what we're thinking. (This is why I occasionally listen to Rush.)

    Center Folks: You will find this book interesting, as it is one of the few answers to assertions made on right-wing talk radio. If you can get past the author's "attitude" problem, you will enjoy the humor.

    Left Wing Folks: Friends, this book will not just be a joy for you to read, but is essential reading for you. Interesting stories, interesting facts. Kind of fun to watch a "hero" try to set things straight. Suggest that you try to be less combative, though.

    Everyone: Folks, no matter which political party we belong to or what we sincerely believe, let's all do our best to tell the truth least WE be the next target of this very sharp, poison pen. :-)

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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