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Steve G. Bjorg

San Diego, CA USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Dude, Where's My Country?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael Moore
    • Narrated By D. David Morin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    He is the scourge of Stupid White Men everywhere. He's taken on fat cats, gun nuts, lying politicians. The Guardian describes him as "a wake-up call, a kick in the mental backside." And now, Michael Moore is back, daring to ask the most urgent question of these perilous times: Dude, Where's My Country?

    Carl says: "I am politically to the left - this is just bad"
    "Entertaining at first, then repetitive"
    Overall

    After enjoying considerably 'Lying Liars', I was looking forward to Moore's book. My first disapointment was the fact that it is not read by Moore. Surely, I could have caught that when I read the book's description, but given Moore's documentarian background, I assumed it as a given. Initial negative impression aside, I did enjoy the first half quite a bit. However at some point after that, Moore derails in his rhetoric and instead of providing examples for his criticism, he just criticises. Somehow, I found the latter not nearly as enjoyable as the former.
    In the end, I'm still glad to have bought the book, but it wasn't as good as I expected it to be.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of War

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu, Introduction by Stefan Rudnicki
    • Narrated By Ron Silver, B.D. Wong
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    "To win without fighting is best," Sun Tzu said. For the Chinese philosopher/general war was synchronic with life. Tzu viewed the world as a network of combat zones where the stakes were high and struggle was the primary mode of being, where no one was to be trusted, and survival depended on nothing less than unconditional victory. Actors Ron Silver and B.D. Wong narrate this 2,500-year-old work of wisdom that continues to guide and inspire people of all cultures, teaching the principles of strategy required in everything from sports, to business, to affairs of the heart. Augmented by commentary and anecdotes, this audio edition maintains the pure, near-poetic tone of the original.

    gestroud says: "Good book with an audio flaw"
    "Great book, bad rendition"
    Overall

    I can't fault the book, I actually liked its content. However, I do mind the fact that the producers of the audio title found it necessary to include musical transition, especially since this title is already abridged.
    I highly recommend you find another publisher for this work, because what I listened to can only be improved upon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pattern Recognition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (234)

    Cayce Pollard is an expensive, spookily intuitive market-research consultant. In London on a job, she is offered a secret assignment: to investigate some intriguing snippets of video that have been appearing on the Internet. An entire subculture of people is obsessed with these bits of footage, and anybody who can create that kind of brand loyalty would be a gold mine for Cayce's client. But when her borrowed apartment is burgled, she realizes there's more to this project than she had expected.

    Laura says: "Not Unabridged"
    "Amazing level of detail"
    Overall

    Ok, so this review is a little complicated. First, I must admit that the initial few hours were really hard to sustain. At times, I would completly zone out, because Gibson provided so many details in his descriptions and I didn't know what to do with them. However, after approx. four hours, the protagonist came across sites I had visited myself, and then it struck as to how well Gibson caught the nuances I was familiar with myself. After that point, I really became engaged into all the side-arcs that he launches himself into. The story itself is OK, but the book is really elevated by the amount of detail Gibson offers. He really breathes a level of realism into the narration that make 'Pattern Recognition' a worthwhile experience.
    If you're not into lenghty descriptions and want a fast paced mystery novel, this book is not for you. However if you like stories rich in detail that capture life's diversity, this book will not only be entertaining, it will be captivating.

    2 of 2 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
    Overall
    (2064)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (312)

    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"
    "Al Franken is just plain fun"
    Overall

    I'm not sure what I enjoyed more, the witty remarks and comments of Al Franken or the way he delivered them. However, I do know that this book is the best political comedy I've read so far.
    Of course, as many comedy books, by the time you reach the end, the comedic edge has been worn off to a certain degree. However, the first three-quarters make greatly up for this.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Government

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Patrick Frederic
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    In Max Barry's twisted, hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations; employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly-traded security firms. Jennifer Government is a Catch-22 for the New World Order, a satire both broad and pointed, deeply funny and disturbingly on-target.

    Yicheng says: "Fun!"
    "Hilarious and captivating"
    Overall

    'Jennifer Government' is by no means a great book, but it sure is an entertaining one. Max Barry takes us on a great ride through a bitterly absurd future where corporations are so influential as to virtually replace governments.
    The story is generally well paced. My only complaint would be that I didn't find out as much as I would have liked to know about Jennifer. However, I just saw that there is an unabridged version. Had I seen this earlier, I would have bought it instead.
    For fans of fiction and action alike, Max Berry provides good, solid, and not-so-deep entertaining read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21464)
    Performance
    (12941)
    Story
    (13071)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Too long for its conent"
    Overall

    I liked the premise of Ender's Game, but the story moved way too slowly. It's really too bad since there were some very interesting characters, but they didn't receive enough time. Instead, we get an almost day-by-day account of Ender's life. It works for the first few chapters, but eventually it becomes too much. I dosed off a few times while listening and found that I no problem continuing even so I had no idea what had happened for the last 20 minutes. Not a good sign for information density. Also, we are never really given an opportunity to empathize with our strange world. Making worrying about its destruction difficult.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Haddon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3885)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1637)

    Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

    Robert says: "Endearing. Pathos, humor, reality, and insight."
    "Very interesting storytelling"
    Overall

    It was really refreshing to read a mystery novel -- at least, kind of a mystery novel -- from this unique perspective. I felt the author managed to convey quite well the protagonist's different perception of the world. I highly recommend to anyone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10360)
    Performance
    (5625)
    Story
    (5657)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Overrated"
    Overall

    This book had been highly recommended. However, I must admit that I never really bonded with the protagonist. So, all of his fortune and misfortune produced no emotional response on me. The story was OK at best. Original in some ways, but generally slow moving and boring. In short, this book is not for everyone.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Re-imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Peters
    • Narrated By Tom Peters
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    What, according to Tom Peters, Chairman of Tom Peters Company, is the problem with the way people do business today? Well-intentioned people who like to get things done are being thwarted at every step of the way by absurd organizational barriers and by the egos of petty tyrants.

    Chris says: "not that great"
    "Interesting Ideas"
    Overall

    I like Tom Peter's view on modern business. However, I was a little surprised by how monotone his voice was for his own book. The printed edition has technicolor all over the place, but the audio version seems black-and-white. If it wasn't for Tom's message, I would have given it only two stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need: 101 Ways to Win Every Time in Any Situation

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Peter B. Stark, Jane Flaherty
    • Narrated By Peter B. Stark, Jane Flaherty
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    In The Only Negotiating Guide You'll Ever Need, Peter Stark and Jane Flaherty, celebrated consultants to some of the country's top companies, take the dread out of persuasion. Their 101 winning tactics make powerful negotiating skills easy and accessible, giving you tools and knowledge you can put to use right away. Each tactic has a clever and memorable name, a true-to-life example of how to use it, and suggested counter tactics in case someone tries it on you.

    Ernie says: "Ive already made money from this book!"
    "Very good presentation and very good material"
    Overall

    This book really shines by the quality of its presentation. Both authors did a very good job in conveying their material. I wish more books were as entertaining and skillfully crafted as this one. Definitively one of my most enjoyable listens. I highly recommend it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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