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Steve Shorney

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  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3430)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1163)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Don't believe the hype!"
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    I wish I had listened to this before all the hype because I probably would have liked it better. Story takes place over many years and I found the characters to be very inconsistent. I kept thinking, I don't think that character would have done or reacted to that situation that way. And where is the humor? "The Corrections" had a few laugh out loud moments as does any scathing Phillip Roth view of Americana. This book missed multiple ooprtunities to grind salt into the wound with humor. Finally, I found the narrator to be smug, almost condescending as if he needs to read the novel with a snarky voice so we the reader will understand that this is satire... I f you want contemporary, dark, sad and funny I recommend "American Pastoral". Not easy to get through, but genius...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2275)
    Performance
    (1655)
    Story
    (1653)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "If you enjoy diplomatic bureaucracy"
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    and petty gossip of correspondents and diplomats, then this book may appeal to you. It never really want anywhere and I never felt like I was transported to pre-WW2 Germany. It is a snapshot in time but a rather washed out snapshot, I was hoping for vibrant kodochrome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Ride: How Digital Parasites are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Robert Levine
    • Narrated By Byron Wagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    How did the newspaper, music, and film industries go from raking in big bucks to scooping up digital dimes? Their customers were lured away by the free ride of technology. Now, business journalist Robert Levine shows how they can get back on track. On the Internet, “information wants to be free.” This memorable phrase shaped the online business model, but it is now driving the media companies on whom the digital industry feeds out of business. Today, newspaper stocks have fallen to all-time lows as papers are pressured to give away content, music sales have fallen by more than half....

    Dave says: "misleading subtitle"
    "Intersection of Business and Culture"
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    Great book for lovers of either business or contemporary culture books. This book is as much about the evolution of the internet as it is about media in the digital age. I think Mr. Levine's point about internet business models being built on "free content" that in reality is not free is right to the point. The culturee seems to be changing as businesses have discoved that free content is not self sustaining by the advertising model. Will customer attitudes toward "free content" evolve as well?

    It is a really easy listen and keeps moving without getting bogged down in legislation and bureaucracy. Good narration. Not sure what problem that guy was having with an echo. May be his device...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    George Smiley, one of the most brilliant spies in the world, is chosen to dig out a mole and destroy him. And so Smiley embarks on his blind night walk, retracing path after path into his own past - its aliases, covers, sleights of hand - burrowing into the dust of unresolved episodes.

    Valerie says: "Wonderful story that exercises the intellect"
    "Terrible quality recording"
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    I can't really speak for the novel itself because the quality of this recording is horrible and I finally had to give up. IT really is a shame b/c I am sure it is quite a good book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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