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Steve

Ventura, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Illustrated Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    Ray Bradbury's The Illustrated Man is a kaleidoscopic blending of magic, imagination, and truth, widely believed to be one of the grand master's premier accomplishments. Collected here are eighteen tales, startling visions of humankind's destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist's needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body.

    Beverly says: "Curling up with an old friend"
    "Creepy"
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    What would have made The Illustrated Man better?

    Nothing. It is what it is.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I would like to have listened to Inside Coca-Cola, but it is not in audio.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    What character would you cut from The Illustrated Man?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like nighmarish, creepy stories like the old Twilight Zones, this is your book. Although I did not like the stories, the narration was well done.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Anderson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (214)

    Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "The "Real" Story"
    "Worth Reading but Slow"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed reading this book because it gave me a much better understanding of the Middle East and the role T.E. Lawrence played there during WWI. However, it was a slow read rather than a page turner. It was also a little hard to follow all the characters. I thought the narrator did a good job. Would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kissinger: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    By the time Henry Kissinger was made secretary of state in 1973, he had become, according to a Gallup poll, the most admired person in America and one of the most unlikely celebrities ever to capture the world’s imagination. Yet Kissinger was also reviled by large segments of the American public, ranging from liberal intellectuals to conservative activists. Kissinger explores the relationship between this complex man's personality and the foreign policy he pursued.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A dissapointment"
    "OK, but too long and critical"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed finding out more about Kissinger, although it seemed like the author found fault with almost everything he did, with much of the criticism from the perspective of a Monday morning quarterback. It definitely could have been shortened. For example, we do not need to know the name of every dinner guest at Kissinger's parties. However, the book did give a good account of our getting out of Vietnam and what it was like working with Nixon. It also presented a moral dilemma for consideration. Is it better to work secretly and get things done like Kissinger and Nixon did, or be open and seek consensus in the democratic way and get little done or what does get done is watered down.

    I thought the narrator did a good job. At first I did not like his voice imitations, but they grew on me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nicolo Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Ian Richardson
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    How remarkable that an Italian living in the 15th and 16th centuries should lend his name to a word still in common usage in the English language today. Nicolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) wrote only one major work as a gift for his ruling Prince, Lorenzo de Medici. Machiavelli held office as a senior civil servant for 14 years until the downfall of the Republic in 1512. No longer officially employed to impart advice, instead Machiavelli poured out his ideas and resentment in his writings.

    Adam says: "The perfect narrator"
    "Must read"
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    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this book so they know what someone is talking about when they say someone is Machiavellian.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3645)
    Performance
    (1606)
    Story
    (1615)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Excellent"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a fascinating look at Einstein's life and times. Perhaps a bit technical when it came to describing his theories, but overall well worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1550)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1399)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Another outstanding book by Michael Lewis"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    No one can explore a topic with verve and enthusiasm quite like Michael Lewis. Here was a problem no one knew existed but is very ominous. I hope Mr. Lewis expose results in corrective measures. He tells the story well, bringing to life mundane topics with great visualizations. Dylan Baker does another great job of narrating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News - and Divided a Country

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Gabriel Sherman
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    When Rupert Murdoch enlisted Roger Ailes to launch a cable news network in 1996, American politics and media changed forever. Now, with a remarkable level of detail and insight, New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman brings Ailes’s unique genius to life, along with the outsize personalities - Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, and others - who have helped Fox News play a defining role in the great social and political controversies of the past two decades.

    Lawrence says: "A Monumental Achievement"
    "Interesting, but biased"
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    Any additional comments?

    The book was well narrated. The story behind Fox new and Roger Ailes was interesting. However, the book seemed overly negative regarding Mr. Ailes and the picture it painted of him, to the point where I wondered if the author had an agenda.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1907)
    Performance
    (1772)
    Story
    (1778)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Amazon Customer says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    "Must Listen"
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    Any additional comments?

    What a remarkable story. This ranks right up there with Unbroken. Everyone should read this book to fully appreciate the sacrifices and hard work our Navy Seals are doing. There is some patriotic ranting that you will have to put up with, buy it doesn't diminish the overall story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (10015)
    Performance
    (9071)
    Story
    (9145)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    George says: "Struggled to finish"
    "Wonderful Story"
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    Any additional comments?

    I had the pleasure of listening to this book on a long car ride with my 15 year old granddaughter. After arriving at our destination, I then read Divergent. We finished Insurgent on the ride home and are now listening to Allegiant. What a wonderful experience this has been. I can't wait for the movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7330)
    Performance
    (6718)
    Story
    (6723)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Good Read, But Not Dickens"
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    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. The story held me through the full 800 pages and the character development for the most part was very good. That is especially true of the main characters, Theo, Boris, Mrs. Barber, Theo's mother and father, Sandra and Hobbie. I want to be like Hobbie. What a saintly, rich person. The development of Kitsy and Pippa was not as strong.

    The writing has been compared to that of Dickens, and I would have to say it falls short of that. Dickens was able to get into the sordid side of life with humor and without making the reader feel oppressed by it. The humor is definitely missing in this book, but it did manage to avoid the oppressive part by painting Theo as an innocent, naïve victim of his circumstances.

    The portrayal of Theo as having little control over his fate and casting him in a somewhat fatalistic light, both for his life and for life in general. is something I cannot accept, so this put me somewhat at odds with the author. There was also a little too much drug use for my taste.

    The reading by David Pittu is superb. He brought the book to life with his inflections and voices.

    Overall, I would recommend this book, but do not see it being a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Leander Kahney
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (194)

    The best-selling author of Inside Steve's Brain profiles Apple's legendary chief designer, Jonathan Ive. Jony Ive's designs have not only made Apple one of the most valuable companies in the world; they've overturned entire industries, from music and mobile phones to PCs and tablets.

    Shamu from New York says: "Not an authorized bio - don't expect Isaacson"
    "OK, but not compelling"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I am more interested in the person than all the technical background on products and design. It was big on technical and short on depth re Jony Ive as a person.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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