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Thomas Steinmetz

Park City, Utah | Member Since 2007

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (20177)
    Performance
    (15728)
    Story
    (15674)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Bossypants?

    Great on SNL, great on 30 Rock, but really disappointing in print. I expected to laugh until I cried, but only moaned. Sorry, Tina.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Richard McGonagle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.

    John M says: "Unlikable Old Hickory"
    "Too many facts and figures without enough story"
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    Performance
    Story

    A history such as this, in particular a biography, should be "his story". I began this book with very little knowledge of this period of American history. Now I have a greater understanding of Jackson's contribution to American government. But I would have preferred the book to have been written as a story rather than a recitation of dates times places and people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rob Gifford
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    National Public Radio's Beijing correspondent Rob Gifford recounts his travels along Route 312, the Chinese Mother Road, the longest route in the world's most populous nation. Based on his successful NPR radio series, China Road draws on Gifford's 20 years of observing first-hand this rapidly transforming country, as he travels east to west, from Shanghai to China's border with Kazakhstan. As he takes listeners on this journey, he also takes them through China's past and present while he tries to make sense of this complex nation's potential future.

    Roberta says: "An Outstanding Book on China"
    "One sided protrait of a young new nation..."
    Overall

    Yes, China is a totalitarian state with many flaws, but I spend a month there and saw a different side of China. Optimism, entrepreneurship, growth and a much better standard of living for all have come from the heavy-handed government who are trying to do right by its citizens.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (33)

    Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago.

    Christal says: "my favorite book"
    "Sophomoric"
    Overall

    What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of death? Friends and family are central in life, but this is way too simplified. "Tuesdays" just didn't do anything for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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