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Thomas

Plano, TX, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 12 reviews
  • 112 ratings
  • 397 titles in library
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  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6706)
    Performance
    (2016)
    Story
    (2033)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "Should be Award Winning"
    Overall

    If their was an award for books written and read by the author, this book should win. Truly a classic. I believe it will live on beyond the current year. It reveals so much of people and how they all have similar hopes and dreams. It makes a case for what the US is doing in the middle east and at the same time reveals the issues as internal to the countries there. I never would have guessed I would like this book. I was asked to read it by a friend. The audio version is a true delight. The author gives us the correct pronunciations which I could never have gotten from reading the book. The author gives us the true passion that existed in the charaters of his mind. Be prepared to feel strong emotion with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Douglas Rushkoff
    • Narrated By Douglas Rushkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Douglas Rushkoff, in tracing the roots of corporatism from the Renaissance to today, reveals the way it supplanted social interaction and local commerce and came to be regarded as a preexisting condition of our world, from the history of public relations to the relentless gentrification of America's urban neighborhoods. And he shows us how to fight back: how to de-corporatize ourselves, disengage from branded expectations, think locally, and return to the real world of human activity.

    A. Yerkes says: "Accessible Indictment of the Lost American Dream"
    "Some Redeeming Qualities"
    Overall

    I started listening to this book and thought at first he was an extreme liberal. Then I realized he is not. He is not Conservative either. He is challenging many of the basic assumptions in the world. This is the interesting part of this book. While I don't agree with much of what he says, I did find it fascinating to listen to. He touches on so many different topics. The book is very broad. The author does have this intense fear of authority. While Conservatives would prefer business to control, and Liberals would like the Government to control, Rushkoff doesn't want anything or anybody to have control. His perfect world is the small communities of the middle ages or Brooklyn in the 40s. I think the book is definitely worth listening to. It also presents some interesting information regarding how some companies do business.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Amity Shlaes
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (167)

    It's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression. Only through the stories of the common people who struggled during that era can we really understand how the nation endured. In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression. Rejecting the old emphasis on the New Deal, she turns to the neglected and moving stories of individual Americans, and shows how they helped establish the steadfast character we developed as a nation.

    Ray says: "One of the Best Books On the Subject"
    "Timely"
    Overall

    While some say this is revisionist history, many of the facts tell a different story. It shows why Capitalism is one of the few economic systems that truly works, whether we like it or not. The comments about "unpatriotic" weathly americans can apply to every person in America and what we all do. Most people are focused on themselves and therefore the economic system of a country needs to flourish when this happens. That is why Capitalism has been successful and why failed Socialistic economies like Russia have moved to it. In a broader sense, this book shows why redistribution of wealth does not work. This is an outstanding book at this time in history.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • The 39 Clues, Book 1: The Maze of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (481)

    What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family's power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 Clues? What if you were given a choice - take a million dollars and walk away...or get the first Clue? If you're Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the Clue - and begin a very dangerous race.

    Craig says: "Riordan Rulz"
    "Fun Alternative"
    Overall

    I think this is a fun alternative to many of things kids are doing today. The story includes a lot of history. It is a combination of National Treasure and the Davinci Code for kids. The combination of the website gives the kids a more intelligent alternative to webkinz. After listening to this book, I purchased two copies for my children ages 10 & 13. I think this will be fun to follow as additional books come out and the clues continue.

    7 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
    "In Depth"
    Overall

    Outstanding book that takes you through the whole story of Enron and Arthur Andersen. It allows you to know the personalities involved and make your own judgements. Very informative and enjoyable. Excellent reader also. It is a long book with lots of detail. I am very glad I listened to this book.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • DisneyWar

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James B. Stewart
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (259)

    Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

    Christine says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    What a great book! I found this book fascinating. It follows the history of the Disney company from 1984 through 2005. All the personalities. Many private conversations are revealed. Michael Eisner believed the author was documenting his legacy and opened many doors. What the author found was so fascinating that he needed to tell it straight rather than tell it from Michael's point of view.
    After visiting Disney World in January, I really felt the negative feelings coming over me. The greed that has truly effected the long-term potential value of the Disney name. This is the story of how it got to where it is today and of the people who are fighting to get the "real" Disney back.
    Anyone who is familiar with the products of the Disney company will appreciate and enjoy this book. It is a long book, but also a book that I really looked forward to listening to every day and didn't want it to end.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    In a stunning follow-up to her number one best seller Slander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today's war on terrorism.

    Mark says: "A bizarre phenomenon"
    "Many Facts not reported by the Press"
    Overall

    Clearly there is a group trying to discredit this book. The number of reviews alone on this book reveals an organized effort against it.
    Some recently disclosed facts that we don't hear about are revealed which only came to light since the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union Collapsed. McCarthy was right about many things he said. Roosevelt was advised by Communists in his organization. In the late fifties it was hard to believe. Now we know it was actually true. This book gets us thinking about all those things that we have assumed for many years and has us review the history and see where the ideas came from.
    This book is certainly written from the Conservative ideological point of view, but I believe that if the average american were asked if they thought communism was bad, they would have said yes. Ann Coulter points out that Democratic foreign policy accepted Communism while Republican foreign policy sought to destroy it.
    A well written book which deserves more discussion and not just a lot of one star reviews which are clearly out of anger or fear.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (304)

    Herriot continues the rich and rewarding day-to-day life of a small-town veterinarian, and we journey with him across the dales, meeting a whole new cast of unforgettable characters - humans, dogs, horses, lambs, parakeets - all of them drawn with the same infinite fascination, affection and insight that made James Herriot one of the most beloved authors of our time. And all the stories are warmly, evocatively told by the world-renowned "voice" of Dr. Herriot: Christopher Timothy.

    meredith says: "Marred by background noise"
    "Top of the Class"
    Overall

    This is one of the best authors and readers I've read. Both are 5 out of 5. The subject matter here is not something I thought I would like. I was pleasantly fascinated by it. I enjoyed each listening session very much. I am very happy I experienced it. You really need to experience one of these books and then evaluate for yourself if the subject matter will keep you coming back. The book contains a number of experiences of a country vet in Scotland. Some of the stories will stay with me the rest of my life. I never got the feeling that this book was repetitive, but I can see how future books may become that way.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Three Junes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By John Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (289)

    Three Junes is a vividly textured symphonic novel set on both sides of the Atlantic during three fateful summers in the lives of a Scottish family. Three Junes "almost threatens to burst with all the life it contains...extraordinary," says Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours.

    Dagmar says: "Beautiful Narration of a Wonderful Story!"
    "Journey into the Homosexual Mind"
    Overall

    This book takes the reader into the homosexual mind and the relationships between himself and other family members. This was the selection for my reading group and so it has become the most unenjoyable book I have ever finished. The people who might like this book are probably liberal, artistic, Greenwich village types who love the intellectual and discuss relationships and interactions between people. I believe the reader will either love or hate this book. She is a very good writer, but in my case I had absolutely no interest in the subject she chose to write about. This might commonly be referred to as a "chick" book.

    7 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • American Dreams

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Thomas says: "Entertaining"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    This was a story about a family from Chicago in the early 20th Century. We follow the family as each child has dreams that do not include working in their family business. I usually read non-fiction, but every once in a while I read some fiction. This was the kind of story I wanted to keep listening to. I was truly interested in the characters and what happened to them. It was fun.

    The story takes place around all the events of the early Century including the changes that impacted society with the war.

    Edward Herrmann was remarkable. A very talented reader.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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