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alissa

Flusing, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Edwards
    • Narrated By Douglas Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (840)

    Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

    Stephen says: "Definitely worth a credit"
    "I'm Feeling (Un)Lucky"
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    I thought I'm Feeling Lucky would be full of quirky, oddball and fascinating insights into a quirky, oddball and fascinating company. The sample I heard didn't exactly lead me to believe that to be true but I figured that the sample isn't always indicative of the entire book. After all, how many times have I started a book, and struggled to get into it, only to find that it was GREAT!? Plenty of times.

    Beware! This isn't one of those times.

    The performance was okay. Nothing to write home about.

    The story just wasn't interesting.

    I'm guessing the story IS interesting but this particular author just doesn't tell it in an interesting way.

    I made it through quite a few chapters out of pure stubborness but I've laid it to rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Member Bonus: 1408

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (140)

    In 1408, Mike Enslin, best-selling author of "true" ghost stories, decides to spend the night in New York City's most haunted hotel room. But he must live to write about it without the help of his ex best-friends, his trusty smokes.

    Armella says: "Classic Steven"
    "Guess I'm Not into Stephen King"
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    Gave Stephen King a try for the first time with this. Didn't like it. Boring. The story moves really slowly and I quit listening when I realized that I didn't care what happened anyway.

    But if you like Stephen King, maybe you will.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10th Anniversary: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1266)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (802)

    Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals - but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well.

    cstardancer says: "Not as good as usual"
    "Great Time-Killer"
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    James Patterson (and his various writing partners) is the master of the short chapter that ends with a few sentences which drag you into the next chapter even if you really need to get to work, get to bed or get a life.

    I've read all The Women's Murder Club books but this is the first time I've ventured into the audible work for my fix. Sort of like seeing the movie after reading the book - I didn't much care for the performer's interpretation of some of the characters.

    The breathless, valley girl-ness of Carolyn McCormick's "Cindy" was like a fingernail on a blackboard at first. I never grew to LIKE it but I did manage to hear it without a grimace. And if Lindsey's partner's voice got any lower it would fall off the charts altogether. In fact, none of the characters sounded like real people...or anyone you'd want to know anyway.

    The story was good, though, and the character development continues to be interesting. Just the thing for a morning walk or a long hot bath.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3855)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1990)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "If you like Connelly..."
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    Okay, I'm a Michael Connelly fan. Important to get that up front.

    If you're into Harry Bosch, you'll like Reversal. If you don't know Harry, start at the first in the Harry Bosch series. I wish I could start over but I remember them too well.

    In Reversal you get to revisit the relationship between lawyer, Mickey, and Asst. D.A., Maggie, his ex-wife. Harry's relationship with his now live-in daughter continues to develop. You meet the usual evil bad guy with all his quirks.

    It's fast moving and pulls you in from page one, like usual.

    The performance was a bit annoying at times but - hey - aren't they all? His emphasis is downright weird in parts but I'm probably overly critical.

    The defense attorney's British accent can't decide if it's really British or some odd combination of British, Welsh, Aussie with lapses into American. Seems to me that many performers have a hard time trying to step into different characters' speech.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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