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irvin

marietta, GA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Hannibal Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Thomas Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (209)

    Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

    Terry says: "Needs Professional Voice"
    "Revenge the motive?"
    Overall

    Revenge for WWII war crimes. That's how it all began. Everything that happens in this book happens for that reason. But his exploits in the other movies and books go far beyond anythng that could be related to WWII.

    I selected this book because of curiosity and I'm still curious. I agree that the choice of narrator was not the best but it's always interesting to see how a writer tells his or her own story. Harris is better than some in that regard even though the accents are off somewhat.

    I found it difficult to follow some of the time changes from chapter to chapter. Sometimes they were minutes. Sometimes they were years.

    I listen o audiobooks while I walk so it helped fill some time. It hasn't stimulated any great desire to explore this character any further even though I'm sure a movie will follow. Perhaps a movie will be more compelling than the listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cracking the Corporate Code: The Revealing Success Stories of 32 African American Executives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Price M. Cobbs, Judith L. Turnock
    • Narrated By Jane Ellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Despite decades of social progress and legal reform, minorities still face obstacles on the path to success, both internal and external, from cultural insensitivity to outright prejudice, from isolation to over-scrutiny. Cracking the Corporate Code looks at the factors that have framed the careers of 32 African-American executives, whose accomplishments have made valuable contributions to the success of many organizations.

    Rosamond Gianutsos says: "more like a lecture"
    "Eye Opening"
    Overall

    My career is now on the downswing and I hope retire in the next five years. I am an African American male. I was a first line procurement manager at a large defense company for 18 years after being a buyer for 16 years. I really wish that I had learned what this book teaches 30 years ago.

    The narrator swings into new story lines and examples fairly quickly so you have to pay attention.

    The examples have enough depth to make their points without being dragged out.

    It would help for Caucasians to read this book to increase their sensitivity to diverse cultures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dirty

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    Griff Burkett has a multimillion-dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys. But at the end of his football career, deep in debt, a crime kingpin offers him a chance to resolve his loans by throwing a game. Griff agrees, and walks into an FBI sting. After serving time, he finds only closed doors. Then he is summoned by eccentric millionaire Foster Speakman. Speakman, a recluse since a car accident left him crippled, is impotent. Deadly consequences ensue when he hires Burkett to impregnate his wife.

    Dave says: "Typically satisfying Sandra Brown novel"
    "Pretty interesting"
    Overall

    i found this to be a well paced, well constructed, and somewhat timely excursion. the characters were believable even though the plot was a bit bizarre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (228)

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Michael Jones says: "Marconi, murder, mix well"
    "Needed more excitement"
    Overall

    the author spent a lot of unneccesary time talking about the technical struggles of getting wireless telegraphy to work. that, coupled with the monotone of the reader, made this book a real job to read.

    there should have been a lot more focus on the murder and its investigation.

    the reader starts my saying that there will be a lot of detail about the science around the murder but very little is really brought forward.

    this book should have been 2 hours at the most.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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