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jane

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  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (531)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (449)

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "Gossip Column"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I was expecting some insight to the political workings of Washington DC. What he delivers is old news. We know that most politicians that go to Washington stay in Washington and become power brokers.
    I gave up listening about half way through

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3340)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1508)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Mailbag"
    Overall
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    Story

    I did not like the format. The story was told in letters back and forth between the characters. It was a nice little love story with historical background, but had no "punch".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who Stole the American Dream?

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Hedrick Smith
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    In his best-selling The Russians, Hedrick Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he took us inside Washington’s corridors of power. Now Smith takes us across America to show how seismic changes, sparked by a sequence of landmark political and economic decisions, have transformed America. As only a veteran reporter can, Smith fits the puzzle together, starting with Lewis Powell’s provocative memo that triggered a political rebellion that dramatically altered the landscape of power from then until today.

    jane says: "He ties it all together"
    "He ties it all together"
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    I have been looking for this book for a long time. I have read many books looking for the answer to how we got here (in this economical mess) and why are we stuck. Each book seemed only to deal with a small part of the problem. Hedrick Smith puts the puzzle together for us. He explains the legislation, motivation behind it, and the players responsible for it. He deals with each sector of the economy, because there is no one culprit. He debunks many of the "sound bite" reasons given by our politicians for our lack of progress out of the woods.
    Read it before you step into the voter booth!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • End This Depression Now!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro, Paul Krugman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (202)

    The Great Recession that began in 2007 is now more than four years old - and counting. Some 24 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed, and at recent rates of job creation we won’t be back to normal levels of employment until late this decade. This is a tragedy. Do we have to accept it? "No!" is the resounding answer given by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman in this call to arms. We have seen this situation before and we know how to fix it; all we lack is the political will to take action.

    Michael says: "Listen to this before you vote!"
    "Finally some clarity"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This a must read. We all need to educate ourselves. There is too much conflicting noise on the airways. Mr Krugman has done an excellent job explaining how we got into this economical mess. And his voice is one of sanity on the road out of the mess. Do yourself a favor and listen.
    I agree with him in that we have been lead down this path by greed and ignorance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hornet Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1097)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (453)

    It's June 1941, and the low point of the war. England throws wave after wave of RAF bombers across the Channel, but somehow the Luftwaffe is able to shoot them down at will. The skies, indeed, the war itself seem to belong to Hitler.

    C. McCoy says: "An Outstanding Spy Novel"
    "Suspense"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Hornet Flight the most enjoyable?

    Ken Follett has a wonderful way of combining history and fiction. His characters are well developed and John Lee excels at bringing them to life.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot has many twist and turns which captures the imagination, but is predictible. I don't look to Mr Follett for suprise endings, but rather to be carried back to the times and places in which he sets his stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1293)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "boring"
    Overall

    Baldacci needs a pulpit. Too much preaching, not enough plot. The narrator adds nothing. Don't waste your time.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9249)
    Performance
    (3456)
    Story
    (3538)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Paul says: "In love with books again"
    "Fiction or non fiction"
    Overall

    Dan Brown is more interested in educating the listener on the history of the Masons than developing his storyline. I was very disappointed and often bored by his rambling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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