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pam

Vero Beach, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Blaine Harden
    • Narrated By Blaine Harden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (547)

    North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped - but Shin Dong-hyuk did.

    Amanda says: "Worthwhile, but difficult on many levels."
    "A true, tragic story. Could not put it down."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know how lucky free nations are.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The survival of a human being.


    What about Blaine Harden’s performance did you like?

    I love to hear the author read his own book. Blaine was no exception.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I will never forget this story. It reminds me how lucky I am to be an American.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Joy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (626)

    In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

    Maida says: "Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books"
    "Another great book by Lisa See"
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    Would you listen to Dreams of Joy again? Why?

    I might, but I would rather hear all of her other books first.


    What other book might you compare Dreams of Joy to and why?

    Shanghai Girls, because the characters are the same, just older.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11858)
    Performance
    (10268)
    Story
    (10246)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "I loved this book!"
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Genius, infuriating, driven!


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many interesting facts. I just couldn't stop telling my friends the stuff I learned about Steve in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2741)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1725)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "You need to know this information."
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    Where does The Sociopath Next Door rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is not fun to read. Too many people in this world fit into the category of sociopath.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collins Nursery Rhymes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Langley
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A revised edition of the jazzy, upbeat classic collection – traditional rhymes with a non-traditional approach! Sixty minutes of relentlessly jolly tunes to keep the babies bouncing, toddlers tripping and pre-schoolers popping! Includes more than 50 rhymes. Great for party games, playgroups and car journeys.

    pam says: "My granddaughter loves to listen to this."
    "My granddaughter loves to listen to this."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Collins Nursery Rhymes again? Why?

    My granddaughter listens to this every time I am with her.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so glad to have this and share it with my granddaughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (927)

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"
    "This is a must read!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I learned about the Paris Roundup. The plot was so clever. I felt it could have all been true. I could not turn it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Plot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1778)
    Performance
    (1472)
    Story
    (1467)

    It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

    FanB14 says: "Esoteric, Vapid, Trite"
    "What is all the hype about?"
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    What disappointed you about The Marriage Plot?

    I did not learn anything except about the characteristics of a bipolar person. I really don't want to know about the stuff in this book.


    What could Jeffrey Eugenides have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Change the plot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3954)
    Performance
    (3519)
    Story
    (3540)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "This plot beats any fiction novel I have ever read"
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    Where does Killing Lincoln rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up there with Steve Jobs biography.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?

    The part in Ford's Theater made it so real.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2077)
    Performance
    (1808)
    Story
    (1809)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Melinda says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "If you love history and intrigue, you will love it"
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    What made the experience of listening to Destiny of the Republic the most enjoyable?

    I knew parts of the history involved, but this filled in with wonderful details. I learned alot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    James Garfield was such a nice person. I am glad I learned his story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Condoleezza Rice
    • Narrated By Condoleezza Rice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    A native of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights era to become a brilliant academic and expert on foreign affairs, Rice distinguished herself as an advisor to George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential campaign. Once Bush was elected, she served as his chief adviser on national-security issues – a job whose duties included harmonizing the relationship between the Secretaries of State and Defense.

    J. Chronowski says: "Facinating stories from inside Bush's White House"
    "Condoleeza made the 8 years come back to me."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No Higher Honor to be better than the print version?

    The audio version was such a special treat because the author herself was narrating. I loved her voice. I felt she was really talking to me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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