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  • The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Betty Medsger
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    The never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists - quiet, ordinary, hardworking Americans - that made clear the shocking truth and confirmed what some had long suspected, that J. Edgar Hoover had created and was operating, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, his own shadow Bureau of Investigation.

    Susie says: "Forget Ocean's 11"
    "An Important Work Sadly in Need of Editing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This work is twice as long as it needs to be to tell this important story. A good editor would do wonders. If the book were limited to the story of the Media burglary and ended in the 1970s--rather than wandering back and forth through the administrations between Reagan and Obama--it would be easy to recommend it. The author never misses an opportunity to reiterate her key thesis, that Hoover viewed himself and the Bureau as above the law and, as a result, trampled on the civil rights of all Americans in many of their operations.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of the events leading up to and after the Media burglary, as well as the present-day interviews of participants, is fascinating and well written.


    What didn’t you like about Bronson Pinchot’s performance?

    Pinchot's sarcasm and attempts to punctuate various points he seems to regard as mortifying, as well as his unsuccessful attempts to capture vocal qualities of women, is extremely distracting. The author would have been a good choice for narrator, judging from the Acknowledgments she reads.


    Do you think The Burglary needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    The book should be divided into 2 books, one that focuses on the Media burglary, and one that focuses on the FBI from the Reagan administration forward.


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  • The Bartender's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (317)

    The Bartender' s Tale stars Tom Harry and his 12-year-old son, Rusty, who live alone and run a bar in a small Montana town in the early 1960s. Their lives are upended when Proxy, a woman from Tom's past, and her beatnik daughter, Francine, breeze into town. Is Francine, as Proxy claims, the unsuspected legacy of her and Tom’s past? Without a doubt she is an unsettling gust of the future, upending every certainty in Rusty’s life and generating a mist of passion and pretense that seems to obscure everyone’s vision but his own.

    B.J. says: "If you love a good story ..."
    "Extraordinary"
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    Where does The Bartender's Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 2--right next to A Prayer for Own Meany.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The grandfather. The character was very well developed and the reader had the privilege of getting to know him slowly. The character had integrity--in the sense that everything he said or did was consistent, and not simply introduced to advance the plot.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I plan to.


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

    It made me laugh out loud, literally--a little embarrassing because I was listening on the bus.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband read the book and we've spent many evenings discussing the characters, plot, setting. The book is so rich and filled with imagery that I know we'll continue our discussions.

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  • Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (278)

    George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

    DebaDeb says: "There's an app for that!"
    "Don't Bother"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was such a waste of time, I didn't bother to finish it. Uninteresting characters. Predictable plot. Poor narration.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robin Cook again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Guidall?

    Guidall sounds like a grandfather who hasn't figured out how to live in this century. His phrasing and intonation didn't match the text. He seemed unfamiliar with any of the technology described in the book--not because he's not an engineer, but because he doesn't seem to understand the benefits of smart phones and how pervasive they are in today's society. A younger voiced, credible, interesting narrator is preferable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cell?

    Can't even think of a scene worth saving.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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