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Michael Greenstein

Dobbs Ferry, NY
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  • The Girl in Green

  • By: Derek B. Miller
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

It's 1991. Near Checkpoint Zulu, 100 miles from the Kuwaiti border, Thomas Benton meets Arwood Hobbes. Benton is a British journalist who reports from war zones in part to avoid his lackluster marriage and a daughter he loves but cannot connect with; Arwood is a Midwestern American private who might be an insufferable ignoramus or might be a genuine lunatic with a death wish - it's hard to tell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Belive the good reviews

  • By Rahni on 08-10-17

I can't see what everyone is so excited about....

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I was attracted to this book because of all the great ratings. One person wrote to be patient it is well worth it. Well, after three hours the story was just getting started. By this time I didn't care enough for the main characters to continue. Maybe it's just me.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Braiding Sweetgrass

  • Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
  • By: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Narrated by: Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953

As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Recommend This Book To Everyone

  • By Hanifa on 12-30-16

Wonderful immersion into a healing culture

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-15-17

As a person who listens to a lot of thrillers I was first put off by the slow pace and lack of dramatic plot. But I "couldn't put this book down." There is much healing and beauty in this narrative. The author tells you about the familiar world in a an appreciative and loving way. She has a calming, beautiful and transformative vision.

  • At the Existentialist Café

  • Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails
  • By: Sarah Bakewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

Paris, 1933: Three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called phenomenology. "You see," he says, "if you are a phenomenologist, you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!"

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew existentialism could be fun

  • By Jet Jackson on 08-03-16

Ambitious treatment of a complicated subject

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-17

I have always been interested in finding out more on existentialism - and I did - so I was not disappointed. But I have some reservations. The author has very bold ambitions. Sartre is the major focus of this book and we learn about his interests, love life, politics and, lest I forget, his philosophy. We learn about his relationships to other philosophers but they are not equal players. The narrative is jumpy. I liked learning about de Beauvoir. I would have liked to learn more about Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty and a lot less about Heidegger. I felt the treatment of his work confusing. Most disappointing - no recipe for apricot cocktails!

  • Syndrome E

  • By: Franck Thilliez, Mark Polizzotti (translator)
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 906

The classic police procedural meets cutting-edge science in this huge international best seller. Already a runaway bestseller in France, Syndrome E tells the story of beleaguered detective Lucie Henebelle, whose old friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare—and violent—film from the 1950s. Embedded in the film are subliminal images so unspeakably heinous that Lucie realizes she must get to the bottom of it—especially when nearly everyone who comes into contact with the film starts turning up dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre and Disturbing

  • By AudioAddict on 02-20-15

Worth a visit... solid good thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-17

I bought this book on a two-for-one sale. I had low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. This is a dark story with interesting characters and interesting locales. The psychology is far fetched and stretches credulity, but this is not a major flaw in an otherwise solid, good thriller. I'll try book two.

  • The Sparrow

  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,920

Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly Written and Thought-provoking

  • By Jim N on 08-15-12

I don't know what to say...but you gotta hear it

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-16

First let me tell you how I listen to books...in the car and my attention often gets distracted. So when the story started slowly, I became a bit impatient to know what had happened. It is not a surprise that something on this mission went terribly wrong. The story was just a bit too slow for me although I did enjoy the anthropological insights of the new world. Unlike many reviewers, I would have liked a deeper discussion of the main protagonist's faith. I thought this was treated rather superficially and that the author was speaking too intellectually (I know, Jesuits) but still, was not speaking to people with a more personal, mystical bent. After finishing the book I went on-line to search the book reviews to see if I missed something. I did not. Ultimately, this was a satisfying listen though a truly disturbing work. I recommend the book Solaris to folks who want to explore first contact with an unknown world. A very different but profound book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Temporary Perfections: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 4

  • By: Gianrico Carofiglio
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213

Manuela, the daughter of a wealthy couple from Bari, disappeared without trace months before and the police have closed their investigation, to the parents' despair. Counsellor Guerrieri reluctantly takes on an unusual assignment: to seek new evidence to force the police to reopen the case. A job more suitable to a private detective but a job that leads him to Nadia, a former client, a fascinating woman with an ambiguous past and to the tempting Caterina, Manuela's best friend, exquisitely too young for the jaded Guerrieri...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ciao, Guido - Last Book of the Series

  • By L. O. Pardue on 07-06-15

I'm totally hooked on Carofiglio

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-16

Good writing and mystery / intrigue do not always go together. Carofiglio crafts his stories with precision. His characters are sharply drawn. You care what happens. What more do you want for a book?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,345

Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Listen

  • By Daniel McAfee on 08-09-08

Hooked on Harry Bosch

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-16

What more is there to say? Another good whodunit/ how'd he do it by Connelly.

  • The Faithful Spy

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,470

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Faithful Spy

  • By Margaret on 12-14-09

I truly enjoyed this thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-16

The description of this book tells you all you need to know. It is a story well told. I found myself wanting to get back into my car to find out what happens next.

  • Go Tell It On the Mountain

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Adam Lazarre-White
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 873

James Baldwin’s stunning first novel is now an American classic. With startling realism that brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, this is a work that touches the heart with emotion while it stimulates the mind with its narrative style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism in America. Moving through time from the rural South to the northern ghetto, Baldwin chronicles a 14-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A 5 Star Listen!

  • By Aperio on 03-26-15

A marvelous book of its time

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-16

The first advice they give to authors is to write what you know. Baldwin holds up a mirror in which we see not only ourselves, but a people and a time steeped in ignorance, longing and suffering. The book rings true on many levels,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blindsighted

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831

A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it's only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer's twisted work becomes clear. Sara's ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, leads the investigation - a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is found crucified a few days later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story- raw and amazing characters

  • By Soccer_mom on 02-19-15

Disappointing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-16

I took this book based on the good reviews. I found out it wasn't for everyone. I found the characters lifeless and predictable. I felt tempted to stop listening, but I was curious enough to finish it. There was a surprise or two, but the violence at the end was unkind, unwelcome and needless. I won't be a Karin Slaughter fan, but if you enjoyed her previous works before, you might enjoy this book.