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  • The Real Romney

  • By: Michael Kranish, Scott Helman
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Mitt Romney has masterfully positioned himself as the front-runner for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Even though he's become a household name, the former Massachusetts governor remains an enigma to many in America, his character and core convictions elusive, his record little known. Who is the man behind that high-wattage smile? In this definitive, unflinching biography by Boston Globe investigative reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, listeners will finally discover the real Romney.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Three dimensional biography entertainly told

  • By David on 06-11-12

Three dimensional biography entertainly told

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

What made the experience of listening to The Real Romney the most enjoyable?

The stubject of the story is the Republican nominee for this year's election so that fact butteressed my curitosity about him. The book was filled with stubstantial information.It included personal,polilitical,business, and religious aspects of his life and how these factors contributed to the development of who he is and how he approaches his role in today's world.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

His ambition. The piece I found lacking was the dirth of information about Romney and his siblings.

What about Dan Woren’s performance did you like?

The sound of his voice is one that the listener will find attractive - he sounds strong and commanding- the diction is good and the pace of his words is consistently tempered, not too fast or too slow. It is not a voice that grates nor one that would put you to sleep. It is a voice that suggests you are going to be listening to accurate information, that the story being told is a sober one that is factual.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - I like to pace myself, especially with long books - I like to take time to absorb information that several chapters can bring and then after thinking about them, proceed to several more.

Any additional comments?

I would like to read a sequal to this; a story about the 2012 campaign and how he changed or didn't change, what he learned as he campaigned. I thnk this was an informative and fair depicition of Governor Romney. I am a Democrat who is voting for Obama, but I think a Republican voting for Romney would like this book too.

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  • Then Again

  • By: Diane Keaton
  • Narrated by: Diane Keaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 282

“Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.” So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful. Sad. Hopeful.

  • By philippe on 11-18-11

Mother Daughter Story told Creatively

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

If you could sum up Then Again in three words, what would they be?

Apt Title for Engaging Relationship Story

What did you like best about this story?

How she told the story - it was interwoven with her and her mother's thoughts and told in a conversational manner-- rambling yet organized coherent thoughts - not chronological - a unique biography of her mother and herself and how these two lives intertwined - quite meaningful and sensitve - a substantive work.

What does Diane Keaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The book is personal so adding Keaton's voice underlines that uniqueness - The story is however universal in that it shows how a mother and daughter relationship contributes to both persons' identities. The reader or listener can relate to the feelings that the story evokes about mothers and daughters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Then Again

Any additional comments?

The title is perfect.

  • Manhunt

  • The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden - from 9-11 to Abbottabad
  • By: Peter L. Bergen
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

From the author of the New York Times best-selling Holy War, Inc., this is the definitive account of the decade-long manhunt for the world’s most wanted man, Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda expert and CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen paints a multidimensional picture of the hunt for bin Laden over the past decade, including the operation that killed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!

  • By Betty on 05-04-12

A Real Live Thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

Would you listen to Manhunt again? Why?

Yes because there is lots of information that needs to be absorbed and because it is a story about a significant subject that has consequences now and in our country''s and the world's future.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Manhunt?

The detail about the planning that went into the raid and killing of Bin Laden

Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

I had no favorite character -- the story itself was fabulously interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - I liked prolonging the read so that I could absorb the content - I will probably will reread it. Next time I made actually read it and not listen to it.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book and I loved the detail with which the story unfolded. One criticism I did not like the reader imitating women's voices and the dialect of people who were Muslim or Arabic. That felt condescending.. I would have preferd the reader just using his own voice without changes in his voice.

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  • The Presidents Club

  • Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
  • By: Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
  • Narrated by: Bob Walter
  • Length: 22 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Inflection of narrator really annoying

  • By LucyLu on 06-18-12

Terrific Read about Empathy & Hope

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

Reviewed: 05-14-12

Where does The Presidents Club rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the top stories-restored my faith in all the men who have held the job of President since Truman. It is high level gossip about the workings of the Presidency and the comradarie that they held for one another, given that only they know how difficult a job it is..I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was disappointed when it came to the end, as I could not listen to any more stories..

What other book might you compare The Presidents Club to and why?

For me there is no comparison - it felt unique.

Have you listened to any of Bob Walter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No - I liked prolonging the read as I used it on my daily walks - it was a treat that I looked forward to every day.

Any additional comments?

I gained more respect for the office and it made me more hopeful about politics overall.

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,762
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,980

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 03-19-12

If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

revolutonary,passionate,productive

What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

Steve Jobs said his getting fired from Apple and leaving college and getting cancer.

I think another one was his hooking up with Steve Waz(spelling).

Which character – as performed by Dylan Baker – was your favorite?

Steve Waz (spelling)- great counterpoint to Steve Jobs - I admired his intelligence, creativity, ethical persona, unassuming ways and gentleness.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last meeting that Steve had with the Apple board when he handed in his resignation and offer to be the chairman.

Any additional comments?

I am a dunce when it comes to the electronic ways we communicate now- so this book was an enlightening venture for me - I loved it - it seemed like a fair balanced biography and it made me appreciate how much computers, internet, iphone,ipads etc have changed our world - I found it fascinating throughout the whole book - I am a walker and a reader so it was a complete joy to be able to listen to this book as I walked and it was especially wonderful to learn how much Steve Jobs liked to walk. I think his genius was based on his love of integrating liberal arts and technology, his abilities to see and create the overall vision as well as his ability,interest in the details of any project he took on. I now know why the Apple products are so beatutiful and well made. Great book.

The person who narrated the book was wonderful as well, great voice,

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,306

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tina Fey broke my new SUV

  • By Warren on 04-07-11

Just Average

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

Reviewed: 03-05-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love Tina Fay so my anticipation of reading this book was high, problably too high.
The story of her life was interesting but I didn't really like the (what seemed to me) a forced

Would you recommend Bossypants to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes I would recommend the book but would forwarn them about my criticisim so their
expectation would be more sober than mine.

What three words best describe Tina Fey’s voice?

high, flip, delivered too fast.

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

No. She is young still - Maybe 5 or 10 years from now when she has more expereinces under her belt - I am sure she will still be on the scene..