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  • Game Change

  • Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
  • By: John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276

Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook of 2010!

  • By Joe on 02-24-10

Vivid and compelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

This is a vivid, intimate and compelling account of the 2008 Presidential campaign on both sides of the aisle. The players in the campaign become more real and understandable. This is not for the faint of heart. None of these players are saints, all of them have very positive aspects. They are people and this is the story of the incomprehsible drive it takes to become President. Read this only if you are not afraid to get to know the real people who embody the office of President.

  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: Chris Anderson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,290
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,780
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,771

The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

Everyone should read this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

I found such value in Anderson's observations that I developed an honors college course around it. This book details the transforming power of the internet and its use of minimal incremental cost to change the marketplace. Those who understand "FREE" will rule the future. Those who don't will fail.

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,803

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Bill from Florida on 05-29-07

This is not "Kite Runner", but it's still good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

The only fault in this book is that it follows "The Kite Runner". Without the expectations I had after reading TKR I would have loved this book. I still 'love' it, but it leaves me wanting more. The story reveals a great deal more about the Afghani people and their culture. At the end of a Hosseini book I'm left loving the characters. They are so real and so Afghan. This is a great read, but beware of heightened expectations.

  • Relentless

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 322

Best-selling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children's book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed "Spooky," and a non-collie named Lassie, who's all but part of the family. So Cubby knows he shouldn't let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I cant sleep!

  • By Derek B. on 06-10-09

Love it! Love it! L-o-o-o-o-v-e it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

I love everything Dean Koontz ever did. (Even the early days.) But this is one of his best. Great characters, great development, wonderful plot, and the good guys win in the end. What's not to like?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Useless Arithmetic

  • Why Environmental Scientists Can't Predict the Future
  • By: Orrin Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

This book shows that the quantitative mathematical models policy makers and government administrators use to form environmental policies are seriously flawed. Based on unrealistic and sometimes false assumptions, these models often yield answers that support unwise policies. Writing for the general, nonmathematician reader, the authors begin with a riveting account of the extinction of the North Atlantic cod on the Grand Banks of Canada.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, useful...but...

  • By Bill on 03-10-11

Interesting, useful...but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

This book is fascinating for someone interested in the Philosophy of "knowing". Scientist are regularly trying to capture magnificently complex systems in mathematical models that are, at best, applicable within a small range of parameters. No big deal...scientists do that. What is a big deal is that politicians and regulators then use those mathematical models to make decisions in the real world. Some of those decisions have had tragic results. If that interests you (as it did me), please read this book. If not you'll be bored to death.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • All the King's Men

  • By: Robert Penn Warren
  • Narrated by: Michael Emerson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

The fictionalized account of Louisiana's colorful and notorious governor, Huey Pierce Long, All the King's Men follows the startling rise and fall of Willie Stark, a country lawyer in the Deep South of the 1930s. Beset by political enemies, Stark seeks aid from his right-hand man Jack Burden, who will bear witness to the cataclysmic unfolding of this very American tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No wonder this is a classic

  • By Bill on 03-10-11

No wonder this is a classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

The development of the characters in this book is unexcelled anywhere. The plot takes us on a surprising, yet inexorable, march through decades in the lives of the characters. It is both cynical and stirring. It exposes the love affair between (some) politicians and the people. After reading this book I felt drained and hopeful.

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Kevin Killavey
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote many wonderful romantic and realistic short stories and a few incredible "on the edge" fantasy and supernatural stories. Although the story of "Benjamin Button" is quite different than the 2009 movie, the premise is the same - a man is born old and lives his life backwards! Fizgerald says he got the idea from Mark Twain's remark that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Edward on 04-01-09

Don't bother

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

Fitzgerald wrote this just to see if he could. He couldn't. The entire book rides on a single notion; life in reverse. It makes for an interesting convesation over cocktails, but it can't carry a novel.

0 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Sinner

  • A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

The cloistered grounds of the convent have traditionally represented a place of faith and peace. Now, that peace is shattered as two nuns are found, one dead, one mortally wounded. The killings appear to be without motive, without an obvious suspect, and are further complicated by the murder and mutilation of a third woman. Together, medical examiner Maura Isles and intense, moody homicide detective Jane Rizzoli uncover an ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Margaret S. on 09-05-04

Good...but not great!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

This was a decent read, but it didn't really excite me. Gerritsen has a good plot with interesting and unique events and relationships, but the characters are not deeply developed and the coincidences necessary to complete the plot line were a little bizarre.

For what it is this book is functional, but it's certainly not great literature.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,499

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matterhorn

  • By Zachary on 04-20-10

A love story about Marines

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

This is an outstanding novel. Marlantes' development of his characters is excellent and in many cases they are developed to die in a war that was at the same time senseless and important, inane and necessary. The flow of the story takes you through the fears and hopes of diverse people thrown into a desperate situation. At times the tension is so thick you can cut it with a K-bar. At other times the release is blinding and passionate.

This is the story of war in all of its manifestations. It exposes the senseless suffering of soldiers who go without food and supplies for days on end due to the incompetence of their superiors. And then it reveals how the soldiers get blamed. It highlights the commitment of fighting men to each other...it exceeds the will to live. It describes the simple pleasures of life in a combat zone.

This is a great book!

  • 101 Theory Drive

  • A Neuroscientist's Quest for Memory
  • By: Terry McDermott
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

It's not fiction: Gary Lynch is the real thing, the epitome of the rebel scientist - malnourished, contentious, inspiring, explosive, remarkably ambitious, consistently brilliant. He is one of the foremost figures of contemporary neuroscience, and his decades-long quest to understand the inner workings of the brain's memory machine has begun to pay off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating tale of a scientific maverick's lab

  • By Joe on 04-18-10

Fascinating! Interesting, accessible science

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-11

This book charts the life work of a fascinating, complex man in his effort to understand the mechanics of of memory. The biographical approach and the brilliant treatment of complex information make the science accessible to everyone with an interest. And the nature of the scientist keeps the 'read' very interesting.

I really enjoyed this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful