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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 107,222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 97,441
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 96,912

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love Michelle Obama

  • By Celeste Resvaloso on 07-05-19

Nooope.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

I really wanted to like this book. No, I wanted to LOVE this book. I have always admired Michelle. And maybe there is an agenda that she is going for that is over my head... Maybe by boasting about her perfect genes, saintly parents, unparalleled education, incredible opportunities, etc, etc, ... maybe, just maybe, Ms Obama is hoping to – what? Inspire kids to choose better parents? Choose where and how they grew up?

I had to give up on this. All it did was make me feel like a failure for being less than a genius, less than a perfect parent, having a truly shitty education experience as a kid and an "adequate" professional trajectory.

Maybe it's an American thing: "I admire you because you're lucky"? Maybe. Anyway, I admire Ms Obama slightly less now. Pity.

32 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,592

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Both humanizing and terrifying

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

There’s a deeper understanding of Trump’s wacko policies to be gleaned from this book. I found that surprising. The thoughts and feelings of those around him actually caused me to gain some respect for this regime. In one or two cases, an actual policy exists that gave me pause.

The terrifying part, however is that the path to a more rational future is still unclear. How do we stop this madness? How will we rebuild and recover when he’s gone?

I just took a trip to Germany, and spent some time in Nürnberg studying the parallels between trumpist nationalism and nazism. They have a lot in common — no surprises there — but what gives me hope is that Germany moved on.

  • Patriot Games

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,350

It is fall. CIA analyst Jack Ryan, historian and former Marine, is vacationing in London with his wife and young daughter. Suddenly, right before his eyes, a terrorist group launches its deadly attack. Instinctively, he dives forward to break it up, and is shot. It is not until he wakes up in the hospital that he learns whose lives he has saved - the Duke and Duchess of Kent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oldie but Goodie!

  • By K. Masheter Deal on 08-13-12

Dated and a mediocre performance

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

The storyline has not aged well. Anti-Irish racism, wholly unrealistic portrayal of British royals. The author sympathizes a little too much with his bloodthirsty protagonist.

My. Brick’s reading is ok. He gets points for attempting all those accents but he does a pretty poor job of them. Calling Louis Mountbatten “Lewis” is absurd, as is his British characters’ pronunciation of “loo-tenant”. Some of the worst linguistic howlers are the author’s fault — Brits just didn’t talk that way in the eighties.

I was excited to listen to this book on account of the new Netflix series. If I’d been reading this on the page I’d have given up long ago. Remind my not to bother with Clancy again.

  • Blackout

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,642
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,645

In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Double review - Blackout and All Clear

  • By Monica on 06-03-12

I guess they hand out Nebula Awards to anyone now

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

"A stunning, enormously entertaining novel"? The only thing "stunning" about this piece of melodramatic drivel is how bad it is. The Americanisms are absolutely dreadful, even in the mouth of Ms Kellgren, who strives valiantly to rescue this awful novel. It's the height of cultural imperialism to assume that a 1940s Brit uses language like a 21st C. American.

The only thing "entertaining" is the constant repetition of one surprise after another, presented to cardboard characters about whom I really, really don't care in the least. Oh, I'm too late. No, maybe I'm too early. Oh, wait, maybe I'm on time. High stakes, eh? The meaningless meandering of the characters through their grey, boring little escapades not only was unable to hold my interest, but, coupled with the awful linguistic turns, merely served to frustrate and annoy me.

I drove from Tahoe to The Bay (about 3 hours) and not once on that journey did I find anything even vaguely interesting in this dreary novel.

At least this drivel kept my mind off bad drivers on i80. One star for that! I shall now return this junk, without even getting to the end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Memory Man

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,010

Amos Decker's life changed forever - twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good and left him with an improbable side effect - he can never forget anything.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most annoying narration ever

  • By katherine wolfe on 04-21-16

Bongos? Are you kidding me?

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

I had to turn this off because the ridiculous 1954-era bongos were driving me absolutely nuts. What a dumb idea! I'm going to try returning this piece of junk.

I've read Baldacci novels before, and while they're not exactly "literature", I've found them entertaining. I was hoping to while away my long commutes with an entertaining thriller, but those NOISES were too much.

  • The Art of Invisibility

  • The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data
  • By: Kevin Mitnick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,071

Like it or not, your every move is being watched and analyzed. Consumers' identities are being stolen, and a person's every step is being tracked and stored. What once might have been dismissed as paranoia is now a hard truth, and privacy is a luxury few can afford or understand. In this explosive yet practical book, Kevin Mitnick illustrates what is happening without your knowledge - and he teaches you "the art of invisibility".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Limited value for the average person

  • By James C on 10-14-17

Exceptional reading, great content

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job of reading this than Ray Porter. All technical books should be read by Mr. Porter. He’s phenomenal.

As for the content, I found it both enlightening and terrifying. Mr. Mitnick definitely knows his stuff, and apart from a few trivial technical mistakes (not worth enumerating) he is spot-on.

As is almost universally true of technical subjects, it’s a bit uneven. He explains some tech in more detail than others. Tech novices will appreciate more background, but it’s not provided uniformly. Tech experts don’t need the explanation and will be thankful that one is not provided. However, let me hasten to say that Mr. Mitnick does a far better job than most in understanding and targeting his audience. Great job!

I heartily recommend this book.

  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

  • A George Smiley Novel, Book 3
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549

In the shadow of the newly erected Berlin Wall, Alec Leamas watches as his last agent is shot dead by East German sentries. For Leamas, the head of Berlin Station, the Cold War is over. As he faces the prospect of retirement or worse - a desk job - Control offers him a unique opportunity for revenge. Assuming the guise of an embittered and dissolute ex-agent, Leamas is set up to trap Mundt, the deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service - with himself as the bait.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great novel, but not Smiley...

  • By Walter on 03-29-13

Best spy novel of all time, mediocre performance

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

What made the experience of listening to The Spy Who Came in from the Cold the most enjoyable?

Le Carré is a genius, and the twisted labyrinth of the story remains shocking, even when you know what's coming. It has layers and layers.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that the protagonist has no idea what's going on is delicious.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael Jayston?

Idris Elba

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

Nope, the performance required me to work too hard to figure out which character was speaking, which parts were the narrator. Le Carré's stories are very, very complicated and hard enough to follow at the best of times. When cloaked under an impenetrable layer of mediocre performance, listening is a chore.

Maybe this book just doesn't work as an audio book?

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61,085

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Dawson nailed it

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Artemis to be better than the print version?

I can't imaging the words on the page conveying the same humor as Ms. Dawson brought to her performance.

What about Rosario Dawson’s performance did you like?

Dawson's phrasing was perfect. The accents (not perfect, but this is not a documentary) made the characters come alive.