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  • The Seacrest

  • Paines Creek Beach #1
  • By: Aaron Paul Lazar
  • Narrated by: George Kuch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

They say it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Finn McGraw disagrees. He was just 17 when he had a torrid summer affair with the girl who stole his heart - and then turned on him. Now, 10 years later, he's got more than his lost love to worry about. A horrific accident turns his life upside down, resurrecting the ghosts of his long-dead family and taking the lives of the few people he has left. Finn always believed his estranged brother was responsible for the fire that killed their family - but an unexpected inheritance throws everything he knows into doubt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was hooked!

  • By Eager Reader on 05-26-14

Received free copy from author on Goodreads

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

Reviewed: 06-10-14

What did you like best about The Seacrest? What did you like least?

BEST

Interlocking mysteries
Complexity of family life
Shocking conclusion

LEAST

Too much sex, often excessively explicit (leave more to the imagination)
The love story was insufficiently developed, making it feel like "insta-love".

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

MOST iNTERESTING

What does it mean to follow our dreams? Can we ever be truly happy pursuing someone else's aspirations?

LEAST INTERESTING

Our young lead falling in love with a girl he doesn't know and can't trust.

Would you be willing to try another one of George Kuch’s performances?

Not likely. Very wooden, sounds too old (sorry, sir!) and accent is wrong for the setting.

Did The Seacrest inspire you to do anything?

Yes. To be myself, embrace my flaws and seek out meaningful relationships.

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  • County

  • Life, Death, and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital
  • By: David A. Ansell MD
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

This amazing tale is the story of one of America's oldest and most unusual urban hospitals. From it's inception as a "Poor House" dispensing free medical care to indigents, Chicago's Cook County Hospital has been both a renowned teaching hospital and the healthcare provider of last resort for the city's uninsured. County covers more than thirty years of its history, beginning in the late 1970s when the author began his internship, to the "Final Rounds" when the enormous iconic Victorian hospital building was replaced and hundreds of former trainees gathered to bid it an emotional farewell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Accurate account

  • By Cheryl E Ligon on 11-19-11

Moving and disturbing account of indifference

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

Reviewed: 12-05-11

What made the experience of listening to County the most enjoyable?

The anecdotes from former patients, who shared their stories of bureaucratic indifference to their suffering. Dr. Ansell never overstates his argument and never plays with the reader's emotions.

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

Yes. I would recommend the book to my friends who work, as I do, in government and public affairs. It is a lesson in active listening and responding to unmet needs.

Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

N/A

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

No. Bronson Pinchot's delivery of the material was a bit off-putting. I would rather have listened to this book as narrated by its author.

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