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  • This Fight Is Our Fight

  • The Battle to Save America's Middle Class
  • By: Elizabeth Warren
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Warren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087

The fiery US senator from Massachusetts and best-selling author offers a passionate, inspiring book about why our middle class is under siege and how we can win the fight to save it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Call to Action

  • By Jean on 05-11-17

Really wanted to like it

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Confession: I am a life long liberal. I was called a "socialist" as a young woman when I tried to start a tool library in North Seattle circa 1999. Two decades later, tool libraries are common all over Seattle.

I agree with Elizabeth Warren's "ideals" and some of her beliefs.

However...I was barely able to get pass the 3rd hour of the book and continue to listen to it. The author as the audiobook's narrator is a BIG mistake. The scorn, sneering, grunts "HUHHHHs" and the high level of screeching anger, "head banging" (quote author) and admission that she wanted to "SCREAM" is mostly understandable in the circumstances she was under, BUT, extremely difficult for even this die-hard liberal listener to "sustain".

Yes, revolutions and global change need sustained energy, commitment, dedication and daily grind of tongue biting, maintaining a calm demeanor, decorum and most of all "collegiality" (Ruth Bader Ginsberg).

Every single "angry, shrill, shrieking" colleague I've ever experienced in both public & private sector, government or global conglomerates NEVER succeeded in gaining listening ears, support of heads, hands * hearts or commitment to true collaboration.

I know I know, don't tell women not to be angry.

I used to and still say:" DON'T tell me NOT to be ANGRY!!!!"

But after 4 decades, I know better. I can't get anything done when I'm angry and shriek in front of the executive committee.

I think I will take a break and read this book in the print version. I still think Elizabeth Warren has some valid things to say,
but chapter after chapter of blah blah blah....(complaints) then insert (what SHE did or wrote...etc) is SO beneath someone
of her stature and experience.

I KNOW how tough it is to be the ONLY woman in the room. For decades. That level of sustained OUTRAGE and such
a scornful sneering voice is extremely difficult for a reader/listener to attempt to finish this book. Thus, the author's intent
is defeated.

VERY disappointed.




  • The Right Stuff

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,175

Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure: namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers that made The Right Stuff a classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Righteous Book, Righteous Narrator, Righteous MEN!

  • By Gillian on 02-08-18

Narrator not for me

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Author went on and on and emphasized way too long about the Mercury program astronauts as chimps i.e. they didn't get to "man" the flights or do any flying. I get it after the 1st mention, there is no need to harp on and on for chapters.

I wanted to listen to the story but unfortunately when I can't stomach the narrator, s/he ruins the books for me.
I wanted to hear the story SO much I gritted my teeth for a few chapters but Randy Quaid's sneering, sarcasm,
blatant despise for anyone remotely considered pious grated on me beyond I could bear.

I am NOT remotely religious. However, I believe that a strong mind and a strong body are both priority requirements to get through any program such being a fighter pilot or space ship.

Mocking John Glenn's morning PT (physical training) morning routine and implying he was just showing off was ridiculous.
The man was a Marine! ALL Marines PT every morning even when it's the weekend! They have always been known as the toughest and in the B E S T physical shape of any armed forces in our country.

Meanwhile, the fighter jocks' "flying & drinking and drinking & driving" were glorified and mentioned in every other chapter. Again, too tedious for me.

I get it. The Bad Boys were/are attractive. A fuddy duddy religious. family man is not.

That's what the author and narrator harped on and on in a book way too long. PITY!

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  • When the Snow Fell

  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Francis Greenslade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Joel is growing up. He is getting interested in girls. Just look at his New Year's resolutions: 1 - to see a naked lady; 2 - to toughen himself up so that he can live to be a hundred; and 3 - to see the sea. They all look pretty impossible for a motherless boy in Northern Sweden. Especially as his sailor dad is keen to drown his sadness in drink, and all the local matrons are narrowly watching the pair of them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not the usual Mankell

  • By CGJ on 08-03-18

Not the usual Mankell

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I tried. But I couldn't finish it. I need to stick with Mankell's detective books.

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,655

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Very disappointed

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

VERY disappointed in Balducci. It felt like he was churning out this drudgery page by page, line by line, word by word.

I loved MANY of his other books but this one was...aheam...AWFUL!

  • Mitz

  • The Marmoset of Bloomsbury
  • By: Sigrid Nunez
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In the summer of 1934, “a sickly, pathetic marmoset” called Mitz came into the care of Leonard Woolf. He nursed her back to health and from then on was rarely seen without her on his shoulder. A ubiquitous presence in Bloomsbury society, Mitz moved with Leonard and Virginia Woolf and their circle, developing special relationships with such associates as T. S. Eliot and Vita Sackville-West. She accompanied the Woolfs on their travels and even played an important role in helping them to escape a close call with Nazis in Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great pleasure

  • By hh on 02-20-13

Lush Mesmerizing Rich details

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Thank you Sigrid Munez for this amazing book.
I thought “The Friend” was superb, but THIS, this shows me SO much more.

WRITE ON!

I look forward to ALL your books!

  • The Virgin Suicides

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

This nationally best-selling novel from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides was adapted into an acclaimed film by Academy Award-winner Sofia Coppola. A haunting yet wickedly funny tale, The Virgin Suicides has captivated countless readers with its intoxicating portrait of lost innocence. A brilliant fusion of dark humor and tragedy, it is an atmospheric, allegorical masterpiece about five oppressed, suicidal sisters and the boys who dream of rescuing them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read this if you want to enjoy this audiobook

  • By Lexi Lou on 11-06-13

What a let down after Middlesex

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

I loved "Middlesex" by same author. Saw the disparate reviews by other readers and decided to still try "Virgin Suicides". The subject of depression doesn't bother me but the endless details and slow narration was difficult to take. I even sped it up to 1.5X to make it go faster but it still dragged.

The subject matter was indeed tragic and decades ago, there was less awareness of mental illness and/or better methods to treat depression. However, the characters in this novel - none of them were truly likeable or developed (fleshed out) to the point where empathy is elicited from the readers. This is important for any protagonist to be successful in any story.
Author successfully did that in "Middlesex" and a multitude of characters in that book were intriguing (even if you don't agree with their POVs).

If the reader doesn't care about what happens to any of the people in the story, the story is null.

VERY disappointed in this one. But Eugenides was BRILLIANT in "Middlesex".

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,170

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

Fascinating. EXcellent storytelling!

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17

Colourful, vivid narrative in just the right amount of historical context that helps the reader understand what the circumstances were like in the "Old Country" and why Greek immigrants had to flee Asia Minor.

I couldn't help but feel empathy for all three generations of women from Desdamona to Tessie to Callie.

Loved loved LOVED this book!

  • The Satanic Verses

  • By: Salman Rushdie
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 936

Inextricably linked with the fatwa called against its author in the wake of the novel’s publication, The Satanic Verses is, beyond that, a rich showcase for Salman Rushdie’s comic sensibilities, cultural observations, and unparalleled mastery of language. The book begins with two Indians plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their airliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Use an audiobook to really enjoy Satanic Verses

  • By David Edelberg on 11-24-12

Beyond my comprehension.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I purchased the Satanic Verses after reading The Golden House - which I LOVED. Rushdie's writing is lyrical, funny & ironic in so many ways. As a former New Yorker and transplant from UK, I enjoyed his cross cultural references.

However, I was only able to get through the 1st five chapters of Satanic Verses until I
got "completely" lost. I felt like being in the audience of an opera done in German instead of Italian.

I was intrigued by the first few chapters, but then by Chapter 4 I was way over my head.

Still love Rushdie's Golden House but I am not able to read the Verses.

  • Lone Survivor

  • The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
  • By: Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,972
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,993

Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat

  • By Michael J Canning on 01-25-14

Too much whining from a Navy SEAl

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

Would you try another book from Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson and/or Kevin T. Collins?

no

Would you ever listen to anything by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson again?

no

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I expected a Navy Seal to be more mature, less judgmental and stay away from politics and berating others who have different beliefs or body types as he does. Yes, smaller physiques tend to be convenient when doing "recon" but we also need big dudes.
We are all one team to get the job done.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,905

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Boring & Tideous

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing

What was most disappointing about Mark Sullivan’s story?

I agonized through Chapter 8 hoping things will pick up. But NO. Perhaps if I were a teenage boy obsessed with girls, race car driving, hiking & climbing....

The WW2 Nazi background in gorgeous Italy & naming of Lake Cuomo and such did NOTHING for the story. It was monotonous and went on and and on and on without
decent editing. I try to suffer through some books thinking perhaps I'm missing something but this one, I HAD to stop. I just can't tolerate the nothingness of it all and it's been EIGHT chapters already.

How could the performance have been better?

Performance might have been better if the story were a better one. The narrator sounds he's bored out of his mind himself.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not in the 8 chapters I've listened to.