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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,549
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,382
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,368

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Jaccred on 05-29-18

A revealing story of the self destructiveness of pride and self delusion

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

I recall first reading the authors WSJ article and being amazed that the Theranos had abandoned basic science so completely. I am tempted to believe of their money had been spent on science and research they might have come close to realizing a good part of their dream. It is hard to see what trade secrets they thought they were guarding.
The village of her non scientific backers is disheartening. And these are the people claiming to run the country.

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,038
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,023

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

A fresh perspective on Salander

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

Lagercrantz has produced an exciting and enjoyable follow up. Clearly his depiction of the characters is his own. While tying the story to the past narratives he brings his own perspective and imagination. Fans won't be disappointed.

  • Pachinko

  • By: Min Jin Lee
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,325

Profoundly moving and gracefully told, Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful book

  • By erin on 12-11-17

Brilliant characterization with exploration of a touchy subject

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

An exploration of race relations in Japan between the Japanese and Koreans. It qualifies as a data by following a family through four generations. Pachinko, the title subject is a persistent thread but in many ways is just a bit player.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,927
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,171

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

A contemporary telling of the story of Circe and Ulysses

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Told from the point of view of Circe herself. Matter of fact mentions of her father Helios who drove the sun across the sky each day. Hey emotional needs are the central theme of the telling. Entertaining for a modern reader.

  • Under the Volcano

  • A Novel
  • By: Malcolm Lowry
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178

On the Day of the Dead, in 1938, Geoffrey Firmin, an alcoholic and ruined man, is fatefully living out his last day, drowning himself in mescal while his former wife and half-brother look on, powerless to help him. The events of this one day unfold against a backdrop unforgettable for its evocation of a Mexico at once magical and diabolical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent...but not for everyone

  • By Melinda on 12-07-10

Deep for an audiobook

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

I'm a lover of audiobooks but acknowledge some books are better digested in the printed format. This book will require more reading on my part. If you are looking for escapist reading this is not the best choice. It requires further exploration of the symbolism and allusions.
I was quite happy with is narration and the narrators Spanish pronunciation.
It has been called one of the twenty best books of the last century. The audiobook is a good introduction.

  • The Fix

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,625

Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter - a family man with a successful consulting business - and his victim, a schoolteacher.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where is Ron Mcclarty?

  • By jason adams on 04-28-17

Fast flowing excitement and a clever plot

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Baldacci is good at opening that grab the reader and don't let go. Decker actually witnesses the murder at the center of the investigation.
It turns out as a separate attempt to thwarts threatened terrorist attack. Part of the challenge is to figure out the where and how of the attack.
The book end with the reader, me, wanting to get to know the central characters better.

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  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,691

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Baldacci winner

  • By Dawn on 04-21-16

Baldacci scores a touchdown

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Clever story abouta wrongly imprisoned football star. Decker's persona is further developed and while he seems both real and believable his feats are also unbelievable. While much is made of his memory it really isn't the star of the story. I will continue to follow his exploits.

  • 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 10,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,951

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

Cleverly plotted mystery about the opiod epidemic

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

Baldacci had produced another clever sorry filled with twists and turns. Character development is well done adding the element of believability which adds to the excitement.

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,074

When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2 Creepy, Killer Brothers Make for Great Suspense

  • By Charles Atkinson on 06-13-14

Exciting with unexpected plot twists

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

I'm glad I discovered this book and author. It doesn't take long to grab the listeners attention and then it holds it well. It comes a good sense of the high mountains and presents several perspectives well: a twelve year old boy, a thirtysomething survival trainer, his wife a resourceful outdoorswoman, a woman firetower watcher, and the antiheroes.

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  • The Conquering Tide

  • War in the Pacific Islands, 1942-1944
  • By: Ian W. Toll
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 27 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909

The devastation of Pearl Harbor and the American victory at Midway were prelude to a greater challenge: rolling back the vast Japanese Pacific empire island by island. This masterful history encompasses the heart of the Pacific War - the period between mid-1942 and mid-1944 - when parallel Allied counteroffensives north and south of the equator washed over Japan's far-flung island empire like a "conquering tide", concluding with Japan's irreversible strategic defeat in the Marianas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Researched and Perfectly Detailed History!

  • By Matthew on 10-07-15

Worthy and engaging successor to the first in series

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

While at times it seemed to bog down in details it continued to engage the listener with a perspective both intimate and insightful. I particularly enjoyed the insights into Japanese society and the personalities of the major players in the Japanese military and government. Understanding is always with striving for. The failings of the imperial system and it's immature and insulated emperor much.
One is left marveling at the willingness of the naval aviators to engage in such reckless and dangerous missions. The US commitment to rescue downed pilots and crews was certainly a key. The unwillingness of the Japanese command to recognize battle fatigue or even simple fatigue was important as well.