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R. G. Pickering

Coral Springs, FL USA
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  • Brotopia

  • Breaking Up the Boys' Club of Silicon Valley
  • By: Emily Chang
  • Narrated by: Emily Chang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

For women in tech, Silicon Valley is not a fantasy land of unicorns, virtual reality rainbows, and 3D-printed lollipops, where millions of dollars grow on trees. It's a "Brotopia," where men hold all the cards and make all the rules. Vastly outnumbered, women face toxic workplaces rife with discrimination and sexual harassment, where investors take meetings in hot tubs and network at sex parties. In this powerful exposé, Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures despite decades of companies claiming the moral high ground (Don't Be Evil! Connect the World!)--and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, Infuriating, and Important

  • By Lavina K. on 02-11-18

Enlightening

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

I had trouble getting through this book because of all I was learning about the subject. But there is hope.

  • Crime and Punishment (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett - translator
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,386

Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is universally regarded as one of literature's finest achievements, as the great Russian novelist explores the inner workings of a troubled intellectual. Raskolnikov, a nihilistic young man in the midst of a spiritual crisis, makes the fateful decision to murder a cruel pawnbroker, justifying his actions by relying on science and reason, and creating his own morality system. Dehumanized yet sympathetic, exhausted yet hopeful, Raskolnikov represents the best and worst elements of modern intellectualism. The aftermath of his crime and Petrovich's murder investigation result in an utterly compelling, truly unforgettable cat-and-mouse game. This stunning dramatization of Dostoevsky's magnum opus brings the slums of St. Petersburg and the demons of Raskolnikov's tortured mind vividly to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful narration of a masterpiece

  • By John on 07-30-08

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-19

This is an excellent book, beautifully written and fascinating from beginning to end. The creative writing keeps you interested.

  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,201

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feels like Jules Verne

  • By Ramon on 03-10-11

Well narrated

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

This was a quite enjoyable book with plenty of adventure. I loved the vocabulary...expanding.

  • Freakonomics

  • Revised Edition
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,172

Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but be careful

  • By Shackleton on 07-03-08

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

This is a fascinating book filled with interesting statistics which reveal many interesting things. It was very enjoyable.

  • Sakina's Restaurant

  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3,528
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,215
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3,217

Sakina's Restaurant breathes new life into an age old story: the emotive tale of an immigrant coming to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Actor, comedian, and writer Aasif Mandvi originally performed his Obie Award-winning solo show off-Broadway 20 years ago. This past October, the iconic play was reimagined and produced by Audible for a limited run at Minetta Lane Theatre in the West Village of Manhattan. Recorded for an Audible-exclusive audience, listeners can forgo the price of admission and embark on the cross-cultural journey with Mandvi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining and Insightful

  • By Elaine on 03-03-19

Clever

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

This is a 1 person play with very clever, and often, very funny scenes. I enjoyed it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Demon Next Door

  • By: Bryan Burrough
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,513
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,810

Best-selling author Bryan Burrough recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret. One of his high school classmates, Danny Corwin, was a vicious serial killer. In this chilling tale, Burrough raises important questions of whether serial killers can be recognized before they kill or rehabilitated after they do. It is also a story of Texas politics and power that led the good citizens of the town of Temple to enable a demon who was their worst nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less sensational than advertised

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I enjoyed this book beginning to end. The narration was excellent. The story covered everything in a complete and very interesting way.

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,405

In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: There's a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A necessary read

  • By Grace on 11-22-17

Hopefully Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I had a hard time getting through this book. However, when I finally crawled to the end, I understood clearly the whole book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Curve in the Road

  • By: Julianne MacLean
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,726

Abbie MacIntyre is living the dream in the picturesque Nova Scotia town she calls home. She is a successful surgeon, is married to a handsome cardiologist, and has a model teenage son who is only months away from going off to college. But then one fateful night, everything changes. When a drunk driver hits her car, Abbie is rushed to the hospital. She survives, but the accident forces secrets out into the open and plagues Abbie with nightmares so vivid that she starts to question her grip on reality. Her perfect life begins to crack, and those cracks threaten to shatter her world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very meh

  • By Auda on 11-05-18

Very well written

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

This story kept your interest from the beginning. It had its share of surprises as well as deep insights.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wife

  • A Novel
  • By: Meg Wolitzer
  • Narrated by: Dawn Harvey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 389

The moment Joan Castleman decides to leave her husband, they are 35,000 feet above the ocean on a flight to Helsinki. Joan's husband, Joseph, is one of America's preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award, and Joan, who has spent 40 years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a downer

  • By Jody Cox on 08-01-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

At first I didn’t like it at all as it was a disgruntled wife droning on and on. The last chapter explained everything to me. I wish it had come sooner.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,629
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,604

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Nora I love is back!!

  • By Indydog on 05-31-18

Twists and Turns

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

This was an interesting detective story with many unexpected happenings. The different voices were performed well. I could do without the love scenes.