LISTENER

Douglas

Thompsons Station, TN, USA
  • 6
  • reviews
  • 47
  • helpful votes
  • 163
  • ratings
  • Bait and Switch

  • The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
  • By: Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

The best-selling author of Nickel and Dimed goes back undercover to do for America's ailing middle class what she did for the working poor. Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed explored the lives of low-wage workers. Now, in Bait and Switch, she enters another hidden realm of the economy: the world of the white-collar unemployed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A terrible book - princess Barbara goes undercover

  • By Peter on 11-07-05

An Eye Opener

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-08

This book will open your eyes to a part of America that many of us in the middle class don't see or choose to ignore. It has made me much more appreciative of hotel maids and others who do the really tough jobs. I now make it a point to smile and offer a kind word that will hopefully help them through the day.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Made to Stick

  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,011

Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better The Second Time

  • By Jeremy on 09-05-09

Great tips for getting your message across!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-08

Being an accountant, my analytical nature makes me skeptical of books on communication. This one completely impressed me because the authors brought the points to life with real examples of why messages do or don't work. I found many areas where I've been making mistakes and can take immediate steps toward improvement. It's well worth the time to listen, and you'll find yourself wishing you could take notes or highlight passages.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Can You Keep a Secret?

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796

Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Chick Lit

  • By A on 02-04-08

A Fun Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-05

This is an enjoyable book to listen too with good narration. It's not very believable, but hey it's fiction.

  • Hard Eight

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, her mentor Ranger, and a host of other - ahem - interesting characters set out to find a missing 7-year-old girl. The search becomes a race among Stephanie's posse, the True Blue Bonds Agency, and the crew of one very scary man named Eddie Abruzzi. Did we mention there's also a killer rabbit on the loose? The world of Stephanie Plum has never been wilder!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Bear, Bad Rabbit

  • By M. Giorgi on 06-18-15

Entertaining... A Little Silly

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-03

This was the first Stephanie Plum novel I've "read." I didn't know what to expect but found myself entertained. The book was a little goofy, but I don't think it's meant to be very serious. Overall, it has decent entertainment value and is worth the listen. The narrator does a great job with her sexy sassy voice and inflection. I may have to try another Evanovich title.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mayday

  • By: Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874

Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time. Also available abridged.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great adventure! Hard to put down.

  • By Douglas on 02-15-03

Great adventure! Hard to put down.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-03

I wouldn't give many books five stars, but this one is well deserving. Although updated from the original written in the late 70's (which I haven't read), the story is by no means old. The characters are well defined, and the story line keeps you hooked and wanting more.

The author throws in enough twists to keep you on your toes and unable to predict the next move. Granted, not everything is 100% believable, but is entertainment after all. I have read other DeMille books and highly recommend him as an author.

28 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • December 6

  • By: Martin Cruz Smith
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

From Martin Cruz Smith, "a master of the international thriller," comes an audacious novel of exotic locales, intimate intrigues, and the mysteries of the human heart. "A superb thriller and a remarkable evocation of a place," raves Booklist in a starred review. "A moving, believable love story in which individual lives are invested with great dignity, even in the face of national ideals."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No substitute for the book, but not bad.

  • By Andrew on 03-27-03

Not what I expected

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-15-03

This book was not at all what I expected. I thought it might be more of a history lesson and peek inside the Japanese mindset that led to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. That was only hinted at in the very end.

Harry Niles, the main character, is not very believable. The story jumps all over and leaves you wondering where it's going. Even in the end, you do not learn what becomes of the primary characters. Maybe it loses something in the abridgement, or it's just not my cup of tea.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful