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  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,032
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,377
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,397

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

Wow a Fascinating ride -- a tale all too realistic

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

Reviewed: 03-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The book was an extremely fun read -- fast paced, exciting and surprising. A little scary given they way society is headed. The characters are well formed and interesting -- but not too serious, so it does not feel like medicine even though it is making us look hard at the future. Delicious!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,495

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

You Know What You Get and its Good

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

Reviewed: 12-07-13

If you could sum up Sycamore Row in three words, what would they be?

Suspense, Characters, Twists

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

When the last deposition is shown to the jury

Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

The Lead Jake Brigance was a hard character to capture -- he narrates but he has many facets to his personality. I understood who we was and where he stood every time he spoke thanks to M Beck.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Teary at the end, but Grishman can be a bit obvious (in a good way).

Any additional comments?

With Grisham, you know what you get -- but its good!

  • The Greater Journey

  • Americans in Paris
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934

The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • McCullough takes it to the next level

  • By gregory m loyd on 07-12-11

Who knew?

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

Reviewed: 09-13-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Greater Journey to be better than the print version?

Yes, to hear the story of our great history in this great city was captivating. I found myself googling the references to the various artworks as the story was read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Greater Journey?

All the parts about Agustus St Gauden. He was a fascinating and talented artist that I never knew! His underdog story of drive and determination was very interesting.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Gauden gets his first commission.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Siren call of Paris

Any additional comments?

Wonderfully read by the author and Edward Hermann -- their voices blend nicely and the switches are not distracting in the least

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Moveable Feast

  • The Restored Edition
  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 551

When Ernest Hemingway died in 1961 he had nearly completed A Moveable Feast, which eventually was published posthumously in 1964 and edited by his widow Mary Hemingway. This new special edition of Hemingway's classic memoir of his early years in Paris in the 1920's presents the original manuscript as the author intended it to be published at the time of his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect complement-Paris Wife & Midnight in Paris

  • By Julie on 06-09-12

Hmm, might try the original published version

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

Reviewed: 09-13-13

Where does A Moveable Feast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Toward the top -- say the top third.

What other book might you compare A Moveable Feast to and why?

It reminded me of other books from the times -- Huxley's Brave New World, the Great Gatsby, etc.

Which scene was your favorite?

When he talks about the scene with F Scott getting himself sick when they about to start an adventure

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A little too much of a good thing

Any additional comments?

If I had to do it over again I would try reading the original published version. the "extras" in this version felt tacked on and made the narrative seem disjointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Amped

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel H. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 521

In Amped, people are implanted with a device that makes them capable of superhuman feats. The powerful technology has profound consequences for society, and soon a set of laws is passed that restricts the abilities - and rights - of "amplified" humans. On the day that the Supreme Court passes the first of these laws, 29-year-old Owen Gray joins the ranks of a new persecuted underclass known as "amps." Owen is forced to go on the run, desperate to reach an outpost in Oklahoma where, it is rumored, a group of the most enhanced amps may be about to change the world - or destroy it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No Michael Crighton but still worth a listen

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-11-12

Typical but Interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book was good, a bit long and unresolved. Not sure which of the story I really felt good about. Sure the "Amps" were having problems -- but the non-Amps had a point

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

That it did not seem too far off from where we were headed

Have you listened to any of Robbie Daymond’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never

Could you see Amped being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It certainly seemed to have TV show written all over it. I picture the lead character as Matthew Morrison from Glee

Any additional comments?

If you like Sci Fi and are looking forward to the Adaptation of the sequel -- it is worth a read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Chaperone

  • By: Laura Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth McGovern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,845

> The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection.

  • By Amanda on 06-07-12

Fascinating look at the era

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

Would you listen to The Chaperone again? Why?

Yes, Elizabeth McGovern had a lovely, soothing tone. She captured the characters perfectly

Who was your favorite character and why?

Louise was enigmatic and surprising -- not always in a good way.

Have you listened to any of Elizabeth McGovern’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never listed to any of Elzabeth McGoverns performances, it was delightful

Who was the most memorable character of The Chaperone and why?

Cora -- she was a solid, well known characters, but her arc was very interesting and her ability to reexamine what she believed was refreshing