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Avi Stachenfeld

Berkeley, California USA
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  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,967

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read This if You're Very Sick and/or Thinking About Ending Your Life

  • By Derek on 07-21-15

A Message Worth Considering Every Day

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

After putting off reading this book for many years, now I don't let a year go by without rereading.

  • A Rage in Harlem

  • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
  • By: Chester Himes
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 684

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hardboiled Goodness

  • By Ilana on 04-03-12

CHESTER HIMES/SAMUEL L. JACKSON CAN'T GET BETTER

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

A book with incredible vitality raised to a new level by the sustained performance of Samuel L Jackson....
Just let this book work on you before forming any opinion...then reread!!!

  • Spellman Files

  • By: Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

Isabel Spellman may have a checkered past littered with romantic mistakes, excessive drinking, and creative vandalism - but she's good at her job as a licensed P.I. with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Invading people's privacy comes naturally to Izzy and all the Spellmans. If only they could leave their work at the office. Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. But when Izzy decides to get out of the family business in search of normalcy, she ends up taking on the most important case of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Spellman Files (Unabridged)

  • By Lisa Worthen on 07-14-11

CONFUSING ANGER AND SELF HATE FOR LOVE

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

One might think that this book will reveal what it means to be raised by wolves but that would be insulting the entire species of wolf.
Rather, this is an extremely poor example of people who confuse all sorts of dysfunction for love.
If you sense love within you, do yourself a favor and pass on this book.

  • The City & The City

  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,237

When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genre defying conspiracy fiction

  • By Carl on 09-11-12

Much Ado About Nothing

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

My review of the story is shaded by Mr Lee's frantic but dull, unnuanced reading. But he does enunciate each word so beautifully and in relying upon his ability to do so, he fails to use his voice and phrasing to develop unique aural characters. He does two and only two characters: man and woman. When there are two men, as there are here, he fails to distinguish between them. I generally find that his style gets in the way of the material as it did here.
About the story: despite the intelligence of the premise and the author's skill to carry it off from beginning to end, when the story is pared down to its essentials, it's rather mundane. Save your time and money...this one is not worth the listen.

  • Gone to Dust

  • By: Matt Goldman
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,635
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,632

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Above Average

  • By wisconsinclark on 11-06-17

Intelligent Without Pretension

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

A good story, an excellent read, an intelligent, human and humanistic detective without pretension,,,on to the second in the series and hoping there will be more.

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  • When Nietzsche Wept

  • By: Irvin D. Yalom
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

Josef Breuer, one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis, is at the height of his career. Friedrich Nietzsche, Europe's greatest philosopher, is on the brink of suicidal despair, unable to find a cure for the headaches and other ailments that plague him. When he agrees to treat Nietzsche with his experimental "talking cure", Breuer never expects that he, too, will find solace in their sessions. Only through facing his own inner demons can the gifted healer begin to help his patient.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An immortal book !

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-06-15

More philosophy than psychology

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

More philosophy than psychology and yet an extraordinary explanation of Nietzsche and his philosophical relation to Self. Worth reading and rereading and giving it to friends. Best of the Yalom books by far...makes the others seem either self indulgent, self aggrandizing, or just gossip.

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,221

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So So

  • By Paul Beer on 11-16-18

Bosch the Vigilante

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Connelly upgrades his writing...he's no longer fixated on every meaningless detail with which he can derail a good story. He adds a female voice in roughly alternating chapters as a co-narrator. Also adds several female police people and does a nice job with their characteristics: compared with policemen, they are bright, determined, loyal, show initiative, and are generally caring.
Unfortunately, in this day in which we have a President who does everything he can to tear down our most important institutions, including those of our justice system, Connelly has both Bosch and his female colleague, Ballard, go so far outside of the law with the excuse of getting the bad guys off the street, that there is no turning back.
I imagine we'll see Bosch the vigilante in sequels, Ballard continuing to do illegal acts, and Bosch covering them over because he's so cunning.
Way to go, Michael...just pitch in as much as you can to do you part in destroying institutions that guarantee democracy.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Mission Flats

  • By: William Landay
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 136

When a Boston DA is found brutally murdered in a lakeside cabin in rural Maine, local Police Chief Ben Truman finds himself defending his own innocence while trying to uncover the truth about the murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing first novel!

  • By Marc on 10-15-03

Throw this Fish Back

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

The narrator does a good job with a flawed novel. This author has a habit -- see Defending Jacob -- of hiding important facts. In this book, he simply lies. In the pre-confession part of the book, during the development of the principal character, who is also the narrator, the author misleads us into believing that this principal character inspects the cabins by the lake (where the murder occurs) once every few weeks. There is no reason for the author to deceive us here...this is the straightforward establishing section of character and of the facts. However, it later turns out that this is a total misrepresentation. But it is necessary to lead us in the wrong direction. This is simply dishonest storytelling. I conclude that an author whose subtext in both this and Jacob is truth, ethics, and the law, he is not worth reading or respecting. This is harsh but it is accurate.

  • The Ploughmen

  • A Novel
  • By: Kim Zupan
  • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 923

At the center of this searing fever-dream of a novel are two men - a killer awaiting trial and a troubled young deputy - sitting across fromeach other in the dark, talking through the bars of a county jail cell: JohnGload, so brutally adept at his craft that only now, at the age of 77, has he faced the prospect of long-term incarceration; and Valentine Millimaki, low man in the Copper County sheriff's department, who draws the overnight shift after Gload's arrest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great language and performance

  • By Villarreal on 11-06-17

More Than Its Title Implies

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Fascinating story and characters; beautifully written, perhaps a few too many $5 words strung in a row; excellent reading. I look forward to more work by this author.

  • An American Spy

  • By: Olen Steinhauer
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 279

With only a handful of “tourists” - CIA-trained assassins - left, Weaver would like to move on and use this as an opportunity to regain a normal life, a life focused on his family. His former boss in the CIA, Alan Drummond, can’t let it go. When Alan uses one of Milo’s compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can’t help but go in search of him. Worse still, it's beginning to look as if Tourism's enemies are gearing up for a final, fatal blow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very complicated

  • By Joanne on 03-25-12

Read more than once

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Steinhauer is quite simply the best for today’s complex transnational conditions. Reading once is not enough to grasp his breadth and deprh