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Dr. J. Adrienne Roth

Walnut Creek, CA, US
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  • Identity

  • The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment
  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups. Two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise to power of a series of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies threatened to destabilize the entire international order. These populist nationalists seek direct charismatic connection to “the people”, who are usually defined in narrow identity terms that offer an irresistible call to an in-group and exclude large parts of the population as a whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robotic narrator

  • By Shahin on 09-19-18

Helpful understanding current political climate

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Despite the dreadfully boring, nasal delivery by P.J. Ochlan (some words even mispronounced), the ideas Fukuyama expresses are thought provoking. The first part is somewhat like a philosophy summary class, which Ochlan's delivery makes sound more like a lecture than when I read it. But from Chapter 10 forward, the ideas are presented in ways which make them so applicable to the current world in which we live, something for which I am very grateful. I have been having a difficult time appreciating how people can vote the way they do, and understood it far better after reading this. It helps me appreciate how even poor character, self-aggrandizement and self-focused authoritarian personalities can garner support.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,873
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13,881

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Weak ghost story

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Not suspense driven. Boring Even with one of your best readers, it dragged and stopped suddenly with no point

  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,746

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

Fascinating way to absorb history.

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

History abounds with adventure, mystery and contemplation. A wonderful way to absorb the taste of it.

  • A Horse Walks into a Bar

  • By: David Grossman, Jessica Cohen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

In a little dive in a small Israeli city, Dov Greenstein, a comedian a bit past his prime, is doing a night of stand-up. In the audience is a district court justice, Avishai Lazar, whom Dov knew as a boy, along with a few others who remember Dov as the awkward, scrawny kid who walked on his hands to confound the neighborhood bullies. Gradually, teetering between hilarity and hysteria, Dov's patter becomes a kind of memoir, taking us back into the terrors of his childhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extraordinary experience

  • By Judith Stein on 07-28-17

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Narration of this book requires differentiating voices. The narrator did not do that and sometimes it was confusing as to who was talking, doing, thinking. It was the sort of book that would probably have been better read because some things needed to be reread. I had a hard time getting into it at first. But, like the audience, which I think was the point, I became intrigued with the character. The title leads one to believe that it will be a humorous story. It is not.

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