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Santa Cruz, CA, United States
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  • The Way Back

  • By: Bill Whiting
  • Narrated by: Martin Carroll
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

After losing his home and savings to his lying son, widower Robin Bentley has a breakdown and is consigned to a care home for the elderly. He’s deeply depressed and has lost himself. As his health improves, he feels imprisoned and decides he must escape. While sneaking away, his path is blocked by a scary, battle-worn bull terrier, which is being hunted by the police. Very frightened, Robin distracts its attention with food from his rucksack, and then hurriedly makes the long walk to his planned hideaway at a seaside caravan park. But the fearsome beast follows him relentlessly...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Charming Story

  • By Jean on 02-17-19

A Charming Story

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

This is a new author and narrator for me. As I have recently been reading some very long books, I was looking for a short book and this one qualified. . To change the length of books periodically makes a great break. Our protagonist in the story is Robin Bentley, a widower. His son has taken his home and life savings and put him in a care home. He escapes and heads to the ocean. Along the way a feral Bull Terrier starts to follow him. He decided to call him Butch.

The book is well written and is delightful to read. The book is written in the first person. Robin meets an elderly Chinese woman and her cat, Bo. I enjoyed reading this book. It made for a delightful change of pace and provided some insight on growing old. I guess the book could be classified as emotional fiction.

The book is four hours and forty-nine minutes. Martin Carroll does a good job narrating the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Antisemitism

  • Here and Now
  • By: Deborah E. Lipstadt
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer, Paul Boehmer, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

The award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left: from white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, to mainstream enablers of antisemitism such as Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn, to a gay pride march in Chicago that expelled a group of women for carrying a Star of David banner. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read

  • By Jean on 02-16-19

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

I became interested in this subject because of the news coverage of Charlottesville and the shootings at the Pittsburgh Synagogue. Therefore, I decided to read this book.

The book is well written and researched. Professor Lipstadt explores the subject in a series of letters to fictional composites: Abigail, a Jewish student, and Joe, a non-Jewish colleague. Lipstadt examines current day antisemitism. The author also discusses the conspiracy theorists or ideologues who cannot be reasoned out of their view points. I enjoyed the discussion about how to spell antisemitism and the meanings put on words. Lipstadt skillfully examines antisemitism. In the last few years, I am surprised at how rapidly worldwide antisemitism has spread.

The book is seven hours and thirty-seven minutes. Ellen Archer, Paul Boehmer and Phoebe Strole do a good job narratoring the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Connections in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel

  • In Death, Book 48
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995

Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads - and they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For expert help, they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering - whose own brother pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support. Lyle is living with Rochelle while he gets his life together. He’s thrilled to hear about his sister’s new job offer. But within hours, triumph is followed by tragedy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! For once, nothing about Eve's childhood!

  • By M on 02-06-19

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

I started reading this series because I was curious about how the author perceived the future. The book is set at a future date in New York City. I started with book 10 and was impressed so I went back and read all the books to date. Over the years I have kept up with the series. It is amazing the series is now at 48 books. This is the first book I felt did not hit Robb’s high standard. Something is a bit off in the story. Maybe it is the subject of gangs and drugs but Eve Dallas does not seem to have her usual fire-in-the-belly drive. I guess the author cannot hit a home run with every book. I did enjoy getting together with all my favorite characters.

The book is twelve hours and eighteen minutes. Susan Ericksen does an excellent job narrating the book. She has narrated every book in the series. Ericksen is a multiple award winning narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Surface

  • By: Brad Sams
  • Narrated by: John T. Lewis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

 

After having failed to create a market for tablets in the early 2000s, Microsoft launched a new hardware effort in 2012 to disastrous results. The company was forced to write down $900 million in inventory, and Surface’s future was in jeopardy. Beneath a Surface tells the inside story of how Microsoft turned its hardware dreams into a reality with new details about the challenges Panos and his team had to overcome as well as the internal politics that nearly killed the brand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Jean on 02-11-19

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

I have a Surface Pro Four I got in 2016. I find it easy to use. This book is about developing and marketing the Microsoft Surface product line. It is the most popular tablet/laptop on the market. The book tells of the struggles to achieve its place in the market.

The book is well written and researched. It was easy to read and all technical jargon was explained. I am not a big fan of laptop computers. I prefer the desktop computer to work on. I must say my feelings were the same about the portable typewriter verses the desktop typewriter. I enjoyed this book and learning about what goes on inside a company to create a product.

The book is four hours and 3 minutes. Jon T. Lewis does a good job narrating the book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Stranger in Town

  • Will Tanner Series, Book 2
  • By: William W. Johnstone, J. A. Johnstone
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

The train grinds to a halt somewhere in the Indian Nations, and the bandits get onboard. They take everything on the train worth stealing and gun down a guard to make their escape - just another notch on the belt for Ben Trout and Zack Larsen, two of the most savage killers in the west. US Deputy Marshal Ed Pine follows them to Muskogee. There the trail runs cold, and Ed Pine diappears. To save his friend, Deputy Will Tanner rides for Muskogee, where justice extends only as far as the range of a Colt .45. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 02-10-19

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

The book is written by J. A. Johnstone (William Johnstone’s nephew) as William Johnstone died in 2004. This is book two in the Will Tanner Series. The book is well written and is non-stop action. Will is after two train robbers. This is a good old fashion western where everything is black and white; there is no gray area. Also, there is no foul language or steamy sex scenes. If you are looking for a quick fun read, give this book a try.

The book is eight hours and twenty-one minutes. Eric Michael Summerer does a good job narrating the story. Summerer is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • De Gaulle

  • By: Julian Jackson
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 41 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

In a definitive biography of the mythic general who refused to accept Nazi domination of France, Julian Jackson captures this titanic figure as never before. Drawing on unpublished letters, memoirs, and resources of the recently opened de Gaulle archive, he reveals how this volatile visionary put a broken France back at the center of world affairs. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterly Study

  • By Jean on 02-09-19

A Masterly Study

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

This is a long book at 928 pages or 41 hours and 35 minutes in audiobook format. Julian Jackson covers De Gaulle from childhood to death. The book is well written and meticulously researched. I have read a lot of books about World War I, but I do not recall any author mentioning the role De Gaulle played in the Great War. Jackson covers in detail De Gaulle’s role as a lieutenant in the WWI.

Jackson appears to have done a good job in writing an unbiased biography of De Gaulle. The author covers in-depth De Gaulle’s role in World War II. I must admit that when I started reading this book most of my knowledge about De Gaulle was based on my readings by Churchill and Eisenhower. It was good to obtain an unbiased viewpoint of De Gaulle. I learned about his role in WWII and as president of France. I still do not have a high opinion of him. One of his comments I cannot seem to get out of my mind is as follows: “It is not the role of government to obtain proposals or seek consensus but to give orders”. That statement seems to really bother me. I also noted he tried to do away with political parties but was unsuccessful.

I enjoyed the book and learning about De Gaulle and also about the civil war with Algeria that De Gaulle triggered. If you are interested in De Gaulle or French history, you should give the book a try.

Julian Jackson is a British historian. James Adams does a good job narrating the book. I enjoyed his British accent. Adams is a British audiobook narrator who now lives in the United States.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Torpedo!

  • Silent War Series, Book 3
  • By: Harry Homewood
  • Narrated by: Corey M. Snow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

It was an unprovoked attack, a deliberate act of aggression. When Vice Admiral Mike Brannon of the US Navy received word that the wreck of the Sharkfin had been found, with a gaping hole in its stern, he could only conclude that the Soviets had, without warning, attacked and destroyed a US nuclear submarine. He could not let the incident pass without retaliation. Yet whatever steps he took, he risked leading the two superpowers into a state of war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 02-04-19

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

This is the last book of a trilogy about submarines. Unlike most of Homewood’s books which were about World War II submarines, this book is about the Cold War. Homewood is well educated about the Silent Service and has written many books on the subject. But I felt the plot of this story was a bit unrealistic; that being said, I did enjoy the book. I found it to be exciting and loaded with action and suspense.

The book is six hours and twenty-eight minutes. Corey M. Snow does a good job narrating the book. Snow is a full-time audiobook narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Minority Leader

  • How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change
  • By: Stacey Abrams
  • Narrated by: Stacey Abrams
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 137

Minority Leader is a necessary audiobook guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider by Stacey Abrams, one of the most prominent black female politicians in the US. Networking, persistence, and hard work are the crucial ingredients to advancing a career, but for people like Stacey Abrams, and many in the New American Majority, it takes more than that to get ahead. In Minority Leader, Stacey combines aspects of memoir with real-world advice for women and people of color. A powerful and unmissable audiobook for every conscientious American.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sound advice for aspiring minority leaders

  • By T.McDan on 04-25-18

Uplifting

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This book is primarily a statement of policy and philosophy and less of a memoir. I was impressed how highly educated Stacey Abrams is. She went to Spelman College and obtained a law degree from Yale University. She was a Harry S. Truman Scholar studying public policy at the University of Texas at Austen’s LBJ School of Public Affairs and earned a Master Degree in Public Policy in 1998. In 2012 she was the recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award. I noted she also worked as a City Attorney as did Kamala Harris. This job allows for good experience in the workings of government. Sorry for spending time on her education, but I feel it is very important for politicians be educated in the workings of government.

The book is well written and Abrams gets right to her point and does not wander from her point. I recently became aware of Stacey Abrams when she ran for Governor of Georgia in 2018. I hope she runs again for Governor. I think the recent problems with the Federal government emphasize the need to elect politicians with experience in working their way up from local politics to State and then Federal positions to fully understand the working of government. A good education in various public or foreign affairs fields along with a law degree is also beneficial. I enjoyed the book and the helpful guidelines to help one achieve their goals. Abrams main point of the book was to encourage woman and other minorities to run for office and to attempt to rise higher than they think they can go.

The book is seven hours long. Abrams does a good job narrating her own book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Only Woman in the Room

  • By: Marie Benedict
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich's plans while at her husband's side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Woman Ahead of Her Time

  • By Lisa H on 01-18-19

Captivating Story

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

This is a novel based on the life of Hedi Lamare (1904-2000). She was primarily known as an actress, but she was also an inventor. She developed, along with George Antheil, a radio guidance system for torpedoes. The navy did not implement her system until the 1960s. She also developed the principle of Bluetooth technology. She also had patents for various microphone and sound systems innovations. She had many patents in her name. She was a Jew and fled Austria ahead of the Nazis.

I found Hedi’s fight against the Nazis and role as an inventor most interesting. She was a very intelligent woman and I wonder how much more she could have achieved in today’s world. I enjoyed the novel because it was based on fact.

The book is eight hours and fifty-four minutes. Suzanne Toren does an excellent job narrating the book. Toren is a well-known narrator. For over thirty years she was a key narrator for The American Foundation for the Blind. In 1988 she won the Narrator of the year for the American Foundation for the Blind. In 2009 she won the Best Voice in Non-Fiction by Audiofile Magazine.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hammurabi

  • A Captivating Guide to the Sixth King of the First Babylonian Dynasty, Including the Code of Hammurabi
  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Explore the captivating history of Hammurabi. The story of Hammurabi is the story of 43 years jam-packed with conquest, temple- and wall-building, irrigation efforts, and lawmaking, but it’s also a story of broken relations and rising and falling empires. It’s a story of betrayal and shifting alliances, a story where even the gods take a backseat to the matters of common men. It’s a tale that’s both thousands of years old and, interestingly enough, just as contemporary as it was when Hammurabi still drew breath.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Jean on 01-31-19

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

This book provides a brief overview of the life of Hammurabi (1810 B.C.E.-1750 B.C.E.). Under the rule of Hammurabi, the Babylonians ended up ruling all of Mesopotamia. He is known for the Code of Hammurabi; the first written legal code.

I had never heard of Captivating History before obtaining this book. Apparently, their goal is to provide a brief interesting overview on a historical topic. Looking at their collection I see books on ancient leaders, FDR and the Haitian Revolution. The books are short only averaging 100 pages. If you want a quick overview of a historical topic, they seem to be a good choice.

The book is well written and researched. They packed a lot of information into a short time frame. Information about Hammurabi was provided as well as some general information about the time. Glad I listened to this on an audiobook as I would never be able to pronounce all the names. I noted that the Middle East was constantly at war at the time of Hammurabi and is still at war.

The book is three hours and 6 minutes. Desmond Manny does a good job narrating the book. Manny is a voice-over artist and audiobook narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful