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Jim R. Dawson

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  • The Feminine Mystique

  • By: Betty Friedan
  • Narrated by: Parker Posey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

The book that changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting book - enjoyable performance

  • By Jim R. Dawson on 22-08-16

Very interesting book - enjoyable performance

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

Reviewed: 22-08-16

I often struggle with non fiction. I tend to find it unengaging and difficult to digest. However, Friedan's work is so grounded, so rooted in statistic and real life examples that it makes it perhaps not easily digestable but palatable with very little chewing.

Very small point on the delivery - the reader can slightly over pronounce her 's' and 'sh' sounds. When I was listening on my headphones, it had a tendency to give me a headache, but this may just be me being overly sensitive!

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  • Digital Fortress

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 483

When the NSA's invincible code-breaking machine encounters a mysterious code it cannot break, the agency calls its head cryptographer, Susan Fletcher, a brilliant, beautiful mathematician. What she uncovers sends shock waves through the corridors of power. The NSA is being held hostage, not by guns or bombs, but by a code so complex that if released it would cripple U.S. intelligence.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Science Bad Writing Bad Book

  • By Roy on 26-07-06

Trashy, yet enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 28-05-16

I was shocked that, in a great departure from his later work, not everything was what it seemed in this Dan Brown novel! We know what to expect of the man at this point. There was a few painful literary cliches, a mystery that you can't solve unless you have an advanced degree in the relevant subject and everyone took themselves just a bit too seriously. As long as you're not expecting to have your world rocked, it's good fun and extremely easy listening!

  • Butcher’s Crossing

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

In the 1870s, Will Andrews, fired up by Emerson to seek "an original relation to nature," drops out of Harvard and heads west. He washes up in Butcher's Crossing, a small Kansas town full of restless men looking for ways to make money and ways to waste it. One of these men regales Will with tales of the immense buffalo herds hidden away in the Colorado Rockies and convinces him to join an expedition to track them down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good

  • By Simon on 31-08-15

Enjoyable enough but not particularly striking.

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

Reviewed: 15-04-16

I think I expected more from this because I enjoyed Stoner so much. That's not to say that it isn't a pleasant way to spend a few hours but with the story not being that engaging, you may find your attention wavering at points.

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