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Roberta Westwood

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  • Prisoner

  • My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison - Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out
  • Auteur(s): Jason Rezaian
  • Narrateur(s): Jason Rezaian
  • Durée: 9 h et 34 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Histoire
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The dramatic memoir of the journalist who was held hostage in a high-security prison in Tehran for 18 months and whose release - which almost didn’t happen - became a part of the Iran nuclear deal. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible tale

  • Écrit par Roberta Westwood le 2019-05-04
  • Prisoner
  • My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison - Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out
  • Auteur(s): Jason Rezaian
  • Narrateur(s): Jason Rezaian

An incredible tale

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-05-04

Jason Rezaian had a story to tell, but it's not the one he expected. The man was, and is, a journalist, and he was held without cause in an Iranian prison. At first his wife, also a journalist, was also held, but she was released after a relatively short period of time. Telling his story in his own voice, Jason shares the long stretches of solitude he experienced, the surprising (to me) stretches held in a prison house of sorts with another prisoner, the hope, the dashed hopes, and all the false starts before he was eventually released. It's a compelling story.

  • I'm Feeling Lucky

  • The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
  • Auteur(s): Douglas Edwards
  • Narrateur(s): Douglas Edwards
  • Durée: 16 h et 14 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Histoire
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Word wizard

  • Écrit par Amazon Customer le 2018-07-18

The early days of Google, from an insider

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-05-04

I enjoyed this account of the early days of Google, from one of the earliest hired employees. It was a stage of the company's history that could only be told by someone who worked there at the time. Douglas Edwards was well suited to the task, as he is both a writer and a non-engineer, enabling him to give the rest of us non-engineer types a sense of the happenings. As one of those set up for life from IPO, I appreciated the time he took to tell the story. I have a feeling the history post his departure won't be quite as fascinating.

  • Room 23: Surviving a Brain Hemorrhage

  • Auteur(s): Kavita Basi
  • Narrateur(s): Kavita Basi
  • Durée: 5 h et 19 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Kavita Basi had a wonderful life - a job she enjoyed, a wonderful family, and seemingly perfect health. Then an unexpected event took place and turned her entire world upside down. In Room 23, Kavita chronicles her time suffering from a subarachnoid hemorrhage - bleeding in the area of the skull surrounding the brain. With this diagnosis, Kavita went from being healthy and happy to battling a condition with a 50 percent mortality rate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A brave account

  • Écrit par Roberta Westwood le 2019-05-04

A brave account

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-05-04

Until now I had not thought about what indicators someone might have of a brain hemorrhage, as the person experiencing it. Kavita Basi took me there, inside her head, as she underwent an assault of excruciating headaches, and her world fell apart. This is an amazing story of recovery, and lessons on the fragility of life.

  • The Mueller Report

  • Auteur(s): The Washington Post
  • Narrateur(s): Matt Zapotosky, Rosalind S. Helderman, Marc Fisher, Autres
  • Durée: 19 h et 14 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Listen to the findings of the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, complete with accompanying analysis by the Post reporters who’ve covered the story from the beginning. One of the most urgent and important investigations ever conducted, the Mueller inquiry focuses on Donald Trump, his presidential campaign, and Russian interference in the 2016 election, and draws on the testimony of dozens of witnesses and the work of some of the country’s most seasoned prosecutors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dry at times, but fascinating

  • Écrit par Roberta Westwood le 2019-05-04

Dry at times, but fascinating

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-05-04

Of course I listened to The Mueller Report, why wouldn't I? It's a looong listen, but very complete. In addition to a verbatim reading of the report itself (complete with many 'redacted, conflict with ongoing matter' hiccups), The Washington Post provides context and a timeline. They also provide some analysis, but this is clearly separated. Some interesting background on Mueller vs Trump towards the end too. The multiple voices was interesting, presumably used in order to get the darn thing read and produced in a timely manner.

  • The Quintland Sisters

  • A Novel
  • Auteur(s): Shelley Wood
  • Narrateur(s): Tavia Gilbert
  • Durée: 11 h et 24 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Reluctant midwife Emma Trimpany is just 17 when she assists at the harrowing birth of the Dionne quintuplets: five tiny miracles born to French farmers in hardscrabble Northern Ontario in 1934. Emma cares for them through their perilous first days, and when the government decides to remove the babies from their francophone parents, making them wards of the British king, Emma signs on as their nurse. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • Écrit par Utilisateur anonyme le 2019-03-21

A brilliant approach to this story

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-23

As a Canadian, I have long known about the Dionne quintuplets, and have thought it a sad and disturbing story. In recent years I have heard bit of news about the surviving sisters and their difficulties later in life. So, I wanted to read an account, to understand more. I was initially hesitant about a fictional account but Shelley Wood has done the story justice ~ and it really works. The history of what actually happened has been woven into the fictional story of a young nurse who was with the girls from birth to girlhood. It's rather clever, and a great listen.

  • Escape From Jonestown

  • Auteur(s): Laurence Bouvard
  • Durée: 2 h et 20 min
  • Production originale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Forty years ago, on Nov. 18, 1978, 914 members of a ‘utopian’ society deep in the Guyana jungle, known as Jonestown, drank a lethal elixir of Flavor-Aid and cyanide. Tim Carter was in the inner circle of its charismatic leader, Jim Jones. He escaped into the jungle. This is his story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Damn good

  • Écrit par Jeff le 2019-02-06

Great telling of a tragic story

Au global
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-15

This was a very well done series, although I listened to it all one go. I particularly liked the approach taken to tell the story: through the story (eyes/heart/words) of one of the (very few) survivors, supplemented with words from the others. These perspectives were balanced with those of a woman who lost two sisters in the tragedy. There is much that is so very disturbing in this story, but it is told in a way that was listenable, calmly and without hysterics. If you don't know the Jonestown story, it's worth a listen.

  • Together

  • A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap
  • Auteur(s): Judy Goldman
  • Narrateur(s): Kathe Mazur
  • Durée: 6 h et 16 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars 1

A routine procedure left novelist, memoirist, and poet Judy Goldman's husband paralyzed. Together is her unforgettable account of the struggle to regain their "normal" life and a nuanced portrait of a marriage tested. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adapting when things go wrong

  • Écrit par Roberta Westwood le 2019-04-14

Adapting when things go wrong

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-14

This wasn't my normal type of book, as it was really about marriage. But the calamity that was at the heart of the story ~ a 'quack' medical procedure gone wrong ~ was interesting to me: how they got into doing the procedure in the first place, what did (and didn't) happen, and the aftermath ~ was what drew me. That part of the story was well told. The rest of the book was still interesting enough to keep me listening.

  • Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow

  • Auteur(s): Anthony Del Col, Cassandra Bond, JP Conway, Autres
  • Durée: 4 h
  • Production originale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars 51

University student Anna Winslow has gone missing and the circumstances of her disappearance are far from ordinary. Motivated by an unexplained and disturbing voicemail message from Anna on the night of her disappearance, Melissa's curiosity quickly turns into a deeper investigation, an obsession even, which she chronicles as a regular podcast. Melissa quickly discovers that Anna was a loner with hearing difficulties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and exciting Book!

  • Écrit par Stephanie Folk le 2018-05-08

Meh

Au global
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-14

I was aware that this was fiction, but thought I'd give it a try, but it just didn't grip me. Perhaps it was the set up ~ like a multi-episode podcast investigating a crime ~ was just too contrived for me. On the other hand, I did admire the creativity, and applaud pushing the boundaries of what is expected.

  • Ayiti

  • Auteur(s): Roxane Gay
  • Narrateur(s): Roxane Gay
  • Durée: 2 h et 46 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars 24

From New York Times best-selling powerhouse Roxane Gay, Ayiti is a powerful collection exploring the Haitian diaspora experience. A married couple seeking boat passage to America prepares to leave their homeland. A young woman procures a voodoo love potion to ensnare a childhood classmate. A mother takes a foreign soldier into her home as a boarder, and into her bed. And a woman conceives a daughter on the bank of a river while fleeing a horrific massacre, a daughter who later moves to America for a new life but is perpetually haunted by the mysterious scent of blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A loosely linked collection of stories

  • Écrit par Roberta Westwood le 2019-04-11

A loosely linked collection of stories

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Histoire
4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-11

Is there a name for this type of literature? It is a collection of short stories that at first seem unrelated, but they are all from one woman's life. Her life is set in Haiti and the USA. Over time, questions from one story are answered in another, filling in the blanks and curiosities. It has opened me to more short story collections in the future.

  • In Plain Sight

  • The Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation
  • Auteur(s): Tom Smart, Lee Benson
  • Narrateur(s): Stefan Rudnicki
  • Durée: 14 h et 21 min
  • Version intégrale
  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Histoire
    5 out of 5 stars 1

This riveting inside story of the intense search for the Salt Lake City teenager who was kidnapped from her bed reveals never-before-told details of the largest investigation in Utah state history. Paced like a thriller, this true account moves between the parallel stories of the searchers and the abductor. Going beyond a mere eyewitness account, the book includes information culled from interviews with more than 150 people involved in the search and investigation, notes from family meetings, and memos from law enforcement officials.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The other side of the story

  • Écrit par Roberta Westwood le 2019-04-07

The other side of the story

Au global
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Histoire
5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-04-07

After listening to Elizabeth Smart's own story of her abduction, captivity and rescue (My Story, by Elizabeth Smart), I was curious about the investigation into her disappearance. In Plain Sight was written by Elizabeth's uncle, the sometimes family spokesperson who played an active role in the efforts to find his niece. Aside of a little TMI on his own issues, it is quite an interesting story. The efforts to find Elizabeth were remarkable and, it seems, were instrumental in her discovery and rescue. If not for this, she could well have continued to remain hidden in plain sight, if she had survived. Thankfully that is not the case. I might prefer a telling of what happened from someone less involved, but this was a good listen nonetheless. It should definitely be read by anyone else seeking a missing loved one.