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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jordan Belfort
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (156)

    In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent.

    wowziewoo says: "Way too Abridged!"
    "Better than I expected"
    Overall

    I can see many reasons why people will dislike this book: the author's ethical shadiness, the trite descriptions of so-and-so's loamy loins, etc. But if you give it a chance and really think about what's happening here, you'll find more substance than is apparent. The best parts actually weren;t so much the Wall Street events, but the author's involvement with corporate life, Steve Madden, Inc. I was familiar with the company some years ago form the vantage point of a stcok analyst, and I got some good trades in it. The inside view was fascinating. If you invest in emerging growth companies, these chapters can be quite intriguing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Cure for Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Justin Peacock
    • Narrated By James Colby
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Yale Law School graduate Justin Peacock's legal experience serves him well for this intense novel in the tradition of such genre luminaries as Scott Turow and Richard Price. A Cure for Night features Joel Deveraux, a former corporate-law hotshot whose downward slide finds him plying his trade at Brooklyn's Public Defender's office. Thrust into a high-profile case involving black-on-white crime, Joel quickly discovers he is in over his head.

    Leslie says: "Good Description of Criminal Trial"
    "Amazing!"
    Overall

    This is an amazing debut in the legal thriller genre. Actually, and fortunately, it's more legal than thriller, which means it moves forward based on compelling and believable plot rather than chases, shootouts, etc. The trial process is quite realistic as are all the characters. The prosecutors aren't one-dimensional enemies looking to convict the innocent; they are realistic prosecutors doing a realistic job. Ditto the judge; he's not a hanging judge. He's a judge who wants to get it right as best he can, like so many in real life. The thrill element does exist, but it's not overwhelming. I'm also glad that we;'re not burdened with a lot of boredom about unresolved father issues, as is the case with so many fictional lawyer protagonists.

    I don't want to give things way; suffice it to say this is an audio book you will enjoy if you appreciate this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (781)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (268)

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "Wow!!!!"
    Overall

    This book is great!

    Some may see it as outdated since the projects where it takes place have been demolished. But the insights it provides into the lives of the urban underclass are substantial and timeless, and told in a very engaging manner.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (529)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "The abridgment doesn't work"
    Overall

    The introduction suggests this will be a great book, something that really gets into the dynamics of Lincoln's team-of-rivals cabinet. But the abridgement left little more than a bland recitsation of the facts of Lincoln's election, the civil war, and the assasination. The facts were fine, but I was hoping to get behind the facts, into the heads of the main actors. That did not happen.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (243)

    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "Great!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed every moment of this audio. The insight into the restaurant industry was interesting in and of itself and I think the author definitely has a future as a writer. Naturally, in a work like this, he'd talk about himself, in addition to his job. Going in, I expected the self-revelatios to be boring, something I'd have to put up with. I can't say the author's life is anything special. But the way he wrote it is what gives a clue that he has talent. He presented his own mundane issues in such a way as to allow the reader to relate, to empathize. In other words, he made something special ut of the ordinary.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Metamorphoses

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ovid
    • Narrated By Barry Kraft
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Ovid's sensuous and witty poem brings together a dazzling array of mythological tales, ingeniously linked by the idea of transformation, often as a result of love or lust, in which men and women find themselves magically changed into new and sometimes extraordinary beings. Beginning with the creation of the world and ending with the deification of Augustus, Ovid interweaves many of the best known myths and legends of ancient Greece and Rome.

    Amazon Customer says: "Plagued by flaw in audio-book format"
    "Plagued by flaw in audio-book format"
    Overall

    This is a potentially wonderful work that doesn't succeed because of problems inherent in the audio format which hit this work particularly hard. If I were to go into the audio-book publishing business, I would be much more attentive to chapter/section breaks, even if it means departing from the precise way it's done in the written work.

    I can tell that the translation and narration here are fine based on the way I'm captivated by the first episode in each of Ovid's "Books." Really. . . this material is absolutely riveting, a wonderful listen. I also notice that by the end of the Book, I'm barely awake and pretty sure I did doze off at points in the interim.

    One-hour-plus of un-broken narration does not work, not for Metamorphosis, and probably not for any audio book.

    We need meaningful breaks (silence, audio-book music, place markers that would show in an iPod, etc.) after every episode, not after every book. I don't care whether Ovid demarcated it that way. I don't care if ancient audiences heard all-the-way-through oral recitations. These audio-books are geared for modern audiences and if the format is to flourish, publishers need to get out of auto-pilot mode (where they passively mimic written text) and really think about user experience.

    It's probably harsh to pin all this on a review of Metamorphosis. I've seen it throughout audio. If I’d have figured out how to articulate it earlier, I'd have wrote this for Iliad, Odyssey or Aneid. But this is the piece where I realized why I wasn't enjoying the work as much as I could have.

    35 of 55 people found this review helpful

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