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Greg

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Life with My Sister Madonna

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Christopher Ciccone, Wendy Leigh
    • Narrated By Christopher Ciccone
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Ciccone's extraordinary memoir is based on his life and 47 years of growing up with and working with his sister - the most famous woman in the world.

    Kathy says: "Juicy, Revealing, full of Suprises"
    "Fascinating and emotional, yet a very easy read."
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    Not only an interesting peek into Madonna's world, it performs a deep examination of their sibling relationship - with all it's trials and tribulations. What makes this book interesting is that you get to see behind the PR and media machines to compare how real people behave and interact versus a project image distorted by others. The book does allow you to understand what people mean when you hear the odd remark that a particular famous person really is nice or genuine behind the facades. Most surprising about this book is how well it's written, particularly given how emotional and personal it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat Earth News

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nick Davies
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    When award-winning journalist Nick Davies decided to break Fleet Street's unwritten rule by investigating his own colleagues, he found that the business of reporting the truth had been slowly subverted by the mass production of ignorance.

    Greg says: "Well rounded, authoritative and insightful"
    "Well rounded, authoritative and insightful"
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    This is an excellent historical perspective and analysis of the decline of print journalism. I've heard glowing recommendations from TV shows that analyse the media, as well as lawyers. It paints a very bleak and not unexpected picture of the state of journalism. While there are some stories from the US and Australia, it is focused on the UK, but it's just as relevant everywhere in the western world. The book is well researched and authoritative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By David Stumpf
    • Narrated By Douglas R. Pratt
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    A comprehensive study of the missile system that formed a critical component of the United States' nuclear arsenal. The Titan II ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) program was developed by the United States military to bolster the size, strength, and speed of the nation's strategic weapons arsenal in the 1950s and 1960s.

    Greg says: "Disappointing: Lacks a coherent story"
    "Disappointing: Lacks a coherent story"
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    I was really disappointed with this book - the subject matter is interesting, but it's almost a regurgitation of memos, rather conversion of memos and research materials into a book. There is constant ad-nausium list of the staff present at the time of various events - i.e. read direct from the memo. This just becomes tedious, repetitive and unhelpful - it doesn't add anything to the story. In fact, there is no story - the author should have taken the materials and converted them into a narrative and done additional research to provide other information and perspectives. Unfortunately, there is no analysis and critical review of the material. The narration was dry and monotonous, while I don't expect the narrator to understand the materials, it was a completely dry read - there are even sections that were supposed to be edited out which weren't. As an engineer, I have a suspicion the author didn't understand an amount of the content either. I almost gave up on this book.

    I would highly recommend "Command and Control" instead - you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Doomsday Machine: The High Price of Nuclear Energy, the World's Most Dangerous Fuel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Martin Cohen
    • Narrated By David Rapkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Greg says: "Absolutely woeful - do not buy"
    "Absolutely woeful - do not buy"
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    This book is a waste of time - I really tried, but gave up after an hour or so.

    This was one of a few books on nuclear technology that I bought (also Command and Control, and Atomic Accidents - both excellent books), but it quickly degenerated into a hyperbolic, highly opinionated piece of trash talk with little fact or supporting arguments for the opinion. I was hoping for some serious analysis of the problems of nuclear energy but ended up glib throw away lines that meandered more than a babbling brooke! I think author's main intention was to trash nuclear technology without much analysis, effort or detail. With more supporting facts, analysis and credible 3rd party opinion it would be greatly improved as the concept of the book is good.

    The performance wasn't much better. Although the vocal performance was good, the read kept descending into side notes, foot notes and other excerpts that were poorly performed and integrated. The performer (possibly from the authors text) kept swapping between a matter or fact / factual style of presentation to something you'd expect from a beer conversation at a local bar.

    I have a high tolerance for bad audio books and would have let either the poor performance or content go, but with everything being so bad, it was infuriating and a waste of my time.

    This is the only book I've considered asking Audible for a refund of and I have a lot of books from them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Yukari Iwatani Kane
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    Based on over 200 interviews with current and former executives, business partners, Apple watchers, and others, Haunted Empire is an illuminating portrait of Apple today that offers clues to its future. With nuanced insights and colorful details that only a seasoned journalist could glean, Kane goes beyond the myths and headlines. She explores Tim Cook’s leadership and its impact on Jobs’ loyal lieutenants, new product development, and Apple’s relationships with Wall Street, the government, tech rivals, suppliers, the media, and consumers.

    D. Saguy says: "A huge let down"
    "Uneducated claptrap - skip it"
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    The writing style, coverage of topics and performance of the narrator were professional, but they are the only positives.

    The author demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of technology, product development and large companies. Various facts are selectively cherry picked to further the authors' argument, but it is far from balanced. While the central premise of the book is "Jobs = good, Cook = not as good", the facts and arguments presented are neither convincing to either support or not support the central premise. Much of the book is just a narrative of public information about Apple, it's operations and legal cases. It contains no analysis or expertise in either reporting, arguments or conclusions.

    The book is tabloid quality journalism and isn't worth the investment in time or money. It reminds me of various unresearched podcasts that speculate about Apple, but fall flat because the presenters have never worked in large companies, been involved in large scale software or hardware product development, let alone work for Apple or a large silicon valley company.

    Disappointing.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (427)

    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    S. Mersereau says: "Stunning"
    "The scariest book ever"
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    Although the timeline bounces around a little bit, this is the scariest book I've ever read or listened to. The factual recount of multiple events is disturbing as the consequences would end life as we know it. It's only by miracle that we are still alive. The book provides great context and lays out how the build up of nuclear weapons occurred and good detail about the weapons themselves. The book only covers US events, I dread to think what has happened in other countries. The book is very well researched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Pools: High-Speed Traders, A.I. Bandits, and the Threat to the Global Financial System

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Patterson
    • Narrated By Byron Wagner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (198)

    In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named "Island" where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.

    Gary says: "Definitive history on Electronic Trading"
    "Great insight into the securities trading world"
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    A great explanation about the evolvement, modernisation and operation of securities trading. The audiobook is easy to listen to and understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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