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John S. Campbell

Cincinnati, OH | Member Since 2009

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  • 219 titles in library
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  • A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert 'Believe It or Not!' Ripley

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Neal Thompson
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (36)

    A Curious Man is the marvelously compelling biography of Robert “Believe It or Not” Ripley, the enigmatic cartoonist turned globetrotting millionaire who won international fame by celebrating the world's strangest oddities, and whose outrageous showmanship taught us to believe in the unbelievable. As portrayed by acclaimed biographer Neal Thompson, Ripley’s life is the stuff of a classic American fairy tale. Buck-toothed and cursed by shyness, Ripley turned his sense of being an outsider into an appreciation for the strangeness of the world.

    John S. Campbell says: "Fun and easy book"
    "Fun and easy book"
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    This is a good listen for a long drive or a day spent in the garden. Undemanding and fun - an excellent story with lots of little details that hold your attention. Ripley lived a great life, full of adventure, fun and self-indulgence - much to be admired if perhaps not emulated. Also a reflection on a bygone time, when the world was far from fully connected and full of many different and fascinating cultures.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Peter Ames Carlin
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (16)
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    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In Catch a Wave, Peter Ames Carlin pulls back the curtain on Brian Wilson, one of popular music's most revered luminaries, as well as its biggest mystery. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and never-before heard studio recordings, Carlin follows the Beach Boys from their earliest days through Brian's deepening emotional problems to his triumphant re-emergence with the release of Smile, the legendarily unreleased album he had originally shelved.

    Christena says: "Soooo Boring... Yawn"
    "Great Vibrations"
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    Loved it. I learned a lot about rock 'n roll and I learned a lot about life. Worth listening to twice. Ranks up there with the recent Beatles biography and the Keith Richards autobiography.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Education of a Value Investor: My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom and Enlightenment

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Guy Spier
    • Narrated By Malk Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    What happens when a young Wall Street investment banker spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a real value investor. In this fascinating inside story, Guy Spier details his career from Harvard MBA to hedge fund manager. But the path was not so straightforward. Spier reveals his transformation from a Gordon Gekko wannabe, driven by greed, to a sophisticated investor who enjoys success without selling his soul to the highest bidder.

    Guy Spier says: "Malk Williams does a superb job."
    "High quality material and presentation."
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    Guy Spier is very generous with his experiences and ideas. Take what suits you from this story and use it to improve your state of mind and life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25-Year Landmark Study

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Judith Wallerstein, Julia Lewis, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Kate McIntire
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Using a comparison group of adults who grew up in the same communities but whose parents never divorced, Wallerstein shows how adult children of divorce essentially view life differently from their peers in intact homes, and also sheds light on the question that so many parents confront: whether to stay unhappily married or to divorce. This book is a landmark cultural event that will change the way all of us view divorce.

    Angela says: "A must for understanding"
    "Very enjoyable and thought-provoking."
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    I highly recommend this fine book. As the child of a messy divorce and the even messier aftermath, I was re-assured and gained personal confidence and insight from the life-stories described sensitively within.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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