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Randy

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 492 titles in library
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  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (784)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "Another great McCullough book"
    Overall

    Entertaining and informative, this book is a delight. I enjoyed learning about Paris as much as I did learning about the American's who lived and learned there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13263)
    Performance
    (5692)
    Story
    (5763)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Delightful"
    Overall

    What a great book! It combines humor and great insight into the human condition and aging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2139)
    Performance
    (1692)
    Story
    (1692)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I did not find this book to be as entertaining and informative as I had hoped.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (466)

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "Great."
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is informative and well written. Though I have read or listened to many books about the Civil War, I still learned a great deal from this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (743)

    In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

    David says: "a man who actually worked with Jobs"
    "Okay"
    Overall

    The book is okay. It's a little over the top in praise of Steve Jobs. I think it would have been much more interesting and helpful had the author been a bit more realistic about Mr. Jobs weaknesses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Leslie R. Crutchfield, Heather McLeod Grant
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Great nonprofits spend as much time working with institutions outside their four walls as they do managing their internal operations. They use the power of leverage to become greater forces for good. This landmark book reveals the six powerful practices of 12 high-impact nonprofits and tells their compelling stories.

    Elanjelian says: "Pretty Good"
    "What is "good""
    Overall

    The authors provide a somewhat interesting analysis of non-profit organizations, but the work is fundamentally flawed by the assumption that these organizations are doing good. Generating a lot of revenue and even influencing policy does not equate to doing "good". I'm reminded of the missionaries who went to Hawaii in the 19th century to "do good" and ended up doing "very well"--for themselves. Or think of well intentioned people who tried to "help" Native Americans in the 19th and early 20th century. In my opinion some of the non-profits cited in this book have indeed been forces for good. But that's my opinion. I also strongly believe that two of them, the Heritage Foundation and Teach for America, have done well but are doing damage to our society. The Heritage Foundation is a propaganda machine that has certainly been influential, but not necessarily good for society. Teach for America has attracted a lot of funding because it matches the political agendas of some wealthy foundations and individuals, but any objective review of the organization can only lead one to conclude that it does more harm than good to the teaching profession and to children.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Wendell Potter
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    In June 2009, Wendell Potter made national headlines with his scorching testimony before the Senate panel on health care reform. This former senior vice president of CIGNA explained how health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, how they flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and how they skew political debate with multibillion-dollar public relations campaigns designed to spread disinformation.

    Toombs says: "This book is eye opening"
    "Must Read"
    Overall

    This is a book that every American should read. Well written and compelling message about the nature of corporate America, the mass media and political action.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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