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Michael

Cupertino, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4253)
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    (1738)
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    (1757)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jay says: "Informative and Engaging"
    "Absolutely fantastic"
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    As usual, Lewis has written a great book. We can learn some of what happend and enjoy the lesson thoroughly. I recommend this book highly to anyone that is interested in business, the economy or simply what is going on in our world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Eagleman
    • Narrated By David Eagleman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (515)

    In this sparkling and provocative new book, the renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries. Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

    Laura says: "Changed the way I think about how I think..."
    "Mildly interesting and educational"
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    I was very disappointed given the positive reviews I had read. The book is very superficial and left me hanging.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (461)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "Enjoyed thoroughly and highly educational"
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    Ayaan Hirsi Ali has beautifully written her story. She teaches us so much about the fundamentalist Islamic community in and disaster that is Somalia. Anyone that wants to understand how these people think and act should listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andre Agassi
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (918)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (424)

    From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

    Patrick says: "Just an Incredible Story!"
    "Remarkable enjoyable"
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    The book is well written, I learned a lot and he is such an interesting person. I thoroughly recommend the book for anyone that enjoys the categories of history and historical fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Playing the Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Carlin
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (17)
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    (16)

    Acclaimed journalist John Carlin provides a revealing look at the persuasive genius of Nelson Mandela. In a bold attempt to transcend old hatreds and unite a hopelessly polarized nation, President Mandela lays the groundwork for a miraculous metamorphosis during the 1995 Rugby World Cup at Cape Town.

    Luke A. Reynolds says: "Politics meets sports as the green and gold rises."
    "One of the best books I have ever read"
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    Carlin has written a masterpiece. The way he has told Mandela's story is such fun and so captivating. Even if you have seen the movie Invictus, which is just a subset of this book, you should read this book to learn even more about the story and one of the greatest men in history - Nelson Mandela.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3553)
    Performance
    (2161)
    Story
    (2181)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Enjoyable reading and highly informative"
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    I thoroughly recommend this book for anyone that enjoys learning about history. Gengis Khan is one of the great men of history, and most of us know nothing about it, so sit back, learn and enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1933)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (744)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Dull and should be read not heard"
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    This book was such a disappointment. Perhaps the second half would have been better but I couldn't get there. I am shocked that it received high ratings from others - what a disappointment. I want my credits back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7630)
    Performance
    (5845)
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    (5863)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Not a book for adults, should be read not heard"
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    I could not even complete the book. It is a sad situation but nothing happens and I quit about 2/3rds of the way. I am told that the book is written in a very visual style, so maybe it should be read and not heard.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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