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John

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11947)
    Performance
    (10347)
    Story
    (10325)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "WOW"
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    Excellent insight into a man with an unwavering vision. He was absolutely correct, "A" players do in fact love to work with other "A" players and that they can be driven to great successes. He will be missed by those who strive to do and be better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1898)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1127)

    In the 10 years since his classic Kitchen Confidential first alerted us to the idiosyncrasies and lurking perils of eating out, much has changed for the subculture of chefs and cooks, for the restaurant business and for Anthony Bourdain. Medium Raw explores those changes, tracking Bourdain's strange and unexpected voyage from journeyman cook to globe-traveling professional eater and drinker, and even to fatherhood. Bourdain takes no prisoners as he dissects what he's seen.

    Andy says: "entertaining but not as good as kitchen conf."
    "I love his raw wit"
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    My first business was a restaurant. I find his insights and off the cuff comments to be hysterical. Definitely not for people who think that sending back food to the kitchen is a good idea.... LMAO

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lessons of History

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Will, Ariel Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today.

    Brad the Dad says: "This is a must for every Educated Person"
    "History continues to repeat itself"
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    Straight forward conclusions and enough citations from other historians to understand the truth of it. Its a hard line, but no reason to disbelieve how the circle completes itself. While they suggest that changes can be made, they make it clear that they believe it is unlikely. History people will like this. Its fairly easy to understand how mankind continues to repeat the past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Bevin Alexander
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Imagine the impact on world history if Robert E. Lee had listened to General Longstreet at Gettysburg and withdrawn to higher ground instead of sending Pickett uphill against the entrenched Union line. Or if Napolon, at Waterloo, had avoided mistakes he'd never made before. The advice that would have changed the outcome of these crucial battles is found in a book on strategy written centuries before Christ was born.

    Anthony says: "Simply Excellent"
    "Its a wonder the North won..."
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    Its a testament to numbers and resources. Otherwise we'd be using confederate dollars and all eating grits for breakfast... maybe even a better government, who knows.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sarah Palin
    • Narrated By Sarah Palin
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    America by Heart is a highly personal testament to Sarah Palin's deep love of country, her strong roots in faith, and her profound appreciation of family. The book includes brief readings from classic and contemporary works that have moved and inspired her, as well as other Americans, both famous and obscure, whom she admires.

    Jackie says: "Another excellent book by Sarah"
    "Not so different as you might think"
    Overall

    Personally, I found it enlightening as to her position on life. She seems very centered about how things logically progress and what it might take to get there. My only weakness is that toward the end she demonstrates very religious views, and while I personally support her ability to believe and practice as she wishes in her personal life, the idea of pushing those views on others certainly seems possible. Its a fine line between those who would believe they are acting correctly and forcing that way onto others as experience has shown. Certainly worth reading or listening to if you really want to develop a factual opinion on who and what she is. She makes no bones about who she is and that is certainly different from the other political rank and file that would have you believe they stand in your field with you, no matter who "you" are.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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