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Neil D. Brown

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Texas | Member Since 2007

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  • 6 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 342 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015
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  • The Price of Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bob Woodward
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward's 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and one half years. The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy.

    Graham says: "Making the Sausage"
    "How does he do it?"
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    Would you listen to The Price of Politics again? Why?

    I would not listen again because th subject does not need further review or explanation


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    How does he do it? How does Woodward get these politicos to give him the detail and inner comments on this subjects. It really is a 'you are there' narrative.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (708)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (629)

    Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

    Darwin8u says: "Brilliant at ventriloquism and style-jumping"
    "AVOID THIS BOOK"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have no idea what story about because the reader sounds like a chipmunk on speed speaking an unintelligible language. I finally had to give up and delete. Waste of money!! Audible should never contract with reader for any other books


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Mitchell again?

    Sadly I have no idea because I could not understand what this book was about


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

    Anyone that could be understood!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that I paid for a book the reader made unintelligible


    Any additional comments?

    What a waste of time and money

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daniel Schulman
    • Narrated By Allen O'Reilly
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Like the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, the Kochs are one of the most influential dynasties of the modern age, but they have never been the subject of a major biography... until now. Not long after the death of his father, Charles Koch, then in his early 30s, discovered a letter the family patriarch had written to his sons. "You will receive what now seems to be a large sum of money," Fred Koch cautioned. "It may either be a blessing or a curse."

    Jean says: "Interesting family"
    "Always thought"
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    If you could sum up Sons of Wichita in three words, what would they be?

    A scary family


    What other book might you compare Sons of Wichita to and why?

    The Godfather series


    What does Allen O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing -- which is good for a reader .. I don't want to analyze the reader any more than I analyze the sound of my voice when I read .. with the exception of Judy Kaye who IS Kelsey Milhone of the Grafton series. I will not read a Grafton book because it can not be as good as Judy Kaye


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Inside the right wing finance machine


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Nate Silver
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (1170)
    Story
    (1169)

    Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

    Scott Fabel says: "Learn About Statistics Without All The Math"
    "Fascinating"
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    Would you listen to The Signal and the Noise again? Why?

    Maybe


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    DNA


    What does Mike Chamberlain bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Probably miss out on the charts and illustrations which I presume are in book


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked Freakonomics or any of Gladwell's books then you will love this analysis

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadows in the Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Henning Mankell
    • Narrated By Francis Greenslade
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Joel thinks nothing is going on in his small town. But he's wrong. One day, a miracle happens to him. He's very nearly run over by a bus, but is miraculously unhurt. Shouldn't he show gratitude somehow? Surely a good deed of some sort is in order. But what?

    Neil D. Brown says: "Have to be a fan"
    "Have to be a fan"
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    This is a fairly good Mankell but unless you are a fan of his style I would skip. It does not have the same strength of character development he uses in the Wollander novels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Dick Cheney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (380)

    In his unmistakable voice and with an insider's eye on history, former Vice President Dick Cheney tells the story of his life and the nearly four decades he has spent at the center of American politics and power. In My Time is truly the last word about an incredible political era, by a man who lived it and helped define it - with courage and without compromise.

    A User says: "Eye Opening, Insightful and Honest"
    "Why he became The Devil"
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    Being some one who was suspect of most of Cheney's positions during his V Presidency I thought this would be a good way to get insight.

    Like Rumsfeld's memoir neither man really did much but blame some one else for failures and take responsibility for successes. The most telling part of Cheney's tale is his negative observations of the abuse of power by Nixon staffers but when it becomes his power similar transgressions are justified.

    Cheney is a stalwart patriot BUT he is convinced it has to be his way or it is wrong.

    As a man who respects guns his attitude toward the US global position is to use weapons to annihilate any and all enemies.

    Diplomacy is for the weak.

    He strongly believes if you have the weapons you should use them.
    Quickly.

    After the book I am even more convinced that Mr Cheney's views are badly flawed.

    I am sure every listener will hear what he/she want to hear. I heard a man who believes the US is NOT the world's peace maker it is the world's police force charged with enforcing our laws!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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