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Jeff

Jeff

Falmouth, ME USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1886)
    Performance
    (1557)
    Story
    (1573)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "A Snarky "Analysis" of the New Third World"
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    Compared to Lewis' other books this one is weak. Lewis chooses national and regional "character" to snark about (not explain) the meltdown. The tone and approach is flimsy. The real question is "where were the adults" (Government) and why didn't a single government throw a yellow flag and blow the whistle. AND most important where were the basic metrics ithat would illuminate a tipping point. In "The Big Short", Suskind's "Confidence Men" and Markopolis' "No One Would Listen," it is clear that many individuals have developed measures that define what is not sustainable. A more interesting book would be why, in the Age of Data, does the world economy still run on relationships, assumptions and conflict avoidance.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Illness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David B. Agus
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (171)

    Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means.

    Roderick says: "The "techie" medicine needs!"
    "Essentially an infomercial for Navigenics"
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    Performance
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    This is not a book - it is an advertisement for the author's company, Navigenics. It represents the a core problem with healthcare - physicians hawking BS under the guise of science. The cover should read "Advertisement" in large letters across the top, subtitled "will only enrich the author and do nothing for your health." The content is recycled news releases from various mass publications.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, New York and Washington, learned how to manufacture it - until August 2007, when that confidence began to crumble. Ron Suskind here tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility".

    shari says: "another uneducated narrator"
    "Obama's first report card"
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    What is so disturbing about this book is Suskind's assessment that Obama is no task master and lacks courage and conviction. Further, Obama should have read Sutton's "The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't " prior or forming his team - he would never hired Larry Summers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2092)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (428)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "A false impression of one's own importance."
    Overall

    This author was in desperate need of an editor who could have distilled it into one sentence: "It is all about ME ME ME!" Further, The sex in this book is thinly disguised rape - so if you like your sex violent and one-sided, you will like this book Finally, this is an opportunity for those who chronically take credit for the collective work of many people to bathe in shallow, repetitive, self-righteous delusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4361)
    Performance
    (2516)
    Story
    (2517)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Required Read"
    Overall

    This is a required read. It is a brutal example how the old and powerful take advantage of the young and dedicated. That being said, I am in awe of these guys.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Intelligence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
    • Narrated By Jeff Hawkins, Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (349)

    Jeff Hawkins, the man who created the PalmPilot, Treo smart phone, and other handheld devices, has reshaped our relationship to computers. Now he stands ready to revolutionize both neuroscience and computing in one stroke, with a new understanding of intelligence itself.

    James says: "Epiphany"
    "Must Read"
    Overall

    This book is filled with interesting ideas.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Frans de Waal
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    We have long attributed man's violent, aggressive, competitive nature to his animal ancestry. But what if we are just as given to cooperation, empathy, and morality by virtue of our genes? What if our behavior actually makes us apes? What kind of apes are we?

    Raymond says: "Top Banana Award"
    "Important Book"
    Overall

    Among the many interesting ideas here is the notion that "strength is weakness" - We are genetically programmed to have a sense of right and wrong. Consequently power should be used to create fairness and harmony and when it is used tyrannically, the weak and the helpless rise up bite holes in the scrotum of the tyrant, squeeze out his testicles then do him in. Got to love ape justice - no rehab centers for them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (474)

    This volume is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. For the fourth time, the Army of the Potomac (now under the control of Burnside) attempts to take Richmond, resulting in the bloodbath at Fredericksburg. Then Joe Hooker tries again, only to be repulsed at Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson turns his flank, a bitter victory for the South, paid for by the death of Lee's foremost lieutenant.

    Christopher Morton says: "The Best of the Three Volumes"
    "A very long piece of propaganda"
    Overall

    At the end of the day, Foote is a Southerner, who is trying to put the best face on a bad cause and a horrendous defeat. Foote neglects the genocide of The Southern military leadership, who were relentlessly sent into dubious battles until their was no one left to lead, He belittles Chamberlain's work at Gettysburg, accuses the North of abusing blacks - omitting any serious mention of their treatment in the South, describes one southern victory after another until, wholly crap, the South is defeated. Foote's story takes volumes to obscure and bury in detail the stupidity of the event.

    1 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2597)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1504)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Great ideas"
    Overall

    Required reading for anyone who is constantly looking to better understand their world

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Chris Anderson
    • Narrated By Christopher Nissley
    Overall
    (818)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    Our world is being transformed by the Internet and the near limitless choice that it provides to consumers; tomorrow's markets belong to those who can take advantage of this. The Long Tail is really about the economics of abundance, an entirely new model for business that is just starting to show its power as unlimited selection reveals new truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it.

    Jim says: "Good Book, Flawed by Repition"
    "An Important Book"
    Overall

    This is a well written book that reveals the richness and variety of consumer tastes and how the internet is the ideal supply chain mechanism to meet their needs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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