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Anthony

Old Bridge, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (247)

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Ardenne says: "Excellent Round the World Encapsulation of Stats"
    "we shall see"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you need to learn a lot about stats in a short amount of time, this book does the trick.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    One of the best narrators there is.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    I love his voice, his rhythm and tone.


    Any additional comments?

    I got a stats final to take next week, i'll come back and let you know if this was enough to pass the intro course with no other knowledge of the topic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Kerin McCue
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (47)

    In Naked Economics, journalist Charles Wheelan does “the impossible”—he makes economic principles relevant, interesting and fun. Brimming with scores of down-to-earth examples and sprinkled with humorous anecdotes, this comprehensive overview will keep listeners smiling and wide awake.

    anonymous says: "Some useful info but a lot more dogma do-do"
    "Lots of Government Worship"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No.


    What could Charles Wheelan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I like Charles Wheelan, I think he's a good writer.


    What about Kerin McCue’s performance did you like?

    Well Read


    Do you think Naked Economics needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO. PLEASE NO


    Any additional comments?

    The book starts off very slow and i was ready to get on here and give it a bad review for all the government worship and global warming pushing he does. it did get better later on. I got this book because i really enjoyed Naked Statistics and found it to be VERY informative on the topic and it really helped me pass my stats class. I figured i'd try this out before i started taking economics. While i haven't started the class yet, so i dont yet know how helpful this will be but it's definitely not as good as Naked Statistics. It seemed to go on forever, despite my liking of wheelan's method.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (1381)
    Story
    (1406)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "A Classic/"
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    Would you try another book from L. Frank Baum and/or Anne Hathaway?

    LOVED Anne Hathaway. Loved her take on it, the dramatization, her voice. I'm going to check to see if she has done any other audiobook work as a result of it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think i liked the tin man the best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the field mice save the cowardly lion from the poppies.


    Do you think The Wonderful Wizard of Oz needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. To find out what happens back at Oz after Dorothy leaves.. i think this is a book?


    Any additional comments?

    I was always just familiar with the movie. The book is good. Maybe better. Plainly written, a little longer than i anticipated. Kind of dragged a bit in some places, but Anne Hathaway was fantastic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (1904)
    Performance
    (1701)
    Story
    (1717)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Meh"
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    What made the experience of listening to Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty the most enjoyable?

    I like Ben Stiller. It was a cute, i guess.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Its very short. Leaves you wishing it was longer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Military Scenes


    Who was the most memorable character of Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and why?

    Mitty of course.


    Any additional comments?

    Ben overacts a little bit, in his own kind of way. Its okay, not really worthwhile. Stiller's commentary at the end is the most interesting part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free Dirt: The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas

    • ORIGINAL (41 mins)
    • By Charles Beaumont
    • Narrated By Eric Bogosian
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    A penny-pincher carts off free soil from a graveyard in which to grow his own fruits and vegetables - but eventually the free dirt gets him in over his head.

    Jan says: "Not that suspenseful."
    "Short but still a waste of time"
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    What did you like best about Free Dirt? What did you like least?

    Overall not much to brag about.


    What was most disappointing about Charles Beaumont’s story?

    I love the twilight zone, this felt more like a dime store horror.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eric Bogosian?

    Cheesy all around.


    Do you think Free Dirt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please no


    Any additional comments?

    It's free for a reason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The American Civil War

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gary W. Gallagher
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Between 1861 and 1865, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born.

    C. Telfair says: "Welcome to Audible, Great Courses!"
    "Incredible."
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    Where does The American Civil War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the very top.


    What other book might you compare The American Civil War to and why?

    If you've read 1776 by David McCullough, it reads much like that but greatly expanded and covering the great depth of the civil war throughout each year of it. From the political, social, military, foreign perspective Professor Gallagher shines a bright light over one of the darkest periods of American history. I've always had an affinity for American history, the revolution in particular. This gave great depth and insight into the time and tensions of the nation. Very rich in battle history, and parsed with quotes and letters throughout. Its an extremely captivating listen.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Gary W. Gallagher – was your favorite?

    I dont know so much if he performed any character per say, but he definitely gives deep insight and character to each historical figure. And will quote from letters or diaries at length to give context and meaning to actions by individuals.


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

    All you needed to know and more.


    Any additional comments?

    A really great use of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2471)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1067)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Loved it"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Stranger in a Strange Land to be better than the print version?

    Not familiar with the print version, but Christopher Hurt is a fantastic narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved a lot of things about this story- the characters, the sentiment, the language. I'm not a huge sci-fi guy, i do like it, but i'm sure this will appeal to most everyone even if you're not a fan of the genre.


    What about Christopher Hurt’s performance did you like?

    He's the best narrator alive. Seriously, the right amount of personifying the characters being too dramatic. Speaks clearly, and is really just delightful to listen to. I've listened to 3 books narrated by Christopher Hurt now and each one is the executed with same flawless charm.


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

    Yes. And would listen to again.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, entertaining, insightful, and funny. Audiobooks at their best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marketing: A Guide to the Fundamentals: The Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patrick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Barnaby Edwards
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (4)

    The late Peter Drucker, a leading management thinker, was content to say simply: "Marketing is looking at the business through the customers' eyes". This new guide clarifies exactly what marketing is and how it works, and it explains the techniques involved. For anyone who wants to understand the marketing mix, the factors involved in pricing policy, the different methods of market research, indeed the whole business of marketing, this guide to the fundamentals will be invaluable.

    Anthony says: "Exactly What it Should Be"
    "Exactly What it Should Be"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Marketing: A Guide to the Fundamentals to be better than the print version?

    I'm not familiar with the print version, but a topic this dry is served best when not actually read.


    What was most disappointing about Patrick Forsyth’s story?

    Nothing really. It was good overall.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    As stated earlier, it is a fairly dry topic- His accent and rhythm of speech is a little hypnotic at times and i found myself not listening often. Not to fault the narrator, its just not an exciting topic.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I was about to attempt a "test-out" college course in marketing by passing an exam in lieu of actually taking the class. I had 0 knowledge of marketing prior to the test and was hoping this could save me the time of reading the text book. If you are in a similar instance, the book is worth a listen- however, it is not likely sufficient alone to pass any sort of test. With that being said, it did greatly help my ease in reading the class text and did commit a few useful concepts to memory. I passed the test, but i ended up having to read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4248)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1483)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Shawn says: "Great Book"
    "surprised"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    sure. but not too enthusiastically


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    george washington of course


    What about David McCullough’s performance did you like?

    it was a little bland


    Any additional comments?

    i was expecting to love this book, as i greatly enjoy history and american history especially. i've been listening to a lot of volumes on the civil war and washington: a life, so i think in contrast this is not as rich. it covers just before 1776 and ends shortly after. good battle descriptions. its worth a listen but not as amazing as the reviews make it out to be. maybe if you are not very familiar with history books, its a good interesting start.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • America at War: Concise Histories of U.S. Military Conflicts from Lexington to Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terence T. Finn
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    War-organized violence against an enemy of the state-seems part and parcel of the American journey. Indeed, the United States was established by means of violence as ordinary citizens from New Hampshire to Georgia answered George Washington's call to arms. Since then, war has become a staple of American history. Counting the War for Independence, the United States has fought the armed forces of other nations at least twelve times, averaging a major conflict every twenty years.

    Anthony says: "Great"
    "Great"
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    Would you listen to America at War again? Why?

    I think i would, maybe not in its entirety but it is a very well done book.


    What other book might you compare America at War to and why?

    I had just read 1776 by David McCullough and listened to 48 lectures on the civil war from the teaching company great courses series (offered on audible) prior to listening to this and from the thorough accounts in the former you can tell the author of America at War really did his homework to create a concise but still very rich accounts of each war.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but i may check his stuff out. It was good. He speaks very slowly though and would listen at 1.5 speed without much difficulty.


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

    No. maybe 3 or 4 sessions would be best.


    Any additional comments?

    The book comes across very genuinely, a little dry but there are enough anecdotes and fact flourishes that keep you interested. the book was great until the Afghanistan 9/11 part towards the end the last chapter is not even worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (30 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Daniel N. Robinson
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary 60-lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions-without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts.

    W. Morgan says: "Great overview with some degree of detail"
    "Not Even A Mention"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Great overview and history of philosophy


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great Presenter


    What does Professor Daniel N. Robinson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Detailed Understanding


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the ontological portions of the lectures.


    Any additional comments?

    60 Lectures and not even a mention of Ayn Rand, how disappointing.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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