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  • Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jacob Tomsky
    • Narrated By Jacob Tomsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jacob Tomsky has worked in hotels for more than a decade, doing everything from valet parking to manning the front desk. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late check out, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini-bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. And in Heads in Beds, he pulls back the curtain on the hospitality business.

    colleen says: "credit worthy"
    "Fine, but not worth going out of your way for"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not - it has a couple good tips which I could tell them myself, and is not worth the ten hours of listening or whatever.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Jacob Tomsky again?

    Only if it was short.

    What about Jacob Tomsky’s performance did you like?

    He really knows his accents

    Did Heads in Beds inspire you to do anything?

    Steal from the minibar? I'm already generally very nice to hotel staff...I thought it would be more concise and filled with tips about what to do in hotels generally. It had a few tips but really, hearing about someone's work life is not my bag.

    Any additional comments?

    I'd bought this because Dan Savage raved about it on his podcast and then asked for tips about getting with a hotel worker...stuff like that was totally missing from the book, and in fact it was only mildly interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What It Is Like to Go to War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1969, at the age of twenty-three, Karl Marlantes was dropped into the highland jungle of Vietnam, an inexperienced lieutenant in command of a platoon of forty marines who would live or die by his decisions. Marlantes survived, but like many of his brothers in arms, he has spent the last forty years dealing with his war experience.

    Lynn says: "Destined to become a Classic"
    "Builds Beautifully, Kicks Horribly"

    This book is brutal and extraordinary - honest, forthright, the product of deep thought over decades, and a product of obvious personal pain. I could not recommend this book more highly if you are interested in the topic, and particularly if you know someone hungering to sign up for active duty in any military.

    'What It Is Like to Go To War' is not a glorification of causes or combat, or really even pro- or anti-war. I found this a very clear-eyed, realistic, and also soft-hearted and broken meditation focused on the effects and causes. My favourite chapter was on 'the club' of men and the boys who want in; Marlantes' personal story is the motor which keeps the text moving.

    The book also builds its argument well, meaning it gets better and goes deeper toward the end of the book. The only drawback to the listen is the occasional didactic tone Marlantes engages in specifically around policy - "we can't expect young kids to become warriors and then come back to us...we should...we must...etc" - which is aggravated by the narrator's sometimes overly-strident tone. Given the author's deliberately emotional arguments and his close-to-the-bone experience, this is very pardonable, and the book serves an effective argument over a layer of devastating memoir. To be clear, his experiences are visited in detail and are unavoidable.

    Finally I have to say also that if you are a combat veteran, this is one author you are likely to respect and book you are likely to well, 'enjoy' among the BS which litters the so-called gods of war genre.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "Delivers as promised, plus: a funny narrator"
    What did you love best about Wizard?

    The story itself is surprising, the classic elements of a 19th-century tale of giants astride the earth, with lust and madness to boot. I work in technology but this book had me see a more than one thing in a new light, and has built a deep respect in me for Tesla.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Marc J. Seifer? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I would check the length and consider carefully - this one was a monstrous length if consistently interesting and dense. I would love access to the notes and bibliography.

    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    I thought his voices were over-the-top and quite fun therefore. He probably wouldn't appreciate me saying that. Mostly I though it was a very creditable performance.

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

    Maybe but that would have been impossible without a cross-country road trip involving multiple drivers going non-stop. I listened to it while cooking - about 30 minutes to an hour several times a week - and it took me a month. It's a monster.

    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this one; filled with facts and questions which I hadn't taken the time to consider. How did we move from no electrical transmission to cities to cables 100 miles or longer, in 1890 - 1905? Why haven't we harnessed the rotational energy of the earth to generate electricity? Etc

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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