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Christopher P. Mcmanaman

Houston, Texas United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Freres & Co.

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By William D. Cohan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Discretion, secrecy, and subtle strategy were the weapons of choice at Wall Street investment bank Lazard Frères & Co. For more than a century, the mystique and reputation of the "Great Men" who worked there allowed the firm to garner unimaginable profits, social cachet, and outsized influence in the halls of power. But in the mid-1980s, their titanic egos started getting in the way, and the Great Men of Lazard jeopardized all they had built.

    A User says: "Well written, but without a point"
    "Good book...horrible narrator"
    Overall

    Unfortunately, with audiobooks...you need both.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ross King
    • Narrated By Tristan Layton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    While the Civil War raged in America, another very different revolution was beginning to take shape across the Atlantic, in the studios of Paris. The artists who would make Impressionism the most popular art form in history were showing their first paintings amid scorn and derision from the French artistic establishment. Indeed, no artistic movement has ever been, at its inception, quite so controversial.

    Stephen says: "A marvelous book"
    "Too much for the lay person...."
    Overall

    This book seemed to have zero flow...characters came in and out...scenes and time were jumping all over the place...it was like the laws of space and time seized to exist during the revolutionary decade that gave the world impressionism....

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Rhonda Byrne
    • Narrated By Rhonda Byrne, contributors
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3507)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (993)

    It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

    Elisabeth says: "Good for an intro to the Law of Attraction"
    "I will listen to this book forever"
    Overall

    This is an audiobook that you need to listen to once a month. Keep it on your desktop at work. Listen to it when you have a horrible day.

    You will feel empowered again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5367)
    Performance
    (2015)
    Story
    (2043)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "AWESOME BOOK....AWESOME NARRATOR!"
    Overall

    This is a great audiobook!! The Tom narrates exactly like a 5 year old would talk...there is a child in the book.

    If I have to choose between two books and Tom Stechschulte is narrating one of the othem...that is the book I got with.

    Great narrator. Great story. So few and far between.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (280)

    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    E. Smakman says: "Gripping, once you get into it"
    "This is a horrible book to turn into an audiobook"
    Overall

    Too many dates, names and places to memorize or keep up with. Probably a very good book for reading...but it is too hard to listen too. I kept having to re listen to parts to make sense of what was happening.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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