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Cameron

Anchorage, AK, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By David Brooks
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (447)

    This is the story of how success happens. It is told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica - how they grow, push forward, are pulled back, fail, and succeed. Distilling a vast array of information into these two vividly realized characters, Brooks illustrates a fundamental new understanding of human nature.

    glamazon says: "Finally!"
    "What was this book about again?"
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    This book was just interesting enough to keep me from turning it off and just pointless enough to allow me to remember anything significant about it. What the author was trying to do here was a mystery to me.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (1561)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (628)

    In June 2005, four U.S. Navy SEALs left their base in Afghanistan for the Pakistani border. Their mission was to capture or kill a notorious al Qaeda leader. Less then 24 hours later, only one of those SEALs remained alive. This is the story of how team leader Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of Operation Redwing, and the desperate battle that led to the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history.

    Michael says: "Great listen"
    "The edge of your seat"
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    This book is intense and keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. Miraculous story and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11323)
    Performance
    (9800)
    Story
    (9770)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Shocking"
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    I had heard the rumors about Steve and thought they couldn't all be true. This book confirms that they were all true and worse. To every part where I thought the guy made a smart move, I heard at least 20 parts where I felt that this guy was an absolute jerk and worthless human being. The book was honestly written, but I don't think that was a great move by Jobs considering his personality.
    Isaacson wrote a great book which I felt gives the reader a real idea of who Jobs was. It is just unfortunate that Jobs was such a despicable human being. The guy shunned philanthropy and then made fun of Bill Gates for embracing it!? Wow. The beauty of the book is that the author lays it out and lets the reader decide. I can say that I was truly shocked and felt guilty that I ever bought an Apple product if it meant propagating a personality like Jobs. In a couple hundred years, no one will know what an iPod is, they will just read this book and wonder why this heartless and cold individual was so revered by society.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Del Quentin Wilbur
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (92)

    On March 30, 1981, President Reagan walked out of a hotel in Washington, D.C. and was shot by a would-be assassin. For years, few people knew the truth about how close the president came to dying, and no one has ever written a detailed narrative of that harrowing day. Now, drawing on exclusive new interviews, Del Quentin Wilber tells the electrifying story of a moment when the nation teetered on the brink of chaos.

    Lynn says: "Informative and Entertaining"
    "One Historical Event meticulously mapped out"
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    I had convinced myself that this book was going to be repetitive and boring. It proved to be the exact opposite. Wilbur lays out the details in a chronologically sensible way that doesn't leave the reader lost but curious. By that, I mean that he will describe something in a way that leaves the reader wondering when he transitions to another part and excited when he returns to it. Excellently written and offers a great depiction of all the people who's loves were changed that day. You will never think of Reagan the same way after hearing the comments and jokes made in the hospital. This book is a real treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philosophy and the Law: How Judges Reason

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Mathis
    • Narrated By Stephen Mathis
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Do judges deduce their decisions from legal rules and principles, or do they decide cases based on what is fair given the facts at hand? The latter view, held by Legal Realists, serves as the starting point for Professor Stephen Mathis's eye-opening look at how judges reason. In this compelling lecture series, the esteemed professor addresses such as whether the law is distinct form morality.

    Cameron says: "Good Explanation"
    "Good Explanation"
    Overall

    This professor does a good job explaining the philosphy of the law. The material is really dense, but he does a good job breaking it down for the listener and giving illustrative examples. This helps the listener to understand better.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Reagan Diaries: Extended Selections

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ronald Reagan
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (57)

    During his two terms as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. Now, nearly two decades after he left office, this remarkable record, the only daily Presidential diary in American history, is available for the first time.

    Stephen says: "True American Hero"
    "Provides a personal window"
    Overall

    If you take this audiobook at face value, yes, a lot of it is "went to meeting, talked to Mike Deaver", etc. If you read between the lines, however, you see where his heart was. His devotion to Nancy is remarkable. His ups and downs with the Soviets show raw emotion. He shares some personal family uprisings that show he was a real man, not perfect. His dedication to the diary speaks a lot to his character; he started something and finished it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9716)
    Performance
    (4244)
    Story
    (4251)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Worth Thinking About"
    Overall

    Gladwell brings up many interesting trends and behaviors of different people and groups of people. He then uses these trends to try to justify an altruistic philosophy that will make us all better. At times, I wondered if the author was promoting outright socialism to fix out society.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Housing Boom and Bust

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (84)

    There was no single, dramatic event that set the current financial crisis off. A whole series of very questionable decisions by many people, in many places, over a period of years, built up the pressures that led to a sudden collapse of the housing market and of financial institutions that began to fall like dominoes as a result of investing in securities based on housing prices. This book is designed to unravel the tangled threads of that story.

    Adolphe says: "Inciteful Non partisan blame"
    "Debunking the Myths"
    Overall

    Sowell once again knocks it out of the park. His graceful writing style coupled with his meticulous research provide the reader with a refreshing perspective of the current economic crisis and what part housing has played in it. He exposes Christopher Dodd and Barney Frank for the circus clowns they are and debunks the "more regulation" myth that the media is spewing. After listening to this work, it becomes apparent that regulation in one form or another is what lead us down this disasterous path.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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