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Chris

new york, NY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 388 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (900)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (398)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "Great Read"
    Overall

    This is why journalists embed with troops. Junger gives us a look inside the lives of the front line of front line troops with none of the politics of the larger military operation. Great attention to detail. I finished the book in two sessions. He also does a great job reading his own work.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (852)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (768)

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    "Wonderfully honest account..."
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    Story

    of recovery and super achievement. The plant based diet only adds to the unbelievable self transformation Mr Roll completed. Amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Instant Immersion: German

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Laura Wideburg
    • Narrated By Laura Wideburg, Carolin Bednaczyk, Judith Weber, and others
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Business trip to Berlin? Holiday in Hamburg? From Munich to Mannheim, now you can join the conversation with Instant Immersion: German, the dynamic audio language learning system. Providing effective, progressive instruction in all the basics of structure, syntax, and grammar, Instant Immersion: German emphasizes the building blocks of proper speech and conversational skill-building, all set to a lively lesson plan of practical German vocabulary.

    Janeen says: "Excellent Clarity of Pronunciation"
    "I genuinely feel scammed"
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    Performance
    Story

    I purchased this audiobook to serve as a refresher/brain engager to use prior to trips to Germany and Switzerland and I am appalled at the lack of organization and the ridiculous amount of dead air in between phrases. This is not 6 hours of listening.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Italian, Level 2

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Linguistics Team
    • Narrated By Linguistics Team
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    You're no idiot, of course. Neither is the team of memory and linguistics experts who have designed the world's most effective foreign language self-study course. International travelers, students, and business people can now learn to converse in a new language in less than half the time they expect.

    Chris says: "Surprisingly effective"
    "Surprisingly effective"
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    Story

    I've purchased several language tapes/programs in several languages and I find this one to be remarkably effective. Well worth the investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Constant Gardener

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By John le Carre
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    A master chronicler of the deceptions and betrayals of ordinary people caught in political conflict, le Carré portrays the dark side of the unbridled capitalism. The Constant Gardener is a magnificent exploration of the new world order by one of the most compelling and elegant storytellers of our time.

    Susan says: "good topical modern day fiction"
    "Ever the master,"
    Overall
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    Story

    Mr le Carre continues to be the high watermark of espionage/spy drama. His narration adds a depth and texture to his characters that only the author could.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Single & Single

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John le Carre
    • Narrated By John Le Carre
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    This is a story of corrupt liaisons between criminal elements in the new Russian states and the world of legitimate finance in the West. It is also an intimate portrait of two families. Masterful and prescient, le Carré is writing at the top of his creative powers, and the central protagonist, Oliver Single, is one of his most fascinating characters.

    Chris says: "True performance art..."
    "True performance art..."
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    Another great novel by the Dean of spycraft. For inveterate LeCarre readers, having the author read his own work makes this read infinitely more rich. This listens like an old time serial radio drama with Mr LeCarre performing all of the characters. I want to go back and read his other novels now that I've heard him speak through these characters

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scorpion Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs)
    • By Ed Offley
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    One Navy admiral called it "one of the greatest unsolved sea mysteries of our era". To this day, the U.S. Navy officially describes it an inexplicable accident. For decades, the real story of the disaster has eluded journalists, historians, and the family members of the lost crew. But a small handful of Navy and government officials knew the truth from the very beginning: the sinking of the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Scorpion and its crew of 99 men, on May 22, 1968, was an act of war.

    Timothy says: "Excellent book"
    "Eye opener"
    Overall

    This is two books in one: A condensed history of the history of submarine warfare and the investigative narrative of the scorpion.

    The author has obviously spent a lifetime putting together the trove of information contained herein, and if you've bought the book for it's title you won't be able to put it down.

    It's not a well edited book; there's a lot a fat that could be cut out, say from 15 hours down to 10, but the author's dedication to the subject is compelling enough to give it a pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Paul Krugman
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    In this new, greatly updated edition of The Return of Depression Economics, Krugman shows how the failure of regulation to keep pace with an increasingly out-of-control financial system set the United States, and the world as a whole, up for the greatest financial crisis since the 1930s. He also lays out the steps that must be taken to contain the crisis, and turn around a world economy sliding into a deep recession.

    John Satterfield says: "Buy the printed book"
    "Worth reading"
    Overall

    Krugman offers a comprehensive context for the crisis of 2008 and events still unfolding today. The professor deserves high marks for brevity and an elegance of presentation regarding the intricate connections of financial plumbing and investor psychology throughout history as manifest in bubbles, panics and crashes.

    I withold the 5th star because his treatment of Alan Greenspan is cursory, dismissive and, I believe, unfair. The former fed chair turned universal scapegoat presided over a period where the effectiveness or normal tools of monetary policy changed in inexplicable ways. Krugman, of all people should recognize and acknowledge this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Harry Markopolos
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1387)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (690)

    No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

    Brendan says: "Shocking, terrific"
    "A firsthand account of regulatory failure"
    Overall

    This book is a great practical primer on why regulation in its current state is inadequate--the author would say inept--and presents a compelling argument for the introduction of quantitative methods as part of a the investigative process. The author names names and outs the people who had the Madoff fiasco handed to them, only to find a reason not to pursue it. It is a shocking and credible account of the subtleties of professional motivation on the part of regulators who, assuming they do not screw up too badly at the Commission, find themselves lucrative positions as compliance officers at the companies they once regulated.

    Be warned. This is a 13 hour book. At times, it seems like there is a great bottle of wine trapped in a giant vat of sticks seeds and skins...it really needs to be filtered. In fact, this is perhaps the most poorly edited book on the financial crisis I have read to date, and I have read a dozen or more. You might consider waiting for the abridged version, which I can't believe will be more than 6 hours.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By George A. Akerlof, Robert J. Shiller
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (58)

    The global financial crisis has made it painfully clear that powerful psychological forces are imperiling the wealth of nations today. From blind faith in ever-rising housing prices to plummeting confidence in capital markets, "animal spirits" are driving financial events worldwide.

    Chris says: "A Relevant Portrayal of Behavioral Economics"
    "A Relevant Portrayal of Behavioral Economics"
    Overall

    If you've ever read a book on Behavioral Economics and wondered why PHd candidates spend so much time formulating theories on the obvious, this book is for you. This book is applied Behavioral Economics as it relates to the crisis of 2007 and it is a mostly brilliant work at that.

    If you are a capitalist, you might want to stop at the end of Chapter 12 as the authors take off their lab coats and get up on their social apologist soap box in an inexplicable departure from an otherwise coherent book.

    One nagging point that the authors might not agree with is what I percieved to be an interchangeable use of "Economies" and "Markets". That strikes me as particularly egregious in a book on behavioral econ.

    Absolutely don't agree w conclusion that Animal Spirits can or should be regulated away. Still, well worth a read.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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