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Evelyn

Evelyn

SAINT GEORGE, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11384)
    Performance
    (9852)
    Story
    (9824)

    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"
    "Knowing Less is More"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I could stand to know a lot less about Steve Jobs. I'm disappointed to learn how selfish, overbearing and narcissistic he was.


    What other book might you compare Steve Jobs to and why?

    I compare this to


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narration might have been improved with a different voice.


    Could you see Steve Jobs being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I sure hope this is not made into a movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William P. Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (193)

    Mackenzie Allen Phillips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack one wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

    Tracy says: "A story that keeps you interested"
    "No, thanks."
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    Spoiler alert. The premise is just too far fetched for me. A man meets god, who turns out to be 2 women and a man.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Tale of Two Cities [Tantor]

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (868)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (693)

    A Tale of Two Cities is one of Charles Dickens's most exciting novels. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, it tells the story of a family threatened by the terrible events of the past. Doctor Manette was wrongly imprisoned in the Bastille for 18 years without trial by the aristocratic authorities.

    Teddy says: "Truly a Classic"
    "An Amazing Christmas Story"
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    After a really tedious beginning, the story delivers an amazing finish. Dickens delivers a powerful, timeless, message about good, evil, sacrifice, and horrific political choices.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Jihad: Political Thrillers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (332)

    Jon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh...and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he has not yet played.

    Joseph says: "Great book ... worth the listening to"
    "Great Author"
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    I learn so much about the middle east from reading Rosenberg's books. He's improved with time, but I will definitely finish reading the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Reich
    • Narrated By Robert Reich
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (251)

    The author of 12 acclaimed books, Robert B. Reich is a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served in three national administrations. While many blamed Wall Street for the financial meltdown, Aftershock points a finger at a national economy in which wealth is increasingly concentrated at the top - and where a grasping middle class simply does not have the resources to remain viable.

    Chris says: "Very plausible assessment of our economy"
    "The Problems are Obvious; the Solutions are Not"
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    It's interesting that Reich agrees with conservative economists about the problems in the US economy (inadequate incomes and too much debt) and possible future outcomes. Even John Keynes noted that excess printing of money would accrue wealth to the wealthy and leave the remaining population in the dust. Dylan Grice recently wrote about how inflating the currency is correlated with Romans persecuting Christians, medieval Europe burning witches, the French Revolution's guillotine, and the Germans' slaughter of Jews, Gypsies, etc. Bad things happen when currencies devalue, and that has consistently been paired with inequality in wealth. So, to sum up; if you want to study US economy, many other books are superior to this. I recommend John Mauldin's Endgame, James Rickard's Currency Wars, Peter Schiff's How an Economy Grows and Why it Fails, and Reinhart and Rogoff's This Time is Different.

    Reich is right that we live in a critical time; some of his solutions are unsustainable, and would make things worse, in my opinion. No solution will be easy, but ignoring our problems may be deadly.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (683)

    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    Chris says: "Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance"
    "I, Claudius"
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    It's easy to see why this is a classic. We learned so much about ancient Rome, and the story is fascinating. After hearing this book, we promptly bought Claudius, the God, with the same narrator, to hear the rest of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Made to Stick

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    • Narrated By Charles Kahlenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2136)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (703)

    Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

    Jeremy says: "Even Better The Second Time"
    "Listen to It Twice"
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    Once is not enough to retain all the useful information in this book. I will definitely listen to this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Edwards
    • Narrated By Douglas Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (965)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (777)

    Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

    Stephen says: "Definitely worth a credit"
    "Fantastic Read"
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    Any additional comments?

    What a fascinating, charming story. It is so well told, it inspired me to take a Python programming class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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