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North Potomac, MD, USA | Member Since 2012

  • 6 reviews
  • 206 ratings
  • 460 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Wall Street Journal on 12-Month Subscription

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr)
    • By The Wall Street Journal
    • Narrated By The Wall Street Journal

    Here's a creative way to make the best use of your morning commute: listen to The Wall Street Journal. Each morning, you'll get the must-hear stories from the Journal's front page, as well as the most popular columns and briefings from Marketplace, Money & Investing, and more. And, every Friday, you'll get a bonus delivery: features, columns, and reviews from the Weekend Journal.

    Pete says: "It has been about 5 months into my subscription."
    "Almost Perfect"

    An excellent one hour presentation of news. Well read, the stories covered are informative and often provide material not available on the headlines of Yahoo and Google. I also enjoy the Weekend Edition, particularly the vacation and wine reviews. One major dislike, the editorials are intolerable. While I don't mind the conservative bias, they've become little more than repetitive RNC commercials, and thus offer no information value. I would move them to the end or blend in some editorial content not written by Mr. Rove.

    35 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • Oprah: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kitty Kelley
    • Narrated By Kitty Kelley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on three years of research and reporting, as well as 850 interviews with sources, many of whom have never before spoken for publication, Oprah is the first comprehensive biography of one of the most influential, powerful, and admired public figures of our time, by the most widely read biographer of our era.

    gingerpenny95 says: "Boring Droning Voice"
    "Tries to Slant but Delivers Lots of Info"

    Useful and interesting because it gives lots of insight into a complex and very intriguing life.

    It's a shame Kelley clearly has such an ax to grind and doesn't miss many opportunities to slant her presentation towards the negative. Fortunately the book has so much detail, that a careful reader can repair Kelley's journalistic corruption of her own work, and use the plentiful source material to get a good understanding of the personality's life.

    But truths don't often come easy or directly, as Kelley frequently skips context to deliver somewhat misleading patches of information. Watch out for partial context historical comments by Opera, old statements associated with current events and points made that are later refuted in her telling of the story.

    One example is a story she relays in which Opera's younger describes memories of Oprah selling sex for money. Then, many pages later, she mentions that the half sister, who told the tale, was at the time selling stories about Oprah to support a problem with drug addiction.

    Another example is where she quotes comment after out of context comment, that seem to show Opera's lack of appreciation of her father ... then in one sentence, when it suits her story, mentions Oprah's life long attempts to shower gifts on the same father.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • His Excellency: George Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    Acclaimed author Joseph J. Ellis penned the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, a fixture on The New York Times best seller list for an entire year, and one of the most popular history books of all time. Now this master historian turns his attention to the most exalted American hero, Founding Father and first President George Washington.

    Gerard says: "Distracted By Narrator"
    "A Very Good Read on Washington"

    I am a fan of great history and am very glad I found this book. While the subject may not have been covered with the depth I would most prefer, this is the best and most balanced book on Washington I have read. If you are not familiar with the real story of Washington (and who is?), I strongly recommend this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."

    The story of America and an alternate reality that leads toward failure. A great read and a great lesson on the freedom that drives our success.

    Many in our country. do not understand the basic principles that enable our viability. Neither basement startups, basement bands or basement inventors could grow and flourish if the Objectivism clearly taught by Ms Rand were ever extinguished. The ability of any man or woman to dream of doing great things is only practical here because our country protects contracts and companies; the vehicles of success. Silicon Valley only exists here.

    If you combine Ayn Rand's teachings with Tom Friedman's Operating System 3.0 (see "The Lexus and the Olive Branch"), you gain an essential insight into the fundamentals every country needs. You will also understand why "freedom" is so hard to export to countries only possible via billions in U.S. aid.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "A Lesson in Global Economics"

    An excellent read, although this doesn't have as much depth as Friedman's predecessor, "The Lexus and the Olive Tree". I thought the section looking back at Lenin & Marx was a real eye opener. If you are looking for a strong Catch-Up course in 21st Century global economics, I would recommend reading "Lexus", this book, and Ayn Rand's book "Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal" in order. Republicans will have to struggle though parts of Friedman's last book and Democrats will have to take large grains of salt to finish Rand's book (btw, written 40 years ago). But these books (none of which give THE answer), with a few hours of reflective thought are simply life changing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Superb Story Telling"

    Everything you would expect from the perfect summer read plus a little education on the life of a beekeeper. A really wonderful book. Read beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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