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James

Colts Neck, NJ, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • La Montana Magica [The Magic Mountain]

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Thomas Mann
    • Narrated By Daniel Quintero
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Una descripcion morbosa de la decadencia. La Montana Magica fue la obra que logro para Thomas Mann, el insigne escritor aleman, el Premio Nobel. En esa historia, situada en un sanatorio de tuberculosos en los altos de una montana, el autor creo un increíble microcosmos, reflejo de lo que el consideraba la decadencia de su patria y de toda la civilizacion europea.

    James says: "Heard it was good... audiobook not in English"
    "Heard it was good... audiobook not in English"
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    Where does La Montana Magica [The Magic Mountain] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you know Italian you are in luck, if you don't, you need to wait for another version


    What did you like best about this story?

    A smart and pretty Russian chick turned me onto it... although she spoke several languages


    Have you listened to any of Daniel Quintero’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh, when I realized it would not be English


    Any additional comments?

    Wait for a language that you are fluent in and it will be great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aftershock: Protect Yourself and Profit in the Next Global Financial Meltdown

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wiedemer, Robert A. Wiedemer, Cindy S. Spitzer
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (181)

    While the "experts" want us to believe that all is well (or will be soon), nothing could be further from the truth. The worldwide financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 was just a sneak preview of what is to come. But for those who act quickly and correctly, there is still time to protect yourself, your family, and your business in the next global money meltdown.

    David M. Weprin says: "Interesting, convincing, and well narrated advert."
    "Summarizes the economic forces affecting us"
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    Where does Aftershock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Provides an easy to understand illustration of the economic forces that underlie our ability to get jobs, buy products, save and invest in the bubble popping of the mortgage market, as well as in the coming debt bubble and dollar bubble.


    What other book might you compare Aftershock to and why?

    Comparing it to The Lords of Finance, and How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World are most helpful for understanding the global economy, and comparing it to Reich's Aftershock is great as a political comparison as that book has a clear political leaning to the left.


    What about Christopher Kipiniak’s performance did you like?

    Read with emphasis on the meaning of what what being read.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The clarity with which folks participate in different roles, such as cheerleaders for the status quo of how to understand the present economic forces and how they differ to previous market cycles.


    Any additional comments?

    a great read

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the Age of Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    In his latest spirited book, O'Reilly prompts further debate with the president and the American people on the current state of the union. While the changes that took place in America during President Obama's first 18 months in office are dizzying to just think about, their real-life impact on the average American is a helluva lot stronger than that. Tempers have reached the boiling point over the shifts in healthcare, immigration, national security, energy, and the environment.

    Amazon Customer says: "Have you seen the show?"
    "Insightful, educational, and worth the read"
    Overall

    Although he is clearly above average I have never thought Bill was the brightest, like a Charles Krauthammer, Rove or Newt, but he is fair in his analysis of the major issues that dominate our times. Although his views are not deep, but he covers a vast amount of terrain, and exemplifies a majority of our cultural values. It was worth the time, and if you like Bill's program it is easy to listen to his thoughtful tradionalist perspective. If you are on the fence, you will most likely be pleased with the investment of time.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (667)

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Dave says: "Not a bad choice"
    "Surprisingly educational"
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    The unabridged version covers a great deal of history with the type of insights into the events that not even the best journalism can provide. Regardless of your political persuasion it is a detailed account that clears up much misinformation as the man didn't want to spend his time challenging the press to clear his name as he had more pressing things to do. His insight into President Obama from his interactions is also a tribute to the Obamas.

    If you are a history buff, this is a must listen.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    One day in 1957, in the third-grade classroom of St. Brigid's parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O'Reilly and said, "William, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity." Little did she know that she was, early in his career as a troublemaker, defining the essence of Bill O'Reilly and providing him with the title of his brash and entertaining issues-based memoir.

    James says: "Avid Reader Explains Bold Fresh is a must Listen"
    "Avid Reader Explains Bold Fresh is a must Listen"
    Overall

    The sign of a good autobiography is its humility and honesty, and incredibly, A Bold Fresh is both. The experience of listening to this audiobook reminded me of Sidney Poitier's "The Measure of a Man", which was excellent. Why that is the case is obvious to me now. Simply, audio books that are read by their author communicate the authentic story as it went through the authors mind. The emotions and intonations add so much to the experience, communicating much more than words alone.

    Authors take note, if you wish to get to iPod and iPhone customers, it helps a great deal to show that it is worth the time out of your life to read your own material.

    James V Luisi

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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