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Danny

Loudon, TN, United States

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  • Wolf: The Lives of Jack London

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By James L. Haley
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Jack London was born a working-class, fatherless San Franciscan in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling west coast—by and by playing the role of hobo, sailor, and oyster pirate. From his vantage point at the margins of Gilded Age America, he witnessed such iniquity and abuses that he became a life long socialist and advocate for reform. Award-winning western historian James L. Haley paints a vivid portrait of London—adventurer, social reformer, and the most well-known American writer of his generation.

    Danny says: "A life of bright flames to ashes..."
    "A life of bright flames to ashes..."
    Overall

    The biographer and his subject are a superb match, as is the choice of the narrator. I had no idea that Jack London did so much with his life across a spectrum of so many different contexts of bold and varied adventures and daunting personal challenges. I'm equally intrigued how today's world so parallels as to the need for others to take the baton of his "worker passions." Here's content for many fine novels that amazingly was actually compressed into one formidable life.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Create Your Own Economy: The Path to Prosperity in a Disordered World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tyler Cowen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    How will we live well in a super-networked, information-soaked, yet predictably irrational world? The only way to know is to understand how the way we think is changing. As economist Tyler Cowen boldly shows in Create Your Own Economy, the way we think now is changing more rapidly than it has in a very long time. Not since the Industrial Revolution has a man-made creation - in this case, the World Wide Web - so greatly influenced the way our minds work and our human potential.

    Jeff says: "Awful!!"
    "Title is misleading"
    Overall

    The author integrated two big topics (title topic and autism) into one book, and ends up in a confusing, disappointing mediocrity and at times a confusing and wandering sermon. Both of his topics have great merit, each deserved the author's separate attention (in two books) and he seems to have the capability to deliver, if within a singular focus. Unfortunately too much of that focus seems to be going to himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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