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Stanley

Germantown, WI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 16 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 125 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wes Moore, Tavis Smiley (afterword)
    • Narrated By Wes Moore
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.

    Jennifer says: "Biography and Autobiography in One"
    "Engaging theme with drawbacks"
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    I found this an interesting theme which provided a fair and balanced perspective of what went wrong and right in the life of two young men. It avoids cliches and tells it like it is. It provided hope and at the same time created sadness. I listened while driving which is not the best way to evaluate editing but my assessment is that it lacked substantially at times. Mr. Moore did his story a disservice by reading the book himself. His reading style was short and truncated, pausing frequently mid-sentence like he was out of breath. In my listening this was serious enough flaw that it substantially reduced the enjoyment of the book. I would rate the story favorably, but the other elements were enough of a distraction that I would not recomment it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Krauthammer
    • Narrated By Charles Krauthammer, George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (396)

    A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition, and wit are collected in one volume.

    Alan says: "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"
    "Loved the book. Hate dual narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to Things That Matter the most enjoyable?

    The book is a compilation of previous articles arranged by theme. Dr. Krauthammer gives a reader/listener pause based on his impeccable logic (even if you disagree with it) and consistency. Conservatives will rejoice in his voice. Liberals should read/listen to it in order to see a truth that disagrees with their own.

    The first part of the book is read by Dr. Krauthhammer himself and I enjoyed hearing the writer in his own voice. It seemed more honest with the intent of the author shown by pause and inflection Unfortunately, the narrator changed mid-book. This is a horrible disservice to readers and I am greatly disappointed. There was no explanation for the change. It seems cheap and distracting. If Dr. Krauthammer could not complete the whole narration it should have been reread by Mr. Newbern from the beginning.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Steiner
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (660)

    It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills - and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These "bots" started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

    PHIL says: "Wide-ranging, non-technical"
    "Fascinating, threatening, and not enough"
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    What did you love best about Automate This?

    I generally listen to nonfiction. I would rate this in the highest category of the books to which I have listened. I try to save "5" for the top 10% rather than 20%. It is a very timely book since the use of algorithms is really picking up steam in our economy. It was a well constructed and fun narrative.

    While I found the stories great examples and helpful to understand how algorithms are used a greater number of examples with a bit less time spent on each would have enhanced my experience a bit. Nonetheless, I rated it a 5 on both overall and story.

    This is a book for beginners. You don't need a PhD in math to understand the concept that a bunch of PhD quants are trying to replace almost every mental task you perform using computer logic.

    It made me realize how visionary Kurt Vonnegut's classic piece of fiction, "Player Piano" really was.

    p.s. audible. - I never read the same category of nonfiction twice. Your algorithms should know that and recommend books that are different rather than one I just read, not the same. Hire a better breed of quant. :)


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3892)
    Performance
    (3351)
    Story
    (3327)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Must read for introverts and those that love them"
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    I read nonfiction to gain better understanding of topics on which I have little understanding. I did not know much about what makes introverts they introverts that they are. I have always believed that somehow I was a flawed extovert. I gained insight into two introverts I love and an understanding that I might not be an extrovert myself after all. I now understand the introvert perspective and have gained a better appreciation for their secret/silent strenghts.

    The work was scholarly and thoughtful. It is definitely not a pop psychology piece. The sited studies added credibility. The author did a great job of fusing ancedotes and research studies. I will be ordering several hard copy versions to give as gifts as signs of appreciation to a several introverts who are dear to me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rain Gods: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1067)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (353)

    When Hackberry Holland became sheriff of a tiny Texas town near the Mexican border, he'd hoped to leave certain things behind: his checkered reputation, his haunted dreams, and his obsessive memories of the good life with his late wife, Rie. But the discovery of the bodies of nine illegal aliens, machine-gunned to death and buried in a shallow grave behind a church, soon makes it clear that he won't escape so easily.

    Richard says: "Dynamic Duo"
    "Classic style-great storyline-wonderful narration"
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    I loved the narrated novel. Great storyline in the same way Maltese Falcon and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy are great stories.. The storyline held suprises and was not overly contrived like so many books of this genre can be. Yes, you had to suspend your supicious mind from time to time to get into a few scenes, but aren't we willing to do that when we begin a novel of this sort. Part of me loved the beautiful imagery, and part of me felt it got a bit long and formulaistic at points. Will Patton really brings the story home. Even his female and foreign voices were effective.

    I will plan on doing another of Mr. Burke's novels at some time in the future. Hopefully one narrated by Will Patton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4234)
    Performance
    (2400)
    Story
    (2402)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Equal footing with greatest war novels of all time"
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    Thank you Karl Marlantes for writing this riveting book. This is the "All Quiet on the Western Front" of our time. Thank you as well Bronson Pinchot for an amazing verbal interpretation. I had to pause listening from time to time because of the intensity and to absorb the visual images created by Mr. Marlantes. Of the 50 or so audio books I have listened to the only other that compared is "The Old Man and the Sea" written by Hemmingway and read by Donald Sutherland. You will be amazed by "Matterhorn."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (1996)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (594)

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "Ashes to Ashes"
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    From the authors point of view the CIA has done little succesfully over the last 60 years. It felt like the author began with a bias for which facts were sought. I am sure there were successes, perhaps they were more secret. I would have enjoyed a book which was a bit more balanced. It is the nature of a book like this to not know enough. It made me wonder if the KGB etc, while built up by the author as being subtantially more succesful were more inept than the CIA? It is the nature of a book like this that you are left wondering what is missing from the tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wayland Barber, Paul T. Barber
    • Narrated By Beth Richmond
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Why were Prometheus and Loki envisioned as chained to rocks? What was the Golden Calf? Why are mirrors believed to carry bad luck? How could anyone think that mortals like Perseus, Beowulf, and St. George actually fought dragons, since dragons don't exist? Strange though they sound, however, these "myths" did not begin as fiction.

    Stanley says: "The Volcano Book"
    "The Volcano Book"
    Overall

    I suppose this book was well researched and written, but I was hugely disappointed by the material. It was extremely redundant regarding volcanoes and folk literature and barely touching on classic Greek and Roman mythology as I had expected. One of my more disappointing listens. Yes the explanations of myth techniques was okay, but I grew weary of the story of long strands of red firey hair being explained as lava streams. I understood the concept the first time explained.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Simon Winchester
    • Narrated By Simon Winchester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Writing with marvelous brio, Simon Winchester first serves up a lightning history of the English language and pays homage to the great dictionary makers from Samuel Johnson to Noah Webster before turning his unmatched talent for storytelling to the making of the most venerable of dictionaries: The Oxford English Dictionary.

    Donald says: "A New Appreciation"
    "Engaging-Try It!"
    Overall

    I bought this audio book because I love words but it was so much more than just a story of words. It was the story of a massive undertaking by fascinating people transcending 80 years which resulted in the English language having order for the first time. The plot contained protagonists and foils all with quirks and peccadilloes. The words were rich and joyous, but l enjoyed the people and the story more. It was clear that the author loved his material and by reading it himself did more justice to it than someone else reading it. I hope that this book might find a wide audience because it is a most deserving narrative.

    I have listened to nearly three dozen audiobooks and i would definitely rate this in the top 5.

    This is the type of book that outside the normal course for many listeners that I would encourage them to try. You will be pleasantly surprised.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13282)
    Performance
    (5711)
    Story
    (5783)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Addition of Last Minute Character Diminishes Value"
    Overall

    My objection to many modern books is the addition of a last minute character who quickly redirects the flow of the novel from where it would have gone otherwise. I was a hijacked reader who was forced to make a 90 degree turn. The ending was unreasonable and diminished my enjoyment of the book. Frankly, I had written a better ending in my head.

    Having said that, both readers did a fantastic job and made the journey up to the last couple of chapters enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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