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Rich

Portland, ME, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (253)

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "Fascinating"
    Overall

    I was excited to read this book since the chapter Why Crack Dealers Live with Their Moms was one of my favorite chapters of Freakonomics.

    It didn't disappoint. All the characters were fascinating and I'd love to know more about where they ended up.

    Having just finished the final episode of HBO's The Wire, this audiobook was the perfect desert to that fantastic series. They are both rich with complex characters.

    This was one of the best audiobooks I've ever downloaded from Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17552)
    Performance
    (13420)
    Story
    (13363)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "I had high expectations and they were exceeded"
    Overall

    I'm an unapologetic fan of Tina Fey, so I was looking forward to this audiobook. It didn't disappoint, especially since she can deliver her writing better than anyone else. Funny stories of growing up as a bit of an outsider were mixed w/some sound advice on leadership and making it in the corporate world.

    My only complaint? Too short. I could have listened to a few more hours of the thoughts rattling around in Fey's mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18394)
    Performance
    (8291)
    Story
    (8318)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Fantastic Follow Up"
    Overall

    My wife and I found this novel incredibly rich, detailed and thrilling, just like the first book. It's amazing how layered these novels are, and how fascinating the characters are. There's just so much going on besides the main plot. We found ourselves laughing out loud at certain parts, cringing at others, and outraged at still others. The book has action, mystery, intrigue and sharp writing. I strongly recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • SuperFreakonomics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2800)
    Performance
    (1173)
    Story
    (1181)

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
    "Worth Your Time"
    Overall

    If you read and enjoyed the first book, Freakonomics, listening to the 2nd one is a no-brainer. If you haven't, you don't need to worry about going in order. These are just a series of interesting stories about how people are influenced by incentives. Like books by Malcolm Gladwell, this book will make you think.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (2022)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1034)

    "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

    Katelyn says: "One word - Awesome!"
    "Only a Brain Dead Zombie Wouldn't Enjoy This Book"
    Overall

    This book is utterly brilliant The mashup of Austen and zombies is fantastically clever, and the juxtaposition of the strict societal rules and monster-fighting adds a whole new level of conflict. The fact that in polite society you almost never hear them referred to as "zombies" is great. This is a cut and paste, it's a reimagining of the original book.

    I found myself laughing out loud often, and loving Kellgren, the narrator. Her British accent makes the audiobook even better than it's print companion.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2071)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (408)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and 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 had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "Epic in Scope, Simplistic Characters"
    Overall

    Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged both come with a lot of baggage. Some people love it, others loathe it.

    Bottom line, this story is epic in scope. I've read the book before, and now my wife and I are listening to it together every chance we get. We discuss the ideas, talk about the characters, and often laugh at the two-dimensional characters.

    Yes, it's true. This book's plot is amazing, and thoroughly enjoyable on a lot of levels. It truly is a classic. However, a lot of the writing makes us laugh out loud. Especially in discussing sex and relationships.

    Selfish business people are held up as heroes. They have no faults. Sensitive, empathic business owners and gov't types are all portrayed as sniveling losers. Everything is black and white; none of the characters are complex, although many are fascinating. I find myself wanting to chat with Hank Reardon or Dagny Taggart, or bounce business ideas off them.

    If you've got the patience, this book is worth the listen. Even if you consider yourself to be liberal and fear big business more than big government, this book is a fascinating read.

    Although I don't believe in the absolutes that Rand puts out there, it did "rewire" my brain, and allowed me to view current events through an additional point of view. It challenged me to defend some of my deep-seated beliefs, and even discard a couple.

    And isn't that the kind of challenge that's worth your time?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Ten Faces of Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Kelley, Jonathan Littman
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    Tom Kelley, author of The Art of Innovation and the general manager of IDEO, the world-famous design firm, illuminates the strategies IDEO used to beat the devil's advocate and drive creativity throughout the organization.

    Damon says: "Great book!!!"
    "Inspiring stories to draw from"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the 10 Faces of Innovation. With innovation becoming a requirement of successful businesses, it was interesting to see it broken down so professionally by someone within IDEO...a company always mentioned in articles on innovation.

    I got the most out of this book by listening to the stories told and trying to figure out how I could apply them to my own business.

    Things are changing quickly, and no matter what business you're in, change can happen overnight. This book can help you keep on looking for fresh, innovative approaches for your business success.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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