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Thomas W Parsley

ARVADA, CO USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (451)

    Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

    Alan says: "Gripping and fascinating"
    "Great book about the how dirty cycling really is"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Race to be better than the print version?

    This book was engaging and very enlightening about the world of professional cycling. Hamilton took a gutsy no-holds-barred approach to telling the stories in the book, which I really appreciated.It was sometimes hard to hear what he had to say about Lance Armstrong because I really admired Lance for his accomplishments. I watched all 7 of his tour-winning campaigns and he gave me a great sense of pride.Looking back it's hard to believe everybody was so naive about Lance, but I guess we all wanted to believe in miracles. And it's completely true that all of the other tour contenders were taking performance-enhancing drugs, so Lance was not alone in that respect.In fact, I don't fault Lance for taking the drugs because it still took a huge amount of hard work sacrifice and guts to win 7 tours in a row. He is am amazing athlete with extreme determination and will power, and he put in the countless hours of very hard work day after day to win. I still admire him for that...I probably always will.But I now despise Lance Armstrong as a PERSON because he viciously attacked people who told the truth about him, drug them through the mud, cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, and ruined careers. To make matters worse, he was extremely smug and condescending while he did it.Lance proved time and time again that he only cared about himself and felt he was above the law...and he still does to an extent. He is now learning what it feels like to be on the other end of everything, and things are just going to get worse. His confession was too little too late, and I'm actually enjoying seeing him lose virtually everything he had built up over the years. I guess the old adage is true...what goes around comes around.I realize that is a bit vicious to say. Heck, I'm a actually a bit surprised I feel that way because my past admiration for Lance was so strong that I almost idolized the guy. However, after you listen to this book (and read numerous other accounts that are now coming out about what Lance is really like), then I hazard to say that you might feel the same way about Lance as a person. Anybody who treats people as poorly and viciously as he did has to have a very, very dark soul.Anyway, the book is an excellent listen and I highly recommend it. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars across the board is because it is a bit slow and long-winded at times. However, overall I was engrossed by the book and I enjoyed it immensely...even though it burst my bubble about Lance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tyler was very open and honest about coming clean with everything, and he even threw himself under the bus in the process. He doesn't tiptoe around the subject, which is very refreshing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part of the book was when Tyler was on the same team as Lance as was taken into Lance's inner circle of doping. It was very enlightening and interesting.


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  • Dynasties: Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World's Great Family Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David S. Landes
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Through perseverance, solid ingenuity, and unwavering determination, family-run companies - dynasties - have dominated wealth and business throughout the last two centuries. One third of Fortune 500 firms are family owned and, in most cases, the ideal of the family business is one synonymous with continuity, watchful leadership, and dedication to success. But what happens when bad behavior, extravagance, and laziness, all very real enemies of industry, are allowed to proliferate?

    Thomas W Parsley says: "I couldn't take it anymore"
    "I couldn't take it anymore"
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    What would have made Dynasties better?

    I am very interested in business biographies, and I am a huge fan of the TV series "The Men Who Built America." (If you haven't seen it, I HIGHLY recommend that you treat yourself to the 4-part series. It is extremely interesting, and very well-done)

    So I purchased this book with high hopes and great anticipation. I couldn't wait to dive in and start listening. After enduring a very slow and rambling first chapter, I was a bit turned off but wanted to give it a fair shake.

    So I started listening to chapter 2 with renewed hope. My hopes were quickly dashed and the book got even WORSE than it was in chapter 1. This was quite a feat because I was certain the book had no place to go but up.

    The author rambles all over the place and simply states some facts and his long-winded opinion. The book reads like a college thesis and has very little character or personality. What makes matters even worse is the book is strewn with the author's opinions that come out of left field.

    Halfway through chapter 2 I finally resorted to listening to the first 15 minutes of a chapter and if it didn't hook me then I moved onto the next chapter. I figured at least ONE of the chapters had to be well-written. I was sadly mistaken and this was one of the most disappointing books I've ever read or listened to.

    My advice is to stay FAR away from this book...it is a complete nightmare.


    What could David S. Landes have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Become a true author instead of just dryly regurgitating facts. Weave a story into the facts and make it interesting to read.


    What didn’t you like about Alan Sklar’s performance?

    He did a decent job with what he had to work with. I can't really give an impartial opinion thought because I was so turned off by the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Surprisingly...none. And I'm usually very generous with reviews. This is new territory for me.


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  • Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Allen
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (104)

    In 2007 and 2008, Time named Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Since he made his fortune, his impact has been felt in science, technology, business, medicine, sports, music, and philanthropy. His passion, curiosity, and intellectual rigor - combined with the resources to launch and support new initiatives - have literally changed the world. With honesty, humor, and insight, Allen here tells the story of a life of ideas made real.

    Amadeo says: "The part about Microsoft is good"
    "It's great to hear the entire story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In the past, nearly every book about Microsoft was focused on Bill Gates and completely neglected Paul Allen. Hearing Paul Allen's story makes both sides of the story even more interesting. It's definitely worth the listen.


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

    Sean is a pleasure to listen to and he does a great job. I first heard his voice with Tyler Hamilton's book and was pleased to hear it again for this book.


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