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Courtney

Tucker, GA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1159)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (746)

    In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

    David says: "a man who actually worked with Jobs"
    "In the presence of greatness"
    Overall

    There is no substitute for working with a genius on a daily basis. Everything I have read about Steve Jobs is from the outside - from somebody who has done interviews and research. This book is from a man who observed the daily working habits and decision making process of one of the most creative and brilliant men of our generation. Until the authorized biography of Jobs is released in 2012 - this is the best book about the man himself.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Morgan: An American Banking Dynasty and the Rise of Modern Finance

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    A gripping history of banking and the booms and busts that shaped the world on both sides of the Atlantic, The House of Morgan traces the trajectory of the J. P.Morgan empire from its obscure beginnings in Victorian London to the crash of 1987. Ron Chernow paints a fascinating portrait of the private saga of the Morgans and the rarefied world of the American and British elite in which they moved. Based on extensive interviews and access to the family and business archives, The House of Morgan is an investigative masterpiece.

    Courtney says: "Starts out strong but then fractures"
    "Starts out strong but then fractures"
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    Would you try another book from Ron Chernow and/or Robertson Dean?

    Absolutely! Chernow's book on Rockefeller is one of my all time favorites! Writing a book about an investment bank that is both interesting and compelling throughout is a herculean task. Ron Chernow has done as good a job as can be done for such a book. This book is 34 hours and 36 minutes long so keeping the mind engaged was challenging in the end where the company was so fractured was difficult


    Would you recommend The House of Morgan to your friends? Why or why not?

    It depends on the friend but in general - no. Most would not enjoy this book and would find the details of investment bankers dealings quite tedious. If a friend was interested in understanding the financial history of the US economy and the forces that shaped it - I would recommend this book.


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    Lamont was an interesting and complex man.


    Do you think The House of Morgan needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I think Chernow has pretty much covered everything.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is very monolithic in the begining with the powerful J.P. Morgan - but as the company moved out of the hands of the Morgan's and became more fractured I found it more difficult to follow all these little men.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • If I am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Janine Latus
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    In April 2002, Janine Latus' youngest sister, Amy, wrote a note and taped it to the inside of her desk drawer. "Today Ron Ball and I are romantically involved", it read, "but I fear I have placed myself at risk in a variety of ways. Based on his criminal past, writing this out just seems like the smart thing to do. If I am missing or dead this obviously has not protected me...."

    Angie says: "I felt deceived by this book"
    "Janine Latus' memoir - sisters murder a postscript"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I was depressed the whole time I read this book. I was expecting a triumphant tale of taking down the s.o.b. that killed the author's sister but was punched repeatedly with tales of the creepy, criminal, violent, selfish, and controlling men in the author's past. I was saddened by the violence and physical abuse that she suffered. The tale of her failed/ highly dysfunctional marriage was very long and seemed a bit one sided. I hope the author finds health and healing. The story of poor Amy's death was very very sad.
    Abuse and violence is always wrong and the author's resource referrals for victims of abuse are greatly appreciated.


    Has If I am Missing or Dead turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but I feel that the title is misleading. This is Janine Latus' memoir punctuated by the "If I am Missing or Dead" story of losing her sister Amy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the scene where Janine asks her mother for a large loan to buy a typewriter and her stepfather calls back and refuses to give her the loan. Instead, the expensive typewriter would be a gift from the two of them. Finally! a good man.


    Could you see If I am Missing or Dead being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    If the emphasis were on the story of Amy - I would be interested in that.


    Any additional comments?

    The friends encouragement to "Say goodbye" to Amy was very moving.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Carnegie
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Andrew Carnegie was an immigrant, a poor boy who worked in a cotton mill, a man who amassed a great fortune as a steel baron and then became one of the most generous and influential philanthropists the world has ever known. His famous dictum, that he who dies rich dies disgraced, has inspired philanthropists and philanthropic enterprises for generations. During his own lifetime, he put his ideas into action by creating a family of organizations that continue to work toward improving the human condition.

    Sami says: "The narration ruined it!!"
    "Great story of a successful Builder Barron"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie to be better than the print version?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another book from Andrew Carnegie? Why or why not?

    Yes. The information he shares about his personal growth and business success was very helpful.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I like that the performer used a Scottish accent. Carnegie was VERY Scottish. Unfortunately, the accent was not very authentic.


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

    A few stories made me admire Carnegie's mind and Scottish tenacity.


    Any additional comments?

    The first half of the book about his boyhood and business success is great! The second half where he gives away his fortune and meets the rich and famous of his day (who few in 2013 will recognize) was tiresome. The first half is worth the price/credit. Skip the second half.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5477)
    Performance
    (4961)
    Story
    (4973)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "GREAT fiction is rare - Hard Magic is GREAT"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hard Magic to be better than the print version?

    No, I have not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Chairman - because he is evil and bored.


    What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Pinochet performs many characters distinctly and extremely well!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2139)
    Performance
    (1809)
    Story
    (1785)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Nate says: "A few pointers..."
    "Great Information with practical illustrations"
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    I enjoyed learning how to read the body language of others. While it would be impossible to carry a list of all the non-verbal things to look for in the body language of others - there are some big ideas here that could provide supplemental insights beyond verbal communication. Some folks might find all the technical information to be tedious but I found the information and illustrations to be fascinating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (472)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "We Need to Talk and Talk and Talk About Kevin"
    Overall
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    The basic premise of this book is interesting and well explored but the way the author chose to write the story is very constricting. First 2/3 are plodding with a few surprises thrown in and the last third of the book is riveting payoff.
    I feel that this would have made for a better short story (using the chosen literary device) rather than a novel. My kingdom for a good editor!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By William L. Shirer
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (3325)
    Performance
    (2378)
    Story
    (2386)

    Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Tale of Momumental Evil, Stupidity and Hatred"
    "My eyes are open"
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    The saying "those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it" is accurate. I bought this title on sale with the thought that it would be good medicine to innoculate me against blindly following a dictatorial program and be swept up into madness. This book has done it's work. So many good people could have stopped Hitler and the Nazi's - but they waited until it was too late. The result was the descimation and destruction of many innocent human lives. The content is fascinating. The narrator is excellent. The audiobook is a masterpiece.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Entreleadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dave Ramsey
    • Narrated By Dave Ramsey
    Overall
    (983)
    Performance
    (868)
    Story
    (866)

    If you’re at all responsible for your company’s success, you can’t just be a hard-charging entrepreneur or a motivating, encouraging leader. You have to be both! If you’re at all responsible for your company’s success, you can’t just be a hard-charging entrepreneur or a motivating, encouraging leader. You have to be both! This book presents Dave’s playbook for creating work that matters; building an incredible group of passionate, empowered team members; and winning the race with steady momentum that will roll over any obstacle.

    Steve says: "Excellent insights for building a great business"
    "THE most practical book on running a business."
    Overall
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    OK...you can toss all those books about running a business written by egg head college professors or knuckleheads who are only good at writing books about running a business. You can also toss the books by successful business people that only stroke their ego and personal brand but fail to share the real deal about how to run a successful business on a daily basis. EntreLeadership is a book that will help your business TODAY regardless of what stage you are at. Practical, Specific, Direct, AND Entertaining. My company is growing like crazy and Dave Ramsey is the business mentor that I need right now. I am now listening to the book for the second time.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5981)
    Performance
    (2782)
    Story
    (2806)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This book is right up there with Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz in terms of excellent narrative, raw imagination, and a sympathetic protagonist that just wants to go home. Gaiman's narration is spectacular. I have seen the BBC series that Neverwhere was originally written for and the actors who played the villains - Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar - do not hold a candle to the slithering diction and heavy menace that Gaiman conjures here. Excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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