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Michael W. Kinney

London Arizona man

London | Member Since 2006

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  • 5 reviews
  • 62 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1346)
    Performance
    (758)
    Story
    (758)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Bite-sized Audio Papa"
    Overall

    Hemingway's work lends itself better to narration than almost any other author and Donald Sutherland does an excellent job of getting you into the boat with the old man.

    This bite-sized novella is the perfect length and tone for one leg of a business trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I.O.U.S.A.: One Nation. Under Stress. In Debt.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Addison Wiggin, Kate Incontrera
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    The United States has been spending its way deeper and deeper into the red, and saddling future generations with the mess - but who's paying attention? To answer that question, this companion audiobook to the critically acclaimed documentary I.O.U.S.A. includes some of the most revered voices in the nation.

    morton says: "Fascinating, Enlightening Listen"
    "Mandatory Listen (Read) for U.S. Citizens"
    Overall

    Important book/movie/movement. Current crisis is an opportunity to address these issues or to put our children and grandchildren into a bigger hole.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (134)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which 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 have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "A long audio journey but definitely worth it"
    Overall

    A true masterpiece. Funnily, enough I was sad it ended...after 55 hours of listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Alan Greenspan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1054)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (156)

    "This book is in part a detective story. After 9/11 I knew, if I needed further reinforcement, that we are living in a new world - the world of a global capitalist economy that is vastly more flexible, resilient, open, self-correcting, and fast-changing than it was even a quarter century earlier. It's a world that presents us with enormous new possibilities but also enormous new challenges. The Age of Turbulence is my attempt to understand the nature of this new world." (Alan Greenspan)

    Terry says: "Tripled my understanding of our economy"
    "Great memoir - little insight"
    Overall

    I was a little disappointed with Greenspan's efforts as it did not provide nearly as much insight into his and the Fed's thinking and process as was hyped - most of the information he presented is already common knowledge amongst market participants; however, the memoir aspect of how he, the markets and the Fed evolved were very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Reeves
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination is the story of an accomplished politician, a bold, even reckless leader, a gambler, a man who imagined an American past and an American future, and made them real. He is a man of ideas who changed the world for better or worse, a man who understands that words are often more important than deeds.

    Matt says: "GREAT Narration, Good Book"
    "Author pulls a Reagan?"
    Overall

    The author is strong on facts and does a very good job on setting the stage for the various issues/crises.

    However, the author continuously writes about how Reagan's mental ability was slipping and that Reagan repeats rhetoric, jokes and anecdotes to those he comes in contact with.

    Is the author slipping or just pulling a Reagan?

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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