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Dedrea

RUCKERSVILLE, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Decision Points

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By George W. Bush
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (393)

    In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings listeners inside the Texas governor's mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for numerous historic and controversial decisions.

    shirley K. Bigham says: "straight forward"
    "Loved this book!"
    Overall

    Whether you are for or against President George Bush, this book is a revealing look inside a man making difficult, almost impossible decisions - decisions that affected the entire world. It's so easy to listen to the press's interpretation of events and decisions, but I feel I never know the whole story. This book let me peek behind the scenes of the presidency and understand with the information available at any given time, how a president thinks. I love it when asked the question, "if you knew then what you know now, would you do it differently?" His answer is "I didn't have that luxury". It is far too easy to second guess past decisions, but in any moment we can only act on the information we have. Having the book read by President Bush himself was a real treat.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • All the Devils Are Here

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (215)

    As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers? According to Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, two of America's most acclaimed business journalists, the real answer is all of the above-and more. Many devils helped bring hell to the economy.

    eurilynn says: "Excellent!"
    "Must read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does All the Devils Are Here rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten of my non-fiction list.


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

    I have listened to him before and except for a few disagreements about pronunciation, he is very good.


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

    When I read about the power of lobbyists.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved putting this all together and realizing that the build-up to this debacle happened over a 35 year span. I realize that where there are men/women, there is greed. Where there is power, there is greed. Where there is temptation there is greed. I also realized that in most situations people are reactionary rather than visionary. Listen to this book and you will learn a great deal about how our government functions. Maybe time for an overhaul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10398)
    Performance
    (4832)
    Story
    (4849)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "A must read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Outliers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have a tremendously diverse interest pool. Of the non fiction, I would rate it in the top ten.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book puts forth some very interesting theories. Very worth pondering.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The Asian number system.


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book offers some theories that are out of the common way of thinking about America and for that matter the world. It definitely spoke to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6688)
    Performance
    (5952)
    Story
    (5951)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Nothing I didn't LOVE"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was just a great listen. I have loved Jim Dale since I first saw him on Broadway.in Barnum (twice). This was such a great story and Jim made it a wonderful listen. I wish I had a friend to gab with about it. Perfect for a book club. Particularly the ending. Enjoy!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1939)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (792)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Sara says: "Out Dated Even When It Was Current"
    "WOW"
    Overall

    This is a real ride on a roller coaster. Game Change is a great book, if you like non-fiction intrigue. The characters are unbelievable and this is a behind the scenes thriller. It is bold in its protrayal of what happens in politics. Unfortunately it is a true story. The intro tells how the book was constructed and information gathered. I think there is still a lot of suppostition about what people were thinking in certain situations. The book really reveals how deals are made (and broken), how much money is wasted on elections and how lives can be torn apart and how history evolves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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