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Andrew

Shreveport, LA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Randall E. Stross
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    The first inside account of life within a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, eBoys is the fascinating true story of the six tall men who backed eBay, Webvan, and other billion-dollar start-ups that are transforming the Internet and setting a new pace for the economy - an audible.com audio exclusive!

    Sean says: "Entertaining but misinformed"
    "THE book on inside venture capital investing"
    Overall

    I tend to only review books that I either absolutely love or absolutely hate... this book falls into the former category. I read the actual book a couple months ago and found that it was so good I didn't want to put it down -- I as actually sad when I finished. I was ecstatic to see that Audible added it as an audiobook... I just finished listening to it and again find myself awestruck by this book.

    Eboys is about Benchmark Capital of Menlo Park, California -- arguably the #1 venture capital firm in the world. It chronicles the day to day dealings of the partners, their interactions with entrepreneurs from all walks of life, and the multi-billion dollar companies they've funded... the most prominent of which is eBay, a company that made all of the founding partners 300 million dollars each.

    This is an awesome book for a budding entrepreneur -- it really gives you an inside fly-on-the-wall look at how the mysterious and sometimes daunting world of high stakes venture capital works. But it's not just a how-to guide in obtaining venture capital, as the real life stories of the Eboys are fascinating, entertaining, and incredibly inspiring.

    Don't think about it -- GET THIS BOOK!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5956)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (538)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "All right, not spectacular, has some low parts"
    Overall

    Go ahead and read it, I can't deny that I found myself wanting to finish it. I definitely can't give it a 5 and considered giving a 3, but 4 seems appropriate. It's hard to say what exactly this book is about. It covers a lot of different subjects on society. He started talking about crack addicts and gangs at length and I was a little turned off at that point. The second half of the book had quite a lot of racial analysis. A lot of what this guy had to say relied on various data sets/studies. It's what economists do I guess, draw conclusions based on statistics and data. But it did get a little tiring hearing one stat after another. I was disappointed that the book didn't really have anything to do with economics per se, but that may not matter to you if you're just looking for decent reading material.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Warren Buffett Way, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert G. Hagstrom
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    First published in 1994, The Warren Buffett Way gave investors their first in-depth look at the innovative investment and business strategies behind this living legend's spectacular success. Tracing Warren Buffett's career from the beginning, Hagstrom revealed to listeners exactly how, starting with an initial investment of only $100, Buffett built a business empire worth $19.4 billion.

    Tehzeeb says: "Essential and timeless investment advice"
    "Boring..."
    Overall

    This audio book is pretty boring. I think it must have informative material in it, but I'm having a hard time focusing on that material. Usually I just hear words without actually listening, in an attempt to finish the book. I probably won't finish it--it's gotten to be too much at 6 hours already.

    I made a huge mistake in getting the unabridged version, maybe if I got abridged I would have had a markedly better experience. I thought I would get more bang for my buck with more listening time, but boy was I wrong, it's just not worth the dreariness. I think I will get all abridged audiobooks from now on because of this book. I can't have another experience like it.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Alan Deutschman
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1210)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    From the acclaimed Vanity Fair and GQ journalist - an unprecedented, in-depth portrait of the man whose return to Apple precipitated one of the biggest turnarounds in business history.

    Thomas says: "Awesome background on Apple, NeXT, and Pixar."
    "Riveting"
    Overall

    I learned a lot not only about Steve Jobs, but what it takes to be a great leader. An inspiring read. Jobs and his exploits are entertaining, and I looked forward to finishing this book. Recommended!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Genome War: How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By James Shreeve
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    On May 10, 1998, biologist Craig Venter, director of the Institute for Genomic Research, announced that he was forming a private company that within three years would unravel the complete genetic code of human life, seven years before the projected finish of the U.S. government's Human Genome Project. Venter hoped that by decoding the genome ahead of schedule, he would speed up the pace of biomedical research and save the lives of thousands of people. He also hoped to become very famous and very rich.

    Andrew says: "Captivating"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    I learned a lot about competing interests between the public and private sectors. The book showed how typical scientists think, and how one scientist, Venter, struggled to reconcile his scientific mentality with business concerns. My criterion for a good book is one that I devote all of my free time to until it is finished, and this book fell under that category. I had the audio abridged version and finished it within a week. Recommended!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a People Magnet

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leil Lowndes
    • Narrated By Leil Lowndes
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    Lowndes reveals specific and proven techniques for attracting friends and lovers and keeping them for life. She uncovers the secrets of networking to strengthen business contacts and relationships. Her advice is effective, yet easy for anyone to implement.

    Scott says: "Quite Helpful"
    "Absolute torture."
    Overall

    This title seemed to be the audio book analogue of Chinese water torture to me. The narrator has THE MOST ANNOYING WHINY VOICE I HAVE EVER HEARD. She keeps shrieking things like "HUG THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU!!!" I swear if she was next to me I would have choked her just to make her stop. As for content, I can't really comment b/c my brain couldn't hear anything besides her glass-shattering delivery, but it seemed to be commense sense/no-brainer type advice -- e.g. give a firm handshake, smile, etc. Alas, another wasted credit for me.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (2226)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (330)

    The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the five-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation, and is a must-listen for any and all fans of the genre. Don't forget to bring a towel!

    Victor says: "still a winner!!!"
    "Total waste of time."
    Overall

    I wasted a potentially pleasant 1 hour run along the lake listening to this silly audio book. I read all the reviews raving about it so I decided to download it... big mistake. It is mostly non-sense silly British humor, which I personally don't find funny at all. Reminded me of an audio version of Mr. Bean -- a show & character that I cannot stand. Unless you're into cheesy British comedy (why anyone would be is beyond me) don't waste your time with this one. If you're on the fence I recommend you go flip through the paper version of the book at your local bookstore before deciding.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Namesake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Sarita Choudhury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (264)

    The Namesake follows the Ganguli family through its journey from Calcutta to Cambridge to the Boston suburbs. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

    Diana - Audible says: "My favorite book - in print and audio"
    "Good... but not great."
    Overall

    Being a non-resident Indian myself lots of the content and description in this book really struck a familiar cord with me. The author did a good job of portraying the trials, tribulations, joys, and sorrows of an Indian family that moved to "Umrica." A good first effort (this is her first book right?). But she could have done more with the story -- with the plot. Without giving it all away it's basically just about an Indian couple that moves to the U.S. in their 20's, has two kids here, and then it follows through with the life of the first born -- a boy named Gogol -- till his 30's or so. Overall it was good but lacked a zeal that I felt when reading the books of two other favorite Indian authors of mine -- Manil Suri and Abraham Verghese -- now they are experts... really great story-tellers. All in all The Namesake is a good book -- I'll be on the lookout for an improved follow-up title by this author down the road.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2287)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (374)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "Not for the average Joe"
    Overall

    I was very excited to start listening to this audio book... in the mornings when I do cardio, when I'm walking around my neighborhood running errands, at the tanning salon, but it fell short of my expectations. Now don't think that from the aforementioned activities that I'm some sort of illiterate airhead -- I'm not, but at the same time, I haven't read and studied about all the different scientists and inventors of all time, which I think is unfortunately a sort of prerequisite for one to really enjoy this book. Full of names that I've never heard of, going back and forth through time, with pretentious sounding latin pronunciations like "Homo neandratalus," I found it difficult to finish the book. It seemed to get more and more boring as it went along. To the author's credit, he did a good job of researching and getting the facts right about our history (or at least I think he did), and the first hour or so about the origin of the universe was actually quite interesting. But as the book progressed to archeology and "java man" type info, I found myself struggling to pay attention.

    In summary, I think a select group of people -- say 30-60 year old socialites who have lots of money and plenty of time to read about interesting (but relatively useless) information might like this book. But for the average joe like me it's a snoozer.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Tennis Partner

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Abraham Verghese
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Andrew says: "Great doctor, incredible writer...."
    "Great doctor, incredible writer...."
    Overall

    O.k. so I didn't actually listen to the audio version of this book but rather actually read it with my eyes a couple years ago. It was simply a fantastic book. Dr. Verghese, in addition to being a caring and devout physician, has a natural knack for enthralling writing. I read it as a med student (I'm a resident as I type this), I'm of Indian origin myself, and I'm a former tennis player... so I really could relate to this book. But you don't have to be any of the above to appreciate and enjoy Dr. Verghese's ability to tell this tail of friendship and loss. It's book like this one that make me prefer Nonfiction over Fiction -- real live people and their real life experiences -- experiences that touched and albeit ever so slightly, changed my own life. His first book -- My Own Country -- was awesome too. Every few weeks or so I eagerly check back here at Audible hoping he's written a new book. Dr. Verghese if you're reading this you have at least one die hard fan out there :-)!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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