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Edward

Encinitas, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 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
    (1942)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (794)

    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"
    "Great insight into a fascinating election"
    Overall

    I have been following John Heilemann since I saw him on Real Time with Bill Maher last year. I appreciate his work, and Game Change lived up to all my expectations. The election was fascinating, viewed through the mass media lens. It is ten times more fascinating viewed through the eyes of the people that are on the bus, in the meetings, and rubbing shoulders with the candidates.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Lacuna

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (322)

    Born in the United States, but reared in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd finds precarious shelter but no sense of home on his thrilling odyssey. Life is whatever he learns from housekeepers and, one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed muralist Diego Rivera. When he goes to work for Rivera, his wife, exotic artist Kahlo, and exiled leader Lev Trotsky, Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution.

    Tricia Stevens says: "Great story!"
    "Voice talent is to audio books............"
    Overall

    Voice talent is to audio books, what location is to real estate. Unfortunately this is a great house, in a bad neighborhood. I am going to have to fall back on the paper back. Sorry, Barbara, but you should leave the reading to the professionals.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (224)

    The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army.

    Daniel says: "Good book, painful narration"
    "A sad story about a great American"
    Overall

    I can see how those that lean right might find it a little grating, but I think Krakauer was attempting to tell the story from the Tillman family perspective. The book illustrates beautifully how they were used, manipulated and lied to! There is no denying Tillman’s courage in giving up the good life to serve his country was exploited by the Bush administration, but the cover-up and the damage control in the face of a close election was deplorable.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (969)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (235)

    Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

    Sean says: "Long, Flat, and Boring"
    "Listen to the ASAP"
    Overall

    In a time when the professional journalism is under serious attack from it own obvious failing and ineptitude during the Bush administrations attack on Iraq, and the more recent economic meltdown, it is nice to see Thomas Friedman stand up and be counted. We know that the topic of climate change, has been hijacked for political gain and it has become somewhat of a hot potato for real journalists to tackle. Friedman tackles this subject ferociously! He is not an arm chair warrior that relies solely on the Internet he loves so much, but rather goes to the source of the story to see for himself, and to speak to those that know more than him. He gained my respect with "The Lexus and the Olive Branch" and "The world is flat". He has earned my admiration with Hot, Flat and Crowded"! Friedman always digs in deep, hits you with news so troubling it makes you want to dive off a cliff in despair, but he also offers up a way out. It is not an easy way out, but with hope we stand a chance. Read this book before Nov 4th! If you can still mark your X next to the party of "Drill Baby Drill" seek professional help FAST.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded Part 1: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

    John says: "A Good Read"
    "A must read before Nov 4th!"
    Overall

    I have always been a fan of Friedman's journalism and writing. He works hard at his trade, and spends many hours flying to remote parts of the world to research the subject matter and see things for himself first hand. He is exhaustive in his fact checking and is rarely discredited because he was lazy and did not do the leg work required by great journalists. He is able to leverage his own celebrity to get the interviews with world leaders and titan’s of business other do not, and is astute enough to ask meaningful questions, and not just pock around the edges.

    Everyone should read this book before walking into a polling booth on Nov 4th! It truly makes a mockery of the rally cry 'drill baby drill'!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Re-imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Peters
    • Narrated By Tom Peters
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    What, according to Tom Peters, Chairman of Tom Peters Company, is the problem with the way people do business today? Well-intentioned people who like to get things done are being thwarted at every step of the way by absurd organizational barriers and by the egos of petty tyrants.

    A User says: "not that great"
    "Great Read"
    Overall

    Tom has great insight, great delivery and is always relevant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monsoon (Courtney Family Adventures)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Steve says: "Monsoon is a fantastic read!"
    "Good teaser for the real thing"
    Overall

    Wilber is a powerful writer that builds wonderful characters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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