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Haarlem, Netherlands | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 126 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It was a time when anything seemed possible, instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury, and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors' money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the "rob Peter to pay Paul" scam to an art form and raked in millions at his office in downtown Boston.

    Celia says: "Very enlightening"
    "Surprise yourself! Sympathize with a crook!"
    Where does Ponzi's Scheme rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About the second or thrid best book I've listened to.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is hard not to sympathize with Charles Ponzi, who had a brilliant idea put forgot to put the paperwork in the mail. And forgot to do the real work too. But by selling his efforts as "Helping the little man", became everyone's hero.

    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    His reading speed is brilliant, and the subtle way in which he emphasizes important quotes makes listening very easy and entertaining.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Mel says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Everything a biography should be."
    What did you love best about Destiny of the Republic?

    The intertwining of the stories about Garfield, Bell, Bliss, Conkling and Guiteaux is done superbly. The involvement of Bell and his own thoughts about his inventions were totally new to me and give the biography an unsuspected depth.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Destiny of the Republic?

    The description of the struggle for reform of the civil service, i.e. the power of the spoils system. It never occurred to me that patronage was that decisive a factor in American political life in the 19th century.

    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    The different voices, pitches and accents of the main characters in the biography is well done, and never annoyes.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of the treatment of the wounded Garfield and the ignoring of Listers concept of anti-scepsis by the doctors. The passage about how to prevent Garfield from being killed at the hand of his doctors is great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "How to treat political rivals and get work done"
    If you could sum up Team of Rivals in three words, what would they be?

    Eye-opening. Remarkeable. Entertaining.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Team of Rivals?

    The tale of the desintegrating relationship of Lincoln with Salmon P. Chase and what resulted from it for both men.

    Have you listened to any of Richard Thomas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't

    Any additional comments?

    Some parts of Team of Rivals cover ground that has been extensively written about. For instance, in different chapters, there is a rundown of the Civil war, as a reference of the time the events took place in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Harry Chase

    Available for the first time in audio, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is the story of seven men - a naturalist, a writer, a lover, a hunter, a ranchman, a soldier, and a politician - who merged at age 42 to become the youngest American President in history. This first volume of a planned trilogy won both the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award. The second, Theodore Rex, is also available from

    Michael says: "One of the best books I've come across."
    "Great stories about Teddy. And then some more."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The biography is a tale of Roosevelt's life. It gives great insights, but is always positive about Roosevelt. Critical notes are not te be found/heard. That makes it a bit one-dimensional and unbalanced.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Edmund Morris? Why or why not?

    Only if it is on a person or subject I know nothing about. That would make a good starting point of a discovery.But otherwise, no.

    What about Harry Chase’s performance did you like?

    It is a good performance. His impersonation of Roosevelts voice is funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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