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Eric

Moorestown, NJ, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (15)

    It was 1786 when Arthur Phillip, an ambitious captain in the Royal Navy, was assigned the formidable task of organizing an expedition to Australia in order to establish a penal colony. With the authority of a renowned historian and the narrative grace of a brilliant novelist, Thomas Keneally offers an insider's perspective into the dramatic saga of the birth of a vibrant society in an unfamiliar land.

    Eric says: "Very detailed. Paints a vivid picture."
    "Very detailed. Paints a vivid picture."
    Overall

    I wanted to read this book because I was curious about the birth of Australia as a penal colony. The book does a good job explaining the state of the penal system in 18th century britain, the types of convicts sentenced to transportation and the journey to the other side of the earth. There is good description of the landing at botany bay and sydney cove, the interactions with the aboriginies and the provisions on land but this book is screaming to be abridged. I feel like these 12 hours could have been wrapped up in 6.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Economics in One Lesson

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Henry Hazlitt
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (270)

    Called by H.L. Mencken, "one of the few economists in history who could really write," Henry Hazlitt achieved lasting fame for his brilliant but concise work. In it, he explains basic truths about economics and the economic fallacies responsible for unemployment, inflation, high taxes, and recession.

    Kenrick says: "Truly an amazing work."
    "Hazlitt debunks the biggest fallacies"
    Overall

    Dumb title, awesome content. For anyone interested in the truth about economics and government intervention. Hazlitt doesnt get caught up in numbers. Just the truth about economics and unintendend consequences of free market interventions. Great book for people just starting out with economics OR people already schooled in it. Suits the whole range.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • End the Fed

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Paul
    • Narrated By Bob Craig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (162)

    Over 4,000 students gathered at the University of Michigan to hear Republican Party candidate Ron Paul speak. As he began to address the topics of monetary policy and the coming depression, a chant rose from the crowd, "End the Fed! End the Fed!" As dollar bills were lit on fire and thrown into the night skies, it became clear that the real problem, one that nobody in the media was talking about, was the central bank-an unconstitutional entity and a political, economic, and moral disaster.

    Jonnie says: "Very clear and understandable"
    "A must read for every American."
    Overall

    Ron Paul has made a rather convincing argument that the unconstitutional, immoral and corrupt Federal Reserve needs to be abolished and that a return to sound money through a gold standard and free markets be reimplemented as the constitution stimpulates. Ron Paul is the voice of liberty and reason and challenges his followers to educate themselves about just how unconstitutional our government has become, how much power has been usurped and how much of our liberty is being encrouched upon. I recommend this book for anyone that values their liberty or wants a better understanding of the federal reserve's role within our government, economy and society.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Revolution: A Manifesto

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ron Paul
    • Narrated By Bob Craig
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    In The Revolution, Texas congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul has exposed the core truths behind everything threatening America, from the real reasons behind the collapse of the dollar and the looming financial crisis, to terrorism and the loss of our precious civil liberties. In this book, Ron Paul provides answers to questions that few even dare to ask.

    Sierra Bravo says: "Worth your time"
    "Ron Paul is a true American."
    Overall

    Ron Paul is a true American in the founding fathers sense of the word; a true patriot. The Revolution: A Manifesto is not written from a republican or democratic perspective but rather a perspective of liberty, the constitution and most importantly the truth. This book is for anyone who is skeptical of government (of any kind) and values liberty and protection of individual rights above all else.

    If Ron Paul was half as good a speaker as he is a writer he may have had a shot at the presidency. Unfortunately, an inspirational speaker who captures emotions will usually trump a speaker who's message is based in critical thinking, rationality and limited government.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • America's Victory: How a Team of Ordinary Americans Won the Greatest Yacht Race Ever

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David W. Shaw
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Set against the backdrop of the first world's fair in London, America's Victory takes listeners into a world rich in adventure and history in an unforgettable story of skill, daring, and honor at the heart of our national identity

    Eric says: "Prior knowledge of sailing lingo may help."
    "Prior knowledge of sailing lingo may help."
    Overall

    Let me start by saying I know nothing about sailing. I started reading the book primarily because I like history and was looking for details on what the yacht and race meant to the relationship between Great Britain and the US. While there was some of this, it wasn't the primary focus. 3/4 of the book is about the building of the yacht and sailing it from NY to the English Channel. The last quarter was devoted to the race itself and the historical perspective I was originally seeking. A sailing enthusiast may get more entertainment from the first 3/4 as there is a lot of description of the boat and voyage. Prior knowledge of sailing lingo will definitely enhance enjoyment. It will help the reader visualize how they manuever the sails and manage the wind etc. As someone that know nothing of sailing, these three quarters of the book might have made a better movie as I would have been able to see it instead of read about the what they did with the jib, gaffe and toppsle. I dont really know what that stuff is exactly. Character development in the book is not extraordinary. In the end I did develop an appreciation for the sport, the America's Cup and how the race served as an exhibition of US strength again Great Britain's naval supremacy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3143)
    Performance
    (1829)
    Story
    (1855)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Powerful"
    Overall

    The prose, philosophy and character development are simply brilliant. Its amazing to think that she was able to fuse these three things together to create such a timeless work at a relatively young age...mid-thirties. Its equally amazing to think this book was rejected by 12 publishers before one accepted it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Laton McCartney
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    The Teapot Dome scandal of the early 1920s was all about oil - hundreds of millions of dollars� worth of petroleum. When the scandal finally broke, the consequences were tremendous. President Harding's legacy was forever tarnished, while �Oil Cabinet� member Albert Fall was forced to resign and was imprisoned for a year. Others implicated in the affair suffered prison terms, commitment to mental hospitals, suicide, and even murder.

    Paul says: "Harding's return to normalcy: corruption"
    "Not worth the time"
    Overall

    Narrator was average as was the writing. I really didnt get much more from these 10 hours that I couldnt have gotten from reading the wikipedia write up of Teapot Dome and the players.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (831)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (381)

    As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

    Shawn Levasseur says: "Edward Hermann's masterful performance."
    "Powerful philosophy and writing. A must read."
    Overall

    This was my first exposure to Ayn Rand. I was originally going to get the unabridge version read by Christopher Hurt (52 hours) but ultimately chose this version because of time commitment, recording quality concerns and sound of Hurt's voice vs this narrator in the sound sample. I found this narrator to be spectacular. This story and the philosphy of Ayn Rand is something everyone should be exposed to even if its simply to help form your own opinion whether you agree with her or not. I think I was able to tell where some of the abridgements were made but it by no means detracts from getting the story's outline and author's philosphy across. In the future when I read it again, I will prob do the unabridged version just so I can say I have read it in full. Just an awesome, powerful book. Fransisco d'Anconia's money speech is so powerful, I rewound and listen to it 4 times before moving on. Better than reading the text which I looked up and saved when I got to the office. I can't shut up about it actually. Will certainly make you reflect on life, society and government.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Thread Across the Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Steele Gordon
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    In a world in which news and information flashes around the globe in an instant, time lags are inconceivable. But they were a fact of life in the 19th century. One of those adept, impressively learned, sometimes impractical 19-century woodshed thinkers and tinkers, Cyrus Field, knew only a little of the hard science behind stringing a submarine telegraph cable that would link the financial markets of London and New York.

    Derek Malley says: "great audiobook"
    "Good stuff."
    Overall

    Gordon provides a solid historical account of (to me) a sometimes overlooked, undertold story of a wildly ambitous endeavor. I was left with a new appreciation for this undertaking and 19th century communications in general.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rigged

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Ben Mezrich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    This is the startling rags-to-riches story of an Italian-American kid from the streets of Brooklyn who claws his way into the wild, frenetic world of the oil exchange. After conquering the hallowed halls of Harvard Business School, he enters the testosterone-laced warrens of the Merc Exchange, the asylumlike oil exchange located in lower Manhattan.

    Carey Patrick Ryan says: "Another interesting story..."
    "That's it?"
    Overall

    I have worked on trading floors before and have even traded NYMEX and I found this book kind of boring. Would prob be of more interest to someone who is clueless about the rise of Dubai as business and tourism hub or the fraternity like mentality and behavior of a trading floor. This book held my attention but I kept waiting for something more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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