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Nick

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  • Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Mark Bowden
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Killing Pablo is the inside story of the brutal rise and violent fall of Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar. Also from Bowden: the best selling Black Hawk Down.

    Bob says: "Relevant Accessible History"
    "4 Stars - Really Gripping Story"
    Overall

    This is a story worthy of Robert Ludlum or Elmore Leonard. Intrigue, deception, suspense, global politics and fantasy -- plus it's actually true! Provides a wild inside view to the cocaine trade, Columbian politics and the bizarre world that money can create. Pablo emerges as an almost mythic figure, on the one hand revered by his associates and public, and on the other a frighteningly brutal indescriminate killer. Without giving away the story, I'll tell you that there are real parallels with the Elliot Ness story of the untouchables. A great read (listen).

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (779)

    In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

    David says: "a man who actually worked with Jobs"
    "Very weak: Get the Walter Issacson book instead"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Written by an HR guy. Filled with MBA generalities and grievously lacks the specifics that distinguished Steve Jobs. Author took one of the single most fascinating stories of our time and almost made it tedious.

    Another limitation is that the author feels the need to praise Jobs' genius in every other paragraph and to shield us from any negative information. We know he was a genius. What we want is insight to his thought process and details.

    Get the Walter Issacson book instead.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (480)

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
    "Excellent narration - agree w/ Audi"
    Overall

    Will Patton's narration perfectly captures the spirit of this emerging beat generation and this wildly exploratory group. His portrayal of Dean's frenetic nature gives the story its life and ties together the sequence of adventures with its unique 'rationality'. It is definitely not over done. In fact, without the link to the core inspiration and impulses that drove these characters the story would come off as flat and as just a jumble of wanderings.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3412)
    Performance
    (1397)
    Story
    (1401)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "Masterful reader, sophisticated, flawless story"
    Overall

    Imagine if Leo Tolstoy, J.K.Rowling, and Jane Austin collaborated on a fantasy novel. Intriguing and artfully woven characters and story. Complex characters, compelling and sophisticated fantasy all set in Victorian England. Not a kids book.

    Personally, I read 98% non-fiction. So I was wondering when I started the book what the heck I'd gotten myself into. Not only did the book pull me in, but it became increasingly fascinating and absorbing. The length is entirely appropriate to the story. You never feel it is too long. Actually end up disappointed that it ends (not with the ending).

    The reader is the best I've heard. Voices and characters are perfect and so entirely distinct. His reading gives the book such life that you forget you are hearing the story and feel more like you are living the story.

    You will be very pleased with this selection. Definitely one of the best.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Proving Ground

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By G. Bruce Knecht
    • Narrated By Stanley Tucci
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Proving Ground is more than one of the most exciting adventure stories written in years. It is also on incisive look at the forces that continue to draw men who have triumphed on land to risk everything at sea.

    Gregaud says: "This story really floats my boat!!"
    "Great story, well read -- a little short"
    Overall

    Great read (listen). Story really should have been done in unabridged format -- easily riveting enough to keep your attention. More detail would have been good. It's an exciting adventure story. Very well-explained sailing info -- just enough to understand what's happening so the story is accessible to anyone. As a sailor, would have preferred more detail but not a big problem. Some very interesting plot lines (and controversy). Also suggest reading 'Over the Edge' by Greg Child -- some parallels in the post-incident controversy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of Modern Economics: The Lives and Ideas of the Great Thinkers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mark Skousen
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    Here is a bold new history of economics, the dramatic story of how the great economic thinkers built a rigorous social science without peer.

    David says: "Fair Review of the Men Behind Modern Economics"
    "Great book, well written, excellent reader"
    Overall

    Agree with positive statements from other reviews. Author provides a rigorous treatment of the subject in a lively narrative. Under his hand, this 'dismal' topic becomes both accessible and fascinating. The reader is excellent and provides important life and emphasis. The book ends up seeming relatively short because it moves along so well.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2415)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (665)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Worth reading: B+ book, outstanding reader"
    Overall

    Echo the comments of other reviewers. Wld rate as consistently amusing but not killer funny. Good story with some good twists and charming moments. The real gem in this offering is the reader who is outstanding! Definitely one of the best ever. Really makes the story come to life with an incredible array of completely distinct characters -- different accents, ages, genders, personalities.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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