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John Foley

United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 255 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • The Tortilla Curtain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By T. C. Boyle
    • Narrated By T. C. Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacker lead an ordered, sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community: He is a sensitive nature writer, she an obsessive realtor. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine.

    William says: "Thought-provoking, enthralling"
    "Entertaining..Yet Stereotypical & Over the Top"

    This book was the first I have read/listened to of Boyle. I thought it was entertaining and easy to listen to quickly. The problems I had with the book were his representation of illegal immigrants and use of natural disasters. I shall omit talking about the later. Boyle portrays illegal immigrants as slobs, vial, and the only Spanish that Boyle employs to communicate the main characters' thoughts is either degrading or filthy (to match their appearance that Boyle presents). I thought this was too easy; because he portraits illegals just the way I, unfortunately, imagine them (What am I to expect when I call them illegals). I wish he would have given me a different perspective other than that which I am inundated with by the media. This book made me wonder if he has ever met and illegal...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Good Listen, but not Isaacson’s Best Work"
    Would you try another book from Walter Isaacson and/or Dylan Baker?

    I am a big fan of Isaacson and although this is a good book it does not compare to Isaacson’s other biographies. The book was not Isaacson’s idea. Jobs approached Isaacson about writing this book. I personally believe that it is too early to determine if Jobs deserves a place among other men about which Isaacson has written. Thus, I will conclude on the book as a whole with two thoughts; if you are looking for a good holiday listen, which will give you a lot of information about Jobs and Apple then this is a good pick. Yet, if you are in the mood for a wonderful biography I would recommend Isaacson’s other books first.

    Any additional comments?

    Steve Jobs is a very interesting character who truly changed the world as we knew it. As Isaacson makes it very clear throughout the book, Jobs brought together liberal arts and technology. He showed the world that there is universal beauty for which people are willing to pay a premium. There is no doubt that he is brilliant. But many of his personality’s traits are likely to raise great discussion questions. For example, do you think the way he managed people is ok? Does age bring maturity for Jobs? So, in addition to a good holiday read I would also recommend this book to book clubs of all types.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By T. J. Stiles
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The First Tycoon, Stiles offers the first complete, authoritative biography of this titan, and the first comprehensive account of the Commodore's personal life. It is a sweeping, fast-moving epic, and a complex portrait of the great man. Vanderbilt, Stiles shows, embraced the philosophy of the Jacksonian Democrats and withstood attacks by his conservative enemies for being too competitive. He was a visionary who pioneered business models.

    john says: "Great! If you can get through it..."
    "Great! If you can get through it..."

    Stiles not only inculcates the reader with the genius and incredible work ethic of Cornelius Vanderbilt but also the times and country through which he was molded and in which he left his mark. One will learn about the steamboat, and railroad industry, the development of the monetary, and open market systems in the U.S., the United States' transition from laissez faire to a more regulated system of economics and much more. Although there may be, at some points, a romanticizing of nineteenth century economics, the plethora of information, on one of America's greatest industrialist, one can obtain from this biography is unprecedented (I have read a few of the biographies on Vanderbilt), and will not be matched anytime soon. This book is great if one can absorb, by listening, a lot of information.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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