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Robert

Elizabethtown, KY, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 193 titles in library
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  • House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Cohan
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (101)

    In March 2008, Bear Stearns, a swashbuckling 84-year-old financial institution, was forced to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase for an outrageously low price in a deal brokered by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was desperately trying to prevent the impending catastrophic market crash. But mere months before, an industry-wide boom had "the Bear" clocking a record high stock price. How did a giant investment bank with $18 billion in cash on hand disappear in a mere 10 days?

    roberta Kane says: "Riveting, interesting, learned alot"
    "As dry as toast"
    Overall

    The story is told in a dry, linear fashion. There is very little 'story' and reads as though it is transcript from some string of interviews.

    Yawn.

    I guess if you really love accounting and finance this book could work for you.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 61 Hours: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2460)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1195)

    A tour bus crashes in a savage snowstorm and lands Jack Reacher in the middle of a deadly confrontation. In nearby Bolton, South Dakota, one brave woman is standing up for justice in a small town threatened by sinister forces. If she's going to live long enough to testify, she'll need help. Because a killer is coming to Bolton, a coldly proficient assassin who never misses.

    Gustavo says: "Make sure you have time before you start"
    "Overdone narration, Lack luster story."
    Overall

    The narration is the first thing that set me back. Tries to come off as a an old, seasoned cop, but sounds over done and labored.

    Story is pretty dry with a couple of moments where it seemed like the author was trying to impress himself with little, pointless details.

    I had time to burn during my drive so I listened to it but I should have went with my instincts within the firt 30 minutes and just deleted it.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Burnt House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    A small commuter plane carrying 47 passengers crashes into an apartment building, and LAPD Lieutenant Peter Decker works overtime to calm rampant fears. But a grisly mystery lives inside the plane's wreckage: the unidentified bodies of four extra travelers. And there is no sign of an airline employee who was supposedly on the catastrophic flight.

    Audiophile says: "Recommended for Faye Kellerman Fans"
    "Slow and uneventful...."
    Overall

    I had high hopes for this but it was quite disappointing. I had expected some intrique instead it just seemed to plod along with no real highs or lows. I remember thinking I hope it would just end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • VangoNotes for American History: Precontact to the Present

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert A. Divine
    • Narrated By Brett Barry, Alyson Silverman
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    You're busy. We get it. With VangoNotes you can study "in between" all the other things you need to get done. VangoNotes gives you the confidence you need to succeed in the classroom. They're flexible; just download and go. And, they're efficient. Use them in your car, at the gym, walking to class, wherever. Get yours today and start studying.

    Robert says: "Inconvenient"
    "Inconvenient"
    Overall

    Installs in iTunes as 30 different titles. Each title has at least 3 sections you need to wait through or skip. Hard to navigate on your player. Fills up your listings. Listing can't be read easily on an iPod screen. Just a mess. Terribly disappointed. Now I have to figure out how to delete all the files it spread all over the place.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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