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Tim

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  • Poorly Made in China: An Insider's Account of the Tactics Behind China's Production Game

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Paul Midler
    • Narrated By Paul Midler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (198)

    It was a world gone wrong, one in which manufacturers thought little of manipulating product quality levels in order to save the smallest amounts, where savvy foreign business leaders were made to feel in control while they were taken for a ride by their partners, where entire manufacturing facilities sometimes vanished right into thin air... Welcome to Poorly Made in China!

    John says: "Hours of jaw dropping amazment"
    "Cutting Corners"
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    Unlike reading a feature article from WSJ on manufacturing in China and reading a commentary from an economist, you get a first hand look from Paul Midler doing business. I was afraid that it would be all about bashing the Chinese, but it's interesting on the cultural differences and the insightful views on what is going on in the factories.

    We cannot really blame the Chinese at cutting corners at making the products that we use. Just look at your bath towels and most likely it is made in China. Consumers wants lower cost in products and companies wants to maximize profit margins. Sadly, these objectives cannot be meet when it says, "Made in USA."

    As commodity prices rise, the Chinese has to charge according to meet their margins. They only have the upper hand when it comes to labor. People are like robots over there. If the worker is working too slow, they can replace them within seconds with another Chinese to fill the line and keep producing products.

    In the 80's South Korea was notorious of cheap goods and counterfeiting poorly made products, but look at them now. They are surpassing the Japanese in electronics and even in the automotive industry. "Made in China" will have a different stigma as the country progress. The Chinese can make good products, when companies are willing to pay for it, such as Apple. Like the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for." This is true in any business, not only in China.

    As China becomes more industrialized, this reading material will be a history of accuracy what the country used to be.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Have Space Suit - Will Travel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    First prize in the Skyway Soap slogan contest was an all-expenses-paid trip to the moon. The consolation prize was an authenticspace suit, and when scientifically minded high school senior Kip Russell wonit, he knew for certain he would use it one day to make a sojourn of his own tothe stars. But "one day" comes sooner than he thinks when he tries the suit on in his backyard - and finds himself worlds away, a prisoner aboard a space pirate's ship.

    SGL says: "Classic tale, One of Heinlein's best."
    "Wrong Narrator"
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    Wil Weaton should had been the narrator of "Have Space Suit - Will Travel." Mark Turetsky got annoying to listen to because of his funny candor. The first part of the book was okay, with the 1950 space suit, but it became too out of this world after that. Besides the reader, the story became too much like Star Trek and Mother Thing. I should had enjoyed it more because it's by Robert A. Heinlein, but it felt too much like a comic book with more pictures than words.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (84)

    One of the bestselling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon's Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard's tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as "the most amazing book ever written."

    BJ says: "Purchase the Kindle book for free"
    "Classic Treasure Hunt"
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    "King Solomon's Mines" is a classic story on trying to find riches in deep parts of Africa. I'm still that 8 year old boy that still want to find the secret hidden treasure on the map. I don't find Henry Rider Haggard to be dated. The story of King Solomon has been told over and over, such as in Indiana Jones. This book is a great starter for any child that wants to get into reading because they can imagine the treasure box and the elephants. The violence in the book is very tamed. I would rather have my kid reading about fights, killing of animals and trying to survive, instead of letting them have screen time and trying to monitor what they are viewing..

    There are times where I want to read a simple story. Nothing to think about, just a great adventure to listen to. A book where I can go back to my childhood, where I can daydream about going on a treasure hunt with wild animals in the jungle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Brad Stone
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (915)
    Story
    (928)

    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

    Brock says: "An amazing company with an amazing story!"
    "Can't Click Elsewhere"
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    People freaks out when Walmart take over their neighborhood, but what about Amazon? When the Internet got big in the hey days, there were many choices besides Amazon. Even though they might not had the best prices, consumers had a choice to click elsewhere other than Amazon.

    Now, Jeff Bezos is becoming another Sam Walton and taking over cyberspace by buying out or bullying other retailers. Bezos is not just a 10,000 pound gorilla, but he is the mother of all homepages whenever you need something to buy.

    "The Everything Store" is somewhat an okay read. I don't really consider it to be a business book because there is no technical detail on the business and you don't really learn anything other than Jeff Bezos laugh and bullying. There isn't really enough history in this book on the company. It was mostly about the guy almost always getting his way.

    We cannot click elsewhere anymore because its all "An Amazon Company."

    In 2008 Amazon bought Audible for 300 million and other than the public library, there aren't any other sites to purchase audiobooks anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4388)
    Performance
    (3848)
    Story
    (3828)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    B.J. says: "Another terrific listen."
    "Less Tenderness"
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    Maybe because their son in-law is a minister now, Claire and Jamie has a lot less tenderness for each other? Maybe as they get older, they are starting to have a different level of passion for one another, instead of brute sex? Maybe Diana Gabaldon got some advise from her male friends that she should focus more on the history than on the love making?

    Whatever the case may be, the author had a mission in mind when completing "A Breath of Snow and Ashes." I really had a difficult time at finishing the previous book. I almost had enough with Outlander altogether, but with the coaching from my friends, they told me that #6 would be better. They were right and I am happy that I am listening to them. I thought that "A Breath of Snow and Ashes" thus far is second best to "Voyager." Very solid!

    As I get further into the Outlander series, I notice a progression in my discussions with my friends that already caught up. We no longer talk about time travel so much anymore, but we talk a lot more of the time frame. In most novels, the author spans their character's life rapidly and by the end of their books, the main character is either old and dead or old and wheeling off into the sunset.

    It's vastly different with Claire, Brianna and Jamie. Diana Gabaldon aged them gradually, as in day by day. For example, when you look in the mirror, many of us don't see ourselves aging until we see the imperfections on our bodies. The style that Gabaldon choose to write is almost like reality. We don't notice the flaws of the characters because they don't leap through years unlike in other stories.

    As I get caught up with the series, I hope that my reviews are being more insightful. I know that by discussing to my real life friends and asking questions about the Fraser Family, they too have new ideas about the stone that they haven't thought before.

    I really hope they time travel again. I really miss the parallel worlds. That is my biggest peeve in the later parts of Outlander. Diana Gabaldon focuses too much on the upcoming war and homestead, that the stone is another pebble on the beach.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: You Have to F--king Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (507)
    Story
    (502)

    Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcom in the Middle) follows in the exasperated footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson, giving voice to the long-suffering father whose indifferent child will just not eat in this hilarious follow-up to Adam Mansbach's international best seller, Go the F--k to Sleep.

    Rose R. says: "Hilarious!"
    "Eat"
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    I just wished that Samuel L. Jackson would had told me to eat. He sure told me to sleep.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Reviver: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Seth Patrick
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (95)

    Jonah Miller is a Reviver, able to temporarily revive the dead so they can say goodbye to their loved ones - or tell the police who killed them. Jonah works in a department of forensics created specifically for Revivers, and he’s the best in the business. For every high-profile corpse pushing daisies, it’s Jonah’s job to find justice for them. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is on the other side watching. Waiting.

    Jennifer Beadle says: "Horror meets scifi and becomes mainstream."
    "Better on Screen"
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    Lately, I've been on a horror kick and so far I've listened to pretty jacked up stories that have given me goose bumps. I really had high expectations on the first book by Seth Patrick, but "Reviver" didn't really suit my needs. As the first book in a trilogy, it lacked information on the reviver process. There was too much dialogue between the characters that gave no depth into the paranormal world.

    I am a visual person and like to see scenes develop in my mind as I follow along, but maybe explaining the paranormal is better on screen than on print? The cover was more scarier than what was inside of the book. Very disappointed.

    The story would been better on film because the book should had been a mockumentary instead of characters just talking and acting on the "Reviver."

    Ghostbuster is one of my favorite movies of all time, but it would had been a terrible read because its hard to capture the visual into words. Seth Patrick's pages weren't vivid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jessica Hecht
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (97)

    What happens when, on a perfectly ordinary evening, all the things you believed in and took for granted are turned upside down? When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

    Tim says: "Buy Full Dark, No Stars"
    "Buy Full Dark, No Stars"
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    If you are looking to read "A Good Marriage" and "Big Driver", you should buy "Full Dark, No Stars" instead. Both short stories are apart of that book and you will get two more other novellas. I forgot that I already read "A Good Marriage" after I saw the movie. That's why I bought this story again. I was about to buy "Big Driver" after I saw the commercial on Lifetime, but glad that I did some digging because I already read it. Hopefully, they will make "1922" into a film from "Full Dark, No Stars". That is the best story out of the four. As for "A Good Marriage", the movie comes close to the short story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (976)
    Story
    (983)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "His Father's Traits"
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    I was asking my friend if she read "Horns" by Joe Hill and she suggested that I should pick it up and give it a try. Joe Hill is an offspring of Stephen King, which is awesome because it's another generation of horror. I've read Hill's other book about the Rolls Royce and I wasn't too impressed, but with "Horns", I really enjoyed it and couldn't stop listening. For those who knows his father's work, there is always a demented side in his readers and that's why we keep reading. In his son's writing in Horns, Joe Hill carries his father's traits so good it should made his old man cry by raising him as an excellent writer. It makes me what to read more of his son's work then the King of horror.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Man’s struggle against the sea is a theme that has created some of the world’s most exciting stories. Now, in the tradition of Moby Dick comes a New York Times best seller destined to become a modern classic. Written by journalist Sebastian Junger, The Perfect Storm combines an intimate portrait of a small fishing crew with fascinating scientific data about boats and weather systems.

    Glitter says: "Riveting Book, Mediocre Narration"
    "Eyewitness Reporting"
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    "The Perfect Storm" is a good book. It's not like the movie and all about the big wave, but the book is very technical, where you don't have to know anything about boating or fishing. Everything that you need to know is explain for you, like how to operate a Bilge Pump or what your body goes through when drowning. It's very well written for someone that hasn't experience sea legs. The majority of the second half is about the storm, but instead being narrated in the first person, the author gathers up interviews from eyewitnesses and document the report.

    Sebastian Junger could had wrote "The Perfect Storm" as a story with lots of characters rotate through this once in a life time hurricane, but he doesn't. This book has good history and numerous facts. I really think that the author was trying to be apart of the crew that was being saved. Don't ask the unnecessary drama and just report facts and educate the reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Proof: The Science of Booze

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Adam Rogers
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (104)

    A spirited narrative on the fascinating art and science of alcohol, sure to inspire cocktail party chats on making booze, tasting it, and its effects on our bodies and brains. Drinking gets a lot more interesting when you know what's actually inside your glass of microbrewed ale, single-malt whisky, or Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. All of them begin with fermentation, where a fungus called yeast binges on sugar molecules and poops out ethanol. Humans have been drinking the results for 10,000 years. Distillation is a 2,000-year-old technology - invented by a woman - that we're still perfecting today.

    Atila says: "Great listening to all about booze"
    "Liquid Substance"
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    The reason why I read "Proof" is for the science of alcohol. Basically, you are taking something fermented and drinking for pleasure or as an addiction. However you take your pleasure or poison, its pretty interesting how ethanol has so many combinations for booze. Adam Rogers covers it all, from the yeast to the common hangover. Good explanations what your body goes through with liquid substance. Just don't drink rubbing alcohol. Mouth wash taste better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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