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Tim

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  • Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Knoedelseder
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (156)

    The engrossing, often scandalous saga of one of the wealthiest, longest-lasting, and most colorful family dynasties in the history of American commerce—a cautionary tale about prosperity, profligacy, hubris, and the blessings and dark consequences of success. This engrossing, vivid narrative captures the Busch saga through five generations. At the same time, it weaves a broader story of American progress and decline over the past 150 years. It's a cautionary tale of prosperity, hubris, and loss.

    Jeremy McGough says: "Couldn't stop listening..."
    "Birthrights"
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    I haven't been a consumer of Anheuser Busch products for well over a decade. It's a part of my life that I just outgrew, but when I was drinking Budweiser was one of my favorites. "Bitter Brew" is an excellent business story, where generations after generations ruin the family business because of their birthrights.

    Instead of getting the job base on merits, August Busch IV (The Fourth), became CEO and ruin the legacy of the family and the business. Not only he made really bad business choices for Anheuser Busch, but he was also a big time substance abuser and playboy. It is because of his family's name that he became the head master brewer.

    It's really interesting to read these kinds of books. Not only it's informable, but the ultra wealthy crumbles because of birthrights.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3903)
    Performance
    (3644)
    Story
    (3634)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Bloody H. Christ, Good"
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    Over the last five months I've been consumed with the Outlander series. Ever since Audible had the first book as one of their Daily Deals, I've been addictive with Claire, Jamie, Brianna, Roger, and Frank. Now that I came to the end of the journey, I find myself going through withdraws and hope that the author will write just one more, #9 and hopefully #10. While we are at it, let's make it a baker's dozen, #13.

    In the meantime, I will try to listen to all of the novellas to keep the urge at bay. I've been told from my friends that the novellas are like Methadone for Diana Gabaldon addicts. I'm getting ready for daily meetings, my new sobriety birthday and rehab because this is one of the best series that I've listened to.

    "Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Moby)" is Bloody H. Christ, Good! I almost couldn't get through "An Echo of the Bones", but "Moby" just had it all for me. #8 and #3 (Voyager) are my favorite books in the series. They really stood out.

    I really enjoyed how Gabaldon introduced General Washington and General Lee during the Revolution War. The wedding night with Ian and Rachel is probably the best scene that I've listened to in my entire library. Auntie Claire giving Ian advice was classic, "Oh God." Very funny.

    Let's not forget the explanation about the time travel from Brianna, fire, deaths and finally, Claire facing her predator.

    I need to thank my friends for forcing me to read this series. We had many discussions in our book club with numerous theories on what will happen next. Perhaps, Diana Gabaldon will write another series with Jem and Mandy to get a childhood prospective of the stones? Or maybe Claire will time travel 60 years in the future and be apart of the Civil war?

    Whatever the next story might be, we don't want it to end at "Moby."

    It was a pleasure at listening to Davina Porter's performance. During the last four hours of #8, I put the audio back onto normal speed to save the last bits of words as long as possible.

    As I mention before, this is one of the best series that I have listened to and if Dr. Fraser was real, I would want her to be my PCP.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By P. D. Smith
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    For the first time in the history of our planet, more than half the population - 3.3 billion people - is now living in cities. City is the ultimate guidebook to our urban centers - the signature unit of human civilization. With erudite prose, this unique work of metatourism explores what cities are and how they work. It covers history, customs and language, districts, transport, money, work, shops and markets, and tourist sites, creating a fantastically detailed portrait of the city through history and into the future.

    Tim says: "Jumble Together"
    "Jumble Together"
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    The information that is presented in "City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age" is jumble together. The author has no organization skills. The book jumps from topic to topic with no cohesiveness. I don't mind text book writing, but I would hate to see the index of this book because the audiobook wasn't well put together. I don't know what Peter D. Smith was thinking, but the information of the topic is so random, that you feel that you are playing Trivial Pursuit. Poorly written in all counts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Space Between: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (569)

    Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations...or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.

    Kathy says: "A Delight!"
    "Getting Ready for #8"
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    I think if I didn't read the last 7 books in the previous months, I would had appreciate "The Space Between" more, but I'm getting ready to start "Written in My Own Heart's Blood" very soon. So, I don't really have the excitement to wait for #8 to come out since its already published. There is a 5 year gap between "An Echo in the Bone" and this novella. I would had been ecstatic to get "The Space Between" if I needed to wait for Diana Gabaldon to continue on with Outlander, but I'm about to be caught up with the entire series within 6 months. Not too sure how important is #7.5 or Joan MacKimmie has any role in Moby. I give this one 3 stars because I like seeing Diana Gabaldon writing more side stories from Outlander.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nina Teicholz
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (172)

    Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well-researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we've been told about fat is wrong. For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of "bad" saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat "heart healthy" fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, and followed a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation's health has declined. What is going on?

    Ted says: "Great book. Challenges your belief system."
    "Fat, A Sin"
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    Finally, a book that support being carnivores and why we should eat meat, butter and cheese in our diets. I've read my fair share of books on modern dietaries and they all have something in common. Making fat to be a sin to our bodies and we should avoid eating meat. What they are purposing is not really viable for most of the world, especially under develop countries.

    For example, if you are under nutrition and offered a bowl of rice or a steak, which one would you pick? "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach."

    "The Big Fat Surprise" defends how we have eaten since the cavemen era. I haven't seen any illustrations of cavemen eating a salad. It's always been a meat bone in his hand and pulling his woman behind by her hair. Nina Teicholz also explains that there is little correlation of fat and diseases. Yes, any kinds of abundance can be bad for you, but research shows that a person's lifestyle plays a bigger role than what they consume.

    The argument of what is healthy will go on for ages. They will tell us that something is good for us today and then tomorrow, they will tell us something else. Tap water is way more beneficial to babies because of the minerals, but yet as the infant becomes a child, we give them bottle water.

    I don't understand why do we choose to deprive ourselves from fats. When did fat became a sin? It's refreshing to know that there are research out there that says fats are good. Also, eating beef in moderation is as healthy as forking a chef salad.

    Having fat in your diet has become a stigma of being unhealthy. Some people sees the act of eating to be an involuntary chore. While others sees food as a gathering and being enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (473)

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Ardenne says: "Excellent Round the World Encapsulation of Stats"
    "Numbers Don't Lie"
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    I have to admit that I always liked math when I was in school. Numbers made more sense to me than words. Kinda ironic that I became a reader over the years as a hobby. Besides knowing basic arithmetic for monetary purpose, everybody should know statistics. We use statistics all the time. Knowing your odds in Vegas to, getting treatment from your doctor.

    There are stats all around us that we use everyday. "Naked Statistics" is a great introduction to this math problem. Charles Wheelan does a good job an explaining the basic stats that we often overlook. The numbers don't lie when you know the probability and base on the variable, we can decide which course to take.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atomic Accidents: A History of Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters; From the Ozark Mountains to Fukushima

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By James Mahaffey
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (153)

    From the moment radiation was discovered in the late nineteenth century, nuclear science has had a rich history of innovative scientific exploration and discovery, coupled with mistakes, accidents, and downright disasters.

    Jim In Texas! says: "Fascinating Stories, Easily Digested Numbers"
    "Pop Nukes"
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    Not too long ago, I read "Command and Control" by Eric Schlosser, about nuclear weapons and shortly after that, I finished "Fukushima", about the recent meltdown in Japan. I thought that I had my fair share of nuclear disasters, but obviously this is becoming a trending topic.

    James Mahaffey does an outstanding job in "Atomic Accidents" by explaining the technical side of running a nuclear power plant and also displaying the human tragedies of handling radium. This book reads almost like a horror story. Our bodies can only handle so much radiation. We often hear cancer patients having a hard time with chemotherapy. Imagine a blast of radiation that is worst than getting cancer, and your body falls apart instantly.

    Manhattan Project to the recent meltdown in Fukushima, they all have a common string. Accidents does happens, but the blast goes by miles and miles. I live less than 50 miles from San Onofre and when that plant pops, life will be over for many.

    Man will always fail from human error and natural disasters is just apart of life. No matter how many safety measures that we improvise and no matter how strong the structure we build, we are always at the mercy of man and nature. If you only want to read one book on the danger of having nuclear power plants, "Atomic Accidents" has the most detail and stories on pop nukes.

    This is an awesome book for someone like myself that likes informative content. I don't think that the author wrote this book as a scare tactic because the rate of being struct by a nuclear bomb is less likely than a plant blowing up and contaminating the area.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (245)

    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "Keep the Change"
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    Read Steve Dublanica's other book instead. "Keep the Change" is more informational than "Waiter Rant." This book is a blog post from a disgruntled waiter that likes to complain. This is my second time at listening to "Waiter Rant" and its still interesting to hear what servers goes through, but it was very redundant. If I didn't liked my job, I could had written a book on being on a hamster wheel, just spinning and spinning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6093)
    Performance
    (4235)
    Story
    (4244)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Too Assorted"
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    So far "An Echo in the Bone" is my least favorite in the Outlander series. I think that I could had skipped Echo and read Moby instead. Maybe the author is trying to introduce new characters to stretch out Outlander as long as possible, but the 7th book was in complete shambles with no conclusion for each sub plot.

    I didn't care to hear about Lord John. Claire became an old woman that needed glasses. Jamie was non existing in the entire book and where was the class cloud in their relationship. The only reason to read "An Echo in the Bone" is for Brianna and Roger. They finally use the stone to get help for their daughter and the letters from Claire and Jamie was most interesting.

    I finally understand those letters from Claire and Jamie from the past to Brianna, but also left me more questions about the time travel. My friends and I wished that Diana Gabaldon would gone more in depth on the theory of time travel throughout the series. We are not sure why Gabaldon avoids the mechanics of time travel, but it's a mystery.

    "An Echo in the Bone" is like an assorted bag of jellybeans. There wasn't enough black licorice to keep me from asking for more. I don't have to like each book to enjoy the series, but hope for more in Moby.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (332)

    The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the 19th century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the 20th. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with 20 crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than 90 days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

    Craig says: "Fascinating"
    "Holy Jeez"
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    I think that I was a fisherman in my previous life because subconsciously I've read a lot of books about the sea. Like "Moby Dick", "Endurance" and "Perfect Storm", and I gave them all solid stars. I've also read “Railsea” by China Mieville, which is somewhat like Moby Dick and Mad Max. That is a good one also, if you like science fiction.

    When my friend told me that I need to read "In the Heart of the Sea", about Essex the whale boat, I put it off. I should had trusted my friend a lot sooner because Nathaniel Philbrick's book about the whaleship and the crew is beyond 5 solid stars. It is something that you have to read before the movie.

    Holy jeez, most of the crew turned to cannibalism and started to eat their own to survive?

    No matter how bad it gets, you never hear about man eating man nowadays to live. More importantly, Herman Melville would have never written about the great white whale if the wreck of the Essex didn't happened.

    This has to be the best survival story that has been untold. Maybe because most of the crew that were eaten were mostly Black, that we don't talk about the Essex?

    As for the technical side of this audiobook, Scott Brick does a good job, but I agree, it needs to be recorded with better bit rate. It seemed like Penguin Audiobooks converted from a cassette tape. They might want to record this one over before the movie is out.

    0 of 0 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
    (156)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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