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Stephen

glen iris, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Dancing with Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Emily Colson, Charles Colson
    • Narrated By Emily Colson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    This is the true story of Emily Colson, a single mother who has faced life's toughest obstacles. This is also the story of her nineteen-year-old autistic son, Max, a young man who struggles to speak, who some professionals deemed a waste of time. But a young man with a gift. Journey with Emily through this unabridged audio download as she shows how Max unraveled the thinking of those who tried to teach him and help him, a lesson that the seemingly weak people can be more powerful than the strong.

    DIONNE MASSEY says: "Wonderful True Life Story"
    "Helpful, hopeful & sad"
    Overall
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    Story

    Having a son with some similar issues to Max, I found lots of stories to relate to and appreciated Emily's determination and dedication to Max. She described the hard times and the good times with the same cheery disposition which grated on me a little bit.

    What I didnt appreciate was her father's comments along the lines that the only good people who can care for kids like Max are the evangelical Christians like himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3075)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (876)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Too long"
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    I gave up after about 10 hours. Didnt seem to go anywhere or build to anything.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2064)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (312)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Like a 10 hour episode of Media Watch"
    Overall
    Performance
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    We have a show in Australia called Media Watch that only goes for 15 minutes but shows some of the rubbish that the media come up with. I love the show and so this was like an extended version of that so found it most enjoyable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
    Overall
    (1269)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1098)

    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
    "Fantastic"
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    Fascinating and welll written description of Job personality, genius and struggles. Great listening and highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3284)
    Performance
    (2912)
    Story
    (2922)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Enjoyable but not deep"
    Overall
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    Good suspense at times but as another review said it is very clinical description of his life. He obviously had an addiction to hacking but I was disappointed that there was little self analysis of the wasted opportunities the addiction caused.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open: The Autobiography

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andre Agassi
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court - but from early childhood Andre Agassi hated the game. Coaxed to swing a racket while still in the crib, forced to hit hundreds of balls a day while still in grade school, Agassi resented the constant pressure even as he drove himself to become a prodigy, an inner conflict that would define him. Now, in his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by such conflicts.

    Bryce says: "Is he really a writer????"
    "Great read"
    Overall

    I was expecting this just to be another sports biography with the usual tales. What I heard was a remarkable story of a childhood lost and a hatred for the world of tennis. It is a fascinating life, very well told with mostly a lack of bitterness. Well told Andre and good to hear your true nature shine through in the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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