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Michael

Newmarket, ON, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • 9 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 402 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Priceless: The Case That Brought Down the Visa/MasterCard Bank Cartel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lloyd Constantine
    • Narrated By Alan Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Lloyd Constantine began his career in legal services, representing impoverished clients in civil rights and constitutional cases. Decades later, he would make headlines for representing retailers and consumers against a cartel that undermined one of the fundamental tenets of commerce in America: competition. A man who thrives on competition himself, Constantine now gives us the insider's story on the biggest antitrust lawsuit in history - a case that pitted his small firm against financial-industry giants Visa and MasterCard, along with Clifford-Chance, the largest law firm in the world.

    Michael says: "Great listen – I could not stop"
    "Great listen – I could not stop"
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    If you like books about how business works then you will like this book! The book details the legal case surrounding Visa / Mastercard and their attempt to extend their dominance in charge card products to the emerging debt card technology / market. I enjoyed the author:
    •laying out the background to the case, including his work on other anti-trust cases
    •the key anti-trust points, without making it boring
    •the legal arguments used in the trial, so that a non-lawyer like myself could understand
    •the critical procedures and strategies used to influence the process (as an example the non-verbal cues used by the judges).
    •getting the book edited to make it the perfect length

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Feud: The Hatfields and McCoys: The True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dean King
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Filled with bitter quarrels, reckless affairs, treacherous betrayals, relentless mercenaries, and courageous detectives, The Feud is the riveting story of two frontier families struggling for survival within the narrow confines of an unforgiving land. It is a formative American tale, and in it, we see the reflection of our own family bonds and the lengths to which we might go in order to defend our honor, our loyalties, and our livelihood.

    Wade says: "Very hard to follow. Many characters to know."
    "Awesome"
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    In my opinion the writer did a great job creating a detailed description of the Feud between the families. My favourite parts:
    -Accurately explaining the roots of the conflict in the civil war
    -Fairly presenting both sides of the story – there did not seem to be a bias one way or the other
    -Detailing how the families had relationships outside of the feud -> through marriage or business
    -Explaining social and cultural norms during the time period (example – gathering for election parties)
    -Weaving the stories of non-family participants into the narrative (such as the bounty hunters)

    I highly recommend this book…great listening for anyone interested in true crime, or historical drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Edward Whitacre, Leslie Cauley
    • Narrated By Edward Whitacre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Ed Whitacre is credited with taking over the corporate reins at General Motors (GM) when the automotive manufacturer was on the brink of bankruptcy during 2009 and turned the company around in magnificent fashion. In this business memoir, the native Texan explores his unique management style, business acumen and patriotism. It was President Obama who reached out to Ed Whitacre to come out of retirement and take over GM in 2009.

    Michael says: "Great book"
    "Great book"
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    I was completely surprised by this book, it is great listen. I was sorry when it ended.

    Having worked in the Telecommunications industry for 10 years, I had a completely different opinion of Edward Whitacre. I thought he was ruthlessly and egomaniacal. I got this opinion during the work that I did for competitors and eventual takeover targets of SBC, including the old AT&T and AT&T wireless.

    By listening to the book, instead what I learned is that he is true leader, not afraid to get into the details when required, and able to make tough calls. I found his logic on potential SBC acquisitions especially compelling: Calling one target, AT&T wireless, beach front property that would not be on the market again, so they had to pay whatever it took.

    My only real disappointment, and clearly Ed’s: that he did not stay on longer at GM. I think it would have been great if he could have stayed as CEO for a few years.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce G. Hoffman
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (159)

    At the end of 2008, Ford Motor Company was just months away from running out of cash. With the auto industry careening toward ruin, Congress offered all three Detroit automakers a bailout. General Motors and Chrysler grabbed the taxpayer lifeline, but Ford decided to save itself. Under the leadership of charismatic CEO Alan Mulally, Ford had already put together a bold plan to unify its divided global operations, transform its lackluster product lineup, and overcome a dys­functional culture of infighting, backstabbing, and excuses.

    Michael says: "The best business book I ever read"
    "The best business book I ever read"
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    I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I am not a car guy and, as a result, am totally bored by discussion of car brands and part details.

    Two reasons why this book is so great:
    1.It is not a book about another business or industry failure -> It details how to run and save a business, in pretty granular terms.
    2.You find yourself rooting for the major players to succeed…I found the insights in the main players fascinating

    Bryce Hoffman – you did an outstanding job…this is a work of art you should be extremely proud of.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Green River, Running Red

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (176)

    In the most extraordinary journey Ann Rule has ever undertaken, America's master of true crime has spent more than two decades researching the story of the Green River Killer, who murdered more than 49 young women. Green River, Running Red is a harrowing account of a modern monster, a killer who walked among us undetected. It is also the story of his quarry -- of who these young women were and who they might have become.

    Parusski says: "Suspenseful and chilling"
    "Needs an Editor"
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    I almost never stop listening to a book once I purchase it...but in this case I made an exception.

    The problem - this book desperately needs an editor. Every single story line needed to be edited. Although every victim was a real person and I admired that Ann researched each…I just could not take yet another extensive bio of each victim.

    I will never read or listen to an Ann Rule book again.
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    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12339)
    Performance
    (8261)
    Story
    (8300)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Best audio book EVER"
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    I cannot recommend this book enough…it is an amazing read…it is the true story of an airman shot down in the pacific. Just when you think it could not get any worse…it does. I don’t want to give away the ending…but it is stunning.

    I could not stop listening. I think this book is as close to a perfect book as there can be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting Eichmann: Chasing Down the World's Most Notorious Nazi

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Neal Bascomb
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (385)

    Best-selling author Neal Bascomb has garnered critical acclaim for such riveting nonfiction as Higher and Red Mutiny. Based on extensive interviews and previously classified details, Hunting Eichmann is a compelling account of the relentless hunt for the nefarious Adolf Eichmann.

    Scott says: "A Fascinating Story of Eichmann's Capture"
    "Great Book - Highly recommend"
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    This is a great book. I don't think it could be improved in any way. I would like to thank the author for bringing this incredible story to light. To me the most amazing aspect of the story was that the abductors restrained themselves after capturing him. Also the way Eichmann was characterized (after the war) surprised me greatly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fred Burton
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (104)

    For decades, Fred Burton was a key figure in international counterterrorism and domestic spy craft. As a member of the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service in the mid 1980s, he was on the front lines of America's first campaign against terror. Now, in this hard-hitting memoir, Burton emerges from the shadows to reveal who he is, what he has accomplished, and the threats that lurk unseen except by an experienced, world-wise few. Told in a no-holds-barred, gripping, nuanced style, this behind-the scenes account of one counterterrorism agent's life and career is a riveting listen.

    Lew says: "A Masterful, Real-Life Glimpse. Brilliant!"
    "Great Book, Great Listen"
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    I really enjoyed listening to this book...if you are into military history this book is for you. To me the most interesting part was the investigation of the plan crash of Pakistan’s leader in the 1980’s. This plan crash is mentioned briefly in several books I have read, including Charlie Wilson’s War, but never explained.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hurricane Season: A Coach, His Team, and Their Triumph in the Time of Katrina

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Neal Thompson
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    That afternoon was the last time the high-school Patriots would see one another for weeks; some teammates they'd never see again. Hurricane Katrina was about to tear their lives apart. Hurricane Season is the story of a great football coach, his team, his family, and their school - and a remarkable fight back from shocking tragedy.

    Michael says: "Great Book"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book, one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. The story was really split in 2:
    1. Football - how the team wins
    2. The Hurricane and how it affects the team
    I do not give this 5 star ranking lightly. I am normally very picky and will stop listening to top rated audiobooks if they are boring, even if I am not done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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