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J. Frank

sentimentalist

Indianapolis, IN | Member Since 2006

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 282 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (660)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (587)

    It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

    Michael says: "Obama Fans Aren't Going to Like This Book!"
    "We really drank the kool-aid when we elected Obama"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    While there was not a lot of new information for people that closely watch the news, it was sobering to hear it all in one concise book. I don't have anything against Obama personally. My gripe is that the liberal and media establishments manufactured the image of Obama that they thought everyone wanted, and what we ended up with was the real person -- a very liberal novice in virtually every aspect of his life.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1819)
    Performance
    (848)
    Story
    (859)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "One of the epic events in modern American history"
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    Any additional comments?

    It is very difficult to imagine that 2 kids from a nice neighborhood and a good school could get so messed up, and forever change the lives of so many innocent people. Love your kids!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Great by Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (724)

    The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

    K. Donath says: "Real Insight!!"
    "Jim Collins is consistent in his sound research"
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    Have you listened to any of Jim Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jim Collins continues to crank out new iterations of the same basic research, though it is updated to factor in the changing world. The result is further refinement and credibility of the aspects that make companies and leaders great. While nothing can top Good To Great, all of his books are worth hearing or reading. This one is no exception.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How Will You Measure Your Life?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (287)

    In 2010 world-renowned innovation expert Clayton M. Christensen gave a powerful speech to the Harvard Business School's graduating class. Drawing upon his business research, he offered a series of guidelines for finding meaning and happiness in life. He used examples from his own experiences to explain how high achievers can all too often fall into traps that lead to unhappiness. Full of inspiration and wisdom, this book will help students, midcareer professionals, and parents alike forge their own paths to fulfillment.

    Jessica says: "Must Read!"
    "Christensen is a role model in all aspects of life"
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Christensen is awesome! He is a great teacher, author, speaker, husband, father, and man of God. I have a strong appreciation for how he weaves his professional and personal life together into a powerful call to action. Read or listen to his other books, too!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power and Deception in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Narrated By Andrew P Napolitano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (207)

    America is the land of the free, after all. Does it really matter whether our politicians bend the truth here and there? When the truth is traded for lies, our freedoms are diminished and don’t return. In Lies the Government Told You, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano reveals how America’s freedom, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, has been forfeited by a government more protective of its own power than its obligations to preserve our individual liberties.

    Jonnie says: "Great book"
    "High expectations dashed"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have always been a fan of Andrew Napolitano and look forward to his analysis of current events. Unfortunately, this was not a very good book. It is rare that I have to stop listening to a book before the end. In this case, the story lines were all over the place and not presented in a compelling or spellbinding manner. I would definitely listen to other books of Napolitano's because of my respect for him. This one was just too abstract.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3335)
    Performance
    (2648)
    Story
    (2635)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Rob Lowe has matured into an American icon"
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    Where does Stories I Only Tell My Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    I have always been a fan of Rob Lowe, and while I don't agree with all of his political views, I still admire him for his many accomplishments in film and TV. It was fascinating to learn of his childhood and adult struggles and how he has overcome them to become a good husband and father. This book is well written and the audio version is in his own voice, thus making it even better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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