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Jeffrey Casurella

Jeff

Marietta, GA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Toobin
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    Based on exclusive interviews with justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Supreme Court through personalities, from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas' well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd 19th-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.

    Stephen says: "Fascinating"
    "Underwhelming"
    Overall

    Although the book does have its interesting moments -- some factual, some gossipy -- it more reminded me of my law school days (now more than 25 years ago) of listening to a student "briefing a case" to the professor and class. That was uninteresting. What's more, the book makes an argument that a pervasive right wing conspiracy is afoot in the the selection of Justices to overturn Roe v. Wade and other cases of perceived judicial activism. That could be, but I felt the arguments as presented were either weak, unsupported, or did not add up. I thought Woodward's "The Brethren" was far better. This book was quite underwhelming.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jerry Weintraub, Rich Cohen, George Clooney (foreword)
    • Narrated By Jerry Weintraub
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary deal maker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him - the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York's Lower East Side, the wilds of Alaska, or the hills of Hollywood - he has found a way to put on a show and sell tickets at the door.

    Ron says: "How could you not really like Jerry Weintraub??"
    "Interesting and Well Done"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead again? Why?

    This book is highly interesting and relevant. I was only disappointed that the book came to an end. I wish it had been lengthier.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think the stories, occasionally wrapped in life lessons, could not have been more interesting. If this book is not a bestseller, it should be.


    Have you listened to any of Jerry Weintraub’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did make me laugh. And it did have touching moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must-read. I am usually a harsh critic, but I really really liked this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - and How It Can Renew America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (219)

    Friedman brings a fresh outlook to the crises of destabilizing climate change and rising competition for energy - both of which could poison our world if we do not act quickly and collectively. His argument speaks to all of us who are concerned about the state of America in the global future.

    Sean says: "Long, Flat, and Boring"
    "The sky is not falling"
    Overall

    I eagerly anticipated that this book would be as insightful as the author's most recent book, The World is Flat (which was a wonderful book). Unfortunately, my expectations were not met.

    The basic premise for Friedman's argument -- that America's current fossil-fuel infrastructure mandates drastic change because CO2 by-products cause "weather-weirding" or global warming -- is based on razor thin credible evidence. I realize that this is a controversial subject and that reasonable minds can differ; however, the author presents virtually no alternative viewpoints on whether global warming exists and whether it is man-made.

    I did appreciate some of Friedman's prescient political and social forecasting. I also liked some of the history of how we ended up where we are. Nevertheless, I think the debate over global warming is based on political faith and not on scientific fact.

    Despite all of this, I concur with Friedman's goal of changing our energy infrastructure NOT because of global warming, but because it will further our national interests of less dependency on foreign oil, reduce the influence of "oil dictators," and create a cleaner environment.

    This book is just "ok." It is not earth shattering, however, and I don't buy into its alarmist tones without a further factual basis.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (38)

    This New York Times best seller is the compelling chronicle of a nation during a time of incredible change. With detail and drama, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin expertly reveals the importance of the Roosevelt White House in the great destiny of the United States. Ultimately, she creates an intimate portrait of the Roosevelts, fusing their human vitality with the monumental scale of domestic and foreign affairs during the Second World War.

    Don says: "Well Researched"
    "Outstanding in every respect!"
    Overall

    This is a masterpiece. The history is excellent. The writing style is great. The narration is fantastic. Rarely do I give such high marks, but this book has it all. Even if you have no interest in history, you will still be interested in this book. A friend of mine, who I recommended this book, called me up nearly in tears after listening to the passage of FDR's death. In a word, "riveting."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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