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Terence

Dahlonega, Georgia USA

DAHLONEGA, GEORGIA, United States

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  • Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Branson
    • Narrated By Adrian Mulraney
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    From its creation as a mail-order record company to the literal launch of Virgin Galactic, today Virgin is one of the premier ‘way-of-life’ brands in the world, trusted and enjoyed by many millions of people. In Business Stripped Bare, Sir Richard Branson shares the inside track on his life in business and reveals the incredible truth about his most risky, brilliant and audacious deals.

    Garrett says: "Eccentric read by an eccentric man."
    "Occasionally Riveting, Often Ponderous"
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    Despite his massive ego, I love Richard Branson. He's a swashbuckling entrepreneur, and he loves to remind you of that at every turn. There are some exciting bits in this book, but too often it amounts to little more than shameless self-promotion and, at times, surprisingly dull details of his various enterprises. Regardless of the shortcomings, I consider this audio book, on the whole, a worthwhile listen.

    The narrator is top notch and helped to hold my interest during the low points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jason Kersten
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Art Williams spent his boyhood in a comfortable middle-class existence in 1970s Chicago, but his idyll was shattered when, in short order, his father abandoned the family, his bipolar mother lost her wits, and Williams found himself living in one of Chicago's worst housing projects. He took to crime almost immediately, starting out with petty theft before graduating to robbing drug dealers. Eventually a man named nicknamed DaVinci taught him the centuries-old art of counterfeiting.

    Terence says: "Mostly Boring & Unconvincing"
    "Mostly Boring & Unconvincing"
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    I found this book rather dull and disappointing. I could be wrong, but I found the overall description of the lead character unconvincing and not always credible. Most of the narrative just plods along, dwelling on mostly mundane details of uninteresting low-lifes and their purported crimes. Not worth the time or money, in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winner Takes All: Wynn, Kerkorian, Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Christina Binkley
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Steve Wynn. Kirk Kerkorian. Dr. Gary Loveman. The first two are world-famous for their flamboyant, often outrageous efforts to dominate Las Vegas. But it's the third - an economist from Harvard Business School, unknown even to most of the guests at his high-profile casinos - who may now have the most impact.

    pete says: "Fabulous book! Narrator was bleh."
    "Interesting Story, Shockingly Bad Narration!"
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    I totally agree with some of the other reviewers regarding the narrator. I've listened to hundreds of audio books, and have NEVER heard such verbal butchery. People, places, foreign pronunciations - nothing is spared. There are literally hundreds of errors made throughout the reading. Has this person ever read a newspaper, watched the news, been to school? Where is the editor? It's pretty shocking.

    The story itself is usually entertaining and interesting. If not for the glaring ineptitude of the narrator, it would have been far more enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By David Grann
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (784)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (284)

    A sensational disappearance that made headlines around the world. A quest for truth that leads to death, madness or disappearance for those who seek to solve it. The Lost City of Z is a blockbuster adventure narrative about what lies beneath the impenetrable jungle canopy of the Amazon. After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to find out what happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z.

    jennifer says: "A Worthy Read for Armchair Explorers"
    "A Good Story Expertly Written"
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    A very entertaining listen that is very well produced in all aspects of the audio format. The author does a great job with admittedly sometimes scant and speculative material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Journeys of the Great Explorers: Columbus to Cook

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Glyndwr Williams
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    One of the most dramatic periods in world history is the age of Europe's discovery of the world from Columbus and da Gama in the late 15th century to the voyages of James Cook in the 18th century. The extent of the changes can be seen by comparing the pre-Columbian maps, which showed no knowledge of either the Americas or the Pacific, with those of 1800, which in terms of projection, scale, and content approximate today's maps.

    David says: "An enjoyable course in Sailing History"
    "An Excellent Survey by An Excellent Historian"
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    Prof. Williams provides an excellent overview and insight to the age of exploration. I found his deliberate delivery very helpful in better understanding and retaining the material. Very interesting and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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