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Andy

Westport, CT, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Great Pearl Heist: London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Molly Caldwell Crosby
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    In the summer of 1913, under the cover of London’s perpetual smoggy dusk, two brilliant minds are pitted against each other - a celebrated gentleman thief and a talented Scotland Yard detective - in the greatest jewel heist of the new century. An exquisite strand of pale pink pearls, worth more than the Hope Diamond, has been bought by a Hatton Garden broker. Word of the “Mona Lisa of Pearls” spreads around the world, captivating jewelers as well as thieves.

    Kathy says: "Great find!"
    "detective work in the pre-digital era"
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    Interesting story about the planning, execution and finding the bad guys involved in the heist. However, there were so many individuals involved in the crime and the detective work, that I lost track of the good guys vs. the bad guys. Nonetheless, the book solidly illuminated how crimes were planned, carried out and solved in the early 20th century.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • C. C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race: The True Story of the 1928 Coast-to-Coast Run Across America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Geoff Williams
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Newspaper and magazine journalist Geoff Williams details this historic event and the colorful cast of characters involved, based on firsthand accounts of those who were there and interviews from many living descendants. C. C. Pyle's Amazing Foot Race is a classic American story so astonishing and surreal that you have to hear it to believe it.

    Mr. says: "Good summer read"
    "rollicking story of a very long foot race"
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    Close up look at the hilarity as well as the blood, sweat and tears of this 1928 foot race across America. You'll get to know the many personalities in the race, including the runners and the promoter. A fun listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Blanding
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers - both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.

    Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief - until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library.

    Andy says: "with a little charm, you can rob almost anyone"
    "with a little charm, you can rob almost anyone"
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    Great recap of how Mr. Smiley navigated his way from scholarly research of old maps into stealing them, in an effort to support his lifestyle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dan Barber
    • Narrated By Dan Barber
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    The Third Plate is chef Dan Barber’s extraordinary vision for a new future of American eating. After more than a decade spent investigating farming communities around the world in pursuit of singular flavor, Barber finally concluded that - for the sake of our food, our health, and the future of the land - America’s cuisine required a radical transformation.

    Michael says: "My New Favorite Book!!"
    "What we'll be eating in 2025"
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    Good overview of what is next in the world of sustainable food. Also, a close look at how some very talented folks raise animals/grow food that tastes great, and improves the environment at the same time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Peter Andreas
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    America is a smuggler nation. Our long history of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses and Dutch gunpowder in the 18th century, to British industrial technologies and African slaves in the 19th century, to French condoms and Canadian booze in the early 20th century, to Mexican workers and Colombian cocaine in the modern era. Contraband capitalism, it turns out, has been an integral part of American capitalism.

    Andy says: "smuggling is us"
    "smuggling is us"
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    Well paced survey of how smuggling played a role in the history and development of America. Learn about smuggling slaves, booze, drugs....you name it. Some interesting insights into the development of the modern drug trade. Also some factoids on what get's smuggled out of America.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jeremy Rifkin
    • Narrated By David Cochran Heath
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In this provocative new book, Rifkin argues that the coming together of the Communication Internet with the fledgling Energy Internet and Logistics Internet in a seamless twenty-first-century intelligent infrastructure—the Internet of Things—is boosting productivity to the point where the marginal cost of producing many goods and services is nearly zero, making them essentially free.

    Hugh says: "Totally Provocative"
    "reasonable survey of an important trend"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book. Rifkin lays out a key trend that is evolving. He does however, push this "zero marginal" cost a little too much. By this I mean he infrequently reminds the reader of the high fixed costs required to operate at close to zero marginal cost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hiawatha Bray
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    The story of the rise of modern navigation technology, from radio location to GPS—and the consequent decline of privacy. What does it mean to never get lost? You Are Here examines the rise of our technologically aided era of navigational omniscience—or how we came to know exactly where we are at all times. Filled with tales of scientists and astronauts, inventors and entrepreneurs, You Are Here tells the story of how humankind ingeniously solved one of its oldest and toughest problems—only to herald a new era in which it’s impossible to hide.

    Andy says: "where we are and where we are headed"
    "where we are and where we are headed"
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    Nice survey of how the internet of things has homed in on where we are and where we are likely to go next...whether physically or in our web surfing travels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Arianna Huffington
    • Narrated By Agapi Stassinopoulos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    In Thrive, Arianna Huffington has written a passionate call to arms, looking to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world. Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

    D Scott says: "Pleasantly Surprised - HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Highly."
    "helpful step back, to rethink priorities"
    Overall
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    What I loved about this book is that it was Ms. Huffington's own story. However, there was more than the scent of a sales pitch for the business she is building based on the Third Metric.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Over the last decade, the center of world power has been quietly shifting from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of several billion barrels, an estimated 900 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and several centuries' worth of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea in particular is a simmering pot of potential conflict. The underreported military buildup in the area where the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean means that it will likely be a hinge point for global war and peace for the foreseeable future.

    Christopher says: "Biggest Challenge for US in Next 50 Years"
    "helpful, but only an inch deep"
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    Solid survey of how the various countries in Asia are flexing their muscles in an effort to grab the spoils that geography can bring. Would have liked for Mr. Kaplan to go a bit deeper into the history behind the claims. Great narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4234)
    Performance
    (1958)
    Story
    (1970)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "a bit of yin and yang"
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    Interesting approach to writing a story. The author takes two "events," and weaves them in and out throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beasts: What Animals Can Teach Us About the Origins of Good Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    There are two supreme predators on the planet with the most complex brains in nature: humans and orcas. In the 20th century alone, one of these animals killed 200 million members of its own species, the other killed none. Jeffrey Masson’s fascinating new book begins here: There is something different about us. In Beasts he demonstrates that the violence we perceive in the "wild" is mostly a matter of projection. We link the basest human behavior to animals, to "beasts" ("he behaved no better than a beast"), and claim the high ground for our species.

    kristen says: "This one is a MUST!!! Thought provoking...."
    "simple, but powerful"
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    Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson lays it all out in an elegant fashion. While I'm not sure I agree with his point of view about the impact of domestication and agriculture on our proclivity for evil, he backs up most of his ideas with strong thinking and solid research.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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