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Victor Luera

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Fresno, CA United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Buzz Bissinger
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Nordling
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Given unprecedented access to La Russa and his team, best-selling journalist Bissinger captures baseball's strategic and emotional essence. We watch from the dugout as La Russa's Cardinals take on their archrivals, the Chicago Cubs, in a thrilling three-game series.

    Peter says: "Book with good premise follows through"
    "I <3 Baseball...but not this book so much."
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    I picked this book up in hopes that it would give me more insight to the mind of the man MLB named, The Genius. As a baseball coach, one can aspire to be as successful as Tony LaRussa. There are some good stories and the season detailed kept me interested, but I didn't ever get that feeling that I was learning something beyond I could have put together on my own by following the Cardinals via news, blogs, and online. If you are a Cards fan, then this will not disappoint. If you are a baseball fan, it's still worth a listen. It's not an any man baseball book like Moneyball though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jonah Keri
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (100)

    In The Extra 2%, financial journalist and sportswriter Jonah Keri chronicles the remarkable story of one team's Cinderella journey from divisional doormat to World Series contender. By quantifying the game's intangibles, they were able to deliver to Tampa Bay an American League pennant. This is an informative and entertaining case study for any organization that wants to go from worst to first.

    Victor Luera says: "No Strategies or Insight"
    "No Strategies or Insight"
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    This book is what one would expect if they picked up a Sports Illustrated Tampa Bay Rays Season video that comes with an annual subscription (you know, the one that is near impossible to cancel!) I got through the whole thing because I don't really follow the Rays, so it was all new to me. Unfortunately, I was expecting more detail on the Wall Street guys behind some of the baseball strategies that are being used in today's game. Instead, it felt like a long winded history of the Rays.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2401)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1146)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Story + Performance = Wise Purchase"
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    Each story has all the atmosphere and character development that you come to expect from Stephen King. Reminds me of Richard Bachman and his Bachman Books, except creepier and scary.Every story stays with you and it's everyday imagery finds a way to pop up in your daily life in a way that only King can do. The performances by Wasson & Hecht bring it all to life while you listen and add to the ambiance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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