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Erik

Palo Alto, CA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Milton Friedman, Rose Friedman
    • Narrated By James Adams
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (208)

    Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose, teamed up to write this most convincing and readable guide, which illustrates the crucial link between Adam Smith's capitalism and the free society. They show how freedom has been eroded and prosperity undermined through the rapid growth of governmental agencies, laws, and regulations.

    Erik says: "Fantastic"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    The most compelling book (of any type) that I have read in years. The authors are so clear and straightforward, the ideas so natural, that I cannot believe that I waited until know to read this.

    The examples are dated, but all of the history since seems only to verify the predictions made.

    I highly recommended it for anyone interested in economics and politics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3284)
    Performance
    (2912)
    Story
    (2922)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "To much ego, to little story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the first few hours, but it went gradually downhill.

    It was fascinating to see how Kevin "social engineered" his was into anything, with almost no effort.

    But the writers ego, arrogance, and petulance eventually wore me down.

    He tends to write as if he is a superior intellect, because could break into computer systems and steal software, but he doesn't acknowledge that he could have never created such useful software in the first place.

    An I lost count of the times that he complained that something wasn't "fair". Maybe a dozen times? He would break hundreds of laws, get caught and charged with a few of them, and then complain that a prosecutor was also accusing him of something he didn't do.

    I am glad he turned his life around. (If he really did.) But I found his tone annoying, and I found him unlikable.

    The narration was good, though.

    35 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Limit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2871)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1616)

    The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

    Lyn says: "Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner"
    "Great Thriller"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite Preston and Child reads. Fast, interesting characters, lots of twists, and a fun ending. Narrated by the ever reliable Scott Brick.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6843)
    Performance
    (3212)
    Story
    (3217)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Loved it."
    Overall

    I don't understand the negative reviews--this was a great book. I have been a lifelong fan of Stephen King, and have read everything he ever wrote. This novel easily matches kings best.

    I will be anxiously awaiting the next novel by Justin Cronin

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3235)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1034)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Best scifi I've read in 20 years"
    Overall

    Great vision, great story, good writing, good narration.

    I anticipate reading (listening to) everything that comes from this guy in the future.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4935)
    Performance
    (1643)
    Story
    (1632)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Best King work in many years."
    Overall

    I put off buying this, because the title sounded dull. Don't be dumb like me.

    The writing was top notch, and the narration was exceptional. The story moves slowly, but thoughtfully, and I was always eager to resume listening.

    Thematically and structurally, it was very reminiscent of "IT", which is probably my favorite King novel. But "Duma Key" felt like the work of a more mature and introspective author.

    This is easily my favorite King novel of the last 10 years.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (119)

    In one way or another, everybody abused Carrie. Her fanatical mother forbade this 16-year-old misfit everything that was young and fun. She was teased and taunted by her classmates, misunderstood by her teachers, and given up as hopeless by almost everyone.

    Montilee says: "Wow. Just wow."
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    I almost avoided this because the narrator is Sissy Spacek, and I usually hate Hollywood narrators. I am glad I listened, she was fantastic! I'm a longtime King Fan, and am revisiting this book for the first time in 20 years. I does a great job if reminding me why Stephen King earned his reputation.

    I highly recommend--unless you are squeamish!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy: How Democratic Operatives Tried to Bring Down a President

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Byron York
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Left is angry: angry at President George W. Bush, the war in Iraq, the "right-wing media", and more. And as National Review investigative writer Byron York reveals in this stunning, meticulously reported book, liberal activists have harnessed that anger to build the biggest, richest, and best organized political movement in American history.

    Brian says: "Not a Left Bashing Circus"
    "Suprisingly good..."
    Overall

    Despite a the title, this is actually a low key, well researched book.

    The title, by the way ("The Vast Left Wing Conspiracy") is not the authors opinion, but is the self chosen name by a group of democratic fundraisers. Ie, they think the right has a vast conspiracy, and they want one too.

    Well researched, well docuemented, and interesting. Right wingers would probably prefer that this book was never published, since it lays a clear blueprint for the left to get its act together.

    An entertaining listen, an object lesson to the left, and a warning to the right.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2045)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (475)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "I loved this book."
    Overall

    Seriously, this is about the most fun I've had with an audio book in years. The plot is far fetched, but no more so than any James Bond book.

    People complained about the narrator, but I thought he was fine.

    The real enjoyment came from all the character conversations. It was hilarious to see these characters spout facts and figures back and forth to each other.

    I am a physicist by training, with years working in weather realted fields, and I felt that the science presented was correct and refreshing. If you disagree with the authors scientific viewpoints, then take his advice, and research the subject yourself.

    The ending features a killer tsunami (ouch!) which is awfully good (bad?) timing on the authors part. But fascinateing all the way through.

    conclusion: It was highly enjoyable. It reminded me of the DaVinci code in that it was improbable, with colorful characters, but I just could not get enough of it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    From the author of The New York Times best sellers Treason and Slander comes an updated Ann Coulter compendium, complete with reader responses and television and talk radio transcripts (Couric, Donahue, Franken). With titles like "Would Mohamed Atta Object to Armed Pilots?", "9 out of 10 Caribou Support Drilling", and "Liberal Pimps for Clintonism", How to Talk to a Liberal covers Coulter's waterfront on her favorite issues and targets, from national security to Hollywood.

    Mike says: "funny...but...."
    "I loved it!"
    Overall

    It's not for the faint of heart, but you gotta admit: No one turns a phrase quite like Ann Coulter.

    She rocks, and this book rocked. (It came out yesterday, and I stayed up most of the night listening to it. note: the other reviews today did not even listen to it!)

    Thanks, Audible, for giving us the Unabridged version. (I hate abridged versions.)

    My only complaint is that Ann only narrates part of this book. I love her voice, so miss it when the narrator takes over. That said, the narrator is good too.

    163 of 251 people found this review helpful

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