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Captain Amazing

Amazingville, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Economics in One Lesson

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Henry Hazlitt
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (227)

    Called by H.L. Mencken, "one of the few economists in history who could really write," Henry Hazlitt achieved lasting fame for his brilliant but concise work. In it, he explains basic truths about economics and the economic fallacies responsible for unemployment, inflation, high taxes, and recession.

    Kenrick says: "Truly an amazing work."
    "The truth about Economics"
    Overall

    This book is excellent as it takes the myths that people have about economics and gives instruction on the falsehoods of those statements. Myths people have such as "War is good for the economy" etc. are expertly handled. This book was written some time ago and stands the test of time. These principles ring true years later. If you want to continue to believe that you can get something for nothing or that through higher taxes and more government spending you will have a greater society then don't buy this book. If you want to understand the truth of economics then look no further.

    32 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life with Crows

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (787)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    Medicine Creek, Kansas, has been slowly dying for the last century. In a town where nothing changes, the community is terrified after a series of grisly murders takes place. Even more alarming, the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus. With the entire town in shock, FBI Agent Pendergast arrives from New Orleans to investigate. From the fields to the local caves, Pendergast discovers the remnants of a Prohibition-era moonshine operation and the truth behind one of the town's greatest mysteries.

    Venice says: "So Exciting! Like watching a film!"
    "Nice use of music every so often"
    Overall

    I heard a lot of glowing reviews about this book so I picked it up. I did like the use of music during some scenes in this book which was interesting and added some flavor to it. Besides that I would say that the mystery is mostly not there. The characters are interesting but don't really go anywhere. I was hoping for some kind of super interesting ending but instead I found the ordinary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Work that Matters

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Albion
    • Narrated By Mark Albion
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (1)

    Taught with intelligence, humor, and many true accounts of those who found meaningful livelihood, Finding Work that Matters is required listening for anyone ready to leave behind a job - and discover the fulfillment of making a difference in the world.

    Captain Amazing says: "No concrete examples"
    "No concrete examples"
    Overall

    I was unable to find work that matters using this book. It simply tried to persuade you to "do what you love so that money would follow." He tries to convice you not to be afraid of losing what you have already worked for. I see where he wants you to go but he doens't provide the bridge from where you are to where you want to be. He perhaps made me think about my situation more but thats about it. If you are looking to find work that matters you will still be looking after reading this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets of the Power of Intention

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (301)

    In this live lecture, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores intention as an all-pervading force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. Intention, he explains, is not something you do, but an energy you're a part of. Not only do you emanate from the field of intention, but if you align yourself to it, your desires become fulfilled and you find yourself at peace.

    Capsaicin says: "Inspiring"
    "Contradictions to an extreme"
    Overall

    "Don't take prescription drugs he says." Then later "So I was at the store picking up a prescription for my son...". UG. On the good side he has some interesting stories about life which were thought provoking. Here and there I was able to pick up something that was interesting. But most of the book seemed like the author was someone that was unable to grasp that he even existed. He sounds amazed that he is even alive. "Just spread love and joy and everything is ok". Thats the type of book this is. "how would I solve the problems of the middle east? Well I would encircle the place with as many people as possible sending out loving thoughts to everyone. Now how could anyone be mad with such overflowing love?". Ok if you think that is a logical solution to a 3000 year old religious conflit then this is the book for you.

    15 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • 1984

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    The year 1984 has come and gone, yet George Orwell's prophetic nightmare vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "Negative Utopia", a startlingly original and powerful novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words.

    Erik says: "Good narrator, great book"
    "Excellent Classic - Disturbing future"
    Overall

    This is one classic I avoided reading in High school only to find myself riveted when I finally went through it. Although this book was written many moons ago you can actually see the themes coming through in todays world. This is one story that actually disturbed me greatly as I see the effects today. Read this book and you will learn where the terms "Big Brother", "Thought crime" and "Thought police" come from and in what context they are meant. A must read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Lowenstein
    • Narrated By Roger Lowenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    When Genius Failed is the cautionary financial tale of our time, the gripping saga of what happened when an elite group of investors believed they could actually deconstruct risk and use virtually limitless leverage to create limitless wealth. In Roger Lowenstein's hands, it is a brilliant tale peppered with fast money, vivid characters, and high drama.

    Pankaj says: "Informative and interesting, full of suspense"
    "Annoying voice"
    Overall

    I think the book would have been easier to listen to if the author had a less annoying voice. Listen to the sample to judge for yourself. I had to put this book down and come back to it again and again to get through it. I am glad I now know what happend in the book but I feel that this one case where the abridged version would have been a better choice.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Scott
    • Narrated By Susan Scott
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Fierce Conversations is the master guidebook to transforming the conversations that are central to your success, offering a new way of relating to people - at work, at home, and in every area of your life.

    Matthew says: "Took a while, but Scott eventually delivered"
    "Not enough"
    Overall

    It seemed like mostly examples. I didn't find many "crunchy bits" or have any "a HA!" moments. She states that you should tell it strait and say what you mean instead of pussyfooting around. Thats what the whole book is about. For me it was redundant and disapointing.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (930)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (127)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "Feel that there is something wrong with the world?"
    Overall

    Feel that there is something wrong with the world but you can't put your finger on it? wonder why humans have had thousands of years to figure out life and still people act in terrible ways? Ayn Rand puts it into words and spells out the world. Read this and your life will never be the same. It will free your mind.

    51 of 66 people found this review helpful

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