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Derek

Tucson, AZ, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant: Part 1: The Early Years, West Point, Mexico

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ulysses S. Grant
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Robert W. Gillespie says: "U.S Grant: A Man of Intelligence and Dignity"
    "Well Read"
    Overall

    The narration was done very well in this book. It was like listening to U.S Grant himself tell you his story. This is a long book and it tended to drag at times as he went into dry detail about large Civil War Campaigns and Battles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1346)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Somewhat Technical."
    Overall

    This book is written to aspiring engineers and has a great deal of detail about circuits created by Mr. Wozniak. The book goes into great detail about how he designed circuits for the Apple and other things. I did not know he invented SuperBreakout for Atari. I wish I had a little more education on basic electronics so I could have enjoyed the technical parts of the book. The early years at HP take up a good part of the book. Mr. Jobs is treated generally well in the book except for a time where he cheated Mr. Wozniak out of some money from Atari. Mr. Wozniak makes some references at the end to Apples Rebirth but did not seem to be involved. If you like very tech stuff then you will like this book. The book is written in naive style that lets the reader draw their own conclusion about the characters described. His former spouses are described in such a way that the reader can infer their character flaws. I would think that Mr. Wozniak would not be happy with me taking some of the stories at more than face value. Remember to read or listen between the lines.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Marx in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Karl Marx's devastating critique of capitalism, and his proposal of communism as the answer to the failings of the capitalist system, bore their greatest fruits in the twentieth century with the formation of the communist state in the Soviet Union. This great venture has now all but completely failed. Yet the force of the communist belief offered the prospect of "justice on this earth" to countless numbers. And Marx's critique has influenced generations of thinkers who call themselves Marxists.

    Derek says: "Save your 90 minutes"
    "Save your 90 minutes"
    Overall

    This is a short biography of Karl Marx. I am glad I read the short one instead of the long one. This book does not discuss Marxist philosophy as much as it talks about the somewhat pathetic life of the man who was Karl Marx. I was hoping the book would give me an elementary understanding of Marxist philosophy.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill Harry Truman and the Shootout That Stopped It

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen Hunter, John Bainbridge
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    American Gunfight is the fast-paced, definitive, and breathtakingly suspenseful account of an extraordinary historical event: the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman in 1950 by two Puerto Rican Nationalists and the bloody shoot-out in the streets of Washington, D.C., that saved the president's life.

    Anita says: "Fascinating Description"
    "Worth the listen"
    Overall

    This was a very long book about an event that took 38 seconds. Gives a good understanding of the Nationalist movement in Puerto Rico. The book can be a frustrating listen since it will go into hour long side stories about the participants in the shooting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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