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  • The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Edward Ball
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer

    One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial is one of the early instances of a media sensation.

    Andy says: "a challenge to listen to"
    "Long time to get started,then the history took ov"
    What did you like best about The Inventor and the Tycoon? What did you like least?

    Best: the history of the building of the railroad, the history of photography and specifically the history as it related to California and Yosemite. The least: the entire beginning and set up. Contrived.

    Do you think The Inventor and the Tycoon needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It needs an illustrated version. Cries out for not only Muybridge's photographs but also the paintings mentioned and the other photographers

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "brillant as usual but slight and rushed."
    What did you love best about Boomerang?

    The idea of different countries having different cultural identities each bringing them to the same catastrophic place from different roads. Everyone is an addict but some have food compulsions, others heroin. Loved particularly how 11 million Greeks with no interest in paying taxes and little interest in fiscal responsibility, seduced Germany into loaning them so much money that they have the power to bring down the European Common Market.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Boomerang?

    The understanding that California's political system is making it impossible to recover. How will our inability to overcome our pension commitments play out across America. It doesn't look good for us.

    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    He is clear and focused.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    You have to both laugh and cry. The situation is horrendous and by no means over but, truly, if you don't laugh, you are in big trouble.

    Any additional comments?

    Lewis is brilliant but this book is rushed. Like a puzzle with a number of pieces on the board but many more to go. How will China play a role? What happens when the US moves to shore up Europe but is without its own resources? Lewis needs to write a new chapter every month and Audible needs to offer it. Everyone would buy a subscription, I promise.

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