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New Franken, WI, United States

  • 2 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 181 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Art of the Steal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his celebrated best seller Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale recounted his youthful career as a master imposter and forger. In The Art of the Steal, Abagnale tells the remarkable story of how he parlayed his knowledge of cons and scams into a successful career as a consultant to businesses on preventing financial foul play - while revealing to listeners how they can identify and outsmart perpetrators of fraud.

    Barbara says: "Financial fraud was never so interesting"
    "Great Book - Entertaining Listen"

    I got this for 4.95, lol. Saw the movie about this guy, sounded interesting, was very pleased.

    Is there a lot about net security, no, so don't listen if you are expecting the definitive narrative on internet security. But to be fair to the work, what you get is a look into the predatory nature of a master criminal, and just how scarily easy everyone makes it for them to steal. Scam after scam after scam revealed in shocking simplicity.

    Are some of the stories outdated yes, to say they are not worth hearing is like saying I don't go to museums because the paintings are all old.

    Is it very centered on check security, sure, that's what he did, and did better than anyone, but the point he is trying to make is that checks are not going away, with just a fragment of information you can lose anything to a person who knows how. He also goes into credit card, debit card, phone scams, and a ton of ways that a simple piece of paper, even a deposity slip can cost you everything.

    And he does say a lot about internet fraud protection, all that needs to be said, which is to be secure, don't enter you information on the internet. Sometimes I don't know why people are so harsh. If you buy a cook book, and it says how to cook food, and you want a book that has Italian recipes, you cant slam it for not having enough Italian recipes. Get an Italian cook book.

    This is a fascinating read. It will scare you and amaze you at the clever ways criminal meticulously work at ways to take our money. The great lengths they will go to to bust the most complex countermeasures, but also how insanely simple it is, and how completely senseless and open to these schemes even educated people can be.


    And come on guy, 5 bucks, even if you don't find it entertaining, and you got just one tip from it, you spent more than that on your lunch. Geeeez

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"

    50 hours of defining stereotypes. Every character is one of those people you would avoid if you saw them at a party. There was nobody I was interested in, nobody I was pulling for. Just "desperate housewives" wrapped up in "American Beauty's" clothing. Boring people with problems are still boring. I know it takes a lot to write a book this long, and I hate to bash creative works, but going into lengthy details about peoples disjunctions doesn't make it suddenly interesting. If you thrive on gossipy dirt, you will love this, lots of that. But I didnt care if any of them found peace, I just wanted to walk away from the lot of them and their self interested issues. The craft of a novel is to make me care about your characters problems, to make me want them to find peace, not just enjoy gawking at them. I listen to books while I work, and it was a long book and well received, but not my cup of tea. When they make the movie, and they will as it is a narrative illustration of the pro green, anti corporate philosophy, I hope they cast actors that people have an affection for, because all the characters are the types of people you would just avoid rather than be held captive to a never ending whine about how life inst fair and things are horrible.

    If you like juicy stories of personal failure, if you like to be a voyeur to a train wreck where you do not know or care about anyone on the train, and I know there are a lot of people who do, this is just what the doctor ordered for you.

    1 star for the observant way the author really defines the many subtleties of the characters, 1 star the sheer volume of the work, which is well crafted and highly descriptive. So much so you really get to know these people, and really not like all of them. But i can't write a compelling post card, so who a I to say.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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