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Joseph

Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.

Somerset, Kentucky, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Great Decision: Jefferson, Adams, Marshall and the Battle for the Supreme Court

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Cliff Sloan, David McKean
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (119)

    The Great Decision tells the riveting story of Marshall and of the landmark court case, Marbury v. Madison, through which he empowered the Supreme Court and transformed the idea of the separation of powers into a working blueprint for our modern state.

    Tim says: "Brings to life the early days of the USA"
    "Just get it and Listen to It!"
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    For any American History buff, it is a must, A superb description of Marbury v Madison, the issues surrounding the same, and the personages involved. John Marshall towers in early American history, and I hardly knew him at at all. Long enough to learn something from, but short enough not to bog down, Well read. Get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5294)
    Performance
    (2652)
    Story
    (2670)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn Richardson says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "A Magnificent Tale-Dickensian in Nature and Scope"
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    As a teaching physician, I use this novel to demonstrate the nature of what a practicing young physician is to emulate, demonstrating both the art and science of medicine is as it is to be.
    Even those not in the medical field will find the novel spectacular as story and a true study in the ironies of life.
    Enjoy, you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (1319)
    Story
    (1301)

    Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

    Kristi Richardson says: ""The Universe is in us!""
    "Just ok"
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    I have listened to the Great Courses for years on CDs before using Audible. In general, I have found them excellent. While the subject matter is interesting, I found this Professor to have a very annoying lecturing style. It detracted from what he had to say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Quincy Adams

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Harlow Giles Unger
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (280)

    He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of La Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries, secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president. John Quincy Adams was all of these things and more. In this masterful biography, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Adams as a towering figure in the nation’s formative years.

    Gotta Tellya says: "Informative and well written."
    "An Unheralded Man"
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    Not known nearly as well as his more famous father, John Quincy may have been even brighter, a true amalgam of his mother and father.A true patriot, he had done more for his country in it's infancy by age 12 than most due in a lifetime. The story is well done and well read. Worth your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Day of the Jackal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (885)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (612)

    One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, operations chief of the O.A.S., to assassinate General de Gaulle.

    Darwin8u says: "Tight & fantastic political/cat-and-mouse thriller"
    "Forsyth at the beginning"
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    I have read almost all of Forsyth, and felt compelled to go back and listen to the beginning again. I was not disappointed. One becomes attached to both the protagonist and antagonist and feels their admiration for each other as they draw inevitably closer. The writing and reading of it are tight and well done. It remains one of my favorite spy novels, and a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of the Condor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By James Grady
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (170)

    When CIA operative Malcolm, code-named Condor, discovers his colleagues butchered in a blood-spattered office, he realizes that only an oversight by the assassins has saved his life. He contacts CIA headquarters for help, but when an attempted rendezvous goes wrong, it quickly becomes clear that no one can be trusted.

    jonathan says: "Oldy but a Goody"
    "Just ok"
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    The story is ok, but there are literally so many absurd twists and turns for the hero that it becomes more difficult to conceive than anything that Ludlum ever conceived. Not bad, but not great either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Steven Brill
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (141)

    America's Bitter Pill is Steven Brill's much-anticipated, sweeping narrative of how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing - and failing to change - the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. Brill probed the depths of our nation's healthcare crisis in his trailblazing Time magazine Special Report, which won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Interest.

    Andrew S. Breza says: "Great history, questionable solutions"
    "Must read/listen"
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    As a generalist physician who has spent the last 35 years inside the system, the exposure of the true guts of the system, was elucidating and disquieting. For administrators of this system to be paid so much more than those who actually deliver the care is disquieting too. Incentives are displaced badly.
    I do not know if Brill's suggestions at the end of the book would work, but they would allow true market forces to work on efficiency and competence.
    I finished the book enlightened and discouraged about the future of my profession.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Greil Marcus
    • Narrated By Henry Rollins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Unlike all previous versions of rock 'n' roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects 10 songs recorded between 1956 and 2008 and then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock 'n' roll as a thing in itself in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out - a new language, something new under the sun.

    Teresa says: "Truly lost in translation"
    "Much different than I expected"
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    Not a book for those with an average knowledge base of rock music, but for those with an interest in the real intricacies of the same. I found in interesting, but not particularly entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Truman

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (459)

    Hailed by critics as an American masterpiece, David McCullough's sweeping biography of Harry S. Truman captured the heart of the nation. The life and times of the 33rd president of the United States, Truman provides a deeply moving look at an extraordinary, singular American.

    Edith says: "Fascinating"
    "Just do it"
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    It takes commitment to get through a book this long, and one of the reasons I love Audible is it accesses nonfiction for me that I do not think that I would have taken the time to read, but will listen to readily. This book is a good example of such a read.
    Harry Truman remains to me the best example of how truly any American can ascend to anything given hard work and opportunity. McCullough allowed me to access his life story in a way that I am grateful for. Listen. You will be both entertained and enlightened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Daniel James Brown
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4413)
    Performance
    (3900)
    Story
    (3901)

    Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

    Janice says: "Do you believe in miracles??"
    "Superb"
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    A true story that reads and listens as well as the best fiction, this superbly narrated story of effort, struggle and eventual triumph made me pull the You Tube video and watch the actual Olympic Final. The best non fiction teaches as well as entertains. This book does that as well as any I have read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25249)
    Performance
    (20988)
    Story
    (20973)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Much too drawn out"
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    Material better suited for a short novelette than a 12 hour listen. I was nowhere near as enthralled as other reviewers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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