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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
    (148)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    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
  • 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
    (83)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (17)
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    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    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.

    Raymond says: "Fresh treatment of Rock history!"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Truman

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (402)

    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
    (3017)
    Performance
    (2696)
    Story
    (2703)

    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
    (8833)
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    (7401)
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    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.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "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
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (454)

    In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

    George K. says: "A Walk through the Valley of the Shadow"
    "Important and well done."
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    I have been practicing general medicine for over 30 years, and am now involved in the daily education of housestaff and medical students. This book is so well done that it will become part of my teaching curriculum about how to think and speak about terminal illness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2393)
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    (2170)
    Story
    (2186)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Glad I Revisited"
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    Sometimes we forget why the classics are the classics. I am grateful for Audible, which encourages me to go back and revisit something that I might not have otherwise done. Spacek's performance is magnificent. Take the time to listen. This story is timeless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Technothriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (455)

    When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth.

    Christopher says: "what a trip"
    "The Narrator is the Star"
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    The story is Crichton like without the excellence of Crichton. But the narrator's interpretation of the protagonistic demon's voice is so chilling that I stayed engaged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Station Eleven

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Emily St. John Mandel
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (592)

    An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

    Stacy says: "gah!"
    "Uneven"
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    Fearsome, and thought provoking, but meandering and unfocused at times. It did, again reveal, just how thin the veneer of civilization truly is, and could be.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (923)

    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Mark says: "A History of the Ancient Geeks"
    "Necessary and Informative"
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    Though a bit slow and tedious at times, this is a necessary book ,one that summarizes well the slow, then quickening, then ever more rapid development of the technology that has made instantaneous availability of communication and information something we now all take for granted. I feel that I have a better feel for how all of this miracle occurred. God forbid, now that we are all so dependent, that the lights should ever go out. I feel that for many, it has made the real computer, the human brain, for many, much weaker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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