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Tim

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • It's Not About You: A Little Story About What Matters Most in Business

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Bob Burg, John David Mann
    • Narrated By Bob Burg, John David Mann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (76)

    From the best-selling authors of The Go-Giver, a new parable about leadership and the power of positive persuasion. In this inspirational parable, we meet Ben, a young manager charged with persuading five hundred employees of a struggling chair manufacturer to agree to a merger as a way out of their financial woes. Facing what seems like an impossible uphill climb, Ben seeks the advice of Claire, an old friend, who introduces him to an eccentric elderly lady known simply as Aunt Elle. Over the course of the week leading up to the crucial vote, Aunt Elle teaches Ben about the power of influence....

    David says: "Great blend of story and message."
    "It's not about business"
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    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a pleasant story, although rather simplistic.


    Any additional comments?

    Why is it that any book I listen to about business seems to have been written for an eight year old?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Challenger Revealed: An Insider's Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest Tragedy of the Space Age

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Richard C. Cook
    • Narrated By Richard C. Cook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Reagan Administration pushed hard for NASA to launch shuttle mission 51L, before it was ready. 73 seconds into the launch, the shuttle exploded, killing seven people and leaving a nation traumatized. Richard Cook, the lead resource analyst at NASA for the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs), was the first to warn of possible catastrophic failure.

    Tim says: "Like listening to a government report"
    "Like listening to a government report"
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    The book is very dry, almost completely lacking in any interesting anecdotes about the characters involved. It would have made an interesting magazine article.
    If this is a subject of special interest to you and especially if you are familiar with the names of the people involved, then it may well satisfy you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Street Without Joy: The French Debacle in Indochina

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Bernard B. Fall
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    In this classic account of the French war in Indochina, Bernard B. Fall vividly captures the sights, sounds, and smells of the savage eight-year conflict in the jungles and mountains of Southeast Asia from 1946 to 1954. The French fought well to the last, but even with the lethal advantages of airpower, they could not stave off the Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists, who countered with a hit-and-run campaign of ambushes, booby traps, and nighttime raids. Defeat came at Dien Bien Phu, in 1954, setting the stage for American involvement and opening another tragic chapter in Vietnam's history.

    Troels says: "Street Without Joy: The French Debacle in Indochin"
    "War might be hell, but it is also boring"
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    What would have made Street Without Joy better?

    This is the story of the French fighting the Viet Minh, battle by battle. It doesn't pretend to be anything else. There are endless descriptions of military maneuvers and engagements, with place names that mean very little to me. After three or four I just lost interest.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Darren Reynolds
    • Narrated By Diane Sawyer
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (376)

    This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    mary says: "Compelling"
    "Nothing new here"
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    Would you try another book from Darren Reynolds and/or Diane Sawyer?

    It;s my fault for wanting to revisit that extraordinary moment when I've already seen so much about it. What made it worse was being told several times how we were listening to something that had never been told before. It added nothing to my knowledge and was annoying to boot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Anderson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (288)

    Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "The "Real" Story"
    "Putting Lawrence of Arabia in context"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was fascinated to learn about T.E. Lawrence. I had never before understood how he became "of Arabia" and the movie had confused me even more!
    Now, thanks to this book, I can make sense of the situation, if not of Lawrence's rather troubled life and personality

    The author intertwines his story with that of three other characters in the region at the time. There is certainly interest in their stories, but I found it broke up the narrative just when I was finding it most engrossing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (435)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (396)

    Famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser digs deep to uncover secrets about the management of America's nuclear arsenal. A groundbreaking account of accidents, near misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? That question has never been resolved - and Schlosser reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind.

    Ethan M. says: "A miracle that we escaped the Cold War alive...."
    "A very important subject"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a fascinating and important subject so I do not regret my time listening to it, but I felt the book would have been more effective had it simply been shorter. The author lists many, many incidents when a summary of them might have sufficed and spends way too much time on the Damascus incident, dragging it out through the whole book.
    His history of the bomb and the use of nuclear arms was excellent, especially when he focused on characters such as Curtis Le May.
    The author has apparently made a philosophical decision to name every single bit player involved, including how many children each one had and how old his wife was. I can understand his desire to honor these people, but it quickly became tedious and verbose. Obviously, with men who were central to the events at Damascus such as Livingstone and Kennedy it made sense, but I found most of it confusing and meaningless.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tim Russert Interviews Supreme Court Judges (04/21/05)

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 6 mins)
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Tim Russert, host of NBC's Meet the Press, moderates a panel with three members of the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Antonin Scalia join in a conversation hosted by the National Constitution Center, The National Archives and the Aspen Institute.

    Jean says: "Educational"
    "Like enjoyable company at a dinner party"
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    What did you love best about Tim Russert Interviews Supreme Court Judges (04/21/05)?

    It was a pleasant half hour in the company of intelligent articulate people..


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Unfortunately Mr Russert missed the opportunity to challenge Justice Scalia on his opinions. Scalia put forward his view that the Constitution does not evolve, and that because the death sentence was not at that time considered "cruel and unusual punishment" then there is no reason to think it might be considered as such today.
    This, of course, could lead to some interesting questions regarding slavery, but the tone of the evening was that of a social event and perhaps more serious questions might have seemed impolite.


    Any additional comments?

    Miss out the 1st ten minutes of boring introductions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1427)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1278)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Fascinating"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was fascinated by the comparison of the New Testament to the historical record. I appreciated the author's tone; he was neither cynical, nor desperately trying to cover up obvious inconsistencies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Caroline Moorehead
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    They were teachers, students, chemists, writers, and housewives. They distributed anti-Nazi leaflets, printed subversive newspapers, hid resisters, spirited Jews to safety, transported weapons, and conveyed clandestine messages. The youngest was a schoolgirl of 15 who scrawled “V” for victory on the walls of her lycée; the eldest, a farmer’s wife in her sixties who harbored escaped Allied airmen. Strangers to one another, hailing from villages and cities from across France, these brave women were united in hatred and defiance of their Nazi occupiers.<

    Sher Sutherland says: "A real look at life"
    "A slightly different view of WW2"
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    What disappointed you about A Train in Winter?

    I was interested in the women as a group, but found the listing of the all by name boring.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I finished the book, and found I had learnt a few things that deepened my understanding of the war and what it was like to be a victim and then a survivor of a Nazi camp. One thing that struck me was how filthy the camps were, and how the woman were given clothing that was already covered in blood and excrement.Another thing I had not considered before was what it was like for camp survivors when they returned to France; and how little sympathy they received for their suffering.So I am very glad I listened to this book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (806)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "Prefer the car to the book"
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    What was most disappointing about Marc J. Seifer’s story?

    I normally enjoy books that combine biography and with explanations of science or technology relevant to the story. I was simply not knowledgeable enough to enjoy this book, because I was not given enough explanation to understand. For example, Tesla and Edison had different ideas for the design of light bulbs, but it wasn't explained in sufficient detail for me to find interest in it.
    This is probably my fault, although I didn't find this worthy man's life in the least bit interesting. It all seemed rather dry.


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry about the silly title. (Sometimes it is hard to come up with something). But I do find those cars fascinating...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlemagne

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Winston
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (349)

    Charlemagne was easily one of the most fascinating figures in Western civilization, as well as the most heroic and romantic. The 47 years of his reign marked some of the most significant and far reaching events of the Middle Ages. Undoubtedly, it was his enlightened vision for Europe that resulted in the Carolingian Renaissance, a period of cultural flowering that never really ceased to develop, and which led in a straight line directly to that period of astonishing achievement we now call the High Gothic.

    Frank says: "A wonderful biography"
    "Charlemagne never comes to life"
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    What could Richard Winston have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I was only able to get half way through the book before I had to give up.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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