This book was plodding and unremarkable. It's full of mostly dull personal recollections and much of the story seems dubious at best. Very well narrated, but not recommended.
The story of Amazon and its founder (Bezos) has so many moving parts, that I walked away highly impressed with the author's ability to paint the picture clearly - and in an entertaining fashion. The author also does a very good job at presenting Bezos objectively - neither lionizing, nor "trashing" him, but instead presenting him as he is: brilliant, complex, and difficult.
The narration here is excellent as well. Very clear, very straightforward, very professional.
All in all, a very interesting and highly entertaining work. A job well done!
Pollak is clearly a funny guy, but is also a very good story teller. Only occasionally does his shtick get a bit tiring, but most of the time his stories and anecdotes are a lot of fun. A light, enjoyable read told with pluck and verve.
Really, really funny material here and excellent comedic narration. However, kinda like an SNL skit that gets morphed into a movie, the jokes tend to get a little tired. I listened to it in 15 or 20 minute intervals.
Very well written and narrated. The audio book moves quickly and is gossipy and fun. But in the end, it's basically a love story between Franconer and Theo. The two of them essentially do no wrong, but we fans realize it's a little more complicated than that. They did have a great run together though, and this book is essentially a celebration of that. Obviously, it will be of most interest to Sox fans like myself, but I recommend it to other fans of the game as well.
I'm more of a wino than a beer drinker, but this is a really interesting story. It's extremely well written and well narrated. I would highly recommend this audio book to anyone interested in the history of American business. Informative and entertaining at the same time.
Extremely well-written and narrated, I was especially impressed with its objectivity. Steinbrenner was a complicated person, and this book treats him as such. Well done Madden and McCue!
I thought I liked this book at first, but then it started to bore me, and then it started to annoy the hell out of me. There's nothing new here, and the attempts at satirical insights become tiresome.
A very cursory telling of the otherwise fascinating story of Amazon and its founder (Bezos). It just doesn't reveal much and seems weak.
There's no denying the hoax itself is incredibly entertaining, however the book is literally twice as long as it needs to be. Though very well written, the author (Clifford Irving) is so incredibly opportunistic, corrupt, and narcissistic, that he is often hard to bear. Though this whole book is purportedly about "coming clean" about an undeniable crime (Irving literally stole almost $1 million from his publisher) he would really rather blabber on in coma-inducing detail about how glamorous his life is, and what a ladies man he is - or was. Hey Cliff - we all want to know about Hughes and the fraud you perpetrated: not you!
Also, as another reviewer mentioned, the narration is usually strong, but laughably bad - and incredibly annoying - when attempting accents. A supposedly middle-aged Asian-American woman in New York is made to sound like some teenaged valley girl, Hughes himself is made out to be some hillbilly, etc. What was the guy thinking? Just like the book itself, the material is strong - so why resort to slapstick caricature voices?
Despite all the criticism, I still think this fascinating ruse is worth your time - if you have a lot of it!
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