A very cursory telling of the otherwise fascinating story of Amazon and its founder (Bezos). It just doesn't reveal much and seems weak.
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.
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.
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!
I've never read anything by Archer before, and am not generally a fan of glossy fiction....however, I really was blown away by the quality of his writing on this supposedly non-fiction account and of the narration of Martin Jarvis. The combination is highly entertaining and informative.
Archer is obviously a pompous SOB, and his innocence dubious, but his talent as a writer and storyteller is undeniable. However, I think that any American listener will hardly find his account of Belmarsh Prison in England "Hell" when compared to high-security prisons on this side of the Atlantic.
Despite a few misgivings, this is by far the best audiobook I have yet listened to.
Wow, a frightfully boring book by a guilt-ridden person. Hardy's writing is as mundane and morose as his reading. An occasional intersting anecdote, but this sad sack of a writer fails almost continually to evoke any interest or passion in his family's own story.
This is a really fun book for the most part, and though Sarah Vowell's unmistakable voice is a distraction for some, I find it mostly bearable. Great tidbits of obscure information here and a commendable obsession with dorky detail which is usually interesting and mostly amusing.
However, I find it a shame that Ms. Vowell couldn't resist stamping her predictable contemporary lefty political positions on past historical events. I happen to share a few of her political observations, but I think she damages the overall appeal of the book by infusing it with modern-day rants against all the predictable targets. I wish she would just stick with the history and the humor that makes her such a talented and interesting writer.
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