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Arnold

Atlanta, GA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall—from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frank Brady
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (285)

    From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer’s, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his life—he began as a brilliant youngster, then became the pride of American chess, then took a sharp turn, struggling with paranoia and mental illness. But nobody truly understood him.

    Roy says: "A Trajedy"
    "Enjoyable and Depressing."
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    There was much I didn't know about Bobby Fischer that Frank Brady brought out in the book. I enjoyed the reading/performance of Ray Porter. Ray sounded like you would think Bobby sounded.

    This is a very enjoyable listen. I warn listeners that they are about to get very mad at Bobby for the bigot he became. A genius, yes.

    The book makes you think about all that Bobby could have been had he not embarked on such a hateful course.

    It appears that he couldn't help himself as he was self loathing.

    I would have liked to have heard more about opinions of his "psychosis" from a psychological perspective. After hearing about this man, I am left with the conclusion that he was very lonely and sad.

    I would highly recommend the book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Shatner, Chris Regan
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (332)

    Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or, more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

    colleen says: "I can't believe he's 80!"
    "Liberated & Entertaining Character"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is as lucid and funny as I would like to be when I reach 80 years old. Shatner is a funny guy who appears to be enjoying life. I chuckled many times during the listen. I saw myself many times during the book. I like the sound effects like the bell when he introduces a new "rule". I hope Bill gets to live until 120. Like the Jews say he should live to "hudert tzvanzig yooren"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2507)
    Performance
    (1353)
    Story
    (1346)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Great, honest, entertaining listen"
    Overall

    Amazing life. Amazing that Keith is still alive. Johnny Depp does a great read, the other voices are very good. Keith does a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (340)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Nice Prose, Short on story"
    Overall

    Very nice descriptive character development, however, after waiting for the protagonist to get into serious trouble, Steve pulls his punches. I enjoyed the listen since it was leading to the conclusion based on external forces not the main character's efforts.. All the risks of the protagonist, made her a success until the environment changed her situation.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Driven: Inside BMW, the Most Admired Car Company in the World

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Kiley
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    BMW is arguably the most admired carmaker in the world. It's financial performance is the envy of its competitors, and BMW products inspire near-fanatical loyalty. While many carmakers struggle with falling sales, profits and market share, demand for BMWs continues to grow, frequently outpacing production. Now, David Kiley goes inside the fabled German automaker to see how it does what it does so well.

    Khoi Duy Ta says: "Good book for BMW fans"
    "Corporate,Dry, Boring"
    Overall

    I own a BMW. I have owned several other BMW's. I think they are exciting to drive and built well. This book is not exciting. The history starts well into the body of the book, where I thing it should start at the beginning. The reader is good, but this corporate account of most all of the BMW's since inception comes off as a company production. Interesting but not compelling reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book Three: Dead and Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (371)

    As a devastating hurricane approaches, as the benighted creations of Victor Helios begin to spin out of control, as New Orleans descends into chaos and the future of humanity hangs in the balance, the only hope rests with Victor's first, failed attempt to build the perfect human. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as the original manifestation of a soulless vision and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator.

    William says: "Frustrating"
    "Freeky Fun"
    Overall

    Fun Book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Julie Powell
    • Narrated By Julie Powell
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul.

    Elizabeth says: "A good laugh"
    "I liked it"
    Overall

    I like to cook, so this was fun. The back story was interesting to see the triumph of an underdog.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defiance: The Bielski Partisans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nechama Tec
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims. But in fact, many Jews struggled against the terrors of the Third Reich. This is the riveting history of one such group: a forest community numbering more than 1,200 that carried out the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II.

    Matthew says: "Brillaint scholarship; hard read"
    "Great audio Book"
    Overall

    As a Jew, I was captivated by the book. I then saw the movie which was pretty darn good too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9792)
    Performance
    (4315)
    Story
    (4321)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Just OK"
    Overall

    The thesis is redundantly applied to every occurrence as a universal law of the universe. I rather think Gladwell fit selected historical events to the theorem....thus a tight fit. In general I thought it interesting but a "so so" audio book. It would not be a waste of your time to listen to the Outliers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (90)

    Winner of the National Book Award for history, The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Applying his remarkable gift for writing lucid, lively exposition, McCullough weaves the many strands of the momentous event into a comprehensive and captivating tale.

    Tom says: "Something for Everyone"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I visited the Panama Canal in August and then listened to this audio book. It is very informative about everything you ever wanted, or needed to know about the Panama canal.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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