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P. PAI

Alhambra, CA United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (520)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "Great Story Telling From the Authors, Good Listeni"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The authors told the stories for the US presidents from Truman all the way till now. This book distilled sixty more years history into slightly over 20 hours, while leaving you some very vivid images of each president. You can see the changes of each former president, and stories are told about the frustration of current presidents with fromer presidents. A great listening!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (748)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
    "A great book and a great listening"
    Overall

    Fascinating book. The author brings us behind the scene and gives us a much more personal views of all the candidates in 2008. Not only informative. but also entertaining.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David Halberstam
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (594)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter changes that. Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures.

    Doug says: "Almost as good as The Best and the Brightest"
    "Amazingly good"
    Overall

    David Halberstam did a great book before his life ended earlier this year. This book, about Korean war, compiles a lot of stories in parallel, but Mr, Halsterm did a great job to make them fit with each other really well.

    The author also provided just enough background information, about China, Russia, North and South Korea, and even Taiwan, to make the big picture more understanable. Of course, the best par tis about the different personalities of various people, such as President Truman and General McArthur.

    We could learn a great deal about this specific war from this wonderful book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2250)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (508)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "Very good book, with good reading"
    Overall

    This book is great, and I am happy that I was not affected by those comments about the reading. The fake accent is not disturbing at all.

    I was touched at the second half of the book, when some of the schools were starting to show some impacts. That is what life is about.

    This is an extremely encouraging book, and help you to think for the better lives of all the people in the world.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Simple Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1839)
    Performance
    (652)
    Story
    (660)

    Former Secret Service agents turned private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell have seen their lives splinter around them. Michelle lies unconscious in a hospital bed after a night of suicidal violence. And Sean is forced to take on a thankless investigation into the murder of a scientist just inside the CIA's razor-wire fence near Williamsburg, Virginia. But they will need to team up again to stop a conspiracy of traitors operating in the shadow of the White House itself.

    R.E. Vazquez says: "not Baldacci's best"
    "Very good audio book"
    Overall

    Even though this one is a sequel to another book that I did not know, it itself is fascinating. The Simple Genius combines the thriller with several levels of conflicts and some interesting introductions to various cyphering themes. Once you strat, it is hard to stop, and the main ending is also very good. The last few chapters became a bit weak, but it does not affect the total satisfaction of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1365)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Terrible reading"
    Overall

    The voice is fluctuating from sentence to sentence, and what is worse, the voice drops at the end of most sentences. I could not finish listening even I am interested in the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Book That Beats the Market

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joel Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (37)

    Can you spare three hours to learn how to beat the market? As unlikely as it may seem, hedge fund manager and professor Joel Greenblatt, whose investment firm has averaged 40% annual returns for over 20 years, can teach you how. You can achieve investment returns that beat the pants off even the best investment professionals and the top academics. In fact, you can learn how it's possible to more than double the annual returns of the stock market averages.

    Tod says: "Outstanding"
    "Too simple"
    Overall

    This is a book written for the very simple minded person. It talked about two simple criteria: the lowest yield toprice ratio and the highest return on capital. Then just stick to the formula and wait for the much better results than the market. The most useful part of the book is the reminder that most "magic formula" may not work all the time. There will be time, a year or two, that these formula deliver poorer results than the market, but you must have faith to reap the fruits. Some other books, e.g. Rich Dad/Poor Dad, are as simple but offer much more useful advises.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3080)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (879)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Fascinating book"
    Overall

    This is an excellent hearing. The book gives you a glimpse on how the covert activities were conducted in the United States. In addition, it also showed a fascinating life of how a normal congressman, after finding the meaning he truly belied, endeavored to achieve extraordinary results. After a short while, you get hooked. I sometimes stayed inside my car in my garage, just to finish a little bit more of listening. Great listening!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • America's Secret War: Inside the Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    Dubbed by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA", Stratfor, George Friedman's global intelligence company, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover, the startling truth behind America's foreign policy and war effort in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

    David says: "The Best"
    "Interesting book, but kind of boring narrating"
    Overall

    This book is loaded with very good analysis of the Terrorist activities. The narrator is kind of monotonous, but the contents keep you hooked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Arguably the century's most challenging novel of ideas, The Fountainhead is the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This unabridged recording of the classic features the voice of actor Christopher Hurt.

    Lisa says: "Amazing!"
    "Such a good book"
    Overall

    Fountainhead is such a good book that it is hard to stop listening. Even it was written over fifty years ago, the message there is still strong and very relevent today. The narrator is clear and easy to listen. The content is strong and captivative! Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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