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Graham

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  • Endgame: The End of The Debt Supercycle And How It Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Mauldin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (371)

    Hundreds of books have been written about the financial crisis that engulfed the world after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But what if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us?As John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper deftly illustrate in this controversial audio book, the crisis was more than a half-century in the making. The Great Financial Crisis, however, was merely Act I.

    Lloyd says: "The Best Explanation of what's Happening Now"
    "Set "HOLYCRAP!" meters to '10'..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book is extremely well-performed and well-written. It builds complex concepts from simple ones and uses a style that delivers similarly-concerning messages for different countries in fresh ways. I kept looking forward to coming back to the book and hoping I could reach the end before one of the many economic time-bombs went off.

    Read it and start voting for people who will make hard choices quickly.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Undisputed Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mike Tyson, Larry Sloman
    • Narrated By Joshua Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (214)

    Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon - Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time - and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior.

    Brock says: "Fascinating story about a train wreck of a life"
    "Offensive life of indulgence and self-absorption"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tyson's life is both tragic and interesting...for awhile. Over time, the sheer volume of profanity and endless pattern of self-destruction became increasingly offensive. Tyson shows some self-reflection and yet often describes himself as a victim... By the time the rape trial comes along, I had had enough. I tried to stick with it but in the end, stopped listening altogether. Narration is good, story is very gritty and depressing. I suggest you pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moral Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This collection of stories from Margaret Atwood resembles a photograph album: a series of clearly observed moments that trace the course of a life and also of the other lives intertwined with it.

    Graham says: "A stylish, well-written story that leads you...?"
    "A stylish, well-written story that leads you...?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Atword writes about the life of a woman who doesn't fit well into any of the moral "boxes" of her day. Like all her books, the works are precise and the phrases and tempo remain interesting. The content is another matter.

    I like Margaret Atwood because she's a very good writer, because she turn a phrase, and because she's Canadian. Sadly, after reading some of her (far) better books, I hung in there on this one...hoping for something big...or at least worthwhile. The work dies in slow and unnoticable death.

    Keep browsing...you can do better than this.

    Respectfully sorry, Ms. Atwood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (2955)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (191)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Jonas says: "Overall Good"
    "Enjoyable fiction with stellar narration!"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this well-written fiction. TDC is a complicated novel with plenty of puzzles, good writing, and excellent narration including accents which really helps as there are many characters. A bit long, I'm still glad I got the unabridged verson. I'm pleased with this title and recommend it if you're seeking a fun mystery/drama. As a Christian who believes the Bible is solid/God-given and that Christ remained sexually pure, I enjoed TDC for what it is...fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    Overall
    (2409)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (706)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "6-hr. book in a 15-hr. wrapper"
    Overall

    Timeline is a decent book. Not great. Not awful. It has a slow beginning, middle, and end. The premise is promising: "time travel" but with a refreshing spin. The story also has an interesting narritive style in that it is told from two different periods in real-time. Thankfully, an excellent narration keeps the book from sliding further by using voices and inflection well. Chrichton can be forgiven for one mediocre book I suppose but there's a good reason why the abridged version is rated higher by listeners!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glorious Appearing: Left Behind, Volume 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (98)

    The smash hit Left Behind saga, the best-selling inspirational series of all time, comes to its extraordinary conclusion in this thrilling audiobook. Glorious Appearing picks up the action following the cosmic battle of the ages, and not all the members of the Tribulation Force have survived!

    timetobuy says: "how a write about the Re-Appearing of christ?"
    "Much better than #11 (get it unabridged though)"
    Overall

    The book is long but a facinating play-by-play of the end of days. It's been a long series (with the groundwork for a sequal yet!) but, thankfully, it ended on a high note. With #11, I downloaded the abridged version and found it hollow. I did the opposite this time and was glad I did. (To the review reader: This WILL happen some day. If you havent' already, please SERIOUSLY consider Jesus' offer now. :-)

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6682)
    Performance
    (2498)
    Story
    (2508)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Clever writing in TLC's"
    Overall

    Excellent material reads like a (long) episode of The Learning Network's show, Connections. Like James Burke, the author takes pleasure in fact-dropping and illuminating interrelationships of people and facts over the course of world history. Well worth the download. Enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Purpose-Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rick Warren
    • Narrated By Rick Warren
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (200)

    The Purpose-Driven Life will help you understand God's amazing plan for you. Rick Warren will guide you through a spiritual journey that will transform your answer to the important question: What am I here for? Knowing God's purpose will reduce your stress, focus your energy, and give meaning to your life. In the tradition of Oswald Chambers, Rick Warren offers distilled wisdom on the essence of what life is all about. This book will be a classic treasured by generations to come.

    Felix says: "Great book... but only for believers.."
    "One of the best books I've ever read. EXCELLENT."
    Overall

    Life? Purpose? Meaning? Profound. Clear. Prescriptive.

    The book reads like a series of quotes and hits subject after subject with power and rationale. Warren has built the book to be modular and that makes it a great "chapter-a-day" (or at least "piece-at-a-time") work.

    I'll be going through the book a second time next month...there's so much here! I can't recommend this book enough.

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Airframe

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Airframe is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest that has been a Crichton hallmark since The Andromeda Strain.

    Louis Madigan says: "Learning from a novel"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    I enjoyed Airframe! Definitely a good book that's well-written and does a good job at balancing science/drama/action.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James C. Collins, Jerry I. Porras
    • Narrated By James C. Collins, Jerry I. Porras
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Learn how to use the successful habits of visionary companies, like General Electric, 3M, Disney, and Wal-Mart. Drawing on on 6 years of research, James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras pinpoint and define the qualities that set these and other businesses apart from their competitors.

    Graham says: "Standard--not interesting--reading"
    "Standard--not interesting--reading"
    Overall

    I found the book mediocre. It drags frequently as it addresses the authors' (useful) findings regarding successful companies. This is standard business reading. If you like to be able to intelligently discuss business literature, you have to read it. You don't have to love it. To their credit, the authors alternate in narrarating and avoid the "10 steps to fixing everything" formula. If the publisher ever condenses this down to at 20-minute version, THAT would be the one to get!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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