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Christine

Seattle, WA, USA

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  • DisneyWar

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James B. Stewart
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (251)

    Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

    Christine says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "Utterly fascinating"
    Overall

    Some reviews focused on issues with the editing, but I found any errors to be very minor and not at all distracting. The book itself was incredibly interesting and very well laid out. Furthermore, the narrator did an excellent job. After 16 hours of listening I began to dread the that only 8 hours remained. What makes this story so fascinating is the amazing behind the scenes view which caused my repeated astonishment at the way these executives behave. The story is often uplifting as you hear early brainstorming sessions about potential movies such as The Lion King and The Sixth Sense. However, this is outdone by the descriptions of boardroom struggles, executive infighting and the vast sums of money that seem to fly around.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Thomas L. Friedman
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (130)

    When scholars write the history of the world 20 years from now, and they come to the chapter "Y2K to March 2004", what will they say was the most crucial development? The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 and the Iraq war? Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing?

    Patrick says: "Facinating, Scary and Repetitive"
    "The World is Flat"
    Overall

    This book is such a slog I just had to turn it off after several hours and move on to something else. I got the impression that the book is nothing more than a long-winded elaboration of anecdotal stories from a few trips that the author took. Much of it is dripping with that e-commerce speak with predictions such as how we will all be booking haircuts on-line with a seamless meshing of our computer calendar with the calendar of the hairstylist.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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