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Jaime

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  • 18 ratings
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  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeff Guinn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (111)

    With dramatic flair, Jeff Guinn delivers the definitive portrait of Bonnie and Clyde. These media-savvy outlaws appealed to America's Depression-era hunger for swashbuckling characters. Glowing radio and newspaper reports transformed these "public enemies" into celebrities - much like the cinema gangsters of the time.

    Tim says: "Bravo!"
    "My first Gangster novel"
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    Worth a read, but not as good as I thought. I like how it starts with the parents and moves through time. I did learn things I never knew--about Bonnie and Clyde; how criminals were treated in the early days, and history and how authority acted and reacted.

    Seemed well documented.

    Worth a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the World in 6 Glasses

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Standage
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (1127)
    Story
    (1127)

    Throughout human history, certain drinks have done much more than just quench thirst. As Tom Standage relates with authority and charm, six of them have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical period. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola.

    Stoker says: "Fun and Informative"
    "Made me want a drink--which is good!"
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    Why is this book good? Because it caused me to memorize parts, share them with others, and reflect upon what I learned.

    It's history in a bottle! Or, cask/cup/stein.

    This book could have been almost twice as long and still a good read. The only part that got long to me was the greek/roman culture and wine portion--but the wine portion was my least favorite, anyways.

    This book was so good, that it has caused me to read several other books written along similar lines.

    The narrator was a bit slow and not quite as inflective as I like, but I got used to him quickly and was no problem.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (766)
    Story
    (770)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "intriguing--my first book by this guy"
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    I really liked it. A bit dry at times, but entertaining and informative. I only lost attention a few times, but those moments would most likely really interest someone who was a student of mental dis(?)orders.

    I liked the reader quite a bit.

    Suprisingly, upon reflection, I rated this book more highly than I thought I would right after completion, so for me, that means ut caused me to think, reflect, and even have stuff stick with me....my definition of a good book, movie, or study.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Midshipman Hornblower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By C. S. Forester
    • Narrated By Christian Rodska
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (546)

    The year is 1793, the eve of the Napoleonic Wars, and Horatio Hornblower, a 17-year-old boy unschooled in seafaring and the ways of seamen, is ordered to board a French merchant ship and take command of crew and cargo for the glory of England. Though not an unqualified success, this first naval adventure teaches the young midshipman enough to launch him on a series of increasingly glorious exploits.

    Emrys says: "Superb narration of a great story"
    "more entertaining than the Aubrey series."
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    Not as deep or involved as the Jack Aubrey series, but certainly more entertaining and adventursome. I thought it was going to be another (boring) period tale, but really liked it and will pick up other titles in the series if they go on sale.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sam Kean
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2066)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1290)

    Reporter Sam Kean reveals the periodic table as it’s never been seen before. Not only is it one of man's crowning scientific achievements, it's also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession. The infectious tales and astounding details in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, and gold as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, war, the arts, poison, and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.

    Ethan M. says: "Excellent, if unfocused"
    "Fun science facts about the periodic table"
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    I'm not done with it, but will finish it...someday. At the halfway point, other books piqued my interest more. This was six months ago.

    Fun history and stories about how the periodic table was discovered/designed, the personalities behind it, and info on each of the elements. My wife liked it more than me, but she is the geeky one.

    Sometimes, science is easier to understand when there is a story behind it, that's where this book shines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3300)
    Performance
    (2927)
    Story
    (2938)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "hacker's version of "catch me if you can"."
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    Well written, well read, entertaining, not too technical, not too long. Author pulls few punches with those who deserve it, being hit. I have never before been remotely interested in the hacker culture, but this was totally engrossing.

    Honestly, I didn't even know who Kevin Micklick was.

    Lots of adventure here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Playbook: Suit up. Score chicks. Be awesome.

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Barney Stinson, Matt Kuhn
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris, Barney Stinson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Since the dawn of history man has searched for the answer to the most fundamental of questions: “Why am I here... not banging chicks?” The search is over. Now, with the help of The Playbook, you’ll be able to approach any beautiful woman, discover her innermost passion, and use that to trick her into sleeping with you. You’ll master more than 75 seduction techniques, developed by pickup guru and all-around good guy Barney Stinson, guaranteed to turn you into a bona fide ladies’ man.

    david says: "The Play: Audible Review Hookup."
    "Dr. Horrible was awesome...this is UTTERLY STUPID!"
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    I thought this would be funny, but it's just really dumb...I only listened to about 45 minutes before I turned it off.

    Why did I think it was dumb? The way the author presented/read the content was annoying--trying to be slapstick, which may have worked...but the content is just stupid.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2278)
    Performance
    (1342)
    Story
    (1363)

    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "I didn't even know what Zappos was!"
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    Fun book--I like the story behind Tony as he grows up and builds some businesses. I think anyone with an entreupeneurial mindset, or one who likes stories about real people doing big things, will like this. I did, and I don't even shop at Zappos.

    Because of this book, I decided to read the Steve Jobs book, but I like the Zappos book more so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Streets of Laredo

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Daniel Von Bargen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (226)

    The final book of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove tetralogy is an exhilarating tale of legend and heroism. Captain Woodrow Call, August McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek outfit, Pea Eye Parker, now married to Lorena -- once Gus McCrae's sweetheart. This long chase leads them across the last wild streches of the West....

    Pamela Pequeno says: "Torturous listening"
    "A guy responds"
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    I loved Lonesome Dove. This is not nearly as good.
    The reader is almost as good as Lonesome dove. I liked him.
    Seemed like some characters that got killed in LD were reinevented as new characters here.
    The plot was slow.
    A good enough listen, but not LD. I won't read anymore in the series at this point.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Make It in America: The Case for Re-Inventing the Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Andrew N. Liveris
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    We used to make things in this country. We were the dazzling innovators, the undisputed world economic leaders, and with our manufacturing engine driving the process, we built a solid, high-achieving middle class. Now, thanks to policies that are either indifferent - or downright hostile - to manufacturing, we're at the brink of losing it all. If you think this won't affect you, guess again. Author Andrew N. Liveris presents a powerful case for the critical importance of domestic manufacturing.

    Nichelle says: "Politicians Should Read This!"
    "Could be subtitled "its not all about labor costs""
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    Written by the CEO of DOW chemical company.
    Many very good points made from an experienced person in the field.

    Presents solutions to problems--but also uncovers and explains many things about how we got to where we are--which is not competing very well in the global market by attracting and keeping business here.

    One thing that I did not like was that he says that our Les e faire/free market system is not working well. However, our system is not, and has not been truly free market in a long time. Even with that slight glitch, I feel this boox is a good, informational read for many of us--laborers to CEOs. In fact, some of the things I learned from this read I will be implementing in my children's upbringing--like concentrating on higher maths, science and technology in their schooling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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