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michael

Intergalactic Hitchhiker

Schaumburg, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • American Desperado: My Life - From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (194)

    In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times best-selling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic.

    aaron says: "BEST First Person (realistic) Criminal Account"
    "Turns the lovable bad guy cliche on it's head"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of American Desperado to be better than the print version?

    American Desperado is written the first person perspective of Jon Roberts and other key figures of his life. Often on the written page a change in first person narration is demarcated by extra spacing between paragraphs. When the book changes perspective the audio version changes narrators. I found that the style helped cement when the novel changed perspectives and allowed for an easier listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jon Roberts is an interesting figure because he is un-apologetically bad. Similar, stories to Jon's have been told in both novels and films. However, this story is unique because it does not allow you any empathy for the main character. I like to say that everyone is the hero of his own story but that is just not true for Mr. Roberts. Jon Roberts is unquestionably the villain of his story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I really enjoyed this book. The reaction to the main character is a visceral hatred. This may be the only autobiography ever written designed to slander it's subject.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Globalization and Its Discontents

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joseph E. Stiglitz
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (5)

    This powerful, unsettling book gives us a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of global financial institutions by the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics. When it was first published, this national best-seller quickly became a touchstone in the globalization debate. Renowned economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz had a ringside seat for most of the major economic events of the last decade, including stints as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist at the World Bank.

    Annika says: "Is this a suitable narrator for an audiobook?"
    "Ely Miles narrates like a speak and say."
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    Globalization and its Discontent is a lukewarm manifesto on Joseph E. Stiglitz time spent as chief economist of the World Bank. In it he does a fair job of criticizing free-market economists and their actions in NGO and the World Bank. However, the material is not strong enough to save this book from terrible narration.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5301)
    Performance
    (4946)
    Story
    (4939)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Can I write this review as a bad cliche?"
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    This book is a bad sci-fi novel about a bad sci-fi TV show based on the worst parts of the original Star Trek. The novel slowly drifts into existential mumbo jumbo. It is admirable for how far Scalzi is willing to push it and at times it feels like he may go into full Philip K. Dick bat**** crazy mode but ultimately it falls short. The novel is very self aware but like Skynet this this doesn't make it good. Wil Wheaton is an excellent reader and definitely elevates the novel for his presentation. If you read the synopsis you already know it is an interesting concept and John Scalzi is a very good writer. I want to like it so much but ultimately bad sci-fi is bad sci-fi and this is bad sci-fi. Listen if you must but prepare for disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mitt Romney
    • Narrated By Mitt Romney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    In No Apology, Mitt Romney asserts that American strength is essential—not just for our own well-being, but for the world’s. Governments such as China and a newly-robust Russia threaten to overtake us on many fronts, and Islam continues its dangerous rise. Drawing on history for lessons on how great powers collapse, Romney shows how and why our national advantages have eroded.

    michael says: "You can like this book without being a Republican."
    "You can like this book without being a Republican."
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    I have never voted Republican and I have no intention of voting for Mitt Romney but I like to read or listen to the books written by all the major political players. I feel that a book is the best way for a politician to get his/her true message out without being subject to 30 second sound bites. I have listened to many and more of these books. Mitt Romney's "No Apology" is the best of the bunch both for his excellent/personal reading of it and for the clear and concise way he states his political positions. I disagree with a lot of what he says but I have to give him credit for writing and reading an excellent book. If you are interested in American politics this book is worth reading regardless of your personal politics.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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