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William James

Dare to dream...

ratings
10
REVIEWS
9
FOLLOWING
1
FOLLOWERS
0
HELPFUL VOTES
2

  • Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Neil Barofsky
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    An insider of both the Bush and Obama administrations offers an irrefutable indictment of the mishandling of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program bailouts and the extreme degree to which our government officials—from both parties—served the interests of Wall Street at the expense of the public. From his first day on the job as the special inspector general in charge of overseeing the distribution of the bailout money, Neil Barofsky found that the officials at the Treasury Department in charge of the bailouts were in thrall to the interests of the big banks.

    Schulte says: "Must Read on Wall Street and TARP"
    "An American Hero"
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    Would you listen to Bailout again? Why?

    Most definitely...!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The truth without the usual political snow job.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed every minute of the audio book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A struggle for honest government.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil Barofsky is an American hero. Neil hired extraordinary people to assist him with an impossible job. There is no happy ever after here but Neil Barofsky gave the treasury department, and the banks, nightmares for their blatant incompetence, malfeasance and fraud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonesome Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Louis L'Amour
    • Narrated By David Strathairn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    The Lonesome Gods is Louis L'Amour's biggest and most important historical novel to date, a sweeping adventure of the California frontier. Here is the fascinating story of Johannes Verne, a young man left to die by his vengeful grandfather, rescued by outlaws and raised in part by the Indians of the desert.

    Richard says: "Good Oater"
    "The Desert and A Young Man"
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    Where does The Lonesome Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am listening to this audio book again... This is a story for thinkers; those who prefer the solitude of a good story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Johannes Verne is my favorite character. At the age of six, Johannes Verne, took the hard lessons of life as nourishment for his soul. Despite the dark and dangerous times of his early youth, Johannes Verne grew to become a good man. A man of courage.


    What does David Strathairn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    David Strathairn gave the story feeling. His style, as a reader made the story live.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No... The book is many hours.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, written by a legend, read by a man who gave the story character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ray Monk
    • Narrated By Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    Robert Oppenheimer was among the most brilliant and divisive of men. As head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, he oversaw the successful effort to beat the Nazis in the race to develop the first atomic bomb – a breakthrough that was to have eternal ramifications for mankind and that made Oppenheimer the “Father of the Atomic Bomb.” But with his actions leading up to that great achievement, he also set himself on a dangerous collision course with Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch-hunters. In Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center, Ray Monk, author of peerless biographies of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell, goes deeper than any previous biographer in the quest to solve the enigma of Oppenheimer’s motivations and his complex personality.

    david says: "Nearly Perfect"
    "Drab"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book could have been half as long if the storyline did not present a mini biography on everyone before Oppenheimer's birth and everyone during Oppenheimer's life who may have come in contact with Oppenheimer.


    What could Ray Monk have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book should have stuck to the subject.


    What about Michael Goldstrom’s performance did you like?

    Great performance!


    Do you think Robert Oppenheimer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.... Why beat a dead horse?


    Any additional comments?

    This was a waste of time. I kept waiting for the storyline to get back to the subject but when it did return it would quickly veer off to focus on some other character who MAY have influenced Oppenheimer's life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Pedro G. Ferreira
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Physicists have been exploring, debating, and questioning the general theory of relativity ever since Albert Einstein first presented itin 1915. Their work has uncovered a number of the universe's more surprising secrets, and many believe further wonders remain hidden within the theory's tangle of equations, waiting to be exposed. In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, astrophysicist Pedro Ferreira brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge.

    Michael says: "A Love Letter to General Relativity"
    "A lovely book...."
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    If you could sum up The Perfect Theory in three words, what would they be?

    The story line on focuses on relativity and stays on target throughout the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Perfect Theory?

    The book ends with a clear case of how and why relativity is still with us and will remain with us.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The summation on relativity at the end of the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The who book excited me


    Any additional comments?

    A great work!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Authentic Power: Aligning Personality with Soul

    • ORIGINAL (55 mins)
    • By Gary Zukav, Michael Toms
    • Narrated By Gary Zukav, Michael Toms
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Zukav explains how we create the events in our lives with our thoughts and intentions, and he puts us in touch with our ability to transform ourselves and our planet by accepting our own inherent, authentic power.

    If you like Authentic Power, you'll also like Suze Orman's Money Wisdom and Caroline Myss' Healing with Spirit.

    William James says: "Alien abduction...."
    "Alien abduction...."
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    What would have made Authentic Power better?

    Throw out the parts on reincarnation and channeling and I would have enjoyed the book.


    Has Authentic Power turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What three words best describe Gary Zukav and Michael Toms ’s performance?

    "A good "performance"


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There is a trace of wisdom here but the author could have done as well if the book had been a testimony on an anien abduction.


    Any additional comments?

    I can only hope his other books get back to reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1122)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (282)

    Space and time form the very fabric of the cosmos. Yet they remain among the most mysterious of concepts. Is space an entity? Why does time have a direction? Could the universe exist without space and time? Can we travel to the past?

    Martin says: "Space and Time for the Common Man"
    "The narrator ruined it for me"
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    What disappointed you about The Fabric of the Cosmos?

    The narration sounded like Jack Web on the old time Dragnet series. What a wast of a good manuscript.


    Has The Fabric of the Cosmos turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No way but I will watch out for the narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'd rather visit the dentist than listen to that monotone grating.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment? I wasted my time and money to listen to a guy sabotage what could have been a great audiobook.


    Any additional comments?

    Comments? I'd rather not prolong the disgusting experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Caleb Scharf
    • Narrated By Caleb Scharf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    We’ve long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity’s Engines, these chasms in space-time don’t just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter.

    Gary says: "One of the best science books for non-scientist"
    "I love it...!"
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    Would you listen to Gravity's Engines again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen to this again. Perhaps I am not the average person, but I love this kind of learning, and this truly is a learning experience to be savored.


    What about Caleb Scharf’s performance did you like?

    Caleb did a wonderful job. I'd be proud if he was to do this kind of work for my books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was emotionally moving. One can feel the connection with the grand scheme of creation.


    Any additional comments?

    SUPERB...!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hollow Men: Politics and Corruption in Higher Education

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charles J. Sykes
    • Narrated By Michael Wells
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    College curriculums that were once centered on instruction in the classics of Western civilization have become smorgasbords where almost anything qualifies as a course in the liberal arts and where political conformity is enforced by professors. Stanford University, caving in to demands from the Black Student Union (“We don’t want to read any more dead white guys”), removed Homer, Dante, Luther, Darwin, and Freud from its course on Western civilization.

    Niall says: "Whining"
    "Dry"
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    Would you try another book from Charles J. Sykes and/or Michael Wells?

    Maybe.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Don't know


    What three words best describe Michael Wells’s performance?

    Fast moving. Should have slowed a bit to allow consideration of the message.


    What character would you cut from The Hollow Men?

    The book seemed to concentrate on a single university.


    Any additional comments?

    While informative, the presentation is not a broad view of the problems in American education.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Combat: The Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Don Congdon, Bruce Catton
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    There are many, many studies of the Civil War. Books have been written on its economic effects, its political causes, its relationship to western expansion. But the real fascination of the war is the story of combat, men in battle. Combat: The Civil War tells this story in the words of men who actually marched into battle. We share their experiences, their fears, and their moments of bravery at Vicksburg, on board the Monitor, at Gettysburg, and at the bloody battle of Antietam. These eyewitness accounts are interspersed with brief commentaries by some of our most respected historians....

    William James says: "Could Have Been Better"
    "Could Have Been Better"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If each character, and there are many, was consistently identified as confederate or federal, I have no doubt that I would have given this work 5 stars.


    What was most disappointing about Don Congdon and Bruce Catton ’s story?

    Many, many generals, captains and so on are mentioned or quoted; unfortunately it becomes hard to discern which side soldier so-and-so is aquatinted with. Anyone listening to the tale would quickly become confused for the storyline gets twisted, and more often than not the question arises... Was general so-and-so a confederate or a federal? One would have to take notes to stay with the plot.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Joe Barrett does a great job in reading the book!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration... I quit listening after the first seven hours. I could not bear another twenty-plus hours of confusion.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could have been enjoyable and educational had the characters and the locations been properly and consistently identified.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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