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Amadeo

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  • 56 titles in library
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  • How to Land an A330 Airbus: And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James May
    • Narrated By James May
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Being given yet another pointless 'man manual' that told him 50 ways to tie a bow tie in under 30 seconds made James May certain there was a need for another kind of book. This book, in fact. He reckons there are nine vital things that a chap should be able to do.

    Amadeo says: "Not great, but good"
    "Not great, but good"
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    Many of the 'skills' it teaches are mundane, barely relevant. But it has a few good ones. Bonus points for the narration, by James May himself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
    (2665)
    Performance
    (2079)
    Story
    (2069)

    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Lots of filler, but some great parts"
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    Has much repetitive information (and an almost uncomfortable amount of name-dropping). It could, and should, be 40% shorter. But the good parts are worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Imperfectionists

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tom Rachman
    • Narrated By Christopher Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (119)

    Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English-language newspaper as they struggle to keep it - and themselves - afloat. This hilarious and poignant look at the struggles of print news will establish Rachman as one of the 21st century’s most perceptive talents.

    Debra says: "love it"
    "Not good"
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    If you have read good fiction, you will quikly reject this - it is full of clichés and weak characters and situations. At times, it sounds like a student's essay (in a bad way). Steer clear.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (242)

    The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class - made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding - has been growing in power for a generation.

    Jerome says: "News In America"
    "What a masterpiece"
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    This is better researched and argued than any of Michael Moore's works. An extremely hard-hitting book that also has humor and wit (eXile readers will know what I am talking about). Taibbi at his best. A must listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Me, I'm Dr Ozzy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ozzy Osbourne
    • Narrated By Frank Skinner
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    By rights, Ozzy Osbourne should not be alive. He spent forty years on a hell-raising, bat-biting, ant-snorting*, drink and drug-fuelled bender. He broke his neck going two miles an hour on a quad bike and died twice in a chemically induced coma. And yet - at 62 years old - he is healthier and happier than ever. He is a walking medical miracle. So who better to offer the public medical advice and support?

    Natalie says: "Good for a lighthearted listen and laugh..."
    "Enjoyable - just not in audio form"
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    This is a collection of newspaper columns in which Ozzy answered questions about health. Each one is quite short (1 to 2 minutes), which I found a bit jarring - you are constantly changing subjects. A good book, but probably more enjoyable in its written form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4247)
    Performance
    (3667)
    Story
    (3643)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Not perfect, but worth your time"
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    If you are an introvert, you will greatly enjoy this book - and if you are an extrovert, you definitely should read it. The first half is charming, but the second is a bit repetitive. That prevents a top rating. But this is a good 3-star book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeremy Clarkson: The Biography

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gwen Russell
    • Narrated By Richard Dallyn
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    An outspoken personality who divides opinion, Jeremy Clarkson has made a successful career out of his love of cars and speed.

    Since becoming Top Gear supremo, the programme has become one of the most widely distributed TV shows on the planet. His candid views on practically every subject under the sun have often landed him in hot water. Love him or loathe him, this fascinating biography tells his far-from-over life story.

    Amadeo says: "Very poor"
    "Very poor"
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    Poorly researched, poorly written. Sounds like a (bad) magazine article with lots of filler. Clarkson deserved a better book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By William Langewiesche
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    In his shocking and revelatory new work, celebrated journalist William Langewiesche investigates the burgeoning threat of nuclear-weapons production and the inexorable drift of nuclear-weapons technology from the hands of the rich into the hands of the poor. As more unstable and undeveloped nations acquire the ultimate arms, the stakes of state-sponsored nuclear activity have soared to frightening heights. Even more disturbing is the likelihood of such weapons being used by guerrilla non-state terrorists.

    Mitch Emswiller says: "A Review"
    "Not great, but worth it"
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    Gives too much attention to the political side of things and does not have the fantastic amount of technical detail the author is known for. Still a very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By William Langewiesche
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    On January 15, 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York when a flock of Canada Geese collided with it, destroying both of its engines. The plane's pilot, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, managed to glide it to a safe landing in the Hudson River. It was an instant media sensation---the "Miracle on the Hudson"---and Captain Sully was the hero. But how much of the success of this dramatic landing can actually be credited to the genius of the pilot?

    Roy says: "Great Abridgement"
    "Absolutely fantastic"
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    It is literally a second-by-second examination of the event. Great attention to detail (you'll learn quite a bit about the A320 avionics - and you will enjoy it), superbly written. An incredible book. Langewiesche at his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Allen
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    In 2007 and 2008, Time named Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Since he made his fortune, his impact has been felt in science, technology, business, medicine, sports, music, and philanthropy. His passion, curiosity, and intellectual rigor - combined with the resources to launch and support new initiatives - have literally changed the world. With honesty, humor, and insight, Allen here tells the story of a life of ideas made real.

    Dustin says: "Pretty good"
    "The part about Microsoft is good"
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    Great account of Microsoft's early years. Too bad it is only a third of the book. The rest is about Allen's other activities, which are not so interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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