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Gerald

Mesa, AZ, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1940)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (793)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Sara says: "Out Dated Even When It Was Current"
    "Great insight into several presidential campaigns"
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    What made the experience of listening to Game Change the most enjoyable?

    The behind-the-scenes feeling that I hard while listening was different than other political books I have read.


    What other book might you compare Game Change to and why?

    Theodore White's book on JFK would be the closest because of an insider's look at political intrigue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    John McCain's complete ignorance of the what makes leader's great.


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

    Extraordinary look at several campaign's efforts to win office


    Any additional comments?

    Great review of all the campaigns' efforts to win. Current movie only relates the story of how and why McCain lost. Bad judgment appears to be the downfall of many a man.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (572)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "Who would have guessed!!"
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    These influential men of the 20th century have and had tremendous influence on one another. I have always held Richard Nixon in low regard and I certainly feel justified in maintaining that opinion after reading this book. His attempted to maintain his position as president and ex-president without regard to the safety of the citizens of the U.S. Other members of the presidents' club have acquited themselves with honor and dignity. These men, with differing beliefs, can work together to advance the nation's welfare. Too bad our current congress cannot adopt this same attitude.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35944)
    Performance
    (26943)
    Story
    (27328)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Enjoyed it more than I thought I would"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Good story and interesting characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course, it has to be Catniss


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    In most places the narration was excellent. Occasionally it was not excellent


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I think the idea of a one percent society is very appropriate at this time. I doubt the author had that in mind when writing but often an author reflects the time they live in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (223)

    The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army.

    Daniel says: "Good book, painful narration"
    "Gives one pause when thinking abour our military"
    Overall

    Very readable account of an alpha male who thought he could make a difference for our country. Pat Tillman got in so deep before he realized that our military leaders might have ideals that differed from his own. He paid the ultimate price before he had the wisdom to truly understand the nature of our military leaders.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10417)
    Performance
    (4850)
    Story
    (4867)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "He needs to also review motivations to succeed"
    Overall

    Excellent book with lots to think about. However, I often thought while reading that he is not considering the influence of personal motivation which may also be effecting individual's success

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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