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Joseph

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  • The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Alan Deutschman
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    From the acclaimed Vanity Fair and GQ journalist - an unprecedented, in-depth portrait of the man whose return to Apple precipitated one of the biggest turnarounds in business history.

    Thomas says: "Awesome background on Apple, NeXT, and Pixar."
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this look at Steve Jobs. I am an Apple consumer and so the intrigue of what Jobs is all about has always been interesting to me. Recent TV/movie portrayals of the man seem to have left out major parts of his life. This book did a good job of giving me a complete picture of Steve, even if it was a little overly dark at times. The author seems to deny credit in cases where Steve may have deserved it, but over all I think the book was balanced and gave reasons to why Steve is who he is. If you like Apple or if you enjoy reading about the computer boom and technology, you will certainly enjoy this book. =)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (176)

    Moneyball is a quest for something that money can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected by a brotherhood of baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, and physics professors. These numbers prove that the traditional measure of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. This information has been around for years, and nobody paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's.

    Steven says: "Best Audible Book Yet"
    "Money Ball is Rich"
    Overall

    This was a great book on the East Bay Boys and their fearless leader, Billy B! While the Moneyball debate rages on (does it really work or not?) the data continues to pile in and lend its support to Billy's mad methods. As a fan of the game I was instantly drawn in to the drama of this book and the many play-by-play descriptions that were thrown in. The vivid pictures combined with the insights on the more recent history of baseball makes this book a fun and engaging read (listen). Whether you love the A's or not (and I do) this book has so much baseball in it, -- if you're a fan -- you must read it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful: Two Diehard Boston Red Sox Fans Chronicle the Historic 2004 Season

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stewart O'Nan, Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Adam Grupper
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (16)

    Early in 2004, two writers and Red Sox fans, Stewart O'Nan and Stephen King, decided to chronicle the upcoming season, one of the most hotly anticipated in baseball history. They would sit together at Fenway. They would exchange e-mails. They would write about the games. And, as it happened, they would witness not only the greatest comeback ever in sports, but the first Red Sox championship in 86 years as the team put '86 behind them and eighty-sixed the Curse.

    Eileen says: "King hits another home run"
    "The Horror Master Delivers!"
    Overall

    This is the kind of book that only Hollywood could write. In the curse-breaking year of the BoSox, the authors combined to weave an amazing story that looks suspiciously like the team's history since the trade of the Bambino. Of course, we now know how the story ends but because the authors didn't, this is an incredibly fun and enjoyable read. The back and forth drama is at once bliss followed immediately by intense agony. After all, it's two die-hard Boston Red Sox fans and we would expect nothing else from BoSox Nation! I'm not even a Sox fan and found myself unable to 'put it down'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Baseball: A History of America's Favorite Game

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By George Vecsey
    • Narrated By Alan Nebelthau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Best-selling author George Vecsey is an esteemed and award-winning sports journalist for the New York Times. In Baseball, he recounts the history of America's national pastime. Baseball has been around in various forms for thousands of years, but only within the last 200 years has it become an American institution. Growing from a sport played in open fields and big-city streets, baseball has seen its share of innovators and detractors, heroes and villains.

    says: "Disappointing"
    "If you love baseball, you'll love Baseball!"
    Overall

    This is a great book full of insight, humor and of course -- baseball. The author weaves a good story keeping baseball lore alive and well, while sprinkling in the facts, too (snicker snicker). Seriously, if you love the game, then you'll love the book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Charles Barkley, edited by Michael Wilbon
    • Narrated By Charles Barkley
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Charles Barkley has never been shy about expressing his opinions. Michael Jordan once said that we all want to say the things that Barkley says, but we don't dare. Many people are going to be shocked and scandalized by I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It, but many more will stand up and cheer. One way or another, if more blood hasn't reached your brain by the time you've finished this book, maybe you've been embalmed.

    Jennifer says: "Interesting Insights for a Sports Fan"
    "Barkley Bites Back"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book to a degree, but Barkley speaks up about a lot of things he doesn't seem to understand or know about, at least not first hand. The book is pretty funny and he does a nice job of narrating the material, but over all the material was lacking. If you're looking for a "pass-the-time" kind of read, this is a good book. If you want something very thought provoking and insightful into the world of sports, this probably will leave you disappointed. =)

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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