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Manhattan Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 101 ratings
  • 411 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Alan Greenspan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean

    "This book is in part a detective story. After 9/11 I knew, if I needed further reinforcement, that we are living in a new world - the world of a global capitalist economy that is vastly more flexible, resilient, open, self-correcting, and fast-changing than it was even a quarter century earlier. It's a world that presents us with enormous new possibilities but also enormous new challenges. The Age of Turbulence is my attempt to understand the nature of this new world." (Alan Greenspan)

    Terry says: "Tripled my understanding of our economy"
    "Basics for wide audience"

    If you are not very familiar with macroeconomics and would like to know Alan Greenspan's take on economic forces, principals and issues of modern times, this is a great book. You will find plenty of historical examples, future projections as well as eloquently explained economic and political relationships and trends that shape our world as we know today. Just as interesting is the authors' opinion of many prominent public figures he met during his career.
    The book is intended to be an "easy read" for an average reader, so do not expect it to be of much academic value or any in-depth research/analysis that can be used for, say, investment purposes.
    The narration is excellent, arguments are persuasive and easy to follow, the amount of material covered is also quite substantial.
    Ideally, I would suggest this book to an average voter who wants to understand the economic impact of various public policies. Policies like "more taxes for the rich", "more power to the unions", "deport immigrants", "erect a trade barrier with China", "freeze gasoline prices" not only have a profound economic impact (mostly negative) on everybody, but also have a long history of prior attempts that we can learn a lot from.
    Lastly, as much as Greenspan tried not to come across this way, but he surely seems to be riding a rather high horse. His opinion of self-importance and self-righteousness could use a trim..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Bill Browder
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper

    Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

    Mike says: "Gutsy, chilling and important."
    "A must read for those interested in russia"

    Many clueless oblivious young Russians who did not suffer the stalin era and think that things evolved.. must read this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Get it, you will not regret it."

    This book easily gets on my top ten list. I have been listening for a long time with over 300 books downloaded from various sources.

    I am not sure whether it's better than "Pillars of the Earth", but it's irrelevant because I'd recommend to get them both.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Rudyard Kipling
    • Narrated By Sumeet Bharati

    "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", a short story from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, is about the adventures of a valiant young mongoose.

    Yawn20 says: "Very well done"
    "Kids loved it."

    Great story, great narration. Kids absolutely loved it. Can't beat the price, but I'd still get it if it wasn't free.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • From the Corner of His Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

    Ric says: "Great Book"
    "Waste of bandwidth."

    There are way better books than this one. For starters, the plot is boring and predictable. The characters are either extremely bad or just as extremely angelic to such a degree that they come across as fake cartoons. I listened to the end, but only because I had nothing else to listen to at the moment.

    The whole idea of existence of multiple parallel world created by people's choices is presented a bit out of place to be the central theme of the story.

    The author also attempted to involve a number of racial and religious issues. These do not seem to fit in a fictional novel.

    Some books are written to get a point of view across, some are written strictly for entertainment value. This book... is worthless.

    3 of 19 people found this review helpful

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