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Robert

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  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall—from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frank Brady
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (316)

    From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer’s, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his life—he began as a brilliant youngster, then became the pride of American chess, then took a sharp turn, struggling with paranoia and mental illness. But nobody truly understood him.

    Roy says: "A Trajedy"
    "Details, and lots of them"
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    What did you love best about Endgame?

    This book gives you a better overall picture of Bobby's life from early childhood until his death, much more focused on Bobby himself as a person as opposed to Bobby the Chess Champion.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Endgame?

    Details about Bobby's wilderness years were very memorable, his quest for a normal life out of the spot light drove him to be a recluse.


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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (12237)
    Performance
    (10595)
    Story
    (10571)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Great book, Issacson does it again"
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    If you could sum up Steve Jobs in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, concise, and balanced


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having read the Woz bio and now the Jobs bio I can see the two different sides of the coin, and how the dark days of Apple came about, a long with the revival. The best part of the book is that the author neither focused on the negative or the positive, delivered a balanced portrayal of Steve Jobs, on Steve's scale, this book would rate brilliant.


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