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  • The Wal-Mart Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charles Fishman
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    Drawing on unprecedented interviews with former Wal-Mart executives and a wealth of staggering data�including facts such as this: Americans spend $36 million an hour at Wal-Mart stores, this text is an intimate look at a business that is dramatically reshaping the American economy.

    Michael says: "Excellent, Balanced View"
    "Just Ok"
    Overall

    A very light and superficial approach to the "Wal-Mart phenomenon". Gets into some of the history and mindset of this company, but avoids tough topics such as unfair competition, the encouragement of "economic cheaters" such as China (a country which cheats on environmental pollution, social obligations, intellectual property, etc.), and the addiction of American shoppers to "conspicuous consumption". A good introduction to Wal-Mart, but very light. Also, the sycophantic demeanor of the author does get boring after a while.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer Government

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    The irreverent author of the cult classic Syrup hits his target in this satire on the wages of big capital. In Max Barry's hilarious vision of the near future, the world is run by giant American corporations, and employees take the last names of the companies they work for; The Police and The NRA are publicly traded security firms, and the U.S. government may only investigate crimes if they can bill a citizen directly.

    EJ SHUMAK says: "Well done but just a bit preachy--"
    "Delightful"
    Overall

    A satirical approach to how far society has gone to sell something. Very funny and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War on the Middle Class: How to Fight Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lou Dobbs
    • Narrated By Lou Dobbs
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Through his nightly CNN show Lou Dobbs Tonight, his syndicated radio program, and his monthly magazine column, Lou Dobbs has become one of America's most visible, popular, and respected voices on business and financial matters. Now, with War on the Middle Class, Dobbs takes an impassioned and rousing stance on the all-out class war that is turning the American dream into a nightmare.

    Richard says: "Lou Has Got It Mostly Right !"
    "As pointless as his tv show"
    Overall

    If you enjoy his tv show you will enjoy this book. I didn't enjoy either.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician 1962-1972

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Michael Wells
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    On June 17, 1972, five well-dressed men carrying walkie talkies, cameras, and burglary tools were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington's Watergate Hotel. Allegations of high-level involvement in the crime led to President Nixon's resignation. In Nixon, Stephen Ambrose presents a balanced, unflinching portrait of one of America's most complex and puzzling chief executives.

    Craig M. Nelson says: "Caricature of Richard Nixon"
    "Very boring - only for the hardcore history buffs"
    Overall

    A factual account with many details regarding Nixon's rise and fall. The book is very long and tedious, and the reader is very monotonous. Otherwise it's ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julian Rubinstein
    • Narrated By Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

    S. Hawkins says: "Fantastic"
    "Very Funny And Entertaining"
    Overall

    This book is very funny and on top of that, it's a real story. The reader is also very good. I highly recommend it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • China, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted C. Fishman
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    China today is visible everywhere: In the news, in the economic pressures battering America, in the workplace, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential, this dramatic account of China's growing dominance as an industrial super-power by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how the profound shift in the global economic order has occurred, and why it already affects us all.

    Dave Larson says: "China status update"
    "Interesting but very light"
    Overall

    The book is ok. A little superficial and the reader does get boring after a while. Don't expect anything too insightful, though. Just basic general trends behind China's emergence as "America's factory". On the downside, the author is awed by all sorts of banal trends and doesn't make the effort (or doesn't have the intellectual capability) to do significant research and present much more meaningful explanations and conclusions. Light reading for the non-business / non-economist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Alan Greenspan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (158)

    "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"
    "Total nonsense from a con-man"
    Overall

    If you are wondering why most citizens in the U.S. and even worldwide are hurting, you need look no further than the author. This is the biggest bunch of nonsense I've ever heard. Talk about trying to rewrite history and cover your tracks; he may fool some people, but not me. Lots of con-men have done this in the past, though none as eloquently as this guy. He belongs right up there with the thieves from Enron, Worldcomm, etc. Don't waste your time with this gibberish.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rubies in the Orchard: How to Uncover the Hidden Gems in Your Business

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lynda Resnick, Francis Wilkinson
    • Narrated By Lynda Resnick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    POM Wonderful. FIJI Water. Teleflora. The Franklin Mint. Lynda Resnick's marketing triumphs read like an encyclopedia of branding. She is the smartest and hardest-working marketing brain in the business - the kind of marketer who can sell "ice sculptures to Eskimos". But her brilliant ideas aren't simply the result of random inspiration; they're the products of a systematic approach to marketing that any company - large or small - can adapt to achieve success.

    Manuel says: "Not much rubies in this orchard"
    "Just ok"
    Overall

    The book is ok. It's a somewhat interesting autobiographical work from a shameless self-promoter. What else would you expect from a marketer. There are no insights to be learned, but it can be entertaining for those who find the author or the subject matter (i.e. very superficial approaches to marketing) of interest. I probably would've found it interesting when I was in seventh grade...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rigged

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Ben Mezrich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    This is the startling rags-to-riches story of an Italian-American kid from the streets of Brooklyn who claws his way into the wild, frenetic world of the oil exchange. After conquering the hallowed halls of Harvard Business School, he enters the testosterone-laced warrens of the Merc Exchange, the asylumlike oil exchange located in lower Manhattan.

    Carey Patrick Ryan says: "Another interesting story..."
    "Not his best, but entertaining"
    Overall

    I really like this author and have listened to Ugly Americans (one of my favorites) and Busting Vegas (another favorite). This book is less complex and doesn't reach the depth of the two books mentioned above. Nevertheless, it is an entertaining book, very well read, and I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3526)
    Performance
    (1438)
    Story
    (1432)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Very entertaining"
    Overall

    The author is great at reading the book. He presents his autobiography in a very cynical manner, as per his real-life demeanor. At times it may seem juvenile, but nonetheless I found it entertaining. There are several great tips regarding cooking and eating out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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