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Michael N. Bergelson

Bronx, NY United States | Member Since 2004

  • 10 reviews
  • 88 ratings
  • 244 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain

    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"
    "Pure entertainment"

    It is very educational book for restaurant goers. Every time I enter go to a restaurant lately, I refer to the observation that are made in this dynamic description of restaurant life inside and outside. Besides being entertaining, this book supply some inside facts that you may never learn unless you read this book. So much sticks in your mind, that it comes out during you visit to a restaurant or to a bar.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By James Lurie

    The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, New York and Washington, learned how to manufacture it - until August 2007, when that confidence began to crumble. Ron Suskind here tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility".

    shari says: "another uneducated narrator"
    "This is the best book for the election time."
    What made the experience of listening to Confidence Men the most enjoyable?

    You learn a lot about American Economy and financial matters.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barack Obama

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is imposible to get this information at one sitting. It took me 2 weeks of intensive listenig. Run Suskind is an outstanding political writer. I learned a lot about economy and about the complexity of running this country. I lesten to most of Ron Suskind books ob

    Any additional comments?

    It was a long and extensive venture into politics and economy of our country

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "Eye Opener"
    Would you try another book from Barbara Demick and/or Karen White?

    It is a dry description of a miserable life in North Korea. Even life in the Soviet Union where I lived until year 1974, could be considered quite an easy existence comparing it to North Korea everyday life. Such description kills any curiosity of visiting this land. One could only feel sorry for North Koreans...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "Creation of the Information Future Giant"

    The book is a history of Google creation, Google policies and Google functioning. It reads like a novel and a fiction. But I know that everything is real in Google: ideas, accomplishments and management skills. The process of company management is the most exciting part of the whole story. It is not a surprise that Google as a tool became a part of most people life that are using computers, cell phone and look for most of information on web. It is a Must read for information technologists. I loved it...

    Michael Bergelson

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Known and Unknown

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Narrated By Donald Rumsfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With the same directness that defined his career in public service, Donald Rumsfeld's memoir is filled with previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It also features Rumsfeld's unique and often surprising observations on eight decades of history.

    Brooks says: "Inside view of five decades in politics"
    "Highly Informative about US Government Work"

    I listened to ALL 4 parts of this engaging narrative that was written by a master speech writer, analyst and a politician. I learn more than I expected from a book about military matters. It contains history, politics and drama of human relationships within the Government, Governmental teams, and human family. It is written by an outstanding member of our government. It is the most informative book on the matters of War and Peace in our Times. It might become a text book for our future leaders: politicians and military. It could be downgraded only by dogmatic democrats. Any mature reader of this book would be proud to have Donald Rumsfeld caliber intellect in our government.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Very engaing"

    3. It is the outstanding description of the Russian background where actions are taking place in “The Charm School” by Nelson DeMille novel. It feels not like a fiction but a real thing. As a Russian who was born and lived in cities and villages of Russia, I can authenticate this incredible dynamic description of the fictional events of this detective novel. I listened to this audiobook twice. It has become my favorite non-fiction book. Now I am interested in more books by the same author. My passion for audiobooks started with non-fiction. I listen close to 400 audioboks during past 20 years but nowadays you would find me listening to Nelson DeMille novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nicholas Thompson
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard

    Only two Americans held positions of great influence throughout the Cold War; ironically, they were the chief advocates for the opposing strategies for winning---and surviving---that harrowing conflict. Both men came to power during World War II, reached their professional peaks during the Cold War's most frightening moments, and fought epic political battles that spanned decades.

    Michael N. Bergelson says: "Two outstanding people in the US Government"
    "Two outstanding people in the US Government"

    Story about two intellects working in American Government. Very educational. History about Russian-American relationships through the eyes of US dedicated officials. Gives retrospective and prospective views, as well as the food for thoughts about politics. The book is for history lovers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Next 100 Years, Friedman turns his eye on the future. Drawing on a profound understanding of history and geopolitical patterns dating back to the Roman Empire, he shows that we are now, for the first time in half a millennium, experiencing the dawn of a new historical cycle.

    Richard says: "Good Start - slow end"
    "It is not only about the far future."

    Thie book helps to understand the presence. The future is a great challenge but should not be taken very seriously...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of History and the End of Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Robert Kagan
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Post-Cold War, the world remains "unipolar", but international competition among the United States, Russia, China, Europe, Japan, India, and Iran raise new threats of regional conflict. Communism is dead, but a new contest between western liberalism and the great eastern autocracies of Russia and China has reinjected ideology into geopolitics.

    Michael N. Bergelson says: "Original thoughts about superpower relationships"
    "Original thoughts about superpower relationships"

    Provides in depth analysis of relationships of former superpowers and new powers that sprung on world stage. Interesting predictions. Only time will tell how accurate these predictions are...

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Human Story of a true Engineer"

    This is a biography on an engineer who developed a unique computer system for masses. A character of a brilliant inventor is painted with vivid color, humor and a human touch. It is a story of life of an inventor, a life of his invention: Apple computer, and a life of a successful engineer who ended up teaching computers to school children . The story is frank and full of light humor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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