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David

Fairfield, CT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Gretchen Morgenson, Joshua Rosner
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    In Reckless Endangerment, Gretchen Morgenson, the star business columnist of The New York Times, exposes how the watchdogs who were supposed to protect the country from financial harm were actually complicit in the actions that finally blew up the American economy.

    Rob says: "Captivating and enlightening story"
    "Good story, felt somewhat biased"
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    What did you love best about Reckless Endangerment?

    Reckless Endangerment was an interesting overview of how we find ourselves in our recent financial crisis (at least with respect to issues in the United States). The authors do a nice job of tying individual events of the last twenty years and how they led, foreseeably to our current situation. Overall I enjoyed this book though it felt at times less of an historic review and more of an editorial.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great overview of recent financial events.


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

    No, but I don't think that at all harmed my opinion of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, an enjoyable book though the perspective felt a bit slanted at times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Edwards
    • Narrated By Douglas Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1038)
    Performance
    (844)
    Story
    (840)

    Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

    Stephen says: "Definitely worth a credit"
    "An Interesting View Into the Early Years of Google"
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    What did you love best about I'm Feeling Lucky?

    It is a great view into how Google was formed and some of the events that we all saw from the outside. I particularly enjoyed that it was a balanced portrayal, not always for and not always against Google. It also provided an interesting view of now popular figures like Marissa Mayer.


    What does Douglas Edwards bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An insider's view from someone who is willing to both support and be critical of Google.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Memory of Light: Wheel of Time, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5476)
    Performance
    (4966)
    Story
    (5031)

    Since 1990, when Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, listeners have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over 40 million copies in over 32 languages. When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork.

    Amazon Customer says: "End of one of my favorite fantasy series ever."
    "A Fitting Conclusion"
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    Where does A Memory of Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was beginning to feel like finishing the Wheel of Time series would end up on my bucket list. Then, here the conclusion was finally. Overall, I found this an excellent story with a fitting performance I enjoyed the varied voices which helped keep track of a difficult story with lots of characters. They made it easy to follow and very entertaining. This is one of the books I have enjoyed the most from Audible.


    What other book might you compare A Memory of Light to and why?

    It's difficult to come up with comparisons. If probably have to compare it to the previous Wheel of Time books that I have listened to on audio book.


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They gave each of the many characters a different personality. This helped make the story easier to follow and much more enjoyable. Having read many of the earlier books, I think it was easier to follow in an audio format.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Only in that the story was finally complete which was both saddening and pleasing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3963)
    Performance
    (3240)
    Story
    (3208)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    Amazon Customer says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Not Grisham's Best Work But a Good Story"
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    What did you like best about The Litigators? What did you like least?

    The performance was quite good with varied and consistent characters.

    On the negative side, I found the story very predictable. It didn't take long to figure out what was going to happen next.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Grisham before, how does this one compare?

    I generally enjoy Grisham's stories but I certainly don't find this his best work. The story was interesting but very predictable.


    Which character – as performed by Dennis Boutsikaris – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the character of Wally in terms of the performance. The character himself wasn't my favorite nor do I think he was intended to be. However, I found the performance excellent and consistent with what I would have expected the character to sound like.


    Was The Litigators worth the listening time?

    Yes it was worth the listening time. Overall, I enjoyed it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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