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Sean

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  • Pulp Physics: Astronomy: Humankind in Space and Time

    • ORIGINAL (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dr. Richard Berendzen
    • Narrated By Richard Berendzen
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    In this unscripted recording, renowned astrophysicist Dr. Richard Berendzen takes you on a journey through space and time that is captivating from the moment he begins to speak. Enjoy the best of both worlds: an expert's knowledge in a user-friendly format!

    Dell says: "Pulp Physics is insightful history"
    "Get it"
    Overall

    If you are remotely interested in the history of astrophysics then get it. His style is great and even though you are listening he does a great job of putting pictures in your head. Even my wife who is not interested in physics loved his stories. It is the right length and very easy listening for such a deep topic.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • John Adams

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (200)

    With the sweep and vitality of a great novel, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough presents the enthralling story of John Adams. This is history on a grand scale - an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Read by History Channel host Edward Herrmann!

    Thomas says: "fantastic"
    "Great account of his life and the time"
    Overall

    Just a very well-told story of his life through letters from the time. I especially enjoyed his relationship with his wife. The letters to her are very telling of his true feelings about very important topics. This great approach to telling his story comes across as truthful and not so much focus on bragging. It is also excellent in showing you the personalities of the other revolutionaries of the time by his (and his family's) interactions with Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, etc... Very enlightening. I was not bothered by the narrator as others were. Very entertaining, you won't be disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Re-imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Peters
    • Narrated By Tom Peters
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    What, according to Tom Peters, Chairman of Tom Peters Company, is the problem with the way people do business today? Well-intentioned people who like to get things done are being thwarted at every step of the way by absurd organizational barriers and by the egos of petty tyrants.

    Chris says: "not that great"
    "Good ideas... long presentation"
    Overall

    He has a lot of good ideas, most of which were first practiced in Silicon Valley 20 years ago. He spends WAY too much time on marketing to women and the aging baby boomers. He makes a solid point but just goes on too long. His general premise in the book is to break down the old rules and presents a new model for our economy moving forward. A lot of good advice in here for most business people. He is very hyper and opinionated so you may not like it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Michael Lewis
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (197)

    Moneyball is a quest for something that money can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected by a brotherhood of baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, and physics professors. These numbers prove that the traditional measure of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. This information has been around for years, and nobody paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's.

    Steven says: "Best Audible Book Yet"
    "Interesting and entertaining"
    Overall

    If you are a baseball fan then it is interesting to listen to how the Oakland A's and Billy Bean were able to beat the sytem and take a low income team to the top. If you are a Yankee fan(I am not) or another big market team beware that they are out to bash your team's spending for top-notch players. I am also interested in statistics and this book tells how the A's realigned baseball statistics to think about what really matters when looking for talent. The author is highly biased or is perhaps a newbie to baseball as he seems completely taken by Bean's style and touts it as the only real truth. There are a dozen different philosophies and this is a really interesting look at one of the newer ones. Definitely worth the purchase. I love the little behind-the-scenes stories about some of the popular players. Good book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Generation Speaks: Letters and Reflections

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Brokaw
    • Narrated By Tom Brokaw, a supporting cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The men and women honored in Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation speak in this collection of letters from and about the Depression and World War II.

    Sean says: "Not for everyone"
    "Not for everyone"
    Overall

    The first mistake that I made was in that I thought that I purchased The Greatest Generation and instead I got this. After I got over the disappointment of my mistake I listened to this and it was interesting but not mind blowing in any way. Some stories are more telling of the time than others. I kind of got tired of the same readers relaying different stories and actually there are so many stories that they really started to blend. I am somebody who is VERY interested in hearing my father's stories and is fascinated by this generation but listening to hours and hours of 'ok' stories didn't make for great entertainment for me. Perhaps I would have liked it more as it was intended (a follow-on to the original book) but I don't think so.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Take on the Street: What Wall Street and Corporate America Don't Want You to Know

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Arthur Levitt, Paula Dwyer
    • Narrated By Arthur Levitt
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    With integrity and authority, former SEC chair Arthur Levitt gives us a bracing primer on the collapse of the system that oversees our capital markets, and essential advice on a discipline we often ignore to our peril - how not to lose money. At once anecdotal (names are named), informative, and prescriptive, Take on the Street "should be mandatory for anyone with a dollar invested in the stock market," says Publishers Weekly.

    Sean says: "Self-promoting with no usable info"
    "Self-promoting with no usable info"
    Overall

    This book is great for anyone who wants to read about the history of the internet bubble and how Arthur Levitt is the self-proclaimed "nice guy" in the world and tried to save us with tons of regulation. The only real tips that you get in the book is to buy index funds. The rest of the time is spent bashing politicians and corporations in a very biased way. He is touting himself constantly with very little valuable info here. Save your money. Unless you are a big Levitt fan and want to hear him ramble about how he turned his life around for the good of the individual investor...

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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