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John

Canyon lake, TX, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11703)
    Performance
    (10135)
    Story
    (10111)

    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.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Get Story"
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    I would recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in technology and/or business. Jobs is a fascinating character, his life, accomplishments, and mad scientist persona along with the rise of the information age are laid out in this intriguing and well written biography. The narration is average and I did not like it at first, but it's a biography so the reading does not really make or break it. It was well worth the credit, I was disappointed when it ended because I enjoyed it so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    College football has never been more popular - or more chaotic. Millions fill 100,000-seat stadiums every Saturday; tens of millions more watch on television every weekend. The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama had a viewership of 26.4 million people, second only to the Super Bowl. Billions of dollars from television deals now flow into the game; the average budget for a top-ten team is $80 million; top coaches make more than $3 million a year; the highest paid, more than $5 million.

    Brady says: "Excellent!"
    "Great Insight!!"
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    I'm not completely done with the book, but since it has no reviews and I'm 75% through it in only 2 days and with each chapter standing on it's own, I think I can give a fair review. This book is great, For college football fans, all the characters, programs and games will be familiar, but the insight and the step by step, blow by blow behind the scenes reporting will have you engrossed. Each chapter stands on its own and generally follows a character giving you their perspective as it relates to college football. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Mike Leach. The narration is overall solid, its doesn't add or take away. Each chapter is about 30-45 minutes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Hearts: One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jim Frederick
    • Narrated By Corey Snow
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (38)

    This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment - a unit known as the Black Heart Brigade. Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq's so-called Triangle of Death, a veritable meat grinder just south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts found themselves in arguably the country's most dangerous location at its most dangerous time.

    Vygramul says: "Difficult story, well read"
    "Difficult, Eye Opening, Moving Book"
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    Military, war, and detailed audio books are often difficult to listen to verses read due to the amount of names and place that are sometimes hard to keep track of without being able to reference in print, however for Blacks Hearts listening does not take away from it's powerful account of this tragedy in Iraq. My respect for those that served in this book could not be higher.

    Frederick states in the prologue something to the effect that there were " good leaders that had bad days, and bad leaders that had good days." And that this account was not an indictment against the leaders decisions that ultimately resulted in this horrific war crime, and it is not, yet does not absolve guilt either.

    Black Hearts, is a harrowing tale of war and the impossible situations that leaders and soldiers on the ground experienced. Which unfortunately resulted in, while not unprecedented a preventable war crime.

    If you want to know what you're getting into with this book, imagine Karl Marlantes' novel on Vietnam "Matterhorn" meets Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", set in the worst location and time during the Iraq war and sadly nothing about is fiction.

    I highly recommend this book, but warn it pack a punch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4383)
    Performance
    (2538)
    Story
    (2539)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "Classic"
    Overall

    If you like good literature, get this novel. I found it very powerful. It gripped me and I find I cannot shake the feeling it left me with. It made me feel the same way I felt after I finished Slaughter House Five and I would say the writing is almost on the same level. It is one of the best war novels ever written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Here, There, and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Geoff Emerick, Howard Massey
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Geoff Emerick was only 15 years old when he began working with the Beatles as assistant engineer for their early classics "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You". Incredibly, at the age of 19, he was promoted to full engineer, taking the helm for the group's groundbreaking album Revolver. Ten months later, he joined forces with the Beatles for the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest album ever made.

    sparkerart says: "A Must For Any Beatles Fan"
    "Here, There, and Everywhere"
    Overall

    A must read for any Beatles fan. It is an insiders account from inside the studio for a majority of the recordings produced. It provides an in studio look at the groups interpersonal behavior that has not been well written about. It goes album by album song by song and tells how it came to be from the sound engineer's perspective. As a Beatles fan I could not stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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