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Andy

Westport, CT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Straight Flush: The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire - and How it All Came Crashing Down...

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    Based on extensive insider interviews and participation, acclaimed author Ben Mezrich's Straight Flush tells the captivating rags-to-riches tale of a group of University of Montana frat brothers who turned a weekly poker game in the basement of a local dive bar into AbsolutePoker.com, one of the largest online companies in the world. But then the U.S. Department of Justice placed a bull's-eye on Absolute Poker. Did they fold - or double down and ride their hot hand?

    Mark K. Anduss says: "Shatner?"
    "they even tried to do it the right way"
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    Another fast moving, feels like you are there, story from Ben Mezrich. The usual themes: young folks with a laser focus on bringing home the brass ring. Great narration too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chicago Death Trap: The Iroquois Theatre Fire of 1903

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nat Brandt
    • Narrated By Gary Regal
    Overall
    (11)
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    (10)
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    (10)

    On the afternoon of December 30, 1903, during a sold-out matinee performance, a fire broke out in Chicago's Iroquois Theatre. In the short span of twenty minutes, more than six hundred people were asphyxiated, burned, or trampled to death in a panicked mob's failed attempt to escape. In Chicago Death Trap: The Iroquois Theatre Fire of 1903, Nat Brandt provides a detailed chronicle of this horrific event to assess not only the titanic tragedy of the fire itself but also the municipal corruption and greed that kindled the flames beforehand and the political cover-ups hidden in the smoke and ash afterwards.

    Andy says: "Nice pace with lots of details"
    "Nice pace with lots of details"
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    Terrific recap of the run-up to, the fire itself, and aftermath of the tragedy. Filled with interesting detail on the world of the theatre at the turn of the century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George Friedman
    • Narrated By Bruce Turk, George Friedman
    Overall
    (68)
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    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    George Friedman has forecasted the coming trends (politics, technology, population, and culture) of the next century in The Next 100 Years, and focused his predictions on the coming ten years in The Next Decade. Now, in Flashpoints, Friedman zooms in on the region that has, for 500 years, been the cultural hotbed of the world - Europe - and examines the most basic and fascinating building block of the region: culture.

    John says: "Important Reading: Old Grievances Do Not Go Away"
    "illuminates a wide range of issues"
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    Measured survey of the journey of highs and lows for the countries in and around Europe. Woven together, Mr. Friedman lays out what he thinks all of this portends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Success in Africa: CEO Insights from a Continent on the Rise

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jonathan Berman
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    With twenty years of experience in frontier markets, including a decade working in Africa, author Jonathan Berman engages with top business leaders on the vast opportunities and challenges of the continent. Success in Africa pushes past the headlines on Africa's growth to answer the questions often asked by companies and investors: Who do I work with there and what drives them? How do I deal with government? What about war, disease, and poverty? What about China? How do I win?

    Andy says: "an inch wide and half an inch deep"
    "an inch wide and half an inch deep"
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    Here's the condensed formula I learned from the book.: be there, be serious, think long term.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franklin
    • Narrated By Armando Valdez Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    Having had unparalleled access to the Chilean mine disaster, award-winning journalist Jonathan Franklin takes readers to the heart of a remarkable story of human endurance, survival, and historic heroism. 33 Men is the groundbreaking, authoritative account of the Chilean mine disaster, one of the longest human entrapments in history.

    Andy says: "clear, full of details and gripping"
    "clear, full of details and gripping"
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    Rich story about how these 33 men got trapped, lived underground and were rescued. Fascinating details about what kind of "help" arrived from up above during the ordeal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Eric Topol, MD
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (39)
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    (30)
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    (28)

    In The Patient Will See You Now, Eric Topol, one of the nation's top physicians, examines what he calls medicine's "Gutenberg moment". Much as the printing press liberated knowledge from the control of an elite class, new technology is poised to democratize medicine. In this new era, patients will control their data and be emancipated from a paternalistic medical regime in which "the doctor knows best."

    PTA says: "Bold, innovative, and foward thinking!"
    "the future is here"
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    Terrific overview of how technology available today, coupled with a mindset shift in clinician thinking, can go a long way towards improving health care for all.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Days in the Art World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sarah Thornton
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie's auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami's studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life.

    Andy says: "informative, from several perspectives"
    "informative, from several perspectives"
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    Sarah Thornton did a good job here of teaching us about the art world. With her "close up" accounts of real life events, she helped me better understand the goals and motivations of the myriad players in the value chain.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Marie Kondo
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (594)

    Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

    Rebecca says: "I both love and hate this life changing book"
    "therapy for the journey"
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    Very soothing one way conversation with the author about her lifelong journey tidying up....and what you can learn from it. Good pre-therapy before cleaning out your house of lifetime possessions. A little corny when she starts thanking her possessions for the joy they bring to her life. Nonetheless, mildly entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Adam Alter
    • Narrated By Tristan Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
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    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Why are people named Kim, Kelly, and Ken more likely to donate to Hurricane Katrina victims than to Hurricane Rita victims? Are you really more likely to solve puzzles if you watch a light bulb illuminate? How did installing blue lights along a Japanese railway line halt rising crime and suicide rates? Can decorating your walls with the right artwork make you more honest? The human brain is fantastically complex, having engineered space travel and liberated nuclear energy, so it's no wonder that we resist the idea that we're deeply influenced by our surroundings.

    ├ůsa says: "Fascinating!"
    "data driven discoveries"
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    Delightful listen of some new and unexpected factoids about human behavior. Super narration too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (1173)
    Story
    (1183)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Darwin8u says: "A solid, just not great social network dystopia"
    "is this where the web is headed?"
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    This story was an aspirational account of where a leading tech company wants to take the world.....to a place of total transparency. Great performance by the narration team.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 747: Creating the World's First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Sutter
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    747 is the thrilling story behind "the Queen of the Skies" - the Boeing 747 - as told by Joe Sutter, one of the most celebrated engineers of the 20th century, who spearheaded its design and construction. Sutter's vivid narrative takes us back to a time when American technology was cutting-edge and jet travel was still glamorous and new. With wit and warmth, he gives an insider's sense of the larger than life-size personalities - and the tensions - in the aeronautical world.

    Jean says: "What a beautiful plane"
    "not a jet, but a family of jets"
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    Interesting story about the aircraft business in general and the development of the 747 in particular. Now I understand why the model 747 has been around so long, and the reasons for its many configurations. I'm just an infrequent flier, but still enjoyed the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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