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doral, FL, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 8 reviews
  • 228 ratings
  • 310 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Notes from the Underground

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman

    By the time Dostoevsky was 40, he had spent four years in prison and a further four years in the army as punishment for his part in a political conspiracy. His health was broken. He was gaunt, fervid, anxiety-ridden, and close to bankruptcy. It was in this state he wrote Notes from the Underground, a masterpiece of the psychology of theoutsider.

    jb says: "Brilliant"
    "Not his best work"

    I found this book a bit dull and lacking. The reader doesn´t help.

    0 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • A Princess of Mars: Mars Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A young Arizona prospector, chased by Indians, takes refuge in a mysterious cave. A strange gas paralyzes him. His spirit leaves his body and travels to Mars where he becomes a warrior.

    Carol says: "A Classic of Action Fantasy"
    "great story, slow reading"
    Where does A Princess of Mars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this is a interesting story. I found the reading a bit slow and thus made it hard for me to stay focused. overall, worth the credit!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan: Emperor of All Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    In the early 13th century, a simple nomad chieftain managed to cobble together a powerful kingdom in the highlands of northern Asia, which was subsequently to challenge the greatest powers of the day. He was triumphant in all directions. This leader was Timujin, whose name meant "Iron Man". He became Genghis Khan, "Universal Ruler", the greatest conqueror ever known - a warrior feared from the British Isles to the tip of the Korean peninsula.

    Curatina says: "Fabulous!"
    "thorough and interesting"

    this is a really good autobiography of Genghis Khan. In a concise manner, the author is able to give you a clear perspective of GK and how he developed his great empire.
    The reader is particularly good and makes listening to the book quite agreeable.

    This is a great read if you like to learn about history.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Lowenstein
    • Narrated By Roger Lowenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Genius Failed is the cautionary financial tale of our time, the gripping saga of what happened when an elite group of investors believed they could actually deconstruct risk and use virtually limitless leverage to create limitless wealth. In Roger Lowenstein's hands, it is a brilliant tale peppered with fast money, vivid characters, and high drama.

    Pankaj says: "Informative and interesting, full of suspense"
    "longer than needed"

    while this is an interesting read, it could have been a shorter book without compromising the message. The first part was ok, the middle dragged on too much and the ending was very strong. Perhaps the problem was too much detail.
    At any rate, the book is very well documented and is able to put you in the situation quite easily.
    I would recommend this to anyone who wants to see first hand how being smart is not always a garantee to success, but rather business sense

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi

    Here is a mesmerizing depiction of one man's indoctrination into the Spartan way of life and death, and of the legendary men and women who gave the culture an immortal gravity. Culminating in the electrifying and horrifying epic battle of Thermopylae, Gates of Fire weaves history, mystery, and heartbreaking romance into a literary tale that brings the Homeric tradition into the 21st century.

    Scott says: "Excellent, but very sad it's abridged"
    "Entertaining and really well narrated"

    this is a great read. It is perhaps more interesting than the movie 300. A bit gory in some places, but overall, it is an excelent read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Simon Callow

    The publication of a new translation by Fagles is a literary event. His translations of both the Iliad and Odyssey have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and have become the standard translations of our era. Now, with this stunning modern verse translation, Fagles has reintroduced Virgil's Aeneid to a whole new generation, and completed the classical triptych at the heart of Western civilization.

    Rob says: "Fagles is best"
    "not to be listened"

    I believe some books are better read than listened to --this is one of them. The story is great, but it is difficult to follow when read to. Perhaps it is the accent.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Edmund Morris
    • Narrated By Harry Chase

    Available for the first time in audio, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt is the story of seven men - a naturalist, a writer, a lover, a hunter, a ranchman, a soldier, and a politician - who merged at age 42 to become the youngest American President in history. This first volume of a planned trilogy won both the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award. The second, Theodore Rex, is also available from

    Michael says: "One of the best books I've come across."

    This is a great overview into TR´s early years. You read about his overachiving attitude and his dedicated pursuit of excelence in everything he did.
    Can be a bit slow at times, but overall, it is worth the read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Ben Mezrich

    Ugly Americans is the true story of John Malcolm, a Princeton graduate who traveled halfway around the world in search of the American dream and pulled off a trade that could be described as the biggest deal in the history of the financial markets.

    Marin says: "Great book with an entertaining reader!"

    This book reads like a movie. The pace is quick and interesting throughout. There are interesting insights about brokers and the type of lifestyle they lead -- or rather, would like to live.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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