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Brad

St. Louis, MO | Member Since 2006

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  • The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (187)

    The Path Between the Seas tells the story of the men and women who fought against all odds to fulfill the 400-year-old dream of constructing an aquatic passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is a story of astonishing engineering feats, tremendous medical accomplishments, political power plays, heroic successes, and tragic failures. McCullough expertly weaves the many strands of this momentous event into a captivating tale.

    Tim says: "No Stone Unturned"
    "Epic and exciting"
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    This is two books in one -- the story of the brave but failed French attempt to build a canal and the story of the American success that built on the good work of the French. The author covers back-room politics, the living conditions and daily life on the canal, the history of decision-making, and the triumphant completion of the project. The book is epic in scope and exciting from start to finish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Brad Stone
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (952)

    Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

    Brock says: "An amazing company with an amazing story!"
    "Fascinating and balanced"
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    This is a behind-the-scenes account of the growth of Amazon. The author covers the company in a balanced way, noting Jeff Bezos's fanatical focus on customer service even to the point of using bullying tactics towards competitors and treating employees poorly. I came away with a little more wariness towards making so many of my purchases at Amazon.com. A fascinating read, especially for those interested in business or technology.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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