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Casper Paludan

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  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (208)
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    (183)
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    Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

    Rick says: "He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!"
    "Fascinating portrait of a powerful man"
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    If you could sum up Titan in three words, what would they be?

    Contrast, legacy, power.
    I chose contrast because Mr. Rockefeller undeniably did many fantastic things for humankind. For example, he founded The Rockefeller University which I attended and which changed my life forever. His Standard oil also did many good things in that it brought the benefits of oil to many people. At the same time, some of his business practices were very crude (no pun intended) and unnecessarily harsh. I chose legacy because his legacy is one of the most powerful ones and his achievements touch us every day. Power because of the focus and perseverance that marked his existence.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The description of his extremely colorful family background was so surprising to me that I feel the first two hours are easily worth the entire book.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    His second cousin Clive. No, seriously, this is not a good question for a biography. Obviously the main character...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile many times and laugh a couple of times.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very useful book for everybody who is interested in history and/or business and/or oil etc etc. there are many reasons to get it. I recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

    David C. Daggett says: "The Best of all Biographies"
    "Just fantastic..."
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    If you could sum up The Path to Power in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting, dramatic, instructive. The story really is riveting. The initial description of the Hill Country in Texas is so fantastic, petic, dramatic, revealing, evocative, and rich, that I have gone back several times to listen to it . And I will do so again.

    The description of Lyndon's childhood, his fathers travails, rise, and demise and the effect on the family and the boy, are utterly unmatched in contrast and drama. Finally, the way Lyndon copes with it all, using his bright and dark sides to get ahead, ingeniously in both, is very instructive. I believe one can learn as much if not more from the 80% successes than the 100% successes, because their moral or other failings make them come alive more and even a sleazy scheme should be learned from, in that it took drive and courage to perform it, and THAT is never a bad trait to have.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr. Sam, Lyndon's dad, is a very powerful and tragic figure and as he falls from grace, and we witness it by painstaking degrees, we develop a love for this character that makes us think of him long after the book is done. I find myself wondering what would have happened if he hadn't done that last unadvisable thing, made that last unsound investment....could he have swung back from failure?...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I won't give away the plot by giving a thorough description. It feels like a novel eventhough it isn't..so I know it's silly but I think you should have the pleasure of discovering it yourself.

    Lyndon was courting a young lady and her dad didn't think Lyndon a suitable husband for his daughter. the way he tried to humiliate Lyndon is very dramatic. And the way Lyndon got back at him and the family years later, even more so.

    Enjoy!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made my eyes go wide and it made me shake my head and it moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    Totally get this, you won't regret it! Also, read The Power Broker

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Lewisohn
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (226)

    Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

    Tad Davis says: "Insanely great"
    "Like being there yourself..."
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    Would you listen to Tune In again? Why?

    I am an avid Beatles fan and listening to TI, I feel like I'm in Liverpool in the 50s. The book is read with a great English accent and the narrator does a great job of lending distinct voices to men and women alike. Just priceless...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite Beatle? Probably Paul, and you can hear him speaking when the reader quotes him.


    Which character – as performed by Clive Mantle – was your favorite?

    Clive does a superb job of the girls, for example Cindy, John's one time gf. A little innocent, and totally star struck.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It's Beatles history so the most moving part has to be when John and Paul first meet. I really felt history being made in that moment...


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who loves the Beatles will LOVE this book. It is so packed with everything you could wish for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By W. Timothy Gallwey
    • Narrated By Dan Woren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    The Inner Game of Tennis is a revolutionary program for overcoming the self-doubt, nervousness, and lapses of concentration that can keep a player from winning. This classic best-seller can change the way the game of tennis is played.

    Amazon Customer says: "Could be better if shorter"
    "For anyone who wants to perform"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Inner Game of Tennis the most enjoyable?

    I was surprised at how spiritual it sounds to me. It's there, right underneath the surface. The ending anecdote about being stranded in a snow storm, actually brought tears to my eyes, it was really moving...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Inner Game of Tennis?

    Apart from the above mentioned passage, the description of his teaching style vs the traditional one. So eye opening, gentle, and powerful.


    Have you listened to any of Dan Woren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but for a while, I thought it was the author reading it, he commanded the material so well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of self I and self II are so recognizable that it feels like meeting an old friend...yourself, that is.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the original inner game and I have heard people say that it's the most powerful one. the principles described here are universal to all sports and all activities where performance and pressure play a part, such as for example music. I'm a musician and I'm not going to get the Inner Game of Music. This is the root and the original!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Andrew Carnegie
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
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    (45)
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    Andrew Carnegie was an immigrant, a poor boy who worked in a cotton mill, a man who amassed a great fortune as a steel baron and then became one of the most generous and influential philanthropists the world has ever known. His famous dictum, that he who dies rich dies disgraced, has inspired philanthropists and philanthropic enterprises for generations. During his own lifetime, he put his ideas into action by creating a family of organizations that continue to work toward improving the human condition.

    Sami says: "The narration ruined it!!"
    "The world's richest man..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie to be better than the print version?

    I don't see why anyone would read print anymore but if you're looking for a good reason to switch to audio, certainly having this book read in an awesome Scottish accent is worth it...


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved hearing about his very humble beginnings. Very inspiring...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Andrew has a lowly post at the PA railroad and there is an emergency when he is by chance, and not by design, the only one in the shop. He takes it upon himself to deal with the crisis instead of waking up the manager. This taking of initiative is thrilling...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't call the book moving, just solid ,entertaining, instructive and sort of endearing.


    Any additional comments?

    This title is on several success literature classics lists and it's very clear why. AC seems very level headed, humble, and well able to write. I recommend this title!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By David Timson
    Overall
    (16)
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    (16)
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    Some 250 years after its first publication, Gibbon's Decline and Fall is still regarded as one of the greatest histories in Western literature. He reports on more than 1,000 years of an empire which extended from the most northern and western parts of Europe to deep into Asia and Africa and covers not only events but also the cultural and religious developments that effected change during that time.

    Allen L. Harris says: "DAVID TIMSON IS AMAZING!"
    "Earns you the title of "encyclopedia""
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    Where does The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a supremely learned, painstakingly researched, and exquisitely written book about a fascinating part of ancient history. It is a true classic and like a work of Shakespeare, doesn't need to be compared to other books in my opinion. Everyone agrees on its definitiveness on the subject, and to boot, it uses an incredibly large vocabulary which I love. As someone who reads mostly non-fiction, this is one of the best books I have come across.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are thousands of characters in this work of course but Commodus was one of the crazier emperors whose maltreatment of the office makes the reader shake his or her head in disbelief. If you are dissatisfied with your elected politicians, read this book and praise your good fortune for being born in such benign times.


    Which character – as performed by David Timson – was your favorite?

    Sarpor, the Persian king, lived in such splendor and oriental opulence that it really transports the reader there.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt relocated to the ancient times, several times during the reading. I think this is an amazing achievement for a non fiction book. It really is a riveting story....


    Any additional comments?

    This is not light fare. I am reading for a second time and plan to give it a third listen. The text is extremely dense and you will miss much. I see this as an advantage, as each repeated listening feels like a new book. As I drop little anecdotes from the book into my conversations, people start to regards me as someone with deep knowledge of history which is very good mileage for the time I spent I think. I recommend this to anyone who wants a thriller that actually happened.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

    • UNABRIDGED (66 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (279)

    Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information.

    jeff says: "AMAZING read"
    "Cannot say enough positive things aboit it..."
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    What did you love best about The Power Broker?

    One word summarizes my experience: rich. This book covers so many aspects of not just Robert, but of New York history, American history, American politics, the mechanics of achievement, morals, public opinion, the human psyche, and of course transportation.

    The reader finds himself drawn to Moses, then repelled by him; rooting for him, then anticipating his downfall; marveling at his unshakable faith in his own ability, then wishing for his detractors to put a stop to his bruising our city.

    There are 30 minute passages in this book that read as completely life-like descriptions of life in the tenements, the general state of disrepair of New York's parks pre-Moses, his genius in scraping together, almost dollar by dollar, the financing for the Henry Hudson Highway, the inexorable destruction of a Bronx neighborhood, and more; passages you will bookmark and return to.

    I cannot imagine a person who would not find this incredibly valuable. I certainly do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how long and detailed it is. I felt like I lived this book more than read, or listened to it. If you believe that we create our own reality by what we give thought to, a powerful testament to how gripping this book is that after finishing it, I saw that the author is due to speak at my university in a couple of months.


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A sense of drama and ease of narration. He makes the waves go deeper, and higher, than I have experienced in a long time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The description of the lack of recreational facilities for the city dwellers, is very powerful. The reader knows that Moses will fix the picture, or dramatically improve it, but no mention is made of him for about 30 minutes, as the horrible reality pre-Moses, is described in vivid detail.


    Any additional comments?

    Parts of this book are very uplifting, as Moses was a man who, for a long time, did many good things for the city's poor. Other parts makes the reader cringe. Whatever the final verdict on Moses is, and it is a very negative one these days, I find it uplifting to dwell on the positives. There are many, and they are magnificent.

    This book will make you interested in many subjects, so be ready to become a (more) voracious reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Damn Sales Book Ever: 16 Rock-Solid Rules for Achieving Sales Success!

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Warren Greshes
    • Narrated By Warren Greshes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    There are an endless number of sales books that purport to let the reader in on the secrets of great selling. And many of them even have useful ideas and tips. But it doesn't matter how many tricks a salesperson has at hand if he or she doesn't have the one most important weapon in any salesperson's arsenal: the motivation to get out there and sell!Rhetorical tricks and clever devices, even if they're occasionally effective, don't make great salespeople; hard-working, self-motivated, optimistic people do.

    Jack says: "Horrible, Juvenile"
    "Good tips AND energizing!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Best Damn Sales Book Ever to be better than the print version?

    I would never recommend the print versio because the author's voice and spirit is so empowering and energizing to me that the words alone would not be more than half the value.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Best Damn Sales Book Ever?

    Warren tells many anecdotes and stories, both from his own life and others', and one story about a desperate man worked his way up from having nothing at all, to being financially successful, was particularly inspiring.

    I won't give away anything because I want you to experience it yourself, but the story illustrates, PROVES, that what looks like crushing defeat, IS really an opportunity in disguise. I never understood this until now.


    What does Warren Greshes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read/listen to a lot of sales books and this and Zig Ziglar's material have what salespeople need: an incessant, joyful, energizing, and empowering picker upper in your ear. We need this to deal with the profession we have chosen.

    You cannot get this from print, well you can, but nothing beats Warren's and Zig's voices!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It has made me laugh out loud several times, and I am not finished yet!


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it and buy it for everyone you know. It is amazing!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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