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D. Douglas Williams

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Fort Collins, CO United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 5 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 736 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (504)

    This audiobook is about luck, or more precisely, how we perceive and deal with luck in life and business. It is already a landmark work, and its title has entered our vocabulary. In its second edition, Fooled by Randomness is now a cornerstone for anyone interested in random outcomes.

    Amazon Customer says: "An Excellent and Worthwhile Book"
    "Worth the effort"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Fooled by Randomness the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the subject but the author doesn't organize the content very well, so it takes some effort to get what he's saying. I may read it again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nero Tulip


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

    Sean Pratt was not the narrator of my audio book. It was narrated by Lloyd James. I thought the narrator did a good job.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4719)
    Performance
    (2709)
    Story
    (2693)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Enjoyable overall"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Fifth Witness again? Why?

    I might listen again because I think most of the characters are interesting, but I'd probably read it rather than spend more time with this narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Cisco and Bullocks.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Listening to this narrator, you notice his clear voice, but he has an inflection the seems almost like a teenager or a surfer from my old high schools. It's difficult to describe but it was distracting for me and I will probably read the next book in the series.


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

    The ending was well done although I thought it was predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    The basic story line was good, but there seemed to be a lot of repetitive events.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3956)
    Performance
    (1873)
    Story
    (1886)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader was, as usual, very clear and easy to understand.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very interested in the content of this book. Being the biography of a genius, I didn't expect it to be exciting on every page, and it wasn't. But it was interesting on every page.

    Isaacson told the Einstein story without taking off down any irrelevant rabbit holes.He stayed on track. And he did a great job explaining the scientific concepts in layman terms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Scott McClellan
    • Narrated By Scott McClellan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Scott McClellan belonged to President Bush's select inner circle of trusted advisers during one of the most challenging, contentious periods of recent history. Over a period of more than seven years, he witnessed, day-to-day, exactly how the presidency veered off course, not only by its decision to topple Saddam Hussein, but by an embrace of confrontational politics in the face of an increasingly partisan Washington and a hostile media.

    Frank J. Regan says: "Something is Missing"
    "The reader ruins the experience"
    Overall

    My rating is for the audiobook, not the book. I tried to get past the author/reader's monotone, machine gun speech, not to mention his reading of the word "a" like a second grader, but I couldn't. I would have liked to finish the book, but I won't be able to do that with this reader. I will have to read a print version.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Brooklyn Follies

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Paul Auster
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Nathan Glass has come to Brooklyn to die. Divorced, estranged from his only daughter, the retired life insurance salesman seeks only solitude and anonymity. Then Nathan finds his long-lost nephew, Tom Wood, working in a local bookstore, a far cry from the brilliant academic career he'd begun when Nathan saw him last. Tom's boss is the charismatic Harry Brightman, whom fate has also brought to the "ancient kingdom of Brooklyn, New York".

    Roni says: "Brooklyn IS Still the World"
    "my follies"
    Overall

    When I read or listen to a book, I hope to have learned or progressed in some way. This book was a waste of time. I don't know more or feel differently after listening to this book. I finished it, but I don't know why. The narration was good, the writing excellent and the content left me with the question "so what".

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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