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D. Schaffer

Bones

New York | Member Since 2007

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  • 17 reviews
  • 135 ratings
  • 318 titles in library
  • 76 purchased in 2014
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  • The Five Love Languages for Singles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (161)

    Dr. Gary Chapman believes you have a God-given yearning for complete and unconditional love. But you'll never be able to express it, or receive it, until you learn to speak the right "love" language. The Five Love Languages for Singles reveals how different personalities express love in different ways.

    Rachelle says: "The best book on how to love!"
    "Helpful"
    Overall

    A good reading style and you might just learn something about yourself and well as those areound you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chanakya Neeti

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Chanakya
    • Narrated By Surjan Singh
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Chanakya was not gifted with beauty or looks; however, he was gifted with intelligence, creativity and statesmanship. He is the best administrator to be born to date. The greatest strategist of his time, his hard labor, perseverance and guidance bore fruit to Chandragupta Maurya and who became the Emperor of the great Mauryan Empire. Chanakya served as his Prime minister and he is still known for his great wisdom, far sightedness, power of persuasion, manipulation and spreading dissension.

    D. Schaffer says: "spiritualism more than philosophy"
    "spiritualism more than philosophy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Chanakya and/or Surjan Singh?

    No, I didn't enjoy it and wouldn't know that of my friends would


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Surjan Singh?

    Well narrated


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Not for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Edward J. Roach
    • Narrated By Pete Ferrand
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Fresh from successful flights before royalty in Europe, and soon after thrilling hundreds of thousands of people by flying around the Statue of Liberty, in the fall of 1909 Wilbur and Orville Wright decided the time was right to begin manufacturing their airplanes for sale. Backed by Wall Street tycoons, including August Belmont, Cornelius Vanderbilt III, and Andrew Freedman, the brothers formed the Wright Company.

    D. Schaffer says: "an interesting part of history"
    "an interesting part of history"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Edward J. Roach and/or Pete Ferrand?

    A good book. A reminder of how hard running a business can be. An interesting footnote of history brought to light.


    Would you recommend The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry to your friends? Why or why not?

    Foe someone interested in early aviation history, Ohioan history, or looking to fill out your understanding of various topics, this could be the read for you.


    Could you see The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No
    not well suited to the medium, I'd think.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Russell Gold
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    Russell Gold, a brilliant and dogged investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal, has spent more than a decade reporting on one of the biggest stories of our time: the spectacular, world-changing rise of "fracking". Recognized as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a recipient of the Gerald Loeb Award for his work, Gold has traveled along the pipelines and into the hubs of this country’s energy infrastructure; he has visited frack sites from Texas to North Dakota; and he has conducted thousands of interviews with engineers and wildcatters, CEOs and roughnecks, environmentalists and politicians.

    Amazon Customer says: "Somehow the author manages to stay balanced"
    "a decent read-for there resource abundant days"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Boom again? Why?

    The author maps how we got where we are today in the oil and natural gas fields.He does so without mentioning that the discovery of oil saved the whales or the difficulties of running pipelines in Alaska or the Chesapeake in an otherwise impartial pov.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book a little dated with the recent changes in energy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mother Night

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (338)

    American Howard W. Campbell, Jr., a spy during World War II, is now on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. But is he really guilty? In this brilliant book rife with true gallows humor, Kurt Vonnegut turns black and white into a chilling shade of grey with a verdict that will haunt us all. Mother Night is a daring challenge to our moral sense.

    Robert says: "“We are what we pretend to be”"
    "depresively wonderful"
    Overall

    Vonnegut writes like a plate of spaghetti. Try to follow a single line: you may get lost, But in the end it's all good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2105)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (439)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "intense"
    Overall

    A detailed plot that shows, from roots to flower, the working out of a communistic/socialistic system. Very timely today as our goverment seeks to increase hand-outs and in doiong so take from those who provide our futures.
    I could have done w/o John Galt's speech (atheistic as it was - there are better ways to show the troubles of this world w/o blaming God...perhaps one could take a better look at the root difference between God and religion).
    Barring that- the book is a good read and I would recomnet it to anyone.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lecture

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated By Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2271)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (711)

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave - "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" - wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have... and you may find one day that you have less than you think").

    K. Giavelli says: "How to Live"
    "inspiring"
    Overall

    This is a well written, colage of a man's life...last thoughts as it were. The author reads and in that way twells his own story and takes you one bit at a time through some very delightful and thought provoking territory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Norman Doidge
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1042)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (441)

    In this revolutionary look at the brain, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.

    Introducing principles we can all use, as well as a riveting collection of case histories, The Brain That Changes Itself has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history."

    Jen says: "Worth reading"
    "A Must"
    Overall

    An easily read owners manual for yur brain. The writing keep you moving and the subject matter while deep in nature is so very inviting.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1351)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (780)

    The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region.

    Laurie says: "more than grapes of wrath"
    "A great read"
    Overall

    This book covers the history and "feel" of that time in our history wonderfully. The writing makes it a good read for not only the history buff but also those who just want a good story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1296)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (653)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "WOW"
    Overall

    What a powerful book! I love history and if you do you'll love this one too. I do think that the author needs to be reminded that the Johns Hopkins University is a Quaker college. But other than his ranting against religion, he is quite good. What a time in HISTORY.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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