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Douglas

anaheim hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Coolidge

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amity Shlaes
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (221)

    Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls, and history has remembered the decade in which he served as an extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes provides a fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president, showing that the mid-1920s was in fact a triumphant period that established our modern way of life: The nation electrified, Americans drove their first cars, and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus.

    Jean says: "Silent Cal"
    "Still Waters Run Deep"
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    What made the experience of listening to Coolidge the most enjoyable?

    I like the insight this book gave into this rather unknown President. His personality was soft spoken and a man of few words. The book shows these traits worked for Coolidge because it was who he was and they were a reflection of his true personality. In an age of politics were rhetoric is perceived as the key to success, this president was comfortable in his own frugal, quite personality. He also had many successes including balancing the budget and he was a pure economist so he cut, cut, cut national spending. He was certainly also a pure Republican whether that is good bad or otherwise. It was interesting how he was so cost conscious that he even cut the costs of running the actual White House in terms of expenses for food, staff and entertainment. Interestingly he chose not to run for a second term which seems to be because of the stress of the job. He loved good Cuban cigars but I am sure he would probably never have spent the money on them unless they were given to him. He was a devoted husband and father and was without political controversy. Quietly refreshing.


    What other book might you compare Coolidge to and why?

    I suppose the closest comparison would be "Wilson" but I did like Wilson better. It is not near as good as John McCullough's Adams but that is not a reflection on the author or narrator as much as it is on the subject since Adams was such a powerful and monumental person in time.


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

    No first time that I can recall.


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

    No extreme reaction but it was insightful, interesting and I was glad I purchased the book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy biographies, especially political biographies this is a good book. For example, there are multiple books on Lincoln, FDR, Kennedy etc. but this is sort of refreshing because it is about a president who only ran for one term and is not all that well known in terms of his personality and accomplishments. I will listen to the book again sometime down the road.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Yes, Chef: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Narrated By Marcus Samuelsson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (603)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (530)

    It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson’s remarkable journey from Helga’s humble kitchen to the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem.

    loix says: "A fun and inspiring civics lesson"
    "Not that interesting"
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    I have given the book 4 stars because it's a well written book, good narrator (author) and a lot of other people seemed to like it. I did not want to discourage anyone from checking it out but for me I got nothing out of book. Yes it's a rags to riches story and the author became a great chef. I am just not interested in this subject and the rags to riches part seems common to me. I was not inspired and took nothing away for myself in terms of motivation. I did finish the whole book. I can see where some other people would like it. Stay with what you love and what you were born to do and you will be a success. Also going off to see the world and leave your daughter and her mother without a father while you pursue your own dream maybe the type of sacrifice one simply has to make to succeed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gambling for Winners: Your Hard-Headed, No B.S. Guide to Gaming Opportunities with a Long-Term, Mathematical, Positive Expectation

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ward Wilson
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    This book is for you only if you gamble to make money. If your idea of "fun""and "entertainment" includes giving away your hard-earned money to casinos, I can't help you. If you enjoy sitting in a mindless, bright lights/dinging trance while you drop quarters down a slot, this book is not for you. If you think casinos are built and run by stupid people, you better stay out of them. If you think you can beat a blackjack dealer by wild-assed guessing, think again.

    Douglas says: "Inside scoop"
    "Inside scoop"
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    You will hear things you may have heard before but not like this book presents it nor contained all in one place. Many other things you probably never heard or never knew all of which gives you the inside scoop into gambling

    Narrator is perfect for this book.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Beating the Odds: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Sports Handicapper

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Lang, Stanley Cohen
    • Narrated By Charles Carroll
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The incredible rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches true-life story of acclaimed handicapper Brandon Lang, subject of the motion picture Two for the Money (starring Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey), Beating the Odds describes in colorful detail Lang’s rise from small-time sports-phone tout to big time national exposure, his dramatic fall, and his subsequent rebirth in the Internet age.

    BCOOK says: "Great listen!"
    "Enjoyed the Book"
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    I was interested in sports betting so I found this book interesting. It's an autobiography but it also has good insights into sports betting and some good tips on strategies for beginner or moderate level sports betters. First 2-3 chapters drag a little but then it picks up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 41: A Portrait of My Father

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By George W. Bush
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (448)

    George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, has authored a personal biography of his father, George H. W. Bush, the 41st president. Forty-three men have served as president of the United States. Countless books have been written about them. But never before has a president told the story of his father, another president, through his own eyes and in his own words. A unique and intimate biography, the book covers the entire scope of the elder President Bush’s life and career.

    Marie says: "Heartwarming and Honoring"
    "Unique and Special"
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    Just the fact that this is the only book in history written by a President son about his President father makes the book unique. It's a biography of George Bush (41) which is well done but it's also about George W's perspective and relationship with his father making the book special.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Smart Money: How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Konik
    • Narrated By Michael Konik
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (44)

    In The Smart Money, Michael Konik takes listeners behind the veil of secrecy shrouding the most successful sports gambling operation in America, to its innermost sanctum. He reveals how they, and he, got rich by beating the Vegas lines and, ultimately, the multi-million-dollar offshore betting circuit. He details the perks and perils of a lifestyle in which staking inordinate sums of money on the outcome of a game, sometimes as much as $1 million on a single event, is a normal part of doing business.

    T. Richards says: "Disliked it"
    "I liked the book."
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    Fun listen but I am interested in this subject of sports betting. Glad some of the reviews did not keep me from listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (252)

    Have you ever wondered how the lives of great composers-especially when set against the social, political, and cultural context of their world-influences their music?After listening to this perceptive series of eight lectures on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, you will likely find that you hear his work in an entirely different way, your insight informed by new knowledge of how Beethoven was able to create masterpieces from the crises of his life.You'll learn about the years of progressive hearing loss-ultimately to produce total deafness-and the understandable agony and rage such a fate would bring upon a composer. About his deep depression over the end of his relationship with the woman he calls his Immortal Beloved. About his pathological hatred of authority, his persecution complex, even delusional behaviors.But you'll also learn how each of these crises, and many others, served to drive Beethoven inward, to reinvent himself and redeem his suffering through art, creating disruptive works of profound passion and beauty that reinvented the nature of musical expression in the Western world.

    Daniel Neal says: "The strangest rabbit hole yet!"
    "Great Course"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Great Masters: Beethoven - His Life and Music to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Beethovan did his best works following devastating trials in his life.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Robert Greenberg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Greenberg is great. He has passion and his use of language is awesome and refreshing. He is a good as many professional narrators.


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

    The ending of the 9th Symphony when the singer turned him around so he could see the reaction of the audience.


    Any additional comments?

    I like this professor. He is inspiring because he knows so much about the subject of his courses. I can't imagine how long it must take him to write these lectures. He is passionate and funny/entertaining.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1208)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "Excellent!"
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    Would you listen to Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel again? Why?

    Yes. This book has it all. I like the fact that it was not read in Old English. I also like the details of the era that are given in this book that I was not able to get out of the original Hamlet. Great characters. Also the end of the book with the authors notes about the history of Hamlet is cool.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel?

    Of course the climax at the end. Also I liked the Norway King's dialogue as he contemplates attacking the castle.


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

    He brings the book to life.


    Who was the most memorable character of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel and why?

    Hamlet.


    Any additional comments?

    I passed on this book several times until I saw it got the award of book of the year. I am glad I chose it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Greenberg
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (128)

    Over the centuries, orchestral music has given us a category of works that stand apart as transcendent expressions of the human spirit. What are these "greatest of the greats"? Find out in these 32 richly detailed lectures that take you on a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces that continue to live at the center of our musical culture.These 30 masterworks form an essential foundation for any music collection and a focal point for understanding the orchestral medium and deepening your insight into the communicative power of music.

    Jacob says: "Really happy with the format"
    "This was Awesome"
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    What made the experience of listening to The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works the most enjoyable?

    This is something I always wanted to learn about but since I never grew up in music or play a musical instrument I had limited access to this type of information. But this book can obviously be appreciated by experienced people in music as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the idea that there are stories behind the music. The music as explained by this Professor teaches you how the composer is expressing himself with the music. Once you hear what the story is behind the music and the background of the composer it all makes beautiful sense.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Robert Greenberg – was your favorite?

    Professor Greenberg was an awesome narrator/professor. He could easily be a professional narrator which is unlike some of the "Great Courses" narrators since they are professors. But Greenberg is great and very easy to listen to. You can pick up on his experience and passion.


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

    I never knew the about the stories behind the music and that the composers were actually expressing themselves so specifically with the music. When Greenberg informs you what it is the composer is 'saying' at each point in the music it makes wonderful sense. I don't know how I could have listened to these pieces in the past without knowing the stories behind them.


    Any additional comments?

    Its like the greatest hits of orchestral music. Greenberg plays the highlights of the scores and you don't have to listen to an hour of music. He picks up on the highlights of each piece of music and explains to you what is going on with the music at that particular time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Wilson

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By A. Scott Berg
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson - the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th president.

    Joseph says: "The 28th President Brought to Life"
    "WILSON-ABRIDGED VERSION"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book for any biography junkie especially political biography junkies. I bought the abridged version but wonder now if maybe I should have gotten the unabridged because I did like the book and will probably listen to parts of it again in a couple months because it is inspiring.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the back half of the book the best from WWI through his death and legacy. When he had his first major stroke and he and his wife and doctor were keeping his condition from the public and Senators was an interesting part of the book. I also appreciated the description of his grief as a result of the fallen soldiers in WW I. There is also a lot of depth to the book and good research. I listened to it twice and liked it just a much the second time if not more.


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Bobb – was your favorite?

    Wilson


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

    The ending chapter leading up to his death and his legacy grabbed me a little or maybe it was just that I was listening to that part of the book on a lazy Sunday afternoon and had a glimpse of my own mortality.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think the book rises to the level of the John Adams biography. The reason could because I only bought the abridged version. I did not know much about Wilson even though he was a relatively modern President. His moral Character is a focus in the book. I definitely have a greater appreciation for Wilson after having listened to the book I am very satisfied with the purchase and can now say I view Wilson as a great president.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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