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Santiago, Chile | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 82 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Gideon's Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gordon Thomas
    • Narrated By Theodore Bikel

    despinne says: "Hatchet Job?"

    Inmensely compelling and authentic. This book leaves you thinking about the events for weeks after.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
    "Outstanding Writing"

    Few authors can take you right to the set like this one. The detail is so fine, I found myself not only absolutely compelled, but cringing and celebrating with the characters. And what a story!
    Old-school writing at its best. Listen to this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeffrey S. Young, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar

    In this encore to his classic 1987 unauthorized biography of Steve Jobs (Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward), Jeffrey Young examines Jobs' remarkable resurgence, one of the most amazing business comeback stories in years.

    Blair says: "Steve Jobs History painted with a wide brush"
    "Way too abridged"

    Very interesting, but you get the sense that you're getting only a quarter of what you need. This book sets you up for a Part II that fills in the blanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"

    The topic has lots of promise, but Taleb's execution is amateurish. The failure to synthesize and join threads is his biggest failing. And most annoying is that it is an autobiography in disguise. There are way too many personal anecdotes that end up clouding the points he is making.

    At the end of the day you want an audiobook to be so compelling that you can't take your headphones off. I found that I had to force myself to get through it by erasing everything else off of my iPod; always hoping that Taleb would finally deliver a few minutes of memorable brillance that never came.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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