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Greg

North Vancouver, BC, Canada

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  • Between You and Me: A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mike Wallace, Gary Paul Gates
    • Narrated By Mike Wallace
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    In this candid and revealing audiobook, Mike Wallace tells the behind-the-scenes stories from his remarkable 60-year career. Here are intimate anecdotes, off-camera antics, never-before-told tales, and, most important, Wallace's insights about some unforgettable characters.

    Greg says: "SoSo"
    "SoSo"
    Overall

    I'm a big fan of Wallace and this book did hold my interest but ultimately I found it rather disappointing. The summary claims "Wallace offers anecdotes that reveal volumes about the true character of these celebrated people", but I found most of the anecdotes pretty superficial. The only one that really sticks with me is where he interviews the devastated Secret Service guy who blamed himself for JFK's death. Anyway, I suspect the audio book may have lost a lot in the abridging process.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Why Do Men Have Nipples?

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Leyner, Billy Goldberg
    • Narrated By Mark Leyner
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Finally, answers to all those strange questions you'd like to ask your own doctor but haven't had the guts (or more likely the time) to do so.

    Dr. Jim Rudd says: "Can't recommend"
    "Horrible!"
    Overall

    Neither informative nor entertaining. Total waste of time,

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • High Noon: The Inside Story of Scott McNealy and the Rise of Sun Microsystems

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Karen Southwick
    • Narrated By Sneha Mathan
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Both entertaining and instructive, High Noon offers valuable lessons for taking charge of your destiny and succeeding in a fast-paced, unpredictable, and even hostile environment. It is the inside story of Sun Microsystem's rise to power, from its shaky start in Silicon Valley through its transformation under the aggressive and inspirational leadership of Scott McNealy.

    Charles E. Grant says: "Puff Piece"
    "Sun PR"
    Overall

    I learned very little from this book about the history of Sun or McNealy, other than that they managed to convince the author of this book that they can do no wrong. Unfortunately, events since the books publication suggest otherwise.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Alan Deutschman
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1216)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    From the acclaimed Vanity Fair and GQ journalist - an unprecedented, in-depth portrait of the man whose return to Apple precipitated one of the biggest turnarounds in business history.

    Thomas says: "Awesome background on Apple, NeXT, and Pixar."
    "No iPod?"
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this. Unlike other reviewers, I thought it depicted Jobs in a singularly unflattering way. One major disappointment: the books stops well short of the iPod era. I would have liked to have heard some of the story behind that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Biography: Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By A&E Television Networks
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    This episode of Biography offers a rare glimpse of Lincoln's personal life including his "living hell" of a marriage and his abusive father.

    Christine says: "Biography Fine But Constant Ads Unbearable"
    "Dull"
    Overall

    Perhaps I nodded off, but I didn't hear one single thing in here about Lincoln's father and very little about his wife. It was mostly about the war and his being President, and even that was relatively superficial. Maybe it loses too much when it's not on the TV...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    "This marvelous collection of talks, interviews, and essays offers a memorable sample of the wit, brilliance, and irreverence of the most celebrated physicist of our time," says Alan Guth, author of The Inflationary Universe. "The more one reads of Feynman, the more one falls in love with his refreshingly enthusiastic view of the world."

    Charles Gousha says: "A variable compilation"
    "Pretty Good"
    Overall

    I liked this one a lot though I started to lose interest in the last couple chapters. I particularly enjoyed the way this was read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 21 Dog Years: Doing Time @ Amazon.com

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mike Daisey
    • Narrated By Mike Daisey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Mike Daisey worked at Amazon.com for nearly two years during the dot-com frenzy of the late nineties. Now that his nondisclosure agreement has expired, he can tell the real story - one that blends tech culture, hero worship, cat litter, Albanian economics, and venture capitalism into a surreal cocktail of delusion.

    Victoria says: "21 Dogs Years"
    "Ha-ha"
    Overall

    If you want a mildly entertaining sophomoric anti-corporate rant, buy this book. If you want to learn anything meaningful about how Amazon works, don't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By David Bodanis
    • Narrated By Del Roy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (79)

    From the author of the bestselling E=MC2 comes a mesmerizing journey of discovery illuminating the wondrous yet unseen force that permeates our world and the scientists who've probed its secrets. Before 1790, when Alessandro Volta began the scientific investigation that spurred an explosion of knowledge and invention, electricity was perceived as little more than a property of certain substances that sparked when rubbed.

    Michael says: "Electric Electricity"
    "Electrifying"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book. However, I thought it spent way too much time on the World War II story (basically development of Radar). I remain unclear on when and how the ability to generate electricity mechanically (as opposed to chemically) developed, and finally, there was a lot about electricity and telegraphs/telephones, but not much about how eletricity as a means to drive motors developed in comparison.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (251)

    In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

    Lorac says: "Badly Abridged"
    "SoSo"
    Overall

    This book presents the theory that geography and distribution of resources, not genetics, is responsible for the vast disparity in wealth that we see today.

    The author presents his argument thoroughly and I certainly learned a few things from this book.

    Unfortunately, I also found it quite tedious in parts; I remember a seemingly endless recitation of different crops and their development in different parts of the world. By 3/4 of the way through I was contemplating skipping the rest.

    Perhaps I lack sufficient interest in this topic. I nonetheless will probably try his other book (about why societies fail IIRC) when it comes out on Audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Lowenstein
    • Narrated By Roger Lowenstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (166)

    When Genius Failed is the cautionary financial tale of our time, the gripping saga of what happened when an elite group of investors believed they could actually deconstruct risk and use virtually limitless leverage to create limitless wealth. In Roger Lowenstein's hands, it is a brilliant tale peppered with fast money, vivid characters, and high drama.

    Pankaj says: "Informative and interesting, full of suspense"
    "Terrific"
    Overall

    I wondered if a 9 hour listen could hold my interest, but it sure did. Absolutely terrific.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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