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James P Carter

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  • Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Guy Lawson
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (13)
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    (12)
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    (13)

    Born into one of America's most illustrious trading families, Sam Israel was determined to strike out on his own. After apprenticing with one of the greatest traders of the 1980s, he founded his own fast-growing hedge fund, promising investors extraordinary returns. But it was all an elaborate charade.

    Carl Howard says: "Oh, the accents!"
    "Amazing story of how stupid a smart guy can be"
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    This book was unbelievable because it is true. The main character, Sam, is a hard driving and intelligent fellow. His business is the stock market and unfortunately his is not good at his business. When he get behind in his hedge fund that is when the crazy starts. You will wonder if this really happened as con man meets con man. I verified that everything in the book was accurate. I will tell you no more, it is an exciting book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape from Sobibor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Rashke
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
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    (35)
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    (36)

    On October 14, 1943, 600 Jews imprisoned in Sobibor, a secret Nazi death camp in eastern Poland, revolted. They killed a dozen SS officers and guards, trampled the barbed wire fences, and raced across an open field filled with anti-tank mines. Against all odds, more than three hundred made it safely into the woods. Fifty of those men and women managed to survive the rest of the war. In this edition of Escape from Sobibor, fully updated in 2012, Richard Rashke tells their stories

    The Zombie Specialist says: "Rashke put a face to the good and the bad!"
    "A tragedy full of triumphs"
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    This is by far one the most moving and exciting books I have read. The author develops the characters from the memory of survivors. I learned much about the horrible death camps, their captors, and their eventual revolt. Not for the squeamish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
    Overall
    (243)
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    (230)
    Story
    (232)

    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    David says: "Stop browsing and get this Book"
    "Excellent read of a true life adventure"
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    I very much enjoyed this book. The author outlines what his life in North Korea is about and the very sad living conditions in that country. It follows his exciting escape and further trials in China. I won't spoil it by telling you more. I very much recommend this to anyone who is not acquainted with the North Korean Regime.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel Boone: The Life and Legend of an American Pioneer

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By John Mack Faragher
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
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    (16)
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    (15)

    In the first and most reliable biography of Daniel Boone in more than 50 years, award-winning historian Faragher brilliantly portrays America's famous frontier hero while illuminating the American hero-making process itself. Drawing from popular narrative, the public record, scraps of documentation from Boone's own hand, and a treasure trove of reminiscences gathered by nineteenth-century antiquarians, Faragher uses the methods of new social history to create a portrait of the man and the times he helped shape.

    James P Carter says: "Excellent book for history readers"
    "Excellent book for history readers"
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    I enjoy history and hence enjoyed this book. The author does an excellent job of attempting to separate fact from fiction. He gives us the man, Daniel Boone, with his all his faults and attributes. This book is extremely well researched and the writer has clearly attempted to present an honest version of this man's life. I came away feeling like I know who Mr. Boone was and what he was about. I was sad when he died and this tells me the author did his job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1804)
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    (1807)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "Hitler reveals himself-well researched and written"
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    I read a lot of history and this book is well done. It actually only covers a couple of years but they represent the time that Hitler's true self was becoming known. For those not familiar with the process it is an interesting journey. The book is seen through the experiences of the Amercian Ambassador and his family.
    Each time I read about this time in history I am amazed by our own lack of empathy for the Jewish people at this time. Different time and place.
    A good read, well presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the Desert: The Ted Binion Homicide Case

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Cathy Scott
    • Narrated By James Dark
    Overall
    (5)
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    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Multi-millionaire Ted Binion, son and heir to the estate of cowboy gangster and gambler Benny Binion who helped mold Las Vegas, was found dead in his million-dollar home on September 17, 1998. Binion's girlfriend, a one-time exotic dancer, and her lover, Rick Tabish, a contractor from Missoula, Montana, each were convicted, then, in a second trial, acquitted of killing Binion by forcing him to swallow a mixture of black tar heroin and the sedative Xanax.

    Sue says: "dry"
    "Sounds like a student reading a book report"
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    I couldn't listen to this book. I made it through one disk and stopped. The reader sounds like an amatuer. He faithfully maintains his monotone and low energy narrative.
    I listen to a lot of books but this is poorly done.
    I have no comment on the story, it may be fine for all I know.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Place of Justice: A Story of Punishment and Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wilbert Rideau
    • Narrated By Dominic Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    After killing a woman in a moment of panic following a botched bank robbery, Rideau, denied a fair trial, was improperly sentenced to death at the age of 19. After more than a decade on death row, his sentence was amended to life imprisonment, and he became editor of the prison newsmagazine The Angolite, which under his leadership became an uncensored, daring, and crusading journal instrumental in reforming the violent prison and the corrupt Louisiana justice system.

    gifts4444you says: "Unbelievably enlightening one of my top 2 books!!!"
    "Southern Justice Illustrated"
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    This book is informative and fact based. The crimes the author committed at 19 yo are difficult to accept but his honest attempt at rehabilitation is inspiring. For the uninitiated it is a revealing
    perspective of the southern justice system that retains many of the same elements today. Evidence of past prejudicial trials is evidenced by the large number of inmates that are released via DNA testing today, predominately in the south..
    The heartbreaking stories of prison brutalities are difficult to read, especially the slave system and other examples of the survival of the fittest society.
    The author is an amazing example of perseverance and a refusal to quit no matter how many times he is defeated by the racially biased system.
    Not for the squeamish but well worth your time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Diamond Geezers: The Inside Story of the Crime of the Millennium

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kris Hollington
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    Overall
    (24)
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    (15)
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    (15)

    For the first time since that extraordinary day, investigative journalist Kris Hollington lays bare the bones of the case, using exclusive, in-depth interviews with the Diamond Geezers, the police, Dome workers and De Beers employees to get to the heart of the heist. Discover who was crazy enough to want to buy the hottest diamonds in the world, as well as the shocking secrets of the planet's most precious diamond collection.

    James C says: "Interesting True Crime story"
    "An Attempted Crimestory"
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    Here is the problem I have with this book. These guys were caught before they had a diamond in their hand. Read carefully the description and you will see the crime doesn't occur, there are a couple hundred of police waiting on them at the site of the intended crime.
    There is no exciting chase, no amazing detective work, none of the elements you want in a crime story. The crime was unsuccessful and the "geezers" were arrested.
    The whole book is about the guys they caught, the justice system, the cops, and a lot of other almost irrelvant discussion. I repeat, this is the story about an attempted crime by below average intellect criminals.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One Mississippi

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mark Childress
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Yankee transplant Daniel Musgrove can't seem to fit in at his Mississippi high school. When he meets fellow outsider Tim Cousins, things look up. But then the two boys' battles with a local bully escalate into a violent act that rocks the town.

    Bob says: "A great listen, if not great literature"
    "Audible equivalent of Teen Magazine"
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    This may not be fair, but the simplistic dialogue and characters just were not for me. About as trite as you can imagine. Maybe this book would be better for a young person.
    If you want to give your mind and vocabulary a rest, try this book.
    I need to qualify. I could only do two discs and had to move on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stung: The Incredible Obsession of Brian Molony

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Gary Stephen Ross
    • Narrated By Stephen Barker Turner
    Overall
    (25)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    Based on the book Stung by Gary Stephen Ross, Owning Mahowny is the true-life account of one man's gambling addiction and one of history's biggest banking scandals.

    Aliette M. Sastre says: "Fascinating journey of a man's gambling obsession"
    "Fascinating"
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    Just hard to believe how this guy stole millions of dollars from a bank with really, very little effort. It is an amazing study of gambling addiction, the behaviors, the feelings, and the results.
    It is dated but I really enjoyed the book.
    More relevant today since we are rapidly moving towards a casino on every corner of America.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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