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James Tharpe

James

Roswell, GA | Member Since 2012

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  • 17 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 93 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The Last Don

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    The last don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless man who is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family's past spark a vicious war between two blood cousins. This is a mesmerizing tale that takes us inside the equally corrupt worlds of the mob, the movie industry and the casinos - where beautiful actresses and ruthless hit men are ruled by lust and violence.

    James says: "Daunte has a Bloody Mouth"
    "Great scheming, just okay character development"
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    This book was very well constructed and interesting but lacked emotional insight. I really enjoyed the plotting and scheming, but often wondered about the psyche of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Fear No Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (290)

    As startling and provocative as his famous Stranger in a Strange Land, here is Heinlein’s grand masterpiece about a man supremely talented, immensely old, and obscenely wealthy who discovers that money can buy everything.

    Lisa says: "Not Heinlein's best - but still good"
    "Not Heinlein's Best, Not Even Close"
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    I was bored with this book. Not a lot happens once the transplant occurs. There's a mildly interesting court hearing and a ton of mildly interesting sex. Unlike most of Heinlein 's work, the future society is not particularly interesting and there aren't any entertaining philosophical diatribes or characters (other than the protagonist).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1713)
    Performance
    (1422)
    Story
    (1413)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Zed says: "Great book, fascinating ideas"
    "Fantastic overview of Lean"
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    This book is a fantastic overview how to apply the scientific process to make the most of a startup's limited capital and produce the best possible product. Virtually every concept is useful and applicable, even in the context of a large enterprise. My only complaint (why I didn't give it five stars) is that the book lacks overall depth - just as I'm really excited and ready to dive-in to a topic, the book moves on. The book is still plenty useful, but if it had been twice as long it probably would have been at least four times as good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (1349)
    Story
    (1369)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Clever and Fun"
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    A lot of clever humor and an enjoyably punchy writing style, this book had me laughing out loud on a few occasions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Thomas S. Kuhn
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (154)

    Named one of "The Hundred Most Influential Books Since the Second World War" by the Times Literary Supplement, and one of the "100 Best Nonfiction" books by the Modern Library, Thomas S. Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is a landmark of scientific thought. Written in 1962, Kuhn's book took an entirely different view of how scientists perceived and achieved changes in basic theoretical assumptions - what he termed "paradigm shifts".

    Matthew says: "Better than prior reviews led me to believe"
    "Well articulated, but dry"
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    This book covers the topic indicated by it's title very thoroughly. The result is simultaneously fascinating and boring. The arguments are well articulated and compelling, but the text lacks literary flavor. The content is so dense that it was, at times, difficult to stay attuned to what I was reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1689)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (714)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Steven Petersen says: "My favorite audio book"
    "Deeply Funny"
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    Full of hilarious and sometimes outrageous anecdotes, I was laughing out loud throughout each chapter. Feynman, as portrayed in this book, lived the way many of us would like to, but perhaps don't have the guts to.

    This book is really about his personal philosophy for life, which is described through personal parables and anecdotes rather than direct specification. Feynman comes across as good natured, brutally honest, and uncommonly curious. These core characteristics take him on many adventures, from safe cracker, to bongo player, to atomic bomb builder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful!

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (198)

    What's holding you back? Marshall Goldsmith is an expert at helping global leaders overcome their (sometimes unconscious) annoying habits and attaining a higher level of success. His one-on-one coaching comes with a six-figure price tag. But with this audiobook, you'll get Marshall's great advice without the hefty fee!

    Robert says: "Well Worth it"
    "Good, but generic advice"
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    It's good to brush-up on the basics of leadership every once and a while, and this books is a good way to do just that. The advice given can, for the most part, be found in virtually any book on leadership and/or career advancement; but it's still good advice that reinforces good habits and (hopefully) helps manage bad ones.

    On the negative site: I felt that a lot of the book was irrelevant to me because they covered habits I don't have and that I don't deal with on a regular basis. These sections/chapters pretty much just took up space.

    On the positive side: I did have a few "ah ha!" moments when a particular habit turned out to be a spot-on of myself or someone I work with. These sections/chapters were especially interesting and I took the advice to heart, plus got some great pointers on coaching others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2436)
    Performance
    (1246)
    Story
    (1268)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "Fun read, with just enough pontification"
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    A fun book, with an interesting backdrop of society, the military, and an intergalactic war. Plenty of Heinlein-style pontification on morality and politics, which I've always enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6093)
    Performance
    (5367)
    Story
    (5412)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Excellent character development, weak ending"
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    I'm a fan of apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic stories, and this was a good one. Despite the book being quite long, the plot moves forward at a good pace. There are some good twists and turns, and the characters face interesting challenges. Many of the characters in this book were exceptionally well developed and witnessing them struggle and evolve as the plot unfolded was more enthralling than the plot its self. Harold Lauder and Tom Cullen in particular.

    The plot had a few weak points though. The Las Vegas inhabitants weren't evil, so much as they were disturbed. I felt more sorry for them than afraid of them. This ultimately made them their own worst enemies. The literal "hand of God" triumph at the end was a pretty disappointing way to prevail, too. There was a lot of unrealized potential to make the character of God a little more mysterious and profound than he ended up being.

    I thought the reading performance was just okay. Every accent was some variation of southern, even when it wasn't appropriate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Times at Fairmont High

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    In a near future where wireless mind links and wearable computers blur the line between artificial reality and "real" reality, it's final exam time at San Diego's Fairmont Junior High. Juan Orozco and his friends have a killer idea for their off-line project. But can a bunch of 13-year-olds really figure out the secret of what's going on at Torrey Pines Park?

    DAVID says: "Cute story"
    "Predictable and boring"
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    I totally failed to see why this book/novella is so highly thought of and recommended. The entire story is essentially Juan coming to realize what is clear to everyone else - including the reader - from the very beginning. Vinge's vision of the future was nothing special; kids are really smart and get to use neat technology, whoopty do. Even though the story is relatively short, I found it difficult to stay interested though I did, finally, manage my way through it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3630)
    Performance
    (1592)
    Story
    (1603)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Mind-bending and entertaining"
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    This book full of the good humor and wisdom of Einstein, not to mention plenty of mind bending physics. I didn't realize just how little I knew about Einstein until I read this book, so it was a great learning experience too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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