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James

Fairfax, VA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Undercover Economist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tim Harford
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Author of the extremely popular "Dear Economist" column in Financial Times, Tim Harford reveals the economics behind everyday phenomena in this highly entertaining and informative book. Can a book about economics be fun to read? It can when Harford takes the reins, using his trademark wit to explain why it costs an arm and a leg to buy a cappuccino and why it's nearly impossible to purchase a decent used car.

    Paul Norwood says: "Everyone needs to know this."
    "economics rules!"
    Overall

    A great read, which uncovers many things about the world that will clarify them for the ordinary reader, and even for the ordinary economist (like myself).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Called Cash

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steve Turner
    • Narrated By Rex Linn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Johnny Cash was a poor sharecropper's son from Arkansas who became one of the most influential figures in American music. In the 1950s he embarked on a music career that took him to the heights of fame and wealth but also to the depths of addiction and despair. From these tensions Johnny Cash created a haunting music, exploring the dark side of himself, and others, in a voice that sometimes sounded as old as the Grand Canyon.

    Dave says: "Great Story - poor reader"
    "a fascinating guy"
    Overall

    A fascinating guy, and the introduction by Kris Kristofferson was wonderful.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2334)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1356)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Irrepressible"
    Overall

    Steve Wozniak is clearly himself in this book, a shy, puckish, kid who is still a quasi-adolescent at an advanced age. Yet he is clearly brilliant. One is amazed at the companies that turned down his design that became the Apple. A case of casting pearls before swine. Overall, a great listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Muhammad Yunus
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    In 1983, Muhammad Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with miniscule loans. Believing that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a few, Yunus aimed to support that spark of personal initiative and enterprise by which the poor might lift themselves out of poverty forever. Grameen Bank now provides over $2.5 billion in micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh.

    Randall says: "Will change the way you think about the economics."
    "People matter"
    Overall

    This is a wonderful book that illuminates life (especially for women) in one of the poorest countries of the world, and one man's largely successful struggle to change things. He exaggerates and misstates some things, but everybody with a conscience should read it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Planet India: How the Fastest Growing Democracy Is Transforming America and the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mira Kamdar
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    With in-depth research, interviews, and provocative analysis, Mira Kamdar offers a penetrating view of India and its cultural and economic impact on the United States and the world. From Bollywood to the Indian diaspora to India's effect on global politics, she reports on the people, companies, and places shaping the new India. Kamdar examines the challenges India faces while celebrating India's tremendous vitality and the opportunities this Asian democracy has to shape its own and all of our destinies.

    James says: "Blah, blah, blah"
    "Blah, blah, blah"
    Overall

    There are a few interesting tidbits that from time to time spice up this catalog of vapid nostrums. Find something better to read about India. I highly recommend Shantaram, or something by VS Naipaul.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (449)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Essential!"
    Overall

    Every literate American needs to read this fascinating book about Osama bin Laden, about Islam, about US intelligence, and ultimately about why our government failed us in not stopping 9/11 before it happened.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Middle Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (193)

    A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

    Theresa says: "A Stunning Achievement"
    "real history"
    Overall

    This is beautifully done, using music and other sound effects to transition from one section to another of this extremely well-written volume. But the expert in history will value it more than the amateur, for the detail will likely cause the mind of the ordinary reader to wander.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming (and Environmentalism)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher C. Horner
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    The big media have spoken on the question of global warming, and the debate is officially over. "Be afraid, be very afraid", warns Time magazine. But have Al Gore and his environmentalist allies really proven their case? Not even close, says Christopher C. Horner.

    Michael says: "Must Read"
    "Incorrect, period"
    Overall

    The author is right that there is much exaggeration by environmentalists. But he thinks the remedy is exaggeration on the other side. It is no help in sorting out the conflicting claims on this issue.

    18 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Shrum
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    With wit and humor, rare candor, and a wealth of detail, Shrum vividly recounts the real personalities and real forces that shaped the outcome of the closest and most important elections of our time. We are there with him in the back rooms, on the planes, and in the motorcades with Ted Kennedy, Al Gore, John Kerry, John Edwards, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

    sam says: "and interesting look at whats behind the curtain"
    "campaigns"
    Overall

    Everything you wanted to know about political campaigning and more. A great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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