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Joel S. Woolf

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 314 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Surowiecki
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (177)

    In this endlessly fascinating book, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explores a deceptively simple idea that has profound implications: large groups of people are smarter than an elite few, no matter how brilliant. Groups are better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future.

    G Barth says: "Very worthwhile listen!"
    "I think about this book all the time"
    Overall

    It has been awhile since I have read this but it really sticks with me. It makes capitalism make sense in some ways. I should really go back and read it again. My family will have to put up with me saying "I was reading this book..."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18995)
    Performance
    (14769)
    Story
    (14712)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Love Tina Fey"
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    I have been excited about this book since I heard it was coming out. It was amazing to find out how much in 30 rock is actually true. I love her humor and am going to be sad when 30 rock goes off the air. Great book if you are a fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1787)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (844)

    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

    Ethan M. says: "A mostly successful and interesting history"
    "I love economics"
    Overall

    I am a rabid fan of Planet Money and this book helps you to create a base on understanding finance and money. I have always wondered about where money comes from and how it works. I have wondered how insurance and the stock market came into being. It gives you a sense of how important a good idea is and how much power that idea can have. If I would have known how fascinating this stuff was in high school (yeah right) I probably would have been an econ major instead of engineering.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mirror Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Drew Pinsky, S. Mark Young
    • Narrated By Drew Pinsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Reality TV. Celebutantes. YouTube. Sex Tapes. Gossip Blogs. Drunk Driving. Tabloids. Drug Overdoses. Is this entertainment? Why do we keep watching? What does it mean for our kids? In the last decade, the face of entertainment has changed radically - and dangerously, as addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky and business and entertainment expert Dr. S. Mark Young argue in this eye-opening new book.

    Johnald2 says: "Excellent book-if only people will listen..."
    "I agree with some of the other reviews"
    Overall

    While I agree that this isn't exactly break through research I think it is important because it points out the pervasiveness of narcissism in our culture. It seems like such a difficult thing to treat because a narcissist never thinks he/she is the problem. I have to admit I am a huge fan of Dr. Drew. He really seems like the voice of reason in a world that is so messed up. Some critics of his shows use his show and an example of bad therapy, and point out that he is on a channel that isn't the most psychologically healthy. I agree with him that the people that really need therapy aren't going to be watching Discovery Health. They are going to be watching the show on VH1 about the girl that didn't know she was pregnant (and relating to her) and his show will come on about how people need to get into a treatment program. I have so much respect for him. Really a great person trying to make the world a better place.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Mark Bowden
    • Narrated By Mark Bowden
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Killing Pablo is the inside story of the brutal rise and violent fall of Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar. Also from Bowden: the best selling Black Hawk Down.

    Bob says: "Relevant Accessible History"
    "I keep waiting for the movie"
    Overall

    I loved this book. After I read it I thought "this would make a great movie" I think that they have a script and even an actor to play the main character. I just loved this book because it had so many twists and turns. I have to hand it to the Colombian police force. They really figured out how to get to him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7194)
    Performance
    (2977)
    Story
    (2988)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Bill Bryson is a Genius"
    Overall

    I love his quirkiness. He takes such delight in finding some weird fact interesting anecdote and I think he loves telling people about it. This had been in my library for a long long time. I think I need to pull it out again and read it. So amazing. I loved all of his other books as well. Makes me what to be a writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3178)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (968)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Real life more interesting the fiction"
    Overall

    This book was amazing. The movie was pretty good but the book is way better. I loved all the twists and turns in the book and it really makes you take a different perspective on the war in Afghanistan. I was so sad when the book ended even though it has three parts. I am pretty much a nonfiction reader because you can't make up stuff like this. There were parts where I laughed out loud because of what happened in the story. The best part about this book is that it is all real. I love a good nonfiction book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DisneyWar

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James B. Stewart
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (268)

    Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

    Christine says: "Utterly fascinating"
    "I loved this book. Inside Disney the real story"
    Overall

    Every time I watch a Disney movie that was made during the time that this book takes place, all the information that I learned about the movie from this book comes back to me. I can't sit there and watch it with out leaning over and saying Eisner hated the "gay pirate" that Johnny Depp was doing. He had to sneak his fake teeth into the set. I just love books like this that have all the private memo's and diaries of the people involved because it is a court case. It seems like you get such a raw perspective because of this. I really feel like I am getting the real story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marc Acito
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (50)

    From syndicated humor columnist Marc Acito comes a wildly inventive and hysterically funny novel that is equal parts Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Fame, Risky Business, Dead Poets Society, and The Catcher in the Rye.

    Lee says: "Funny funny funny"
    "eh..."
    Overall

    It seems like any funny book on the New York Times Best sellers list features some gay person. Can't hetero people be funny anymore. I just had a hard time relating. David Sedaris is good but I wasn't a big fan of Augustin Burroghs. Just not my cup of tea.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2169)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1130)

    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
    "Great book."
    Overall

    I have heard about this book many times over the years and I have always wanted to read it. It wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be. It was better in some ways. I have been watching some shows about WWII the last few months and one of the things that I remember about this book is that Viktor said that the best of the people in the concentration camps didn't make it out alive. It bring into perspective that life isn't fair but God is. Life may suck in this life but God will make it fair in the life to come. I think maybe some of the people in the concentration camp that were selfless to the point of giving up their life so someone else can live may have understood this. This is a really great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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