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Kate

Santa Barbara, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Recover to Live: Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction: Your Self-Treatment Guide to Alcohol, Drugs, Eating Disorders, Gambling, Hoarding, Smoking, Sex, and Porn

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Christopher Kennedy Lawford
    • Narrated By Seth Michael Donsky
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (24)

    From New York Times bestselling author of Symptoms of Withdrawal and Moments of Clarity Christopher Kennedy Lawford comes a book that will save lives. For most of his early life, Christopher Kennedy Lawford battled life-threatening drug and alcohol addictions. Now in recovery for more than 25 years, he works to effect change and raise global awareness of addiction in nonprofit, private, and government circles, serving as the goodwill ambassador for drug dependence treatment and care for the United Nations.

    Grady says: "I didn't know I was a workaholic"
    "Fascinating and Informative"
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    What made the experience of listening to Recover to Live the most enjoyable?

    The topic, the fact that he used experts from different fields (and opinions).


    Would you be willing to try another one of Seth Michael Donsky’s performances?

    No--that was the worst part of the book for me. There was something about his voice and the way he spoke that distracted me.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I recommended it to people because of the way he covered the various addictions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By John W. Dean
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSA's wide­spread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after he was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of Nixon's involvement in Watergate.

    Tad Davis says: "Nixon HAD no defense"
    "Compelling, Disturbing, Important"
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    Would you listen to The Nixon Defense again? Why?

    Probably not--I have so many books to listen to that I do not listen more than once. However, if I was to listen to a book again this would be the book because it is so compelling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Martha Mitchell. While she was a minor part of this story, I was reminded of how badly she was treated and how lost she was in this political mess. Everyone else in the story is pretty despicable so I cannot say "favorite".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I was shocked to hear that Nixon and his people were fairly certain, BEFORE his reelection (but right after the break in) that Felt was the person leaking information to the news media (("Deep Throat"). They left him alone because they were afraid he might do more damage. Also, his overall role was fairly minimal in the scheme of things.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This is one of the most important books I have ever "read". I was continually shocked by what I heard from the tapes. As bad as we thought it was, it was a lot worse. The callousness, the ability to lie so easily, and the shifting of blame to others was unbelievable. Also, it was the coverup, not the thwarted break in, that was so important.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is important and needs to be read by every citizen. Dean's transcription and his linking together the meaning of the tapes in terms of the bigger picture was compelling. Every part of this book was thought-provoking (and anger-provoking!). This is the only book about any aspect of Watergate that needs to be read to understand exactly what happened and why it happened (and how they got away with it for so long).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ron Suskind
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (217)

    The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, New York and Washington, learned how to manufacture it - until August 2007, when that confidence began to crumble. Ron Suskind here tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in "a new era of responsibility".

    shari says: "another uneducated narrator"
    "Boring, Boring, Boring"
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    What disappointed you about Confidence Men?

    I was so interested in the topic but found it so boring that I could not even get close to finishing it. I tried to listen to it twice (with about 2 years in-between!) and just could not get engaged with the story. I kept thinking "who cares?". Not me.


    Has Confidence Men turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I have listened to many books like this that were great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was nothing in this book that I could point to as a "favorite".


    What character would you cut from Confidence Men?

    The author.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 12 Essential Scientific Concepts

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Indre Viskontas
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Science is such a vast arena of knowledge that people looking for a better grasp of its secrets often wonder where to begin. The answer: with the essentials. Now, finally satisfy your desire for scientific inquiry in a way that makes this enormous field accessible, understandable, and undeniably captivating.

    Tanglebones says: "Excellent overview of major science concepts"
    "For scientists and non-scientists alike"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 12 Essential Scientific Concepts to be better than the print version?

    I liked her delivery--I am sure it was much more interesting to me than just reading the material


    What does Professor Indre Viskontas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is brilliant and engaging. She made what could be some very dry material interesting. And she is funnily.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the end where she started talking about ants and how they work together, and then moves to socialization among people.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Hardwick
    • Narrated By Chris Hardwick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (752)

    Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way,

    Anne Terry says: "hashtag squee"
    "For nerds and those who love them!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Nerdist Way the most enjoyable?

    Chris Hardwick's delivery was wonderful. He takes an important topic and makes it enjoyable (both in the book itself and his performance). I am not a nerd but I loved this book, mostly because he read it himself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The topics he covers for his nerd brethren are important and delivered in a way that makes you want to listen (and follow).


    What does Chris Hardwick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His delivery is great and you can tell he is excited and committed to what he writes about.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he talks about turning his own life around and how he methodically went about it--quit drinking, got fit, improved his finances, and took control over his life. He provides a systematic way that others can follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3684)
    Performance
    (3284)
    Story
    (3295)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Fascinating story by a narcissist"
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    Where does Ghost in the Wires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About the middle--the story itself was interesting, and at times gripping, but I found myself being annoyed by the author's attitude about what he did and how others reacted.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The details of what the author did and how he did it--and how easy it was.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was the author's ex-wife, who left him (as she should) when she realized he was an addict and was not going to change. She was the only one who seemed to have any sense about him. His other family members were enablers.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself being really frustrated by three things--the narcissism displayed by the author (typical of an addict), his frequent assurances that he "loved" his family and did not want to go to jail because he would not see them (but he frequently put them in harm's way), and just how stupid his victims were.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminded me a lot of Artie Lange's last book "Crash and Burn" where he detailed his ongoing drug addiction. His narcissistic attitude reminded me Kevin Mitnick in this book. Also, in both authors' stories, family and friends were enablers and need Alanon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (275)

    No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

    BB says: "A rich and entertaining history"
    "Loved this book"
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    Would you listen to No Ordinary Time again? Why?

    No, but only because I have so much to listen to I do not have the time to listen to anything twice


    What about Nelson Runger’s performance did you like?

    Engaging--his voice has character, which I like


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It is a long book, but I found that I wanted to listen to large parts of it at a time because it was so good


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard J. Miller
    • Narrated By Roger Clark
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    In Drugged, Miller takes listeners on an eye-opening tour of psychotropic drugs, describing the various kinds, how they were discovered and developed, and how they have played multiple roles in virtually every culture. Drugged brims with surprises, revealing the fact that antidepressant drugs evolved from rocket fuel, highlighting the role of hallucinogens in the history of religion, and asking whether Prozac can help depressed cats. Entertaining and authoritative, Drugged is a truly fascinating book.

    Scott says: "Interesting reading but heavy on the biochemistry"
    "Boring"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No--it was so boring I could not make it all the way through


    Has Drugged: The Science and Culture Behind Psychotropic Drugs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not totally--I did listen to the latest book about LSD and it was a bit better--it engaged me like this book did not


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alan Brinkley
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    Born the son of missionaries, Luce spent his childhood in rural China, yet he glimpsed a milieu of power altogether different at Hotchkiss and later at Yale. While working at a Baltimore newspaper, he and Brit Hadden conceived the idea of Time: a "news-magazine" that would condense the week's events in a format accessible to increasingly busy members of the middle class. They launched it in 1923, and young Luce quickly became a publishing titan.

    Kate says: "Loved this book"
    "Loved this book"
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    If you could sum up The Publisher in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Claire Booth Luce, his second wife--I had heard her name in various contexts, but had no idea of her or her relationship with Henry


    Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

    He is, in my opinion, the best performer of audiobooks. Everything he does with characters is great, and his voice itself has character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was just totally fascinated by Luce and his story and the history going on during his life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Benjamin Wallace
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    It was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. In 1985, at a heated auction by Christie's of London, a 1787 bottle of Château Lafite Bordeaux - one of a cache of bottles unearthed in a bricked-up Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson - went for $156,000 to a member of the Forbes family. The discoverer of the bottle was pop-band manager turned wine collector Hardy Rodenstock, who had a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines.

    Julie W. Capell says: "Not just for enophiles"
    "Fascinating story, great characters"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, fun and interesting-great characters


    What other book might you compare The Billionaire's Vinegar to and why?

    I found this book while listening to a book about the Koch brothers, as one of them got caught up in this mystery


    What does Dennis Boutsikaris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There were a lot of characters and his caricatures were great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Frustrating because of how stupid people were because they wanted to protect what they "knew".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wine Wars: The Curse of the Blue Nun, the Miracle of Two Buck Chuck, and the Revenge of the Terroirists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mike Veseth
    • Narrated By Clinton Wade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Writing with wit and verve, Mike Veseth (a.k.a. the Wine Economist) tells the compelling story of the war between the market trends that are redrawing the world wine map and the terroirists who resist them. Wine and the wine business are at a critical crossroad today, transformed by three powerful forces. Veseth begins with the first force, globalization, which is shifting the center of the wine world as global wine markets provide enthusiasts with a rich but overwhelming array of choices.

    Gian says: "Narration Tanks an Otherwise-Interesting Book"
    "An interesting and fun book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes--It was fun, interesting, and engaging. For someone who enjoys wine but don't know that much about it, this book was a real treat and taught me a few things. I will never look at a "wine wall" the same way again.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same as the book title--I really liked the reference to "two buck chuck"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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