NO, because the narrator was so bad I almost did not listen to the audiobook.
I grew up in high school and college with the MTM Show--I loved the backstory and learning about how many women were given opportunities to write shows because they were given a chance on this show.
This narrator was like a breathy actress and at times sings-songy. She got a bit better as the book progressed, but her performance definitely detracted from the content.
It made me laugh a lot and I also became wistful thinking about what the show meant to me as a young woman.
I think it might have been a bit better edited--there were some parts that seemed poorly written or put together.
I don't listen to books more than once because I have so many new ones to listen to.
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy--an in-depth look at these men in their times.
Both were self-made men who had a tremendous impact on society and those around them.
It was a compelling listen.
No, but I was surprised by two things. First, the extent to which Zsa Zsa Gabor, as Hilton's ex-wife, stayed in his life until his death. Second, how his heirs (including Paris and her siblings) got so rich in spite of Conrad Hilton's insistence that his fortune be left to charity. He believed strongly that everyone should earn their own fortune.
I thought this might be a gossipy-type book, but it was well- researched and written. I was fascinated by the life and story of Conrad Hilton and his family.
It was a fascinating story, told from the first person perspective.
A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers--another insider story, but more about the industry than the individual
Almost anyone! I understand why someone who writes a book about his own life would like to read it, but his narration really detracted from the book. I almost stopped listening, although he did a bit better by the end. He was flat and boring.
Steven Hoye or Sean Runnette would have been great.
Not really, I just felt bad for those around him who were hurt by his actions.
Probably not--I do not listen to books again (because I have so many new ones to read!)
It was a thrilling book. I wanted to listen to the entire book in one sitting because I wanted to know what happened (even though I knew the story). It really was written like a spy novel.
It was not so much a scene as a theme that was compelling. The idea that Philby was "one of them" in background and status and therefore was treated with kid gloves which allowed him to continue to commit treason even after he was brought back into MI6 because he was "cleared". And that even when they knew he was guilty, because of who he was, he somehow deserved a lighter punishment than others who were not as bad as he was.
The epilogue by the author John LeCarre, who had been in MI5 for a period--he met with Elliot (Philby's close friend and MI6 colleague) when they were both older. Elliot's continuing nonchalance about what he allowed to happen, and his recollection of how much he enjoyed being with Philby (Elliot's loose lips when they were drinking allowed Philby to know many secrets) was amazing. It was frustrating to see how the good old boy's club allowed so many to lose their lives.
The author told the story from his perspective as creative director for George Magazine. He talked about what he knew best--how the covers were chosen, designed, and shot. It was a fascinating way to weave in what he knew about JFK Jr (and his wife Carolyn).
The author--after I read the book I went back to follow up on how his career has unfolded after he left George.
Family, money, power
William, one of the twins--he had 5 children with 4 women, and 3 wives. He had serious issues with his brothers and it seemed to taint his entire life. I wanted to know more about what was going on inside his head.
No extreme reaction except that I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
Yes--I learned so much, especially about Taft and his relationship to Roosevelt.
Taft continually giving up the opportunity (his life-long dream) to be on the Supreme Court because he felt a duty to do something else.
Great performer--it was a very long audiobook but I did not get tired to listening to him.
My only complaint is that is was less about journalism and more about Roosevelt and Taft. The title is misleading.
Yes--interesting and concise look at wars/conflict. I was not generally interested in wars, but this book was a perfect description of how the wars started, how they progressed, and how they ended. More importantly, the author summarized and gave his opinion on who won and who lost and what other outcomes were significant.
I was struck by the author's determination that dropping the atomic bomb in Japan actually saved lives because the Japanese would not otherwise have given up and more would die in battle.
Excellent performer--perfect way to present this material.
I was struck by the author's determination that dropping the atomic bomb in Japan actually saved lives because the Japanese would not otherwise have given up and more would die in battle. Every story had a interesting perspective.
Not sure--I was fascinated by the topic but bored by most of the book. It was overly detailed and strayed too much. It seemed that the author had spent so much time on the burglary and its outcomes that she had to include everything on the topic. If I had been reading the book I would have skipped many parts.
I just also finished "Flash Boys" by Michael Lewis. The only comparison is that I wanted to meet each of the characters in Lewis' book (even the "bad" guys) but could not really care about any of those in this book. There was something missing from this book--I never got engaged in spite of being interested in the subject.
Bronson Pinchot is an adequate narrator but not a performer for this topic. I found that he made the book boring and I was tempted to stop listening (although I think part of the problem was that the book itself was boring). It was like listening to paint dry.
crazy Wall Street
What Lewis describes, in only a way he can, what has been happening with high-frequency trading. I was completely drawn into the characters and the story. The way he describes each character makes you want to meet them personally, whether they are "good" or "bad".
Ronan--I loved his irreverent language and approach to the business.
Too many to list! I learned so much from this book and will be more cognizant of what is going on in the market.
I will read/listen to anything Michael Lewis writes.
As with all of Wolke's entertaining books, I learned a lot about everyday things that are fascinating
Wolke's other books about everyday science explained in plain terms
I listened to his work on a book about Scientology and he did a great job, but I did not like him for this particular book. For this book I wish they had used Sean Runnette, who narrated Wolke's other books. Runnette has the perfect voice--I felt like I was listening to the author, who is clever and funny, narrate his own book.
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