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New York, NY, USA

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 48 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, & the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Mark Fainaru-Wada, Lance Williams
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This audiobook is the window into the underground world of cheating at the highest levels, which set off a frenzy of activity and hand-wringing in the offices of Major League Baseball and Congress. Through the authors' pursuit of sources and documents, they were able to open for public view a world in which elite athletes trade money and risk their health for the edge that will allow them to run faster, hit harder, and compete longer, and then cash in on the fame and wealth.

    Eric Berger says: "More about track than baseball"

    I don't see how anyone reading this book can come away with any conclusion other than that Barry Bonds took PEDs in a conscious effort to cheat.

    Though the book is not entirely about Bonds, all of the supporting evidence is brought to bear ultimately to condemn Bonds of PED abuse and knowingly cheating at baseball.

    The book is very well written, easy to follow and the case is laid out in a very convincing fashion.

    Any baseball fan owes it to him or herself to read this book and make a decision for themselves, whether they believe Bonds or not.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Great book!!"
    "Great Read Before Heading To Gettysburg"

    I read this book in preparation for a guided tour at the Gettysburg National Park and I have to say that it really enhanced my understanding of the tour and of what transpired there.

    It's truly difficult for us today to imagine what life was like back then, and what war and hand-to-hand combat was like during the Civil War. The book did a very good job of giving us both a battlefield perspective, as well as the overall strategic perspective of why certain things happened that day and why others did not, and how it all came together to determine the outcome of the battle.

    I didn't care much for the overly theatrical reading of the book (complete with different voices for the characters, with accents), but the content of the book remained untarnished by the reading, and I enjoyed it very much, especially when it was followed up by the tour at Gettysburg.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen Breyer
    • Narrated By Stephen Breyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First published in September 2005 and based on a series of lectures delivered at Harvard, Active Liberty is a tight, extremely readable, almost memoir-like guide to interpreting the Constitution. Written by a justice of the Supreme Court, it focuses on a pragmatic approach to this great document that may become crucial as the Supreme Court faces deeply divisive decisions.

    Maki says: "Engaging, If Somewhat Dense"
    "Engaging, If Somewhat Dense"

    Maybe if you're a constituional scholar or lawyer, this stuff is easy to follow, but for a lay person, it wasn't quite as easy to digest. Still, I very much looked forward to hearing this book read by Justice Breyer himself, and I found his philosophies and justifications quite sound and very convincing. I will probably have to re-read this book several times to get every aspect of it, but I found the exercise very challenging and worthwhile.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert I. Sutton
    • Narrated By Robert Sutton

    In a landmark article published in the Harvard Business Review, Stanford University professor Robert I. Sutton addressed a taboo topic that affects every workplace: employees who are insensitive to their colleagues, corporate bullies, bosses who just don't get it, the kind of people who make you exclaim in exasperation, "What an asshole!" Now, in a definitive book that addresses this growing problem, Sutton shows you how you can work with unsavory people without becoming one of them yourself.

    David says: "okay, I get it"
    "Very Good But..."

    The intent of the book was quite good and the points the author made were also very much on target, but I have to say, listening to him read it was a bit distracting. Why? Well, he apparently has difficulty correctly pronouncing words that begin with the letters "es", like "especially". Yes, this Stanford grad would pronounce "especially" (which he used quite often) as "EX-specially". And it wasn't only "especially" that he would do this with. He also would say "EXscape". Quite grating after hearing it for the 40th time. Otherwise, it was quite entertaining.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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