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Michael

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Honolulu, HI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By William Knoedelseder
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (151)

    The engrossing, often scandalous saga of one of the wealthiest, longest-lasting, and most colorful family dynasties in the history of American commerce—a cautionary tale about prosperity, profligacy, hubris, and the blessings and dark consequences of success. This engrossing, vivid narrative captures the Busch saga through five generations. At the same time, it weaves a broader story of American progress and decline over the past 150 years. It's a cautionary tale of prosperity, hubris, and loss.

    Jeremy McGough says: "Couldn't stop listening..."
    "Pass the Beer and Ammunition"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bitter Brew to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of Bitter Brew but there is a great PDF attached to the download for pics and charts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Forth is my favorite as he is leaving an incredible path of death and destruction in his wake.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I do plan to listen to his other books in the future.


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

    It was broken into 3 parts, and I finished it in less than a week as I found it very interesting. I think they should make it into a TV mini series.


    Any additional comments?

    I live in St. Louis so the book is a must read for people living in the Lou, but people from other places will enjoy the book if they have ever drank a beer or wondered what rich people do when they have no morals or common sense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1585)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1332)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Thanks for ths great Christmas present!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The stories are told by real people to their loved ones and are quite moving.


    What other book might you compare Listening Is an Act of Love to and why?

    None that I know of since these are actual stories as told by the people involved.


    Which character – as performed by Dave Isay – was your favorite?

    Dave was the narrator and introduced each story and in some cases gave an update l. That person's current situation.


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

    The woman suffering from Alzheimer's talking to her husband was very emotional as my mother is suffering from the same disease.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jackdaws

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Colin Stinton
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    D-Day is approaching. They don't know where or when, but the Germans know it'll be soon, and for Felicity "Flick" Clariet, the stakes have never been higher. A senior agent in the ranks of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) responsible for sabotage, Flick has survived to become one of Britain's most effective operatives in Northern France.

    vxdvxn says: "Disappointing"
    "Great Action and Adventure set in WW II"
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    Would you listen to Jackdaws again? Why?

    I would listen again as the book is fast paced and there are some details I missed in my first listen. I listened almost start to finish in a day.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jackdaws?

    The 2nd attack on the communication station was very good. You felt like you were there in the action.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat and Colin Stinton ’s performance did you like?

    I liked that the two narrators switched off so that it had a more realistic feel like a movie.


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

    Several situations where there was torture definitely were upsetting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3547)
    Performance
    (3176)
    Story
    (3204)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Extremely Interesting book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No Easy Day to be better than the print version?

    I have not purchased a print book in 2 years as I purchase only Audible versions of books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The account of the attack on Osama Bin Laden's hiding place was riveting. I can't begin to imagine how it would feel to be a part of that event.


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

    Holter Graham's performance was very good as he embodied the enthusiasm and adrenaline that the author experienced on his many missions to the middle east.


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

    The biggest win in the war on terror.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (595)

    It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

    Michael says: "Obama Fans Aren't Going to Like This Book!"
    "Obama Fans Aren't Going to Like This Book!"
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    Would you listen to The Amateur again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again as there are some back stories surrounding Obama's closest aids that I found very interesting.


    What other book might you compare The Amateur to and why?

    Dick Cheney's memoir has similar stories. This book is about someone on the far opposite to Cheney though.


    What about John McLain’s performance did you like?

    I felt the narration was very good. His voice was clear and easily understandable.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Valerie Jarrett seems to be a puppet master and works closely with Michelle Obama in making key decisions.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • If You're Not First, You're Last: Sales Strategies to Dominate Your Market and Beat Your Competition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Grant Cardone
    • Narrated By Grant Cardone
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    During economic contractions, it becomes much more difficult to sell your products, maintain your customer base, and gain market share. Mistakes become more costly, and failure becomes a real possibility for all those who are not able to make the transition. But imagine being able to sell your products when others cannot, being able to take market share from your competitors, and knowing the precise formulas that would allow you to expand your sales while others make excuses.

    Magnus says: "This is a book you never ever need to read"
    "Grant Does it Again!"
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    What made the experience of listening to If You're Not First, You're Last the most enjoyable?

    Grant Cardone is one of the best motivational speakers I have heard. His books are like pep rallies which fire you up and make you think of new things which can help you reach your goals. I like this book as much as 10X Rule.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that anyone can succeed if they put their heart and soul into what they do.


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

    Yes - Grant has a great delivery and humorous side notes which make the listening experience special.


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

    Yes, however there are assignments which need to be completed so you will need a few days to complete the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for more Grant Cardone audible books!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Normal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephanie Madoff Mack
    • Narrated By Stephanie Madoff Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    An explosive, heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, the first genuine inside story from a family member who has lived through - and survived - both the public crisis and her own deeply personal tragedy. In this candid insider account, she talks about her idyllic wedding to Mark, what it was really like to be a part of the Madoff family, the build-up to Bernard's confession, and the media frenzy that followed. It is about the loss of the fairytale life she knew and the tragic and final loss of her husband.

    Naturalbohemian says: "Everything is disturbing about this book..."
    "Couldn't Stop Listening"
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    Would you listen to The End of Normal again? Why?

    I would listen again as the story Stephanie tells is very fascinating. Unfortunately, her children will pay the price for their father's business choices and his suicide.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The End of Normal?

    The description of Mark Madoff's suicide was chilling.


    What about Stephanie Madoff Mack’s performance did you like?

    She seems very honest and her emotions really come through in her story telling.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Stephanie Madoff well as she raises her children on her own and tries to put this awful tragedy in her past.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4405)
    Performance
    (1872)
    Story
    (1890)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Great Lesson in Greed and Stupidity!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Big Short the most enjoyable?

    Despite the complicated jargon, the author really spells out how sub-prime mortgages came into being and why they led to the financial crisis which is still causing the economy to be in turmoil.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Short?

    The story about the incompetence of the guy who went from being a low level analysis for a ratings company to running a CDO originator who made tens of millions of dollars packaging bad loans. This guy should be in jail!


    What about Jesse Boggs’s performance did you like?

    He does a very good job of delivering the story in a clear and concise manner.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Basically there were just a few people who saw this disaster coming and were able to capitalize on the collapse. Ordinary people who saw the inflated housing prices and easy credit would have found it very difficult to profit from shorting the market. Even funds that had millions in assets found it difficult to purchase the CDS instruments which led to amazing profits for the few who were able to purchase them.


    Any additional comments?

    I am now going to purchase the author's 1st book - Liar's Poker - because this one was so good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Assholes Finish First

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tucker Max
    • Narrated By Tucker Max
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (204)

    What do you do after you write a #1 best-selling book about your drunken, sexual misadventures that makes you rich and famous? Celebrate by getting more drunk and having insane amounts of sex, obviously. And pretty soon you've got another f-ing book on your hands. Stuffed full of ridiculous stories of bad decisions, debauchery, and sexual recklessness, Assholes Finish First starts where I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell left off, then proceeds to "some next-level shit."

    Michael says: "Tucker is an a-hole from start to finish"
    "Tucker is an a-hole from start to finish"
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    Would you try another book from Tucker Max and/or Tucker Max?

    Maybe if there was more to the book than just having sex with multiple women and drinking stories.


    Would you recommend Assholes Finish First to your friends? Why or why not?

    If they were looking for a break from audiobooks that had some redeeming qualities and just want an escape to the ultimate hedonistic lifestyle. If you need some clever derogatory comments, this is your book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes - Tucker does a good job of telling his story.


    Was Assholes Finish First worth the listening time?

    Yes, but if it were any longer, I would not have finished it. There are definitely some funny parts.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tony Hsieh
    • Narrated By Tony Hsieh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2464)
    Performance
    (1507)
    Story
    (1530)

    In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.

    Ben says: "Do one thing exceptionally"
    "Putting Good to Great Principles to Work"
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    Where does Delivering Happiness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Delivering Happiness and the Steve Jobs biography are my two favorite audiobooks of the 50+ I have listened to the last year.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that Tony reads the book himself and includes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene where Tony is being interviewed for a business class. I am glad he included this recording in the audiobook.


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

    It made me laugh a few times. His misadventures in Kentucky were very funny.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! I hope Tony does another one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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