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Michael

Jenison, MI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Reed Albergotti, Vanessa O'Connell
    • Narrated By Santino Fontana
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    The first in-depth look at Lance Armstrong's doping scandal, the phenomenal business success built on the back of fraud, and the greatest conspiracy in the history of sports. Lance Armstrong won a record-smashing seven Tours de France after staring down cancer, and in the process became an international symbol of resilience and courage. In a sport constantly dogged by blood-doping scandals, he seemed above the fray. Then, in January 2013, the legend imploded. He admitted doping during the Tours and, in an interview with Oprah, described his "mythic, perfect story" as "one big lie."

    Gabriel says: "Detailed and balanced account"
    "Very well written, hard to put down!"
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    I've read or listened to many books on this subject. As an cyclist I idolized Lance for years. If it weren't for him I would probably not have gotten as into the sport as I have and almost certainly wouldn't have started racing. The book is a nice compilation of his story of both winning and his downfall. I've thought for the past 8 years that he had been doping for his whole career, so his admission to that wasn't surprising. The surprising and disappointing part of his story is the collateral damage of so many people whose lives he threatened or ruined. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie Tie-in Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jordan Belfort
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (231)

    By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king, here, in Jordan Belfort's own words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called the Wolf of Wall Street.

    Elisabeth says: "My most inthralling listen in a while"
    "Definitely kept my attention"
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    What did you love best about The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie Tie-in Edition)?

    I work in the finance industry and thought this would be an interesting listen. It definitely keeps your attention!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is very entertaining and seems to be very honestly written....that said, it is VERY vulgar. Lots of language, sex, and filled to the brim with drugs. I knew all of those were going to be a component of the book, but it was a little bit too graphic for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (176)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
    "Couldn't put it down..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Conspiracy of Fools to be better than the print version?

    Incredibly researched and written account of Enron. I would venture to say this is the best non-fiction book I've ever listened to. It is written more like a novel and is very easy to listen to and follow. If you like a good scandal, you'll love this book!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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