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Pete

Dallas | Member Since 2012

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  • 12 reviews
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  • 108 titles in library
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  • The Real Crash: America's Coming Bankruptcy - How to Save Yourself and Your Country

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Peter Schiff
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    In The Real Crash, New York Times best-selling author Peter D. Schiff argues that America is enjoying a government-inflated bubble, one that reality will explode... with disastrous consequences for the economy and for each of us. Schiff demonstrates how the infusion of billions of dollars of stimulus money has only dug a deeper hole: The United States government simply spends too much and does not collect enough money to pay its debts, and in the end, Americans from all walks of life will face a crushing consequence.

    John says: "Important Book with Somewhat Misleading Title"
    "Eye Opening"
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    Where does The Real Crash rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Real Crash is one of the better books I have listened to about the US economy. It takes the listener through history arriving at our current state of the economy and our country on a whole.


    What other book might you compare The Real Crash to and why?

    End The Fed
    The Return of the Great Depression


    Which scene was your favorite?

    History of Income Tax
    How to profit during the real crash.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be required reading for all politicians and voters. No matter which party you support we need to come togther and bring back the guiding principles our framers laid out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crises

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By James Rickards
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (439)

    In 1971, President Nixon imposed national price controls and took the United States off the gold standard, an extreme measure intended to end an ongoing currency war that had destroyed faith in the U.S. dollar. Today we are engaged in a new currency war, and this time the consequences will be far worse than those that confronted Nixon. Currency wars are one of the most destructive and feared outcomes in international economics.

    Roddie says: "Must read, listen too!"
    "Concerning"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was an eye opening experience. When I heard about currency devaluation before reading this book I always thought about other countries being guilty of it not ours. Our country needs to get back to its roots and stop depending on academics to guide our financial system. If we are not thoughtful about controlling derivatives, leverage, printing of money and derogation of gold we may find the dollar obsolete. More people need to educate themselves so we can take a stand and demand real changes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2622)
    Performance
    (1656)
    Story
    (1637)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "This is your brain on exercise"
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    Any additional comments?

    I recently experienced an injury that prevented me from working out for a several months. I now can say with certainty that my poor mood from my lack of exercise had a scientific explanation. I have recommended this book to a number of friends and associates. I enjoyed learning how aerobic / heart rate driven exercise can be prescribed for an number of conditions and used as preventative treatment as well. At times I had a hard time following all the acronyms but overall was able to comprehend and discuss the concepts. I read the book at the same time so that helped. I will refer back to this book and send specific sections to friends and family members.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Daniel H. Pink
    • Narrated By Daniel H. Pink
    Overall
    (1798)
    Performance
    (765)
    Story
    (766)

    From Daniel H. Pink, the author of the groundbreaking best seller A Whole New Mind, comes his next big idea book: a paradigm-changing examination of what truly motivates us and how to harness that knowledge to find greater satisfaction in our lives and our work.

    Michael says: "Not as good as A Whole New Mind"
    "Strong Material"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book had a big impact on me. I have read it twice and listened to it once. I think both forms are great but I prefer the written version. The overall concept of Drive is what motivates people. The belief that a system of rewards and punishments as a form of motivation and productivity is turned on its head. You can apply theory's in this book to your personal & business life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall—from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frank Brady
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (301)

    From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer’s, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his life—he began as a brilliant youngster, then became the pride of American chess, then took a sharp turn, struggling with paranoia and mental illness. But nobody truly understood him.

    Roy says: "A Trajedy"
    "A great surprise"
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    Any additional comments?

    I had no background on Bobby Fischer before listening to this book. I was hooked from the start. One moment I would be rooting for him and the next I would be screaming at him. Its the type of story that is impossible to put down and leaves with questions of what could have been.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3899)
    Performance
    (3470)
    Story
    (3489)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Solid Story & Performance"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to both Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln and enjoyed them both throughly. I like Bill O'Reillys narroration style, he has good tempo and is easy to listen to. If I had to recommend either Killing Kennedy or Killing Lincoln, I would probably go with Killing Kennedy. I enjoyed learning about that time period more and the history around the Kennedy's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D Schiff, Andrew J Schiff
    • Narrated By Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (356)

    How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes uses illustration, humor, and accessible storytelling to explain complex topics of economic growth and monetary systems. In it, economic expert and bestselling author of Crash Proof, Peter Schiff teams up with his brother Andrew to apply their signature "take no prisoners" logic to expose the glaring fallacies that have become so ingrained in our country's economic conversation.

    AC says: "Educational and Entertaining"
    "Good warm up to "The Real Crash""
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    Any additional comments?

    For a more detailed understanding and explanation of the topics discussed in this book check out "The Real Crash" by Peter D Schiff

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2383)
    Performance
    (1751)
    Story
    (1753)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "Larson's best work"
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    Any additional comments?

    In the Garden of the Beasts was the most interesting and entertaining out of the 3 Larson books I have read, which include Devil in the White City & Thunderstruck. This book kept you moving from story line to story line with less lulls than the other books by Larson. The story itself and the writing are his most compelling, this will be hard to top.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jim Collins
    • Narrated By Jim Collins
    Overall
    (629)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (251)

    Decline can be avoided. Decline can be detected. Decline can be reversed. Amidst the desolate landscape of fallen great companies, Jim Collins began to wonder: How do the mighty fall? Can decline be detected early and avoided? How far can a company fall before the path toward doom becomes inevitable and unshakable? How can companies reverse course?

    Roger Smith says: "Collins is always right"
    "Over Dramatic"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It's all down hill for Collins after Good to Great. There are some good points in the book that are useful when analyzing your business. I would recommend the written version. You can absorb the topics of the book in written form without the over dramatic narration that Collins delivers.


    What didn’t you like about Jim Collins’s performance?

    Too dramatic.
    Too slow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (400)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "Reality Check"
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    Would you listen to WAR again? Why?

    Yes. As a reminder of how lucky I am to have the life I have. To remeber and be grateful for all who are making sacraficies so my family can have the lifestyle we have.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of WAR?

    The authors ability of putting you in the shoes of the men on their 15 month deployment. The effects war has on a persons mind. The guilt I feel for complaining about the little problems of daily life. This is a real look into war. No glamour, just reality.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2153)
    Performance
    (1915)
    Story
    (1921)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Great snapshot of the time era and presidency"
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    What made the experience of listening to Killing Kennedy the most enjoyable?

    Not being a history buff I enjoyed the insight into the era. In Kennedy's short time in office he was faced with everything from the Cuban Missile Crisis to Civil Rights (not to mention an extramartial lifestyle like no one else in history). I like the structure of the book; bouncing back and forth from Oswald to Kennedy.


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

    Yes. The way the chapters were broken out gave you the opportunity to fit one more chapter in without having to commit a ton of time which I like.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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