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Photo and Music Guy

Colorado USA | Member Since 2014

  • 13 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 54 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a 20-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. In this compelling memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities.

    John S. says: "Think carefully before buying"
    "Amazing story, gives great insight."
    If you could sum up Priceless in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing and unpredictable.

    What other book might you compare Priceless to and why?

    This book would be similar to Catch me if you can (although from the opposite perspective), or Ghost in the Wires.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I think he did a good jobs with names and accents, did move slow at times, and could get a touch sleepy.

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

    It really motivated me to learn more about art crime.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    Marci says: "It gets better, and better, and better, and better"
    "I hate this book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If on "The Office" you really enjoyed the character of Ryan when he became a jerk, you might like this. B.J. just comes off self-righteous and not funny.

    Has One More Thing turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes it has actually.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The guest narrator's are the only good thing.

    What character would you cut from One More Thing?

    B.J. Novak

    Any additional comments?

    Don't get this book.

    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

    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 way to write a history story!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Kennedy?

    Obviously Kennedy's death is the main point of the book, but the connection with Kennedy's past is so interesting.

    Any additional comments?

    This book basically ignores all talks of any conspiracy, and takes the Warren Commission at face value. While I would have liked him to talk more about the conspiracies, the book did motivate me to learn more, which is great.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Cross and the Switchblade

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Gang-fighters! Drug addicts. Teenage runaways and prostitutes! The toughest and most hopeless kids that New York's ghettos had to offer. Then a young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills arrived on their turf and began preaching a message of renewal, miracles, and God's love. This is one of the century's great true stories. Over 14 million copies in print!

    Carole says: "hope when there is no hope"
    "Really moved me, and I tend to be a cynic."
    What did you love best about The Cross and the Switchblade?

    I loved the risks that David Wilkerson described.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cross and the Switchblade?

    When he was humiliated at the trial and how it lead to so much.

    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    David Wilkerson

    Any additional comments?

    I think most Christians know about this story a little bit, and have seen some of the more "odd" things that David Wilkerson has said and done over the years, and it might give you doubt, but don't let it! His story of how God moved was truly incredible. It really changed how I see serving the Lord.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 21: Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the midst of the Go-Go '90s, the culture of greed infused the MIT campus. A small blackjack club sprang up, dedicated to counting cards and beating the house at major casinos around the country. The Club grew slowly at first, but by the late 1990s, the right people had come up with the right system to take some of the world's most sophisticated casinos for all they were worth.

    Julie says: "Good Book.. HORRIBLE Narrator"
    "Good story, strong characters."
    Would you listen to 21 again? Why?

    It's the kind of story that is most interesting when you don't know what is going to happen, but I would consider listening again after a while.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The insight into Vegas. Card counting is interesting, but gets old quick. However unlike a card counting book, this book is more about a team and how Vegas responds.

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

    He did a nice job with voices and emotions

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

    Not that kind of book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    Liz says: "big fan but what is up with the bleeps?"
    "Good topic, well read, could have been shorter!"
    Would you try another book from Nassim Nicholas Taleb and/or Joe Ochman?

    Taleb is brilliant and challenges conventional wisdom. I think reading a summary though would be just as effective as his full length books.

    What was most disappointing about Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s story?

    Publishers don't like to publish 30-50 page books as they are too short to sell. However this book feels like it could have been way shorter. The little stories and anecdotes all start to so obviously come to the same conclusion. He spends WAY too much time being defensive of his ideas. It doesn't feel like he's making a "defense" it feels like he is being defensive like an insecure teacher at times.

    What about Joe Ochman’s performance did you like?

    Joe did a solid job making technical stuff flow smoothly.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Antonio Mendez, Matt Baglio
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the American embassy in Tehran and captured dozens of American hostages, sparking a 444-day ordeal and a quake in global politics still reverberating today. But there's a little-known footnote to the crisis: six Americans escaped. And a midlevel agent named Antonio Mendez devised an ingenious yet incredibly risky plan to rescue them. Armed with foreign film visas, Mendez and an unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders traveled to Tehran....

    Minta says: "I listened to this twice in a row!"
    "One of my favorite audio books!"
    Would you listen to Argo again? Why?

    I don't know if I would listen again as once you know what happens it may not be a "repeat" kind of book. However, what made it interesting was not just the story of the rescue but the detailed history of the Iran/US conflict, and the details of the forgers in the CIA.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tony Mendez who wrote the book and the main character is the only character that has lots of development.

    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    He read it like he really was Tony Mendez.

    If you could give Argo a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The history of the Iran crisis, and how the CIA rescued the six without every using a gun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Zondervan Bibles (editor)
    • Narrated By Michael Blain-Rozgay, Allison Moffett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    God has gone to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. That is what The Story is all about - the story of the Bible, God's great love affair with humanity. Condensed into 31 accessible chapters, The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. Using the clear, accurate, and easy-to-understand text of the NIV, it allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel.

    Ryan says: "An easy to understand Bible translation."
    "Great stories, don't love the commentary."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I would have put way less commentary in there, and had it be less "parental". The commentary feels like a Sunday school teacher. I was surprised by this. I wanted just stories, and would have gladly taken some of the missing stories instead of commentary.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Zondervan Bibles (editor)? Why or why not?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's the bible, hard to pick a favorite :) Obviously the death and resurrection of Jesus is one of the most significant.

    Was The Story, NIV: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People worth the listening time?


    Any additional comments?

    It's weird to mark the Bible as a 3 star story, the 3-stars really is because of the commentary. Of course I believe the bible is the greatest story ever told.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "Such a great book, even if you've seen the movie."
    Where does Catch Me If You Can rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5 for sure.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It really does. Even though I already knew some of it from the movie, it has plenty you haven't heard, and keeps you in suspence.

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

    He does a good job with his pace moving with the fast parts of the book.

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

    It was made into a film!

    Any additional comments?

    Some comments complain about it not highlighting the post criminal career, and while I would love to read another book about just that, it's still brilliant just as it is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama

    In July 2004, Barack Obama electrified the Democratic National Convention with an address that spoke to Americans across the political spectrum. Now, in The Audacity of Hope, Senator Obama calls for a different brand of politics: a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the "endless clash of armies" we see in Congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of "our improbable experiment in democracy".

    Pat Furrie says: "The only thing wrong with it..."
    "Starts to feel repetitious very quickly."
    What did you like best about The Audacity of Hope? What did you like least?

    I like the fact that the President is unashamed in what he believes even when I often disagree. However, I dislike the fact that it feels like he just keeps telling the same story over and over again...he meets a voter, he hears their needs, and he says, "why can't it be right". It feels so oversimplified to me.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely a non-political book.

    What about Barack Obama’s performance did you like?

    It's read with clear emotion and emphasis on what he wanted to communicate in the book.

    Could you see The Audacity of Hope being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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