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  • 4 reviews
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  • 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

    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"
    "The terrible conflict between genius and reality"

    I was blissfully unaware of the life of Bobby Fischer. From my childhood, I was aware that he was one of the finest chess players in history and the greatest American chess master. I was drawn to this book because Fischer seemed like an interesting character. What I found as the narration unfolded was that Fischer was a man who was torn by his incredible genius and insight. His ability to make meaning on the chessboard was matched only by his ability to use that same insight and genius to craft thoughts and thought-schemas that bordered on the maniacal. Mr. Brady tells Fischer's story in a way that lays all of this out. Mr. Brady is not an apologist for Bobby, nor is he an attacker. He is a faithful biographer. As I arrive at the end of this production, I feel that I have come to know this wonderful and terrible man and Mr. Brady has accomplished this without burying me in chess jargon or algebraic notation.

    Ray Porter's narration was first-rate. His speech is easy to follow and lacks idiosyncracy. The best word that I can think of to describe Mr. Porter's style is transparent.

    In final reflection on the life of Bobby Fischer, I am reminded of a slim volume written by Owen Lee on Richard Wagner entitled, "Wagner: The Terrible Man and His Truthful Art." Sadly, this same title could apply to the tortured genius that was Robert James Fischer.

    I strongly recommend this audiobook to anyone who is seeking to understand this enigmatic man.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • TNT: It Rocks the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By Claude M. Bristol
    • Narrated By Jason McCoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Famed author Claude M. Bristol "blasts" you with the "Secret of the Ages" in his powerful book, T.N.T.: It Rocks the Earth. Adhering to his cornerstone philosophy on the power of believing, this book offers practical suggestions on how to accurately and scientifically proceed to get what you want in life. Learn how to impress your subconscious mind, make obstacles a phantom of the past, and have at your command a power that astounds!

    ROBERT says: "Great material that is poorly read"
    "Great material that is poorly read"
    What did you love best about TNT: It Rocks the Earth?

    I thought that Bristol's main points about attitudes and beliefs affecting our external reality was very well thought out and interestingly presented.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator's proclivity towards mispronunciation of both common words and any word with a foreign root was so distracting that I almost didn't finish. That I did finish is a testimony to Claude Bristol, not Jason McCoy. I would rather have listened the automaton of Kindle rather than this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Positive Thinking: A Practical Guide to Mastering the Problems of Everyday Living

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Norman Vincent Peale

    Translated into 15 languages with more than 7 million copies sold, The Power of Positive Thinking is unparalleled in its extraordinary capacity for restoring the faltering faith of millions. In this insightful program, Dr. Peale offers the essence of his profound method for mastering the problems of everyday living.

    Alma says: "I Cannot Say One Wrong Word"
    "The one-star folks should have done some homework"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Positive Thinking to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition of The Power of Positive Thinking is a wonderful complement to the print version. I have owned this book both in cassette and CD formats. It's nice to have it in a totally digital format that can go anywhere with me.

    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    I always prefer hearing the author read a book than a professional narrator for two reasons: First, the author knows where he/she wants the emphasis to be. Second, I can get some good insights as to the author's character.

    Any additional comments?

    The people who complain about the religiosity of the text have only their poor research for their problem. A quick overview of Dr. Peale's background would have revealed that he was a Christian minister and his doctorate was in theology. Dr. Peale pastored Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan for over 50 years. All of this information is readily available for anyone to see. My only complaint with Dr. Peale's writing is that it has a somewhat stilted style that is typical of most works originally published in the first half of the twentieth century.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Super Crunchers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ian Ayres
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Today, number crunching affects your life in ways you might never imagine. In this lively and groundbreaking new audiobook, economist Ian Ayres shows how today's best and brightest organizations are analyzing massive databases at lightening speed to provide greater insights into human behavior. They are the Super Crunchers.

    Jon says: "Great book on"
    "Ran out of gas for me."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I usually listen to audiobooks while doing my daily exercises and I chose this one because I really enjoyed "Freakonomics." I found this book to be an interesting basic overview of the new number-crunching. The only drawback to it was the occasional interjection of the author's personal opinions on politics and culture, opinions about which I could hardly care less. While I enjoyed it, the book kind of ran out of gas at the end.

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

    I have not listened to Michael Kramer before, but I will again. His style is easy on the ears and he manages to keep his own personality subsumed to the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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