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Reed

NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 9 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 115 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2001)
    Performance
    (1650)
    Story
    (1665)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Great Book and Explanation of The Financial Crash"
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    What did you love best about Boomerang?

    Entertaining as well as informative


    What did you like best about this story?

    As Lewis often does, takes complex issues and illustrates and humanizes them


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    Great inflection and enthusiasm


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

    Greek priests have a lot to do with real estate


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee - the War They Fought, the Peace They Forged

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William C. Davis
    • Narrated By Traber Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    They met in person only four times, yet these two men determined the outcome of the Civil War and cast competing styles for the reunited nation. Each the subject of innumerable biographies, Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee have never before been paired as they are here. Exploring their personalities, their character, and their ethical, moral, political, and military worlds, William C. Davis finds surprising similarities between the two men.

    Reed says: "Excellent History of Two Commanders"
    "Excellent History of Two Commanders"
    Overall

    An excellent, quickly-paced narrative of two of America's finest commanders and men. Honest, forthright and sympathetic without fawning, this is a book for anyone who wants to understand how the Civil War made Grant and Lee and remade the country with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Live and Let Die

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (336)

    Those Mr. Big cannot possess he crushes; those who cross him will meet painful ends -- like his beautiful prisoner, Solitaire, and her lover, James Bond. Both are marked as victims in a trail of treachery that leads from New York's black underworld to the dark secrets of the island in the sun that Mr. Big calls his own. Voodoo, sharks, barracuda, time bombs, harpoon guns, torture, and terror are the ingredients for a scalding brew that reaches the boiling point in an eruption of violence.

    Pork C. Fish says: "A Product of Its Time"
    "Good Story, Horrible Racism"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fleming can weave a yarn but even granting that the book was written in 1954 the stereotypes are horrific. A lot less racial epithets would have made this a much better book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By James Risen
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In Pay Any Price, James Risen reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. In the name of fighting terrorism, our government has done things every bit as shameful as its historic wartime abuses - and until this audiobook, it has worked very hard to cover them up.

    John L. Moncrief says: "If you care about our liberties, read this book."
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    A must read for anyone who wants to know how and why the U.S. Government does things in the national security realm. You'll be amazed at the things people do

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not Taco Bell Material

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (922)

    Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

    Brett says: "Not bad but uneven and not revealing."
    "Awesome all around. Great story by a great story t"
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    Where does Not Taco Bell Material rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Ace Man knows how to spin a yarn and the fact he ad libs while reading it makes it that much better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I follow Carolla's podcast and have seen him live a couple of times. Really like his performances.


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

    Interesting in its simplicity and ridiculousness of humanity writ small by Carolla's unique experience.


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

    Not a thing. Carolla is very funny and is so quick on the ad-lib stuff that you have to pay attention or you'll miss something.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (253)

    From one of our finest military historians comes a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the 20th century.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A different kind of history"
    "Hastings Remains Atop His Game"
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    Would you listen to Inferno again? Why?

    Yes. Though, long, a fascinating new history of WWII.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    The individual histories Hastings has put together to complete this book.


    What three words best describe Ralph Cosham’s performance?

    stilted, badly edited


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

    Hell Comes To Earth


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (982)
    Story
    (977)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Unique book. Learned a lot."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Interesting book about how we got to where we are. Also really fascinating look back at both the classical and medieval periods.


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

    Guns germs and steel.


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

    No.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen E. Ambrose
    • Narrated By Tim Jerome
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (439)

    Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world. From their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to D-Day and victory, Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company, which kept getting the tough assignments. Easy Company was responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. Band of Brothers is the account of the men of this remarkable unit.

    Christopher says: "Greatest Generation"
    "A classic tale of heroism and brotherhood"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Band of Brothers the most enjoyable?

    Learning about citizen soldiers becoming heroes under horrifying conditions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Band of Brothers?

    The DDay and Bastogne chapters read like a war novel.


    What three words best describe Tim Jerome’s voice?

    Lisp lisp lisp


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

    Yes. Both. A fabulous book.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An American Spy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Olen Steinhauer
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (186)

    With only a handful of “tourists” - CIA-trained assassins - left, Weaver would like to move on and use this as an opportunity to regain a normal life, a life focused on his family. His former boss in the CIA, Alan Drummond, can’t let it go. When Alan uses one of Milo’s compromised aliases to travel to London and then disappears, calling all kinds of attention to his actions, Milo can’t help but go in search of him. Worse still, it's beginning to look as if Tourism's enemies are gearing up for a final, fatal blow.

    Joanne says: "Very complicated"
    "Excellent addition to the trilogy"
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    If you could sum up An American Spy in three words, what would they be?

    Fun exciting clever


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

    Yes. Cliffhangers. Steinhauer knows how to keep the story moving.


    What about David Pittu’s performance did you like?

    Voices - does them all uniquely.


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

    Most of it


    Any additional comments?

    No

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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