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Richard J. Peach

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Boston | Member Since 2013

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  • 22 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 58 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Gabor Maté
    • Narrated By Daniel Maté
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (176)

    Best-selling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them, and details what is needed to liberate ourselves. Starting with a close view of his drug-addicted patients, Dr. Maté looks at his own history of compulsive behavior, weaving a story of real people who struggle with addiction with the latest research on addiction and the brain. In a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting edge scientific findings, Dr. Maté sheds light on this most puzzling of human frailties.

    Lynn says: "Don't Overlook this Book Read It Now"
    "Amazing Look At Addiction"
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    What made the experience of listening to In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts the most enjoyable?

    Just the story of addicts and what addiction is really about, really makes you think about what to do about addiciton


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Very well read and for anyone to understand


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

    Loved that his brother narrated it. He was clear concise and excellent choice


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

    Addiction: The True Story


    Any additional comments?

    Just an amazing book on addiction. I work with addicts daily in prison and this gave me a new perspective about addicts and it being a disease of the brain. Everyone who really wants to know about addiction needs to read this

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5046)
    Performance
    (3020)
    Story
    (3035)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Not as good as Deamon but enjoyable"
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    What made the experience of listening to Freedom (TM) the most enjoyable?

    Just a very different type of story, definitely 21st century story. I think you have to be into or appreciate the technology of today to enjoy it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Freedom (TM)?

    Loved the ending.


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

    He was a good narrator. Sometimes many of the characters sounded the same, especially the angry ones


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

    No not really. It was good but not on the edge of my seat type of listen. Very solid read though


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like it as much as the first one but it was still a good sequel. I think there will be more. If you like stories like this with technology, D Space then check it out

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (1160)
    Story
    (1164)

    Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

    Ann says: "Best of America, honor and character astounding"
    "Not Tom Clancy good, but not bad"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, it was a short story and written quite well


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Typical, no huge surprises except for..............


    What three words best describe Steven Weber’s voice?

    Professional, articulate, enjoyable


    Did Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor inspire you to do anything?

    Join the SEALS. Already did that 30 years ago


    Any additional comments?

    Good story short but good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nomi Prins
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Nomi Prins ushers us into the intimate world of exclusive clubs, vacation spots, and Ivy League universities that binds presidents and financiers. She unravels the multi-generational blood, intermarriage, and protégé relationships that have confined national influence to a privileged cluster of people. This unprecedented history of American power illuminates how financiers have retained their authoritative position through history, swaying presidents regardless of party affiliation.

    PHIL says: "Good big-picture view, not spoiled by the biases"
    "Bankers Control Everything"
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    If you could sum up All the Presidents' Bankers in three words, what would they be?

    Disturbing, frustrating and eye opening


    What other book might you compare All the Presidents' Bankers to and why?

    Any other books on fiances such as Money Masters or how banks control our government


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the beginning when the early crashes of the 20's were talked about and the 2000's when they are doing the exact same thing calling in margin loans and creating recessions and depressions


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

    The entire book was eye opening and to see how things really get done in this country.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book full of great info and well researched. Enjoyed the narrator as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2056)
    Performance
    (1915)
    Story
    (1922)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Amazon Customer says: "True Tale of Courage and Honor"
    "Great Story, Narration Takes Getting Used To"
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    If you could sum up Lone Survivor in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, patriotic and sad.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Was only one true character but I liked how he described Ax


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

    I get they were going for a southern speaker but it was annoying and took almost the whole book to get used to.


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

    When he was in the Afghan village with the children etc.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, could have did without his views on liberals etc. Once he got to the story it was great. The first few chapters until he got to SEAL training were tough to muddle through, bit overall I loved the story and book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3919)
    Performance
    (3373)
    Story
    (3352)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Great for Introverts and Extroverts"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A really great study of the two sets of people. I think introverts will enjoy it more. Just gives great insight to how we as a society celebrate extroverts and sometimes look down on introverts. Great insight as to the differences and how we should react to both


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire thing. The studies were fascinating along with the personal stories.


    What about Kathe Mazur’s performance did you like?

    I liked her narration. Very soft spoken like a true introvert LOL


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

    It just made me think about why I am the way I am today and not apologize for being an introvert, I will make sure I correct anyone who calls me shy or anti social.


    Any additional comments?

    A great read and understanding of the two groups. The author even gives tips ideas and solutions to fellow introverts, parents, teachers and business people. I loved this book. I learned so much about myself and how others might perceive me. I also learned about extroverts and how I need sometimes to be one of them

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11645)
    Performance
    (7615)
    Story
    (7649)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing Story"
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    Would you listen to Unbroken again? Why?

    Not right away but in the future yes. It was that good


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    I liked when they were shipwrecked at sea and the survival they endured.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    Well the main character Louie Z. but the Japanese guard "The Bird" was the most interesting and disturbing to say the least


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

    You will be amazed about the power of people to overcome extreme obstacles and circumstances


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and read from start to finish. An amazing story of triumph and courage. Also a great lesson in forgiveness and moving on and not be a slave to our past

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs)
    • By Robert Middlekauff
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.

    John says: "Strong History Rich With Behind The Scenes Details"
    "Great History Lesson"
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    If you could sum up The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789 in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, Informative and Complete


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No real characters in the book. But lots of people who just changed history and they were all fascinating


    Which character – as performed by Robert Fass – was your favorite?

    Fass was a great narrator and made listening to 26 hours pretty easy


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

    Wasn't that type of book. A historical recollection but it made me appreciate the people who helped create this wonderful country


    Any additional comments?

    An awesome history of the Revolution from it's beginning to the first days of this country. Very thorough and covered everything you could ask for if looking to learn more or refresh yourself about the American Revolution.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alexander Rose
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Based on remarkable new research, acclaimed historian Alexander Rose brings to life the true story of the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War. For the first time, Rose takes us beyond the battlefront and deep into the shadowy underworld of double agents and triple crosses, covert operations and code breaking, and unmasks the courageous, flawed men who inhabited this wilderness of mirrors—including the spymaster at the heart of it all.

    Richard J. Peach says: "Good Quick Listen"
    "Good Quick Listen"
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    What did you love best about Washington's Spies?

    It was a brief only about six hour so quick and to the point


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just hearing about the backgrounds of the spies and how they never wanted any credit or recognition. Just impressed with their patriotism


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator seemed like a kid reading a book report. Just wasn't my favorite narrator


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

    Yeah it was certainly short enough but not on your edge type of story.


    Any additional comments?

    I just got finished reading a longer more detailed account about Washington's spies so this was a quick read and recap. Also I am watching the TV series "Turn" and it makes the tv show much more enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
    • Narrated By Brian Kilmeade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (235)

    From the cohost of Fox & Friends, the true story of the anonymous spies who helped win the Revolutionary War. Among the pantheon of heroes of the American Revolution, six names are missing. First and foremost, Robert Townsend, an unassuming and respected businessman from Long Island, who spearheaded the spy ring that covertly brought down the British

    kevin says: "Great Read"
    "Secret Six"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of George Washington's Secret Six to be better than the print version?

    Never seen the print version so dont know. But the narrator was excellent


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just the ways they spied in those days and how it has evolved


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the whole story


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

    It was a historical text so not that kind of book. But there was some funny scenes and sarcasm by the author


    Any additional comments?

    A good read very informative and interesting. Just started watching the TV series turn and wanted to read the book first. If anyone is interested in this time period and likes espionage then this is a book you should read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Annie Jacobsen
    • Narrated By Annie Jacobsen
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including papers made available to her by direct descendants of the Third Reich's ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and lost dossiers discovered at the National Archives and Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into one of the most complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secrets of the 20th century.

    Jean says: "The Osenberg list"
    "Nazism Today"
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    What did you love best about Operation Paperclip?

    Just all the detailed stories of these Nazi scientists and the crimes against humanity that were overlooked by the US military


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well the most interesting Nazi scientist has to be Dr. Schreiber


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

    Anytime an author reads their own book they bring an enthusiasm to it. She read it very clear and was great at pronouncing all the German names


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

    The whole thing was disheartening to read. That our government would just ignore these Nazi war criminals and think no one would care


    Any additional comments?

    A great very information and factual. I had heard about Operation Paperclip before but Annie Jacobsen really broke it down.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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