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Richard J. Peach

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Boston | Member Since 2013

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  • 27 reviews
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  • 85 titles in library
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  • Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Christopher Lane
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the 1970s, a small group of leading psychiatrists met behind closed doors and literally rewrote the book on their profession. Revising and greatly expanding the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM for short), they turned what had been a thin, spiral-bound handbook into a hefty tome. Almost overnight the number of diagnoses exploded. The result was a windfall for the pharmaceutical industry and a massive conflict of interest for psychiatry at large.

    Richard J. Peach says: "Eye Opener For All"
    "Eye Opener For All"
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    What did you love best about Shyness?

    Just the way the author broke it down and that it is not a mental disorder nor should be treated like one. Easy to follow and had good examples to support it


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shyness?

    The whole book was enjoyable, the 2nd half stood out more than the first part


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wasn't that kind of book


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

    Just the realization of what pharmaceutical companies are trying to do to us as people and for people to wake up and use informed consent,


    Any additional comments?

    As an addiction counselor who works with mentally ill criminals and a shy person myself the book is an awakening to how pharmaceutical companies are trying to convince people everyday issues need to be treated with medication

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Daniel McGowan
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Soon after WWII, U.S. statesman Dean Acheson warned that creating Israel on land already inhabited by Palestinians would "imperil" both American and all Western interests in the region. Despite warnings such as this one, President Truman supported establishing a Jewish state on land primarily inhabited by Muslims and Christians.

    Richard J. Peach says: "Horrible Audio But Good Info"
    "Horrible Audio But Good Info"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I liked the information but the audio was horrible. The narrator's voice was ok but it felt like it was recorded in the guy's basement or underwater.


    Would you recommend Against Our Better Judgment to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe read it but not listening to it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The recording of this audio book was horrible. The narrator was ok.


    Do you think Against Our Better Judgment needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parcells: A Football Life

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bill Parcells, Nunyo Demasio
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Bill Parcells may be the most iconic football coach of our time. During his decades-long tenure as an NFL coach, he turned failing franchises into contenders. He led the ailing New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories, turned the New England Patriots into an NFL powerhouse, reinvigorated the New York Jets, brought the Dallas Cowboys back to life, and was most recently enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    JOHN CORAJE says: "A true legend"
    "If You Love Sports You Will Enjoy This"
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    Where does Parcells: A Football Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of the first sports audio books I listened to and it was entertaining


    What other book might you compare Parcells: A Football Life to and why?

    Any other biography on sports


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

    Narration was good, not great but exactly what to expect from a biography read


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

    No but lots of great stories. As a Patriots fan I enjoyed hearing of some Patriot stories and if your a Giants fan you will really enjoy it.


    Any additional comments?

    A very open, honest and revealing look into Parcells life. Her did not hold anything back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas Eve, 1914

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 13 mins)
    • By Charles Olivier
    • Narrated By Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (467)

    In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

    Bonnie says: "I was just reading about this in my news paper"
    "Cant Beat It for Free"
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    What made the experience of listening to Christmas Eve, 1914 the most enjoyable?

    The cast and presentation


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one really enjoyed them all


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

    It was short and free so yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2784)
    Performance
    (2433)
    Story
    (2422)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "One Of the best"
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    What made the experience of listening to Full Force and Effect the most enjoyable?

    Good story great narration and a nice follow up to the previous books


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

    Story was so original but it was solid and kept you entertained


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

    Not sure but I did enjoy his narration. Very good


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best post Clancy books to date. Highly recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend: A Campus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1345)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1163)

    Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

    no says: "A great action packed spy novel!"
    "Solid Story "
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    A good story overall. Read it as I just wanted to keep with the entire campus stories. The narration was ok not as bad as some people reviewed. The main character Dominic is becoming a bad ass. Would like to see more stories with him.

    0 of 0 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
    (5832)
    Performance
    (3731)
    Story
    (3749)

    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
    (1582)
    Performance
    (1387)
    Story
    (1390)

    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
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (3721)
    Performance
    (3372)
    Story
    (3380)

    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.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "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
    (5383)
    Performance
    (4613)
    Story
    (4589)

    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

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