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  • Evernote: How to Master Evernote in 1 Hour & Getting Things Done Without Forgetting: An Essential Underground Guide To GTD In 7 Days Revealed!

    • UNABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By Scotts Jason
    • Narrated By Kirk Hanley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    This audiobook is for the practical application of Evernote into every corner of your life. My easy-to-follow guide will enable you to make better decisions about how to organize your life in the electronic world.

    Amazon Customer says: "Don't Waste Your Time or Money on This Title"
    "Don't Waste Your Time or Money on This Title"
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    Two main topics: GTD and Evernote, are completely explained for free from various websites and the Evernote site with respect to Evernote software. You don't need to spend money having this guy explain it to you in less than an hour when you can get all of it for free with about 2 minutes of querying Google on these topics.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Greedy Bastards: Corporate Communists, Banksters, and the Other Vampires Who Suck America Dry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dylan Ratigan
    • Narrated By Dylan Ratigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Dylan Ratigan is mad as hell. Infuriated by government corruption and corporate communism, incensed by banksters shaking down taxpayers, and despairing of an ailing health care system, an age-old dependency on foreign oil, and a failing educational system, Ratigan sees an America that has allowed itself to be swindled and robbed. In this book, his first, he rips the lid off our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.

    Cathy says: "Very eye opening and engaging!"
    "Well done, but..."
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    While I gave it 5 stars across the board for excellent topics and delivery, titles like this sometimes suffer from the time lag between when it was published, and when it was purchased and listened to.

    Case in point: In the chapter on health care, Ratigan rants on and on about how great the VA Health System is at providing cost-effective health care to our veterans, and how it should be used as a model for care for everyone else in the US. Given what we now know about the corrupt and broken VA system....um, oops....

    Now, there was no way Radigan (or for that matter, most of us) could know how broken and corrupt the VA really was/is at the time he published this work (2012). However, his discourse on it borders on comedy given what we now know. So...perhaps the title can be be utilized as entertainment for that chapter and realistic reporting and discourse for the rest.

    Very much worth the listen regardless.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Here on Gilligan's Isle: The Professor's Behind-the-Scenes Guide to Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Gilligan's Island, Including a Complete Episode Guide and More!

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Russell Johnson, Steve Cox
    • Narrated By Russell Johnson
    Overall
    (24)
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    (17)
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    (18)

    At last, everything you ever wanted to know about "Gilligan's Island" from the Professor himself, Russell Johnson. Sit right back and take a nostalgic, first-hand look into the world of Gilligan's Island. Directly from the ship's log, Russell Johnson takes you the day when Sherwood Schwartz shipwrecked seven strangers on a tiny desert isle - and America hasn't been the same since.

    Amazon Customer says: "Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale..."
    "Sit Right Back and You'll Hear a Tale..."
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    As I write this Russell Johnson passed away from natural causes in the past week at age 89....RIP Professor...

    I was a huge fan of Gilligan's Island after it went into syndication and was shown weekdays in the late afternoon after I arrived home from school. While I have viewed the specials and made-for-TV films made after the series, the Professor's memoirs and commentary really resonated with me.

    If you are even a mild fan of the show, get this title. If you are/were a rabid fan...this is a must listen. Finally, for all you guys out there like me who were Gilligan fanatics as kids, I only have one question for you: Ginger or Mary Ann? :) :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: Three Shots Rang Out - The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs)
    • By Darren Reynolds
    • Narrated By Diane Sawyer
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (344)

    This edition of Three Shots Rang Out: The JFK Assassination 50 Years Later is an audio-only ABC News special created exclusively for Audible and hosted by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. Sawyer takes listeners back to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, for a “you are there” exploration of the day of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    mary says: "Compelling"
    "Haunting - Must Listen"
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    An excellent synopsis of the Kennedy assasination and its aftermath short-term. I had not heard the ABC News broadcasts of the era (mostly CBS, Walter Cronkite, etc.), but the excerpts from ABC are exceptional.

    I was particularly moved near the end as JFK was laid to rest in Arlington - the Cardinal, National Anthem, and 21-gun salute made tears well up in my eyes - 50 years later....

    Well done and must listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Peter Baker
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (109)
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    (109)

    Theirs was the most captivating American political partnership since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger: a bold and untested president and his seasoned, relentless vice president. Confronted by one crisis after another, they struggled to protect the country, remake the world, and define their own relationship along the way. In Days of Fire, Peter Baker chronicles the history of the most consequential presidency in modern times through the prism of its two most compelling characters, capturing the elusive and shifting alliance of George Walker Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney as no historian has done before.

    Scott says: "A balanced account of the W and Cheney White House"
    "The 9/11 Parts Are Very Emotional"
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    Overall - very good and well worth the listen.

    The last portion of Part I and into Part II are very emotional as the author describes how Bush reacted to and handled 9/11 in real time. I was moved to tears also during certain parts of that portion of the recording. Dubya handled it the best anyone could do at the time, and although I have issues with the rest of his presidency...the description of that period and how he and Cheney handled it are worth the entire cost of the title.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Matthews
    • Narrated By Chris Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
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    (64)
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    (66)

    They were the political odd couple - the two most powerful men in the country, a pair who "couldn't be more different or more the same." For six years, Matthews was on the inside, watching the evolving relationship between President Reagan and Speaker of the House O’Neill. Drawing not only on his own remarkable knowledge but on extensive interviews with those closest to his subjects, Matthews brings this unlikely friendship to life in his unique voice.

    Brad says: "Great Story!"
    "Some relief from the crap going on in DC Oct 2013"
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    Matthews proves that two guys from the opposite side of the aisle CAN work TOGETHER and solve our nations' issues. I am a huge fan of Ronnie (in face he was the greatest President in my life to date), but I gathered new respect and admiration for Tip O'Neill and more so, the way the two worked together and compromised on the major issues of the day.

    Perhaps Obama and Boehner ought to get a copy and learn something from these two outstanding patriots and Americans. These two iconic pols proved that there IS A WAY to SOLVE what faces the American people, and its definitely not the path both have chosen.

    My only complaint, if you could call it one, is that I'm not a fan of Chris Matthews voice, either on MSNBC or this audiobook...he always gives the impression that he is shouting at you. However, this fine work that he produced is critical and worthwhile that I dealt with his voice and listened intently - now more than ever!

    We need leaders like Tip and Ronnie now more than ever - where are they?

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (498)
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    (431)
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    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "Kick the bums OUT! But...to where?"
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    Depressing but not surprising about how things really work in the United STATE of America...:( If you can handle the truth (and perhaps if you're lucky, positively act on it) this title is definitely worth a listen.

    One boo-boo in the performance that I have never encountered before in an audiobook: In Part II, Track 4, Chapter 10 of the book is repeated. Kinda threw me for a loop but fast forward to the next track when you get there and the performance moves on to Chapter 11...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Neil Barofsky
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (157)

    An insider of both the Bush and Obama administrations offers an irrefutable indictment of the mishandling of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program bailouts and the extreme degree to which our government officials—from both parties—served the interests of Wall Street at the expense of the public. From his first day on the job as the special inspector general in charge of overseeing the distribution of the bailout money, Neil Barofsky found that the officials at the Treasury Department in charge of the bailouts were in thrall to the interests of the big banks.

    Schulte says: "Must Read on Wall Street and TARP"
    "The Story from the Inside"
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    The difference between this title and others in the economics/"Great Recession" category is that it comes from from someone who was inside the US government in a high-level position at the time of the TARP bailouts. This gives listeners a different and severely troubling perspective than one would receive from those outside of the government sphere (such as economists, academics, Wall Streeters, TV political talk show hosts, etc.).

    With that - this is a MUST listen, and I found Mr. Barofsky's narrative very troubling with respect to our nation, government, and the political circus that we (the American people) have let Washington DC become. Whether it can be 'fixed' (and always ask the question 'fixed - for whom?') remains to be seen, but from what I gleaned from this excellent title, don't hold your breath waiting for miracles from the US government.

    Kudos to Mr. Barofsky for the candid bearing of the 'soul' of the US government as it deals with severe economic crisis....and pray for our nation, as it sure needs it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Edward Luce
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (21)

    In Time to Start Thinking, Edward Luce offers an incisive and highly engaging account of America’s economic and geopolitical decline. The Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times for the last four years, Luce has traveled the country interviewing public officials like Lawrence Summers and Senator Don Riegle, business leaders including Jeff Immelt and Bill Gates, as well as teachers, health care workers, and scientists.

    Chris Reich says: "Painful"
    "Another Must Listen"
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    There is no doubt that Luce will get you thinking as you listen to his non-partisan report on how and why American government is broken and under pressure. He tells it like it really is and doesn't pander to the left or the right. While he offers some vague 'solutions' at the end of the title, the listeners are left at the end to decide for themselves - based on his unbiased reporting - what path America should take going forward, if it is truly possible to do so.

    One minor complaint about this title: the F-bomb is used approximately 5 times in the performance (and I assume that it appeared in the book); usually when someone is being quoted. However, when the word appears, it is bleeped-out (loudly) but there is little doubt what curse word is being used. I found that annoying - just keep the word in there as we are all adults and I'd rather have the audio be completely true to the text.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Shatner, Chris Regan
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (337)
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    (335)

    Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or, more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

    colleen says: "I can't believe he's 80!"
    "Aye Captain!"
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    Although he could ditch the Esperanto - a great, entertaining listen....so much so that I listened to it twice on a long business trip. The stories are great and Bill is very, very articulate....about everything!

    Definitely not on impulse power at 80 years old - hope I can be that way if and when that time comes...:)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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