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Ross

Madison, WI, USA

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  • The Wal-Mart Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Charles Fishman
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    Drawing on unprecedented interviews with former Wal-Mart executives and a wealth of staggering data�including facts such as this: Americans spend $36 million an hour at Wal-Mart stores, this text is an intimate look at a business that is dramatically reshaping the American economy.

    Michael says: "Excellent, Balanced View"
    "Well Written"
    Overall

    Changed my view on Wal-Mart. Now I still believe WalMart is somewhat evil, but at the same time is only a product of capitalism. WalMart isn't all bad, and has most likely been a benefit to an American's quality of life.
    It was not an extremely biased view of walmart, either positive or negative, the author merely did his best to explain how walmart does business based on some very specific examples.
    This book confirmed for me that there are items that are OK to buy at walmart and others that are not.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5999)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (575)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Well thought out and very interesting"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book immensely. The authors have an interesting view of the world, in that they see the world through numbers and correlation, and present this view in the book. I believe that the authors truly do not have a bias on social issues, and merely present what 'the numbers' show.
    I can say that it offered me a different way to see the world, and some new questions to ask myself about what I already know. i.e. Does the latest and greatest safety equipment really make things safer?
    Author does a great job of explaining what the numbers and corilation's mean, in order to avoid some serious moral dilemas.

    I'd highly recommend this book if you like science/philosophy non fiction.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Measuring America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Andro Linklater
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    How we ultimately gained the American Customary System, the last traditional system in the world, and how Gunter's chain indelibly imprinted its dimensions on the land, on cities, and on our culture from coast to coast is both an exciting human and intellectual drama and one of the great untold stories in American history. Sagely argued and beautifully written, Measuring America offers readers nothing less than the opportunity to see America's history, and our democracy, in a brilliant new light.

    Howard says: "Measuring America"
    "Interesting Material, incredibly BORING"
    Overall

    This book has fascinating material, however the author and narrator present the material in a horribly boring, uninteresting way. The book is basically lists of facts, and becomes difficult to follow after a while. I found my mind wandering off again and again, to the point where I had to continuously rewind in order understand the point he was making.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2331)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (416)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "A different view of the history of science"
    Overall

    I found Bryson's presentation of the history of science to be fascinating. Highschool and College Science classes often credit scientists with discoveries, leaving out the inspiration, deception, and ego's of the scientists involved. Bryson captures much of this as well as the true genius behind many of the scientists and their discoveries.

    The book was well read, and easy to listen to. I would highly reccomend this book to any science 'geek'.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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