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Ry Jones

Kirkland, WA | Listener Since 2006

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  • The Art of War

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Sun Tzu
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (337)

    Written before Alexander the Great was born, this Chinese treatise on war has become one of the most influential works on the subject. Read widely in the east since its appearance 2,500 years ago, The Art of War first came to the west with a French Jesuit in 1782. It has been studied by generals from Napoleon to Rommel, and it is still required reading in most military academies of the world.

    Michael says: "Just your basic Art of War translation"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    This version uses two vocalists; one for the main text, another for the footnotes and secondary texts. This makes the flow of the book move right along. Almost every line or paragraph is directly applicable to business life.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Classical Music

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Darren Henley
    • Narrated By Marin Alsop
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (6)

    The lives and music of the great composers of classical music unfold in this entertaining account, introduced by the conductor and musical personality Marin Alsop. In 1200 years, classical music grew from the chanting of medieval monks through the symphonies of Beethoven and the grand operas of Wagner to the huge orchestral sound-world of the 21st century, with its electronics and its film music.

    Ry Jones says: "A breezy review"
    "A breezy review"
    Overall

    Moving, at times, at a rapid clip, this audiobook covers a lot of ground in a short time. There are some historical errors; overall, the nits are small and should not detract from your enjoyment. The audio quality is excellent, as one would expect from one of the premiere titles for the new Audible format; the source material is well-suited for this high-end treatment.

    More aimed towards younger kids or people completely unversed in classical music, it makes a fine afternoon of listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (392)

    As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

    Shawn Levasseur says: "Edward Hermann's masterful performance."
    "Tedious even in this abbreviated form"
    Overall

    An objectivist bedrock tome, Atlas Shrugged's walls of exposition are difficult enough when rendered fully on the page; this abridged version cuts out many hours of material, yet the cuts could still go further.

    Well recorded, this version is highly desirable over the unabridged version only for brevity's sake. If you want a short (11 hour) introduction to objectivism, go ahead and pick this up. Beware, though, the walls of text could be shortened at least 50% and still cover all salient points.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Freaky Theories Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John R. Lott
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Economics can explain everything, from why people behave the way they do to how governments and businesses organize themselves. As the blockbuster best-seller Freakonomics demonstrated, economics can explain everything - from why people behave the way they do to how governments and businesses organize themselves. But are the basic assumptions and conclusions in Freakonomics true? Does the free market usually lead to unintended and negative consequences?

    Gerald says: "Repetitive conservative arguments"
    "Lott versus Levitt"
    Overall

    Most of this book is a rejoinder to Freakonomics; in that, it is probably a success. It's rather hard to tell if Lott is motivated by animus for the material in Levitt's volume on Lott, rather than the desire to illuminate the topic; however, the result is another interesting volume on economics and how they apply to the masses. I suggest it as a libertarian companion to the socialist Freakonomics.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • We Were One: Shoulder-to-Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Patrick K. O'Donnell
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Five months after being deployed to Iraq, Lima Company's 1st Platoon became one of the first American forces to enter Fallujah, where they encountered some of the most intense hand-to-hand combat since World War II. Civilians were used as human shields or as bait to lure soldiers into buildings rigged with explosives; suicide bombers approached from every corner hoping to die and take Americans with them; radical insurgents, high on adrenaline, fought to the death.

    Douglas says: "An important story"
    "Riveting - for a while"
    Overall

    The first half of this book is excellent; the stories lucid and the audio quality pleasing. The second half suffers from fragmentation of the material and a distinct departure of editorial control; however, the quality doesn't fall to 'unlistenable'. Pick up this audiobook if you are looking for the immediacy of we-were-there reportage.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume I: Visions of Glory 1874-1932

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By William Manchester
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (498)

    Winston Churchill is perhaps the most important political figure of the 20th century. His great oratory and leadership during the Second World War were only part of his huge breadth of experience and achievement. Studying his life is a fascinating way to imbibe the history of his era and gain insight into key events that have shaped our time.

    Wolfpacker says: "Superb - Review of Both Volume I & Volume II"
    "Wonderful title poorly rendered"
    Overall

    Audible continues a line of taking wonderful titles and rendering them, if not unlistenable, unenjoyable. The audio levels on this book are not normalized; the edits are rough in nature; you can hear other takes or material in the background; and the chapter marks on the audiobook align to nothing I can discern in the text.

    For a two hour audio book, this last issue might be a minor annoyance; the preface and prologue of this book, alone, are almost two hours in length. Coupled with Audible's poor implementation on the Zune, it makes any mistake in control manipulation into an exercise in skipping around to find where you last were.

    Skip this recording of the text.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Warren Buffett Speaks: Wit and Wisdom from the World's Greatest Investor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Lowe
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Over the years, as Warren Buffett's influence and affluence have grown, one thing has remained the same - his unpretentious, honest, and optimistic approach toward business and life. Now you can discover life's little secrets of success as revealed by the world┬┐s greatest investor.

    Andy says: "NOT worth it"
    "Nice way to pass some time"
    Overall

    My major problem with this audiobook is structural. I want to hear Warren Buffet and his bon mots; this book spends far too much time on the words of his critics, family, shareholders, and others. The nuggets of wisdom from Buffet dominate the first half; you can pretty much stop halfway through and not miss any interesting content.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Republic

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Sir Winston Churchill
    • Narrated By Winston S. Churchill
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    The Great Republic is Sir Winston Churchill's personal vision of American history, from the arrival of the first European settlers to the dawn of the Cold War. Only Sir Winston Churchill's special perspective on America, his experience as a leader, and his great gifts as a narrative historian could have produced a story that lays out America's history with this audio's special brilliance.

    Robert says: "Exceptional Insights and Magnificent Prose"
    "Great audiobook, great audio quality"
    Overall

    It is clear that Churchill loved his time spent in the United States; the letters at the end of this audiobook make clear joys found along a drive through California. The short histories of the US Revolutionary and Civil Wars are well rated and worth your time; the perspective of an enthusiastic outsider provides interesting views. Large sections of US history are compressed into few words, and relatively large word counts are spent on fine turns of history.

    Overall, the balance is respectable. Audio quality ranges from good to excellent; however, one section at the end has quite a bit of static in the background.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Chuck Palahniuk
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (63)

    Chuck Palahniuk's world has always been, well, different from yours and mine. These pieces from Stranger Than Fiction, his first nonfiction collection, prove just how different, in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling.

    Brooke P. Anderson says: "Excellent and hilarious"
    "interesting diversion"
    Overall

    as a person that enjoys Fight Club, I found this audiobook a worthwhile diversion. Chuck's fiction, let's face it, needs a lot of editing to make palatable. The hand of a good editor was clearly at work in this book, and it shows.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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