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richard

los angeles, cA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (197)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material.

    Adam M Pokorski says: "Great Story"
    "Be prepared"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not having much of a business background and unfamiliar with the jargon used on Wall Street I felt unprepared. Just a word of caution to those in a similar place as mine.


    What could Kurt Eichenwald have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not assume that everyone knows financial acronyms and jargon.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gregory S. Aldrete
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    The ancient world has cast a long shadow, influencing our customs and religious beliefs, our laws, and the form of our governments. It has taught us when and how we make war or pursue peace. It has shaped the buildings we live and work in and the art we hang on our walls. It has given us the calendar that organizes our year and has left its mark on the games we play.

    Matt says: "Outstanding - Informative AND Entertaining"
    "Enjoyed this very much"
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    Well worth your time . Nicely organized and presented. The "Great Courses" series has got a lot going for it. Easy to listen to and very informative.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Andrew C. Fix
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    Between 1348 and 1715, western Europe was fraught with turmoil, beset by the Black Plague, numerous and bitter religious wars, and frequent political revolutions and upheavals. Yet the Europe that emerged from this was vastly different from the Europe that entered it. By the start of the 18th century, Europe had been revitalized and reborn in a radical break with the past that would have untold ramifications for human civilization.

    Carlos Perry says: "Excellent! (...but the ending could be improved)"
    "I enjoyed this overview"
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    I found this series of lectures informative, well delivered and much more interesting that I had expected. If you are looking to brush up on this fascinating and deeply interconnected period of history, or to delve into it for the first time, I think it's a good listen.
    Each lecture is short, to the point and easy to reference.
    The total time is not 90+ hour by the way...
    Each of the 4 parts are about 6 hrs, so we're talking roughly 24 hrs of listening time.
    94 is a bit extreme.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Feelgood: The Story of the Doctor Who Influenced History by Treating and Drugging Prominent Figures Including President Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard A. Lertzman, William J. Birnes
    • Narrated By Don Azevedo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    An historical exposé of the mysterious doctor who changed the course of the 20th century, with interviews by George Clooney, Yogi Berra, and others. Doctor Max Jacobson, whom the Secret Service under President John F. Kennedy code-named “Dr. Feelgood,” developed a unique “energy formula” that altered the paths of some of the 20th century’s most iconic figures, including President and Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis.

    richard says: "tabloid drivel"
    "tabloid drivel"
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    I should have been more careful before I used a credit on this one. It's so poorly written that I couldn't get through the first half. The claims are unsubstantiated and salacious.
    National Enquirer type story ...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (598)

    In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

    Matt says: "Michael Pollan Fans Will Love It."
    "Worthwhile"
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    Michael Pollan has written another book that I enjoyed and found interesting. He has delved deeply into the preparation of food and what that means to me as a physical as well as social animal.
    His easy delivery is a pleasure to listen to and what he is saying is fascinating.
    Where he explains the chemistry of our food and how it changes as it cooks was easy to follow for a layman. The cultural significance of how and why we cook is also really interesting.
    I listened to Fat,Sugar, Salt before this book and this was a good dovetail ...
    It's about time we paid closer attention to what we eat

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Paradise: Players, Poseurs, and the Culture of Excess in South Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steven Gaines
    • Narrated By Dean Sluyter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A remarkably revealing profile of the Miami Beach no one knows, a tale of fabulous excess, thwarted power, and rekindled lives that will take its place among the decade's best works of social portraiture. Created from a mix of swampland and dredged-up barrier reef, Miami Beach has always been one part drifter-mecca and one part fantasyland, simultaneously a catch basin for con men, fast-talk artists, and shameless self-promoters, and a Shangri-La for sun worshippers and hardcore hedonists. In Miami Beach it's often said that "if you're not indicted you're not invited." But the city's mad, fascinating complexity resists stereotyping.

    Constant reader says: "Fascinating, funny, dishy social history"
    "save your credit"
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    I was disappointed by this audiobook. The title was misleading in my opinion. There were a few examples of "players,posers and excess" but an inordinate amount of the book was spent on architecture, people who didn't have anything to do with the title description and random characters. I got so tired of name dropping and uninteresting facts that I barely made it to the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • El Narco: The Bloody Rise of Mexican Drug Cartels

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Ioan Grillo
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    The world has watched stunned at the bloodshed in Mexico. Thirty thousand murdered since 2006; police chiefs shot within hours of taking office; mass graves comparable to those of civil wars; car bombs shattering storefronts; headless corpses heaped in town squares. The United States throws Black Hawk helicopters and drug agents at the problem. But in secret, Washington is confused and divided about what to do. "Who are these mysterious figures tearing Mexico apart?" they wonder.

    Kathy says: "A NOBY Nominee"
    "excellent overview"
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    This is the book I was looking for when I bought "Murder City" and was disappointed with the lack of factual information.
    Just this morning the news reported four reporters have been killed by the Zeta cartel in the last week. This book informs the reader about, what, where, and why, to an amazing degree of detail on this frightening and very current state of chaos south of our border. It is tragic and building up into a huge mess that will affect us all sooner or later.
    I found it well written, well read and very interesting.
    I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4306)
    Performance
    (2462)
    Story
    (2463)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "this is excellent on all fronts"
    Overall

    I can't say enough for this novel,production,reading, and most of all content... Wow, this Vietnam experience is hyper real on all fronts . I've read O'Brien, Halberstam / Stewart O'Nan's "The Vietnam Reader" ... yes all of it.
    If you want , need , or are just interested in going back there, listen up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Kindly Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Littell
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    The chilling fictional memoir of Dr. Maximilien Aue, a former Nazi officer who has reinvented himself, many years after the war, as a middle-class family man and factory owner in France. Max is an intellectual steeped in philosophy, literature, and classical music. He is also a cold-blooded assassin and the consummate bureaucrat. Through the eyes of this cultivated yet monstrous man, we experience in disturbingly precise detail the horrors of the Second World War and the Nazi genocide of the Jews.

    Ruth Ann says: "Shocking yet compelling"
    "Proceed with caution"
    Overall

    This book was fascinating, disturbing and almost too much for me to handle. Anyone interested in the perspective of World War 2 from a Nazi viewpoint will be impressed by the historical accuracy. I was riveted by most of the book but relieved when it was finished. Grover Gardner did an excellent job as always.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Campbell
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    New Guinea became the site of one of the World War II's most savage campaigns. Despite their lack of jungle training, the 32nd Division's Ghost Mountain Boys were assigned the most grueling mission of the entire Pacific campaign: to march 130 miles over rugged mountains and to protect the right flank of the Australian army as they fought to push the Japanese back to the village of Buna.

    richard says: "painful reading"
    "painful reading"
    Overall

    I don't know how readers are paired with the books they read but this a miserable match. Everything about this reader's voice, in my opinion, is better suited to reading a Harlequin type novel. I couldn't get past the first two hours. Proceed at your own risk

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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