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zephyr451

Bellevue, WA USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (614)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "Wow!!"
    Overall

    That's my reaction after listening to this book. It is one of the finest audio books of all time, and one of my top 3 books in general. If there was a rating better than 5 stars, this book deserves it. As an audio book I feel its also important to give the reader credit as well. Stephen Hoye's skilled narration, use of accent and sense of pace brought the novel to life. A more passionate, compelling book you'll not find.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4403)
    Performance
    (1871)
    Story
    (1889)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Amazing, Disturbing.."
    Overall


    I found this book informative and deeply disturbing. It very clearly gives you the exact details of how Wall Street screwed the American public. Moreover, the author was able to clearly describe the financial instruments that were involved in the recession we currently find ourselves in. I wonder why the main stream media didn't/couldn't do the same (ok, not really..). At the end of the day, we should charge, convict, and jail most of the bond traders and Sr. leadership at Goldman-Sachs, Lehman, HSBC, Morgan-Stanley and all the others involved in the creation of Sub-prime mortgage backed securities, CDO's, CDS's, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (774)
    Story
    (781)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Steven Petersen says: "My favorite audio book"
    "Well written, funny."
    Overall

    While I did find some parts were a bit slow, on the whole I did like the book. Richard Feynman clearly conveys his joy and passion for learning, not to mention his joy for life. His numerous stories also bring a smile to your face at level of mischievousness he was able to reach.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • I Rant, Therefore I Am

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dennis Miller
    • Narrated By Dennis Miller
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Grammy Nominee for Best Spoken Comedy Album
    Once again there's good news for those of us who rage at the evening news, shake our heads at Washington's business-as-usual, or watch as politicians carom helplessly between political crises and sex scandals: Dennis Miller is back performing his fourth installment of hilarious observations, I Rant, Therefore I Am. More from Miller.

    zephyr451 says: "Too many rants..."
    "Too many rants..."
    Overall

    I was a regular watcher of Dennis' show over the years and came to look forward to his rants. For me, however, it's different listening to them back-to-back-to-back. For the most part, each rant is funny. Several taken collectively during a commute is just too much. I got bored listening to them.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • RobinWilliams @ audible.com with Lance Armstrong

    • ORIGINAL (37 mins)
    • Narrated By Robin Williams
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    You've seen Robin riding in the front car of the Tour de France and publicly defending his good friend and four-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong against charges of drug use. Now you can hear Robin and Lance talk one-on-one. Their topics range from cycling to parenting to respecting the European sensibilities, and why perseverance cannot be underestimated. Also, Lance surprises Robin with a story about his youngest son.

    zephyr451 says: "Too much Robin, not enough Lance"
    "Too much Robin, not enough Lance"
    Overall

    This is interview is only somewhat interesting. If you're looking for an interview where Lance speaks candidly about the tour and cycling, etc. -- this isn't it. While I do find Robin Williams very funny, his style doesn't work for me here. He style overwhelms his guest and we hear more from Robin and not enough from Lance.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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