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Chris Reich

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  • Catch Me If You Can

  • By: Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,248

Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • uhm where is the ending?

  • By Steve on 03-29-17

Good But Very Irritating

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-18

I have to say that what this kid got away with really irritated me. Fortunately, times have changed a lot, and no college junior would be so stupid as the "girls" he duped into his European tour. Luckily for all, as far as we know, this pathological liar never hurt anyone.

As a former loyal Pan Am flyer, it pained me to hear about all the money he scammed from Pan Am. Well, it is a different time, and this book made me glad for improved security.

Despite my animus for the author, it is an exciting tale. I would have liked more on his time in jail, and there should have been restitution---

Don't you find profiting from crime a bit repugnant?

  • How to Get People to Do Stuff

  • Master the Art and Science of Persuasion and Motivation
  • By: Susan M. Weinschenk
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

We all want people to do stuff. Whether you want your customers to buy from you, vendors to give you a good deal, your employees to take more initiative, or your spouse to make dinner-a large amount of every day is about getting the people around you to do stuff. Instead of using your usual tactics that sometimes work and sometimes don't, what if you could harness the power of psychology and brain science to motivate people to do the stuff you want them to do - even getting people to want to do the stuff you want them to do?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rehash of Old Stuff

  • By Chris Reich on 04-15-18

Rehash of Old Stuff

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

The title makes a promise that is too good to be true. I should have known that but I took the bait. Like most of this type of books that promise some amazing result, there is practical advice but little about making a specific application.

Tell stories. Yes, we respond to stories. But customers or clients won't eat from your hand because you enticed them with a story. Have you never heard that stories are an effective tool of persuasion?

The narration is not to my liking. In all, the book has some useful tips if you are new to the persuasion game. Otherwise, I think it's best to focus on your offer, be honest, offer a guarantee that covers fear and be real with people. In other words, if you want to get people to do what you want by a technique you find in a book, it won't happen.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,827
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,814

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Tale!

  • By Paula on 03-11-18

Terrific, Just Terrific

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Here's a secret. I didn't want to like this. Book after book about murder and killing, it's awful. Seems the only mystery these days is who did the killing. I avoid that stuff.

But this is presented as a sort of documentary, investigative report so I thought I'd give it a go. It's very, very good. In fact, it's one of the rare listens that held me so tight there were times that I couldn't stop listening. I wish there were more of these types of listens. Maybe that's an opportunity for genuine reporters today?

It's going to be very interesting to see how this plays out. I thank Audible for this production. It's a gift. The only downside is the constant repetition of the credits.

  • The Unknown Universe

  • A New Exploration of Time, Space and Cosmology
  • By: Stuart Clark PhD
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

On March 21, 2013, the European Space Agency released a map of the afterglow of the big bang. Taking in 440 sextillion kilometers of space and 13.8 billion years of time, it is physically impossible to make a better map: We will never see the early universe in more detail. On the one hand, such a view is the apotheosis of modern cosmology; on the other, it threatens to undermine almost everything we hold cosmologically sacrosanct.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging Update on past few years in Astrophysics

  • By Jared on 09-11-16

Typical History of Cosmology But Always Good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-18

There is little if anything new in this book but no matter how many times I hear the story of our evolution of understanding the universe, I enjoy it. If you read a lot of this stuff, you'll be familiar with all of the material. If not, you'll love the book and the excellent presentation.

I don't like to deduct stars for repeating material unless a look claims to be "groundbreaking". Different presentations appeal to different people. I think it's great to get as much science into the hands of the public as possible.

In short, this is a fun book filled with stories that are interesting and entertaining. It's amazing to realize that we did not understand that Andromeda was a galaxy such a short time ago. We couldn't fathom something over a million light-years away. And today we can look back 13 billion light-years. Wow.

  • The Lost World

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Glen McCready
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550

Here is the precursor to Jurassic Park. Victorian explorers have heard there is a remote plateau where dinosaurs still survive, and a group set outs on a dangerous mission to find out more about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wit and Drama

  • By Simon Fraser on 07-26-09

Thought It Would Be More Interesting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-18

This book has one big problem. It's been copied ad nausea. But that's not Doyle's fault. It is a problem for the reader in that the formula has been updated and improved. While I do like classics, classic sci-fi is often bordering on silly.

I will not say that you should avoid this book. My lack of enthusiasm is purely a matter of taste, and yours is likely different. I refuse to steer people away from a book that didn't appeal to me yet has survived the test of time.

What didn't I like? It seemed to take forever just to get started. The book was written when it took weeks to get from England to South America so, hey, cut it some slack. At the time, I'm sure it was a tension builder.

  • Digital Gold

  • Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
  • By: Nathaniel Popper
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274

A New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money for the Internet age.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, but dry

  • By Tomer on 05-10-16

Fascinating and Frightening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-17

This book is very enthralling. I could not stop listening to this fascinating history of Bitcoin. After completing "Silk Road", this book supplied the missing pieces.

I believe this is another inside job. Bitcoin is a dangerous concept that we seem to be adopting at the speed of greed. The notion of an untraceable currency ought to scare the hell out of everyone. No? So North Korea can buy and sell components to its nuclear program without means to trace the transactions? What value sanctions with the existence of Bitcoin?

I don't like it at all. Unfortunately, our government and big institutions see a way to make money---and the rich get richer and evade taxation? No, I think Bitcoin is very ugly. We might be seeing the Enron of currency.

Superb book.

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,083
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,044

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

Nothing New

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-17

I read a lot of non-fiction and have never been wowed by Isaacson's writing. The character is so interesting I thought I'd drag through another Isaacson biography. This was rather disappointing coming on the heels of all the hype. Okay, the big take-aways are: 1. He made to-do lists 2. He cared about the tongue of a woodpecker. Walter Isaacson spoke of those two things on every TV interview. I thought those would be nuggets among many nuggets. Turns out, those are the nuggets. The notebooks have been available for sale for years---and they are very inexpensive. So the drawings and discussion about the drawings was not new to me. The devotion to technique was interesting but why did Leonardo leave so many projects unfinished? That would have been an interesting angle. Here's a guy who is fanatic about detail and perfection who rarely finishes what he starts. Little is made of that in the book yet I find that very intriguing. Don't you?

In all, I was glad I bought this audio book, glad I did not buy the print version, and glad I finished it.

The narrator was fine. Nothing weird in his delivery. The writing is just dry.

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  • At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,127

This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First Lovecraft

  • By Brian on 02-03-14

Might Have Been Great in 1936

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-17

This is rather tame and somewhat dull stuff. I kept waiting for something to happen but the book never takes off. It's told in first person about something that happened in the recent past to the narrator. With what we know about the world, the story doesn't hold up. Even though science fiction is akin to fantasy and doesn't have to be scientifically valid, it is hard to accept an alien civilization living in Antartica even in 1936.

I was entertained but only because I expected the story to take off. It doesn't. Where does that leave us? It is somewhat of a classic and this story is well-delivered so if you can snag it at a reasonable price, give it a try.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Innocent

  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015

The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book

  • By Suzn F on 05-10-10

Innocent? Better Title Would be "Stupid"

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

After presumed Innocent, which I enjoyed very much, I was looking forward to another fun romp through the court system. This book is very tedious as the central character seems far too stupid and needy to be a traffic court judge. Anything I write might be a spoiler so I will be careful.

If you haven't enjoyed Presumed Innocent, you might like this as a stand alone book. As a sequel it is a big dud in my opinion.

Your mileage may vary and I say give it a try if you don't mind a sequel that runs a distant second place to the first book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • So Long, See You Tomorrow

  • By: William Maxwell
  • Narrated by: William Maxwell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

On an Illinois farm in the 1920s, a man is murdered, and in the same moment the tenous friendship between two lonely boys comes to an end. In telling their interconnected stories, American Book Award winner William delivers a masterfully restrained and magically evocative meditation on the past

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Jewel

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-18-17

Awful

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I am an avid reader who simply cannot see the attraction in this book. It is terribly dull. The reading is awful, like some old guy about to deliver a recolection and then it wanders all over the place. Worse, the audio book starts with a rather sappy 1 and a half hour interview with the author.

Normally when I don't care for a book I can at least understand how some people might like it. Not this. Best summary? Terribly dull.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful