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Mark Bolgiano

Takoma Park, MD
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  • Jacksonland

  • President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab
  • By: Steve Inskeep
  • Narrated by: Steve Inskeep
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Jacksonland is the thrilling narrative history of two men - President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross - who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history. Five decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. Jacksonland is their story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth well told

  • By White Thai on 07-26-15

Good read, shameful story

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

This is a well written dual biography. It covers the early 19th century landgrab by the federal government -- breaking almost every treaty it had made with the Native Americans.

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,963

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

I waited a long time for this book to be published, and I wasn't disappointed. This is a great work by a great author.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Ice Limit

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,708

The largest known meteorite has been discovered, entombed in the earth for millions of years on a frigid, desolate island off the southern tip of Chile. At four thousand tons, this treasure seems impossible to move. New York billionaire Palmer Lloyd is determined to have this incredible find for his new museum. Stocking a cargo ship with the finest scientists and engineers, he builds a flawless expedition. But from the first approach to the meteorite, people begin to die....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Well researched, Page Turner

  • By Lyn on 08-10-10

An engaging story

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

Reviewed: 03-30-15

I listen to more non-fiction but always enjoy the rare well-written, interesting story that moves at a good pace and is hard to turn off. This is one of them.

  • The Information

  • A History, a Theory, a Flood
  • By: James Gleick
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961

James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?

  • By Ethan M. on 03-12-11

Profound: a look back that helps you look forward

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

Reviewed: 05-03-12

In my 12 years of constant Audible listening/reading, There are few that I have enjoyed as much as The Information. As a CIO and data scientist who also happens to be a total history freak, I gained some truly profound insights into the nature of the information stack, from signal to message to language to semantics.

I have read this twice in the last 6 months and have recommended it to hundreds of colleagues. It is very well crafted writing, delivering vignettes at just the right level of length, depth, and, taken as a whole, breadth. You do not need to be a "technology person" to enjoy this.

Very well read by Rob Shapiro as well - this gets my highest recommendation.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,629

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Awesome: this is one of Steven King's best ever.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-12

I've enjoyed several King stories on Audible, and 11-22-63 is one of the best. The reader Craig Wasson is brilliant and adds much to the story which I literally could not put down. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good read.

  • Empires of Trust

  • How Rome Built - and America Is Building - a New World
  • By: Thomas F. Madden
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

In Empires of Trust, Professor Thomas F. Madden explores surprising parallels between the Roman and American republics. By making friends of enemies and demonstrating a commitment to fairness, the two republics - both "reluctant" yet unquestioned super-powers - built empires based on trust. Madden also includes vital lessons from the Roman Republic's 100-year struggle with "terrorism."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real eye opener

  • By Thomas Allen on 12-20-08

What a disappointment

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-09

I was expecting a thoughtful analysis, and after a few hours of this empty drivel I bailed.

This really felt like a reverse-engineered apology for the Bush hubris in international policy. I know nothing of the author's intentions or methodology, but the product smacks of strong prejudice and weak research.

Some of it is laughable; most of it is annoying.

All of it is a waste of precious Audible listening time. Keep looking.

10 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Cloister Walk

  • By: Kathleen Norris
  • Narrated by: Debra Winger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

How can an understanding of celibacy strengthen a marriage? How does the mundane task of doing laundry become as sacred as ritual? Let Kathleen Norris explain. For over 10 years, thoroughly Protestant Norris has been an oblate at a Benedictine monastery. During this period, she has gained tremendous insight into the languages, customs, ceremonies, and sexuality of the men and women who have chosen the cloistered life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Mark Bolgiano on 05-13-03

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-03

I have to steer my fellow Audibilians toward "The Cloister Walk". Let me make this short and sweet, just like the book. Here's three reasons why I loved it -- and why you might too:

1. Kathleen Norris had some very practical things to say to me as a human being, with all of the positive/negative, physical/spiritual, temporal/eternal things that being human can mean.

2. I found her style of gently revealing an idea to be simply elegant. The thoughts were substantial without being overly dense or heavy - in other words, I gained understanding without gaining a headache.

3. For me, Debra Winger's voice is to sound what Monet is to sight - pleasing, skillful, wonderfully textured, and rendering each word perfectly.

Overall, a real joy to listen to. Try this one.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,041

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 titles in the series so far

  • By Kapila on 01-29-03

EXCELLENT! Universal appeal

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-03

A great story - different from other sci-fi, gripping, thought-provoking. After I finished listening to it, my 7 and 12 year old boys enjoyed listening at bedtime every night. Because of all the dinnertime conversations about the story and characters, my wife, who doesn't like digital audio, went out and bought the book and is almost finished with it.

The boys and I have also enjoyed two of the sequels: Ender's Shadow and Shadow of the Hegemon. Even if you don't usually read sci-fi, try this one.

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

  • A Leadership Fable
  • By: Patrick Lencioni
  • Narrated by: Charles Stransky; introduction by Patrick Lencioni
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,321

In keeping with the parable style, Patrick Lencioni begins by telling the fable of a woman who, as CEO of a struggling Silicon Valley firm, took control of a dysfunctional executive committee and helped its members succeed as a team. Story time over, Lencioni offers explicit instructions for overcoming the human behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams. Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good concepts and great medium to convey them...

  • By Niket Parikh on 10-27-05

A coherent framework for thinking about teams

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-03

This was a worthwhile listen - short, sweet, and a great distillation of what most experienced team leaders have in their head as common sense. The five dysfunctions are real, readily applied in the real world, and I have yet to find a colleague who didn't immediately appreciate this way of looking at how people work together to solve problems.

Constantly wondering why your team isn't as effective as it should be? Listen to this book. I did, and it really helped me in how I lead my team (I am VP-Technology for a professional services firm). This is the first audio title, after 3 years of audible.com, that made me want to go out and get the hard copy of the book for my office reference bookshelf.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful