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  • Narconomics

  • How to Run a Drug Cartel
  • By: Tom Wainwright
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,086

What drug lords learned from big business. How does a budding cartel boss succeed (and survive) in the $300 billion illegal drug business? By learning from the best, of course. From creating brand value to fine-tuning customer service, the folks running cartels have been attentive students of the strategy and tactics used by corporations such as Walmart, McDonald's, and Coca-Cola.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy book in the "economics explains X" genre

  • By Ethan M. on 04-11-16

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Author gives you an interesting view on the whole drug cartel industry by viewing it as a legit conglomerate in means of anecdotes. Even gives a view on the prison systems. It’s interesting, educational but again despite being an economist does not give one a complete coherent answer to solve the drug problems as he also noted that since drugs, these cartels/mafia have evolved and have gone to different trades, something which can be expected in his field of expertise. Instead his summary and conclusion leaves more to be imagined. But overall, highly educational and informative.

Fyi: I am a health program developer working in a private firm.

  • A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Harry Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,142

Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What separates Lloyd from Dotrice

  • By Pusang Tulog on 10-14-15

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

A wonderful prequel at the time when the Targaryens ruled Westeros. Narrated by the actor who played Viserys, Harry Lloyd, he pulls the reader in a fantastic journey that resembles a combination between A Knight's Tale/Batman and Robin all in the mythos of the Seven Kingdoms. A must-read for a fan of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series.

  • Tune In Tokyo

  • The Gaijin Diaries
  • By: Tim Anderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. But so few people actually have the bravery to run - run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. The world is full of cowards. Tim Anderson was pushing 30 and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tune In Tokyo- a very enjoyable memior

  • By JOSEPH on 10-18-12

SATC in Japan but with a gay man

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

Where does Tune In Tokyo rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of my favorite books so far. I can't rank them accordingly since each book I get on Audible are special. Each book I download are unique in their own way as I tend to collect something I would enjoy keeping.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Author. He's hilarious. His students are just as funny. But the best guy I like was his ex-room mate, the drunkard Moba hired.

Which character – as performed by MacLeod Andrews – was your favorite?

This is the first time I encountered MacLeod Andrews. He's good tho. I'm glad he brought justice to the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

SATC, with not much sex, but a lot of ramen.

Any additional comments?

This is a keeper of a book. Not often do you read/hear a book written about life in Japan, apart from Haruki Murakami. Mr Anderson's experience as an English instructor in a foreign land is one for the books. I've always had a fascination for Japan, having been on vacation and visiting the country and I never tire visiting it, but to live it, and see it through Tim's view, a funny gay man, who obviously wasn't prepared to live in there for 2 years (like as if anyone is ever prepared?), it was just the entertainment I needed. I have no regrets picking this book out and look forward to reading it again. Just for laughs.

  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,802
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,800

Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Lest we forget how fragile we are..."

  • By ESK on 02-23-13

Fangirl ❤️

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Been a fan of the book in print. An absolute collectible too as an audiobook. Great narration, even sounds like the late Robin Williams when he played Dr Oliver Sacks in Awakenings. I am truly happy to keep this one as a collection.

  • Tokyo Vice

  • An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
  • By: Jake Adelstein
  • Narrated by: Jake Adelstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450

At 19, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime reporting at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For 12 years of 80-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memoir, crime story and travelogue in one package

  • By Steven on 02-07-10

Get a new narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

Good read; Jake/Josh Adelstein's scratchy voice which eats his words sometimes is hard to understand and can be distracting. Story-wise, be ready for time loops as it chronicles his start as an awkward rookie reporter to becoming a dark, rather almost depressed character already heavily involved with the underworld; the time jumps also provide an added distraction as the reader could easily get confused by what is going on and might have to play it back again just to check out if they had missed any significant detail. Personally, IMO, to get a good gist, there's a nice article written by Peter Hessler of the New Yorker which can give an adequate summary without giving it away.

If you love Crime Fiction, Detective Noir with a hint of Otaku feelz, this is right up your alley.