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John Campbell

Cincinnati, OH
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  • The Perfectionists

  • How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

The New York Times best-selling author traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement - precision - in a superb history that is both an homage and a warning for our future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat less than perfect

  • By enya keshet on 06-19-18

As anticipated

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Another tour de force by a superb writer and presenter. Simon Winchester is one of a handful of nonfiction writers whose works are immediate “must-buys”. Never disappoints, often delights.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Atlantic

  • Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

Atlantic is a biography of a tremendous space that has been central to the ambitions of explorers, scientists, and warriors, and continues profoundly to affect our character, attitudes, and dreams. Spanning the ocean's story, from its geological origins to the age of exploration, from World War II battles to today's struggles with pollution and overfishing, Winchester's narrative is epic, intimate, and awe inspiring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner from Simon

  • By Paul on 01-01-11

First-rate!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Another excellent book and well told story by Simon Winchester. His language is impeccable, and his research is unsurpassed. I was truly enriched by taking the time to listen to this book.

  • Catch a Wave

  • The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson
  • By: Peter Ames Carlin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

In Catch a Wave, Peter Ames Carlin pulls back the curtain on Brian Wilson, one of popular music's most revered luminaries, as well as its biggest mystery. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and never-before heard studio recordings, Carlin follows the Beach Boys from their earliest days through Brian's deepening emotional problems to his triumphant re-emergence with the release of Smile, the legendarily unreleased album he had originally shelved.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not great

  • By J. Barker on 08-08-16

Great Vibrations

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-15

Loved it. I learned a lot about rock 'n roll and I learned a lot about life. Worth listening to twice. Ranks up there with the recent Beatles biography and the Keith Richards autobiography.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Education of a Value Investor

  • My Transformative Quest for Wealth, Wisdom and Enlightenment
  • By: Guy Spier
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116

What happens when a young Wall Street investment banker spends a small fortune to have lunch with Warren Buffett? He becomes a real value investor. In this fascinating inside story, Guy Spier details his career from Harvard MBA to hedge fund manager. But the path was not so straightforward. Spier reveals his transformation from a Gordon Gekko wannabe, driven by greed, to a sophisticated investor who enjoys success without selling his soul to the highest bidder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Malk Williams does a superb job.

  • By Guy Spier on 11-30-14

High quality material and presentation.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-15

Guy Spier is very generous with his experiences and ideas. Take what suits you from this story and use it to improve your state of mind and life.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Curious Man

  • The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert 'Believe It or Not!' Ripley
  • By: Neal Thompson
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

A Curious Man is the marvelously compelling biography of Robert “Believe It or Not” Ripley, the enigmatic cartoonist turned globetrotting millionaire who won international fame by celebrating the world's strangest oddities, and whose outrageous showmanship taught us to believe in the unbelievable. As portrayed by acclaimed biographer Neal Thompson, Ripley’s life is the stuff of a classic American fairy tale. Buck-toothed and cursed by shyness, Ripley turned his sense of being an outsider into an appreciation for the strangeness of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and easy book

  • By John Campbell on 05-31-13

Fun and easy book

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

Reviewed: 05-31-13

This is a good listen for a long drive or a day spent in the garden. Undemanding and fun - an excellent story with lots of little details that hold your attention. Ripley lived a great life, full of adventure, fun and self-indulgence - much to be admired if perhaps not emulated. Also a reflection on a bygone time, when the world was far from fully connected and full of many different and fascinating cultures.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce

  • A 25-Year Landmark Study
  • By: Judith Wallerstein, Julia Lewis, Sandra Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Kate McIntire
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Using a comparison group of adults who grew up in the same communities but whose parents never divorced, Wallerstein shows how adult children of divorce essentially view life differently from their peers in intact homes, and also sheds light on the question that so many parents confront: whether to stay unhappily married or to divorce. This book is a landmark cultural event that will change the way all of us view divorce.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall it was Insightful

  • By C. Rodowsky on 03-03-15

Very enjoyable and thought-provoking.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-10

I highly recommend this fine book. As the child of a messy divorce and the even messier aftermath, I was re-assured and gained personal confidence and insight from the life-stories described sensitively within.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful